We’re pleased to announce that THATCamp Southeast will include a BootCamp. A BootCamp is series of educational, hands-on sessions to introduce Campers to various digital skills related to research and teaching in the humanities.

Our BootCamp will take place on Friday, March 4, the day before the full THATCamp begins. This schedule (borrowed from our friends at THATCamp VA) will allow “analog” humanists, librarians, and museum professionals to learn alongside passionate and expert technologists and still participate fully in Saturday’s and Sunday’s THATCamp. And yes, you should feel free to consider this a THATCamp Southeast pre-party.

Campers should mark on their applications if they are interested in participating in the BootCamp. Tuition is free, but a handful of fellowships will be available — through the generosity of the Mellon Foundation, the Kress Foundation, and the Council on Library and Information Resources — to defray travel costs for qualified applicants.

At present we are still refining ideas for sessions. Possible sessions include the following:

  • Creating a Web Presence for Yourself and/or Your Projects
  • Text Encoding Fundamentals
  • Digitization Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Python
  • Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities
  • Intro to CMSes: WordPress, Drupal, Omeka
  • Transcribing and Describing Primary Sources

However, this is your BootCamp. What would you like to learn? Please send us suggestions via the comments, Twitter, or email at . If you need help brainstorming ideas, see this range of topics that can be taught as BootCamp curriculum.