THATCamp CHNM details

THATCamp CHNM at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is exactly three weeks away! We’ve got 154 people attending, so this should be one of our liveliest camps yet. Here’s some requests, plus more information below:

  • We’re looking for volunteers to teach a couple more workshops — write gro.p1563478489macta1563478489ht@of1563478489ni1563478489 if you’d be willing to teach something.
  • We’re ordering t-shirts on May 17: please log in to your profile at chnm2011.thatcamp.org/wp-login.php and indicate your t-shirt size (now with women’s t-shirts, hooray!)
  • If you haven’t yet reserved a hotel room, be advised that the Mason Inn is now full. We’ve obtained a block of rooms at the Residence Inn Marriott for a reduced rate of $85 (which includes breakfast and Internet). Call 1-800-331-3131 before May 31 and mention THATCamp to get the conference rate. It’s a little further away from campus, but is right on a CUE bus line, and we’ll also be using Twitter and the blog to arrange carpools.
  • Finally, it’s time to start proposing and discussing sessions! See thatcamp.org/proposals for advice on unconference session proposals. Log in at chnm2011.thatcamp.org/wp-login.php and go to Post –> Add new to post your session proposal to the blog, and come back often to read and comment on others’ proposals. On Saturday morning we’ll all work together to create the schedule from these and other suggestions.

What to bring, what to wear

Bring a laptop, tablet computer, and/or a smartphone. Dress is very casual, so t-shirts and flipflops are fine.


Friday, June 3rd will be devoted to tech training workshops in a series we call “BootCamp.” Be sure to visit chnm2011.thatcamp.org/bootcamp to see prerequisites for and descriptions of the workshops. Note especially that we’ve added a workshop to the schedule: Trevor Owens will teach “Intro to ReCollection,” a Linked Open Data platform for creating beautiful and informative visualizations from digital collections.

Schedule and social activities

We’ll begin on Friday, June 3rd, with breakfast and registration from 8:30am to 9:00am. We’ll also provide lunch that day, and while you eat, you can watch us record an episode of the Digital Campus. Workshops will run till 5:30pm. For those who are interested, we’re arranging a meetup on Friday at 6:00pm at The Auld Shebeen, an Irish pub in downtown Fairfax; the bar of the Mason Inn is also a good place to meet up. On Saturday, June 4th, we’ll again have breakfast & registration from 8:30 to 9:00, and we’ll again provide lunch, ending by 5:30pm in time for drinks and dinner at the Mason Inn or wherever you choose. Sunday, June 5th will also begin with breakfast at 8:30, but we’ll wrap up in time for lunch (on your own this time) to allow campers to catch their flights home. Sunday at 1pm we’re also having a THATCAMP BAKEOFF; bring baked goods of any kind, and our esteemed panel of judges (yet to be determined) will determine a winner, who will receive free copies of the TechSmith software Camtasia Studio and SnagIt.

More questions? Write gro.p1563478489macta1563478489ht@of1563478489ni1563478489. Don’t forget to follow the #thatcamp hashtag on Twitter, too.


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  1. Jana Remy

    Is there a #THATCamp baking venue near the Mason Inn? (i.e. a place for us out-of-towners to concoct & bake?)

  2. Brian Croxall

    Seriously. I think this is a plot to get software and bragging rights to DC-area DHers.

  3. Amanda French

    No, not a place to bake per se. But I did plan to offer bakers fridge space at CHNM — just have to check to see if there’ll be room. If not, we’ll make room. 🙂 That way, I figure you can bake stuff beforehand and bring it.

    Also, I was planning to make a rule whereby you don’t actually have to have baked your bakeoff entry yourself. So if you want, you could enter Pepperidge Farm contestants. 🙂

  4. Amanda French

    I need to ban myself from ever using smiley faces ever again. My other comment looks like a four-year-old wrote it.

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