THATCamp Texas emerged from two experiences. In 2008, I was lucky enough to attend the very first THATCamp at George Mason University’s CHNM and became convinced that holding an unconference is one of the best ways to start conversations, exchange ideas, generate enthusiasm and energy, build community and launch collaborations. Last year, Caleb McDaniel and I hosted Andrew Torget for a terrific lecture here at Rice. During his visit, Andrew and I discussed our shared desire to build up the digital humanities community in the Texas region and agreed that holding a THATCamp would be a great way to advance that goal. Hence THATCamp Texas.
THATCamps are fundamentally collaborative endeavors, so many people deserve thanks for their hard work in making THATCamp a success, including:
- Andrew Torget of UNT is the ideal collaborator, enthusiastic, smart, and upbeat. Andrew was willing do whatever needed to be done, whether serving as emcee, leading a BootCamp session, or lugging a cooler. THATCamp Texas wouldn’t have happened without him.
- Anita Riley of UH likewise was crucial to the success of THATCamp; she offered helpful suggestions about logistics, made the name tags, put together a BootCamp session, and pitched in to do whatever it took to keep THATCamp Texas running smoothly, such as keeping sessions on schedule and assisting with refreshments.
- Amanda Focke of Rice taught a wonderful session on Omeka–and she even brought donuts!
- Kim Ricker and Jean Niswonger of Rice led not one but two well-received sessions on GIS
- Chris Pound of Rice offered a great workshop on WordPress
- Hadley Wickham of Rice taught an excellent session on data visualization using the open source R package that he created, ggplot2
- Ben Brumfield, developer of FromthePage, introduced a grateful group to the wonders of regular expressions (and, as a veteran THATCamp coordinator, provided great advice)
- Lina Dib, artist and anthropology grad student at Rice, and Roland von Kurnatowski of TX-RX Labs brought THATCamp Texas to a perfect close with their fun and illuminating “Art, Hackers and Arduino Microcontrollers: Show ‘n Tell ‘n Play” session.
- Geneva Henry of Fondren Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship provided funding to cover the (relatively modest) cost of the event.
- Linda Spiro, Ginny Martin and Janice Lindquist pitched in with THATCamp (Ginny even came in early on a Saturday to unlock for us)
- DMC staff, particularly Nadalia Liu and Scott Gunther, helped get everything ready for THATCamp
THATCamp, the Mothership
- Amanda French, the head “counselor” for THATCamp, provided great advice With all of the information and templates available on the THATCamp site, it’s relatively easy to put on a THATCamp (at least compared to your typical conference)
THATCamp would have been a big flop if participants didn’t contribute their energy and ideas. Thanks to everyone who came to THATCamp Texas, particularly those who helped spread the word about the event, contributed session proposals, facilitated sessions, Tweeted sessions, and donated to help cover our catering costs.