Collaborative Digital Scholarship Projects: The Liberal Art of Drupal

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST December 6, 2012

We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others from the NITLE Network interested in creating collaborative digital scholarship projects to attend this seminar. This seminar may also be especially interesting to faculty in classical studies and other disciplines that emphasize text. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EST)

Growing numbers of liberal arts colleges are creating collaborative digital scholarship projects. Defining the roles of faculty, student, and web developer in the semi-hierarchical world of liberal arts colleges—where pedagogical goals must be constantly kept in mind—can be tricky; however, doing so is critical to the long-term success of such projects. Drupal, an open source content management system, enters this space at a crucial moment, allowing a new level of collaboration in the creation and maintenance of sites by web developers, faculty content providers, and all student assistants. Getting the work flow right while keeping the experience rewarding for all concerned is one key to sustainability. In this seminar, members of the team behind the text annotation site Dickinson College Commentaries (faculty director, web developer, and students) discuss the problems, pitfalls, and opportunities of collaborating with Drupal in a liberal arts context.

  • Chris Francese, Professor of Classical Studies, Dickinson College. Dr. Francese teaches Latin, Greek, and Classical  Studies at Dickinson College, where he has been since 1996. From 1993 to 1996, he taught at Swarthmore College. Dr. Francese has published books on Greek mythography and the Latin language, as well as articles about Ovid, Catullus, and Parthenius of Nicaea. He has strong interests in digital humanities and Greek and Latin pedagogy. He produces an occasional series of podcasts on Latin poetry and directs a series of professional development workshops for Latin teachers: the Dickinson Latin Workshop. Dr. Francese is the project director for Dickinson Classical Commentaries, a series of classical texts with notes, vocabulary, and digital enhancements. He was educated at the University of Texas at Austin (MA, 1989; PhD, 1993); Oberlin College (BA, 1987) and Boston University.
  • Ryan Burke, Web Developer, Technology Services, Dickinson College. Mr. Burke has been a web programmer at Dickinson College since 2005. Previously, he served as webmaster at DeCarol Williamson Enterprises, where he maintained the company’s websites, domains, email accounts, and SQL databases. Prior to working at DeCarol, he was a web programmer and database administrator for Lock Haven University.
  • Meredith Wilson, Dickinson College, class of 2013. Meredith Wilson is a senior Classics major from Telford, Pennsylvania. She has worked on the Dickinson College Commentaries sine June 2012. She contributed to the Greek and Latin core vocabulary lists, and made annotated Google Earth maps to accompany the texts.

Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)


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