• Preparing for THATCamp MCN and Culture Hack

    Amanda French here, overall THATCamp Coordinator and (which is rare) chief organizer of The Humanities and Technology Camp, Museum Computer Network edition. We’re now just ten days away from THATCamp MCN and Culture Hack Dat on 11/19, and I wanted to give you more info about what we’ve got planned.

    Badges and scheduling

    We’ll be issuing badges starting at 8:30am, and those badges will enable you to attend THATCamp MCN and Culture Hack sessions as well as entitling you to attend the MCN meeting plenary at 4pm (but not any other MCN sessions). Note that the time slots on our schedule don’t overlap exactly with MCN sessions; if you are registered for MCN as well, please plan accordingly.

    Your profile and login

    If you’re receiving this e-mail, you’re definitely accepted and registered for THATCamp MCN and/or Culture Hack Day: some login information and acceptance notifications have apparently been sent to spam folders. Visit mcn2011.thatcamp.org/wp-login.php and click the “Lost password” link on the login page if you don’t know your password. Then log in and update your profile so that everyone can see what you’re about by browsing our Participants page.


    We’ve currently got four workshops planned: Intro to Omeka, Advanced Omeka, HistoryPin, and Augmented Reality. See mcn2011.thatcamp.org/workshops for full descriptions and workshop preparations and prerequisites.

    Now is the time to start thinking about what you’d like to do or talk about at THATCamp MCN, and I’ll be sending more reminders in the days to come. If you’re not familiar with the unconference model, you might want to read our page about THATCamp, but also and especially our page on Proposing a Session. The best way to approach it might be to describe whatever professional problem is currently bothering you most, and to pose your session proposal in such a way that you’ll get help with that problem. You can even propose to teach another workshop, if you like — Miguel Palma has indicated that he’d be willing to teach us about Metaio, for instance.

    To propose a session, log in at mcn2011.thatcamp.org/wp-login.php and write a blog post outlining your session idea. To write and publish your blog post, go to Posts –> Add New, write your post, and then click Publish. Your blog post will be published to the main page of the THATCamp MCN site, which will allow us all to read and comment on it.

    Starting in the 9am session on Saturday, we’ll all discuss together which sessions we want to hold that day and when, and you’ll have a chance then to propose new sessions or to ask for a particular time slot (perhaps one that doesn’t conflict with an MCN session) on the schedule.

    Culture Hack

    If you’d rather be hacking than yakking in the unconference sessions (or taking workshops), then you can take part in the Culture Hack, where you’ll get the chance to develop with cultural heritage data, do paper prototyping, and more.

    Questions? Write me at gro.p1524288493macta1524288493ht@of1524288493ni1524288493. Looking forward to seeing you soon!




    Amanda L. French, Ph.D.
    THATCamp Coordinator
    Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
    George Mason University
    Get THATCamp news by e-mail at http://j.mp/thatcamp-news

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