Welcome to the website for the THATCamp ARLIS/NA + VRA Seattle 2016! This is an unconference that will be held on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at The Westin Seattle.  This pre-conference event to the third annual joint conference of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) and VRA (Visual Resources Association) will bring together members of the professional and public communities to learn about digital humanities (DH) and share knowledge of tools, applications, and other DH projects.

What is THATCamp?

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. This allows for a more informal, collaborative atmosphere compared to a typical conference setting.

Who should come?

All are welcome! The organizers of the THATCamp are an enthusiastic working group of both ARLIS/NA and VRA members, but this event is open to the public. Non-ARLIS/NA and VRA members are encouraged to attend!

How to register?:

Attendance is limited to 75 participants to ensure a lively and engaged atmosphere. Apply now to let us know why you want to attend and what ideas you want to share. Registration is free and open from October 12th – December 4th. Register here.

Attention: If you registered and did not receive a confirmation email or an email from Sarah Seymore, please re-register. Email Sarah Seymore, ude.n1513326813ogero1513326813u@ero1513326813myess1513326813, if you still do not get a confirmation email after registering. 

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out early in 2016 with plenty of time for attendees to make plans to attend, propose sessions, and discuss interests prior to March 8th.

What to expect and other information:

The unconference format allows for a variety of crowdsourced sessions and topics, and the schedule of the event is not decided until after the accepted attendees propose sessions (here) leading up to the event.  As a group, we will vote on the content the morning of March 8th. Those who propose events are expected to lead and moderate the self-proposed sessions if they are voted into the schedule.

With a maximum of 75 participants, the THATCamp will be intimate, informal, and executed by the attendees themselves. We hope that sessions will create dialog about DH and cultural heritage, as well as demonstrations and showcases of current DH tools and projects from the attendees.

This is a great opportunity to practice presentation skills in an informal environment and talk about topics that didn’t make it into the conference program. Register today!


We hope to have some other fun things planned that day so stay tuned by checking the blog and following #arlisvra2016 and #thatcamp.

For more information about THATCamps, visit the About page and the THATCamp 101 page.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Seymore, ude.n1513326813ogero1513326813u@ero1513326813myess1513326813.

We hope to see you in Seattle!


One Response to Welcome

  1. Hi. My name is Margaret Ericson, Arts Librarian at Colby College. Maybe this is really basic, but I would like to know if others have established a “Best Practices” framework for digital humanities art projects. This relates to Project Management, but really is a product emanating from successful projects, in terms of practices.

    I would like to know what software or hosting platforms work better for art DH content. What’s a good “getting started platform”. How does one manage image rights/copyright for public web content. Is it out on the website for view, or documented in some other way.

    I am interested in mapping applications and also knowing more about how to use digitized texts as data. What applications translate texts to data, e.g.


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