[hcs-d] Harvard Library Hackathon: New Search Methods in the Humanities

Lisa Chille lchille at college.harvard.edu
Fri Mar 16 11:59:59 EDT 2018

*Calling all humanists, computer programmers, and designers!*

(Click through the ad to sign up, and drop by for as long as you like)

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Harvard Library is hosting a 24-hour hackathon! It’s free and open to
everyone – not just coders – so mark your calendars for March 29th and 30th,
and *sign up*
with your friends. Our goal is to develop a new search engine for research
in the humanities based on a technique called *concept search*

*What’s a hackathon? *It’s an event that brings together computer
programmers, library-information specialists, web designers, graphic
designers, and humanists to collaborate intensively on a single project.
We’re sending this invite to relevant groups around Boston area. We need a
lot of people who are interested in computer science and the humanities.
Ideally, some of you will have a foot in both disciplines. The test-corpus
that we’ll be using is drawn from the period of the American Revolution,
so, for you humanists out there, *be sure to sign up if you have any
interest in the eighteenth century!*

*Where? *Cabot Library, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

*When? *March 29th at 3pm until March 30th at 3pm

*Extra Enticements? *We’ll provide free food throughout the event, and
there will also be hundreds of dollars of prizes in the form of Amazon gift
cards. What we hope will cause you to sign up, though, is the chance to
work with students and researchers across a variety of disciplines, and to
push forward the boundaries of what’s possible in the humanities!

** Sign-Up Form *
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