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Digital Practices in History and Ethnography: An Invitation to Meet in Santa Fe

Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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If digital tools or digital media or digital practices are prominent in your work as a folklorist, you may be interested in attending the upcoming Digital Practices in History and Ethnography meetup. This gathering will be held on Friday, November 7, during the 2014 American Folklore Society Meeting in Santa Fe. The meeting is scheduled for 12:15-2:00 p.m. and will be held in Santa Fe Community Convention Center’s Nambe room.

Digital Practices in History and Ethnography (DPHE) is a formal interest group within a larger organization known as the Research Data Alliance (RDA), an international initiative to facilitate the development of effective data practices, standards, and infrastructure in particular research areas, and across research areas–aiming to enhance capacity to archive, preserve, analyze and share data, and for collaboration both within and across research communities.

Organized by co-chairs Kim Fotun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Mike Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University) and endorsed by the Research Data Alliance in 2013, the interest group has been active in organizing online meeting events (called project shares) in which digital projects and platforms are presented and discussed for the benefit of the ethnography, history, and digital humanities communities. The concerns and work of folklorists have been prominent in the effort so far and folklorists are urged to engage with the interest group and RDA in support of shared interests and concerns. The interest group is moving towards the establishment of short-term working groups aimed at achieving specific goals in support of the ethnography and/or history communities.

Membership is free in RDA and the Digital Practices in History and Ethnography interest group, but it is not necessary to join in the work of the interest group in order to get something useful from the upcoming in-person AFS meetup. The gathering will provide an open-ended opportunity for anyone with interests in digital tools, projects, standards, and practices to find fellow folklore colleagues with shared interests and to talk about mutual interests and concerns.

Jason Baird Jackson will host the meeting. Questions about DPHE or the meeting are welcome and can be sent to him at

Learn more about the Research Data Alliance at:

Learn more about the Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group at:

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