Thursday, August 22, 2019
Digital Scholarship Lab (Main Library)

What is THATCamp?

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a party at your house is to a church wedding, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, what a jam band is to a symphony orchestra: it’s more informal and more participatory. (From:


There have been THATCamps held at MSU in the past, but DH@MSU is beginning an annual THATCamp each August targeted at MSU faculty, staff, and students for a few reasons:

  1. To bring people back together after the summer
  2. To introduce new folks to the DH@MSU community
  3. Share knowledge, expertise, and skills among the community
  4. Build connections between community members for future collaborations, troubleshooting, and ice cream breaks
  5. Identify needs for and interest in future workshops and training

This day-long unconference is a fantastic opportunity for members of the DH@MSU community (old and new) to gather, learn from each other, and make connections to carry forward into the academic year.

THATCamp is FREE, but we do strongly encourage registration in advance (it helps us determine how much pizza and coffee to buy). A tentative schedule and the registration form are available below. Please direct any questions to Kristen Mapes ( or @kmapesy).

Tentative Schedule

8:45-9:15 – Breakfast and check in
9:15-9:45 – Opening talk about DH@MSU
9:45-10:15 – Orienting about THATCamp and Ideas/Brainstorming session
10;15-10:30 – Voting & coffee break
10:30-10:40 – Announcing sessions & answering questions
10:40-12:00 – Session 1
12:00-1:00 – Lunch
1:00-2:20 – Session 2
2:20-2:40 – Break
2:40-4:00 – Session 3
4:00-4:20 – Break
4:20-5:00 – Share out from the sessions, closing thoughts, and next steps

In advance of the day, feel free to request topics you would like to learn more about or suggest things you would be willing to share/teach by editing this document.