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HTRC UnCamp 2015

HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp
March 30-31, 2015
University of Michigan
Palmer Commons
100 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218


HTRC is hosting its third annual HTRC UnCamp in March 2015 at the University of Michigan. The UnCamp is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, and a part informational, all structured in the dynamic setting of an un-conference programming format. It has visionary speakers mixed with boot-camp activities and hands-on sessions with HTRC infrastructure and tools.

Who should attend? The HTRC UnCamp is targeted to tool developers, researchers, librarians and graduate students in digital humanities. This event will be especially of interest to attendees from HathiTrust member institutions, but UnCamp will be valuable for all attendees, and individuals from any background are encouraged to attend. Attendees will be asked for their input in planning sessions, so please plan to register early!


UnCamp has sold out, and registration is now closed.

UnCamp Keynotes

"Off the Books"
Michelle Alexopoulos, Professor, University of Toronto
March 30, 2015, 8:45 to 9:45 am
Erez Lieberman Aiden, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
March 31, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm


View the schedule in Lanyrd for easier mobile viewing and further details about presenters and speakers

Monday, March 30





  Forum Hall

UnCamp Opening Remarks


  Forum Hall

Keynote: Michelle Alexopoulos, "Off The Books"





  Forum Hall

Update on HTRC Activities


  Forum Hall

HathiTrust in Research and Instruction Panel:

  • Moderator: Paul Conway, Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan
  • Liz Rodrigues, PhD Candidate in English, University of Michigan, "'Typical' Immigrant Narrative?: Approaches to Modeling Immigrant Autobiography Using HathiTrust"
  • Steve Abney, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Michigan, "Textual Corpora, Treebanks, and the Human Language"
  • Justin Joque, Associate Librarian, University of Michigan, "Text Analysis and Visualization in the Literature Classroom"





  Great Lakes (North, South & Central)

Breakout Sessions:

1:30-2:50: Developers session

  • Leader: Dirk Herr-Hoyman, Operations Manager & Lead R&D Architect, HTRC

1:30-2:50: Researchers session

  • Leader: Peter Organisciak, Doctoral student, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science

1:30-2:00: Joint Instructors and Librarians session

  • Leaders:
    • Harriet Green (Instructors), English and Digital Humanities Librarian (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    • Robert McDonald (Librarians), Associate Dean for Library Technologies (Indiana University)

2:00-2:50: Instructors session

  • Leaders: Harriet Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian & Sayan Bhattacharyya, Postdoctoral Researcher (University of Illinois)

2:00-2:50: Librarians session

  • Leaders: Robert McDonald, Associate Dean for Library Technologies & Angela Courtney, Director, Scholar's Commons (Indiana University), Francesca Gianetti, Digital Humanities Librarian (Rutgers University) & Beth
     Sandore Namachchivaya, Associate University Librarian for Research & Associate Dean of Libraries (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
3:00-3:30  Forum HallPlenary Session Discussing Major Topics of Each Breakout Session





  Forum Hall

Lightning Talks and HTRC Project Demos:

  • Peter Organisciak & Loretta Auvil, HathiTrust + Bookworm Project
  • Milinda Pathirage, "HathiTrust Research Notebooks: Large-Scale Interactive Text Mining on HathiTrust Corpus"
  • Jacob Jett, WCSA Prototyping Project, "Expanding Workset Functionality Through RDF"
  • Annika Hinze, WCSA Prototyping Project, "Semantic analysis of documents of the HathiTrust Corpus: Semantic-Enhanced Search and Workset Generation"
  • Neal Audenaert, WCSA Prototyping Project, "VisualPage: A Prototype Framework for Understanding Visually Constructed Meaning in Books"
  • Kevin Page, WCSA Prototyping Project, "ElEPHãT: Early English Print in HathiTrust, a Linked Semantic Worksets Prototype"
  • Trevor Muñoz, WCSA Prototyping Project, "Many Hands, Light Work?: What Could Distributed Enhancement of HathiTrust Metadata Look Like?"
  • Jaimie Murdock, "Topic Modeling with the HTRC Data Capsule"
  • Doug Duhaime, "Detecting Literary Plagiarisms: The Case of Oliver Goldsmith"



  Hatcher Library Gallery

Reception Featuring Demos and Posters of Current Research:

  • Milinda Pathirage, iPython & HTRC demo
  • Jiaan Zeng, "Cloud Computing Data Capsules for Non-Consumptive Use of Texts"
  • Dirk Herr-Hoyman, "Secure HathiTrust Analytics Research Commons (SHARC)"
  • Miao Chen, "Toward Enhanced Metadata Quality of Large-Scale Digital Libraries: Estimating Volume Time Range"
  • Jaimie Murdock, Data Capsule Visualization
  • Loretta Auvil & Piotr Organisciak, "HT + Bookworm"
  • Boris Capitanu, "Extracting Features from Text at the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC)"
  • WCSA Prototyping Project posters: Jacob Jett, Annika Hinze, Kevin Page, Neal Audenaert and Trevor Munõz
  • Sayan Bhattacharyya, "HTRC Portal and Workset Builder"
Tuesday, March 31




  Forum HallPlenary Talk


  Great Lakes (North, South & Central)Participant-Generated Breakout Sessions                        




  Forum HallKeynote: Erez Lieberman Aiden


Two blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved and are available for reservations:
Campus Inn (734-769-2200)
Within walking distance of Palmer Commons
$229 per night
Reservations via phone only, reference booking code # 13566 when calling
Sheraton Ann Arbor (734-996-0600)
Short car ride from Palmer Commons
$135 per night
Block name “HathiTrust UnCamp”

Ann Arbor has additional hotel options, but they do not have reserved blocks.

Driving Directions

Follow this Google Maps link and plug in your starting address to get driving directions to Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan.

About Ann Arbor


  • J. Stephen Downie, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Beth Plale, Director, Data to Insight Center and Professor of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Michelle Paolillo, Project Manager, Cornell University
  • Eamon duffy, Librarian, McGill University
  • Jill Becker, Professor, University of Michigan
  • Barbara Hui, Software Developer, California Digital Library
  • Douglas Knox, Assistant Director, Humanities Digital Workshop, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Stephen Pentecost, Senior Digital Humanities Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Colleen Whitney, Technical Manager, California Digital Library
  • Kyle Stewart, User Experience Researcher, Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Beth Namachchivaya, Associate Dean of Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Laila H. Moustafa, Middle East Studies Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Julia L. Galliker, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Michigan/University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dean Rehberger, Director, MATRIX, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University
  • Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian, Boston University Libraries
  • Paul Conway, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
  • Kristin Castellana, Music and Dance Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Rebecca Price, Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Nabil Kashyap, Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Scholarship, Swarthmore College
  • Jennifer Westrick, Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Clifford Wulfman, Coordinator of Library Digital Initiatives, Princeton University
  • Meggin Condino, Product Manager, Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Dirk Herr-Hoyman, Operations Manager, HTRC, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Miao Chen, Assistant Director for Outreach, HTRC, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Robert McDonald, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, Deputy Director, Data to Insight Center, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Laurie Taylor, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Florida
  • Francesca Giannetti, Digital Humanities Librarian, Rutgers University
  • Milinda Pathirage, Research Assistant, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Jiaan Zeng, Graduate Student, Indiana University Bloomington
  • John Unsworth, Vice Provost, Chief Information Officer, University Librarian, Professor, Brandeis University
  • Tara Carlisle, Digital Scholarship Specialist, University of Oklahoma
  • Doug Duhaime, Graduate Student, University of Notre Dame
  • Chris Maden, Research Programmer, HTRC, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Boris Capitanu, Research Programmer and System Administrator, HTRC, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Loretta Auvil, Senior Project Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Kahyun Choi, Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Megan Senseney, Senior Project Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Colleen Fallaw, Visiting Research Programmer for Repository Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ryan Dubnicek, Visiting Research Services Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Janet Crayne, Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Librarian, University of Michigan Library
  • Lijuan Xu, Library Instruction Coordinator, Lafayette College
  • Natsuko Nicholls, Research Data Consultant, Virginia Tech
  • Mary Erica Zimmer, Graduate Student, The Editorial Institute, Boston University
  • Neal Audenaert, Research Engineer Associate III, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • Ben Johnston, Humanities Computing Specialist, Princeton University
  • Fe Susan T. Go, Southeast Asia Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Megan Waters Bernal, Associate University Librarian, DePaul University
  • Tracy Seneca, Digital Services Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tim Cole, Mathematics Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jacob Jett, Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Peter Organisciak, PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Yun Hao, Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kristina Eden, Copyright Instruction Librarian, University of Michigan
  • John Weise, Manager, Digital Library Production Service, University of Michigan
  • Richard Adler, Project Manager, Copyright Review Management System - World, University of Michigan
  • Paul Schaffner, Head of eText Production, Digital Library Production Service, University of Michigan
  • Kat Hagedorn, Project Manager for Digital Projects, University of Michigan
  • Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, University of Michigan Library
  • Chris Powell, Coordinator, Encoded Text Services, University of Michigan
  • Tom Burton-West, Information Retrieval Programmer, Digital Library Production Service, University of Michigan
  • Lance Stuchell, Digital Preservation Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Nancy Moussa, Programmer Analyst, University of Michigan
  • Jonathan Rothman, Head, Library Systems Office, University of Michigan
  • Bill Dueber, Programmer, Library Systems, University of Michigan
  • Elaine Westbrooks, Associate University Librarian for Research, University of Michigan
  • Alix Keener, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Valerie Glenn, Government Documents Registry Analyst, University of Michigan
  • Joshua Steverman, Applications Developer, HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Jeremy York, Assistant Director, HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Angelina Zaytsev, Project Librarian, HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Melissa Stewart, Assistant to the Executive Director, HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Ben Schmidt, Assistant Professor of History, Northeastern University
  • Mike Creech, Webmaster, Internet2
  • Yunah Sung, Korean Studies Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Meagan Wilson, Graduate Student, Princeton University
  • Keiko Yokota-Carter, Japanese Studies Librarian, University of Michigan Library
  • Bruce Penek, College Librarian, Social Science and History, Virginia Tech
  • Andrea Malone, Librarian, University of Houston Libraries
  • Allan Lu, Vice President, Research Tools, Services & Platforms, ProQuest
  • Timothy Duguid, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Texas A&M University
  • Barbara Alvarez, Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Liangyu Fu, Chinese Studies Librarian, University of Michigan Library
  • Brooke Shafar, Graduate Student, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Nerea Llamas, Head, International Studies, University of Michigan
  • William Cowan, Head, Library Technology Software Development, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Apama Zambare, English Bibliographer & Associate Professor, Central Michigan University
  • Eric Lease Morgan, Librarian, University of Notre Dame
  • Sayan Bhattacharyya, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Misam Abbas, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Bill Binkiewicz, Director, Software Development, Cengage Learning
  • Charlie Close, Senior Systems Analyst, Cengage Learning
  • Eric Danowski, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Aimme Keener, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Ramanathan Krishnamoorthy, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Kannan Krishnamurthy, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Matt Long, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Dan Michon, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Dan Muszynski, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Selva Rengarajan Kumar, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Ramkumar Vetrivelu, Software Developer, Cengage Learning
  • Dave Guimond, Content Implementation Manager, Cengage Learning
  • Sue Mailing, Senior Content Implementation Analyst, Cengage Learning
  • Trevor Muñoz, Assistant Dean, Libraries & Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland
  • Joe Bishop, SQA Engineer, Cengage Learning
  • Doran Steele, Product Manager, Cengage Learning
  • Carolyn Swift-Muchott, Director, Content Implementation, Cengage Learning
  • Andrew Hnatow, Graduate Research Assistant, Wayne State University
  • Nicholae Cline, Librarian, Indiana University Libraries
  • Jaimie Murdock, PhD Student, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Natalie Houston, Associate Professor, University of Houston
  • Ryan Cassidy, Assistant Librarian, Texas Tech University
  • Annika Hinze, Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato
  • Scott Dennis, Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Jack Neves, Preservation Manager, University of California San Diego Library
  • Ashley Clark, XML Applications Developer, Northeastern University
  • Devin Higgins, Digital Library Programmer, Michigan State University
  • Jharina Pascual, Graduate Student, University of Michigan
  • Walker Boyle, Graduate Student, University of Michigan
  • Corinne Vieracker, Graduate Student, University of Michigan
  • Alexa Hagen, Graduate Student, University of Michigan
  • Colin Allen, Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Angela Courtney, Librarian, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Terry Reese, Head of Digital Initiatives, Ohio State University
  • Ning Chen, Associate Professor, East China University of Science and Technology
  • Patrick Tonks, Assistant Director for Programming, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan
  • Muhammad Shamim, Bioinformatics Programmer, Baylor College of Medicine

Additional information about the 2015 UnCamp will be posted here as it becomes available. The 2012 and 2013 UnCamp programs and presentations are still available online.


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