HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) UnCamp 2018

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Location: University of California Libraries, Berkeley, CA

Dates: January 25-26, 2018 (Thursday & Friday)

0.5 day pre-conferences:

  • Jan. 25: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1.5 day UnCamp:

  • Jan. 25: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Jan. 26: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration: Coming soon!

Call for Submissions

For the first time, HTRC invites proposals for the 2018 UnCamp. Proposals for panel presentations, lightning talks, and posters may address any aspect of digital text collections, computational text analysis, copyright and open access, digital pedagogy, and related topics, especially as these relate to the HTRC.
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017

Please see the full CFP and submission details on the CFP page.


The HathiTrust Research Center is a community-driven organization that supports the HathiTrust (HT) by facilitating non-profit and educational uses of the corpus by enabling computational analysis of public domain works and (on limited terms) non-consumptive use of in-copyright works from its collection.  The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

Progress in analysis of the HathiTrust Digital Library is dependent on the quality and accessibility of the content within the toolset of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) to a wide variety of researchers from across the spectrum of the research community. It is critical to address many new challenges related to the development, deployment, maintenance, and sustainability of the HTRC tools and the best way to do this is to engage our research community within the HTRC UnCamp to better understand current use cases and research projects in order to improve and adapt the HTRC services to meet the community needs.

In addition, it is essential that scientists, researchers, and students are able to learn and adopt a new set of skills and methodologies relate to the mass-scale analysis of the HT corpus. The HTRC UnCamp 2018 seeks to provide a forum for discussion of these challenges of as found in the the HathiTrust member community as well as within the domain of scholarly commons centers and within the DH curriculum, within the wide university community.

HTRC UnCamp 2018 aims to facilitate the creation of a national community focused on improving research use of the HathiTrust corpus through computational analysis. The UnCamp will discuss topics relevant to understanding and utilizing the HathiTrust Digital Library corpus within the modern computational research eco-system. This includes discussion of practices and experiences in mass-scale data mining, visualization, and analysis of the HT collection, with the goal of improving the quality of access and use of the collection by means of the HTRC Data Capsule and other affiliated research tools.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Computational Text Analysis
Possible areas: Computational Text Analysis (CTA) basics, Visualizing HathiTrust data, Tools and methodologies for CTA in HathiTrust, Using Bookworm, CTA and HathiTrust case studies

Worksets and Corpus Creation
HathiTrust as a corpus or data for CTA, How to create, reuse, or publish a focused corpus/workset from HathiTrust, Research reproducibility and sharing text as data

Digital Pedagogy and Text Analysis Curricula
Possible areas: Teaching Computational Text Analysis, HathiTrust & HTRC in the classroom, Instructional case studies

Fair Use, Copyright, and Non-Consumptive Research in HathiTrust
Possible areas: Copyright and fair use issues related to non-consumptive research, Orphaned works, HathiTrust Data Capsule, Case studies

Demystifying HathiTrust Metadata
Possible areas: Introduction to HathiTrust metadata, Future directions for HTRC metadata, Leveraging HathiTrust metadata for analysis and corpus building, Metadata tools

HathiTrust Development, News, and Updates
Possible areas: Developing tools and uses for HathiTrust, Future directions for HathiTrust, What's new in HathiTrust, HathiTrust community, Case studies of tool development

Organizing Committee:

  • Erik Mitchell, University of California
  • Cody Hennesy, University of California
  • Robert McDonald, Indiana University
  • J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois
  • Harriett Green, University of Illinois
  • John Unsworth, University of Virginia
  • John Walsh, Indiana University
  • Kathryn Stine, California Digital Library
  • Jean Ferguson, University of California
  • Stacy Reardon, University of California
  • Ashley Bacchi, University of California
  • Ian Knabe, University of California
  • Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz, University of California
  • Quinn Dombrowski, University of California
  • Evan Muzzall, University of California
  • Patricia Frontiera, University of California

Program Committee:

  • Robert H. McDonald, Indiana University Co-Chair
  • Cody Hennesy, University of California Co-Chair
  • Eleanor Dickson, University of Illinois
  • Ryan Dubnicek, University of Illinois
  • Valerie Glenn, HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Inna Kouper, Indiana University
  • Stacy Reardon, University of California
  • Kathryn Stine, California Digital Library
  • Inclusivity Chair: J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois

Travel and Accommodations

Full details are available on the travel and accommodations page.


HTRC UnCamp 2018 will be hosted on the University of California, Berkeley campus. The primary venue will be the newly renovated Moffitt Library (map), with breakout events in nearby campus locations including the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) and Morrison Library—both located in Doe Library (map)—the campus D-Lab in Barrows Hall (map), and the Academic Innovation Studio (AIS) in Dwinelle Hall (map). All UnCamp events and pre-conferences will be located within a 5-10 minute walk from Moffitt Library.

Code of Conduct

HTRC UnCamp seeks to provide a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion. This year’s inclusivity chair is J. Stephen Downie who is responsible for encouraging diversity and inclusion for all UnCamp participants.

Prior to UnCamp, please review the full UnCamp Code of Conduct.