Computing Committee for 2010-11 Convened

In May, the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) appointed the Computing Committee for 2010-11:

Rachel Mayeri (11),
Eliot Bush (12),
Alfonso Castro (13),
Vatche Sahakian (13)
As CIO, I serve ex officio, as does a student member nominated by ASHMC.  This year, the student is Nick Card.
At our first meetings in the Fall semester we selected a chair, Eliot Bush, discussed the timing of meetings and laid out a schedule of topics.  We also had a fascinating and free-wheeling discussion of iTunesU, HMC on YouTube ( and screencasts of problem solutions.
The topics for the rest of the semester are as follows:
Oct 6: Meet with CalvinTong. Start Email-Calendaring discussion

Oct 20: Email and Calendaring

Nov 3: Meet with Susan Selhorst.  Discussion of IT governance

Nov 17: Discussion of IT governance;  Student and faculty personal computer backups.

Dec 1: Teaching and technology

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

Another interesting post from a listserv:

The American Council of Learned Societies invites application for the
sixth annual competition of the Digital Innovation Fellowships.

This program supports digitally based research projects in all
disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.
It is hoped that projects of successful applicants will help advance
digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature
and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such

ACLS will award up to six ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships in this
competition year, including one project on which two scholars are

Stipends up to $60,000
Project costs up to $25,000

Deadline: September 29, 2010.

For more information visit:

During the 2009-10 cycle, ACLS awarded over $15 million to more than 380
scholars based in the US and abroad working in the humanities and
related social sciences.  Visit the Fellows & Research section to view
recent awardee
listings and profiles.

American Council of Learned Societies
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New York, NY 10017<>
Steven C. Wheatley
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American Council of Learned Societies
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Bentham Transcription Project

I thought this was a very interesting announcement.  It came through on a Digital Humanities list.

The Bentham Project at UCL seeks the assistance of willing participants
in an initiative to transcribe the manuscripts of philosopher and
reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).

Today sees the launch of the Transcribe Bentham Transcription Desk, an
online tool designed to harness the efforts of all Bentham fans –
whether schoolchildren, history enthusiasts, academics or armchair
philosophers – to bring his work into the digital age and the world at

The Transcription Desk allows participants to transcribe material from
facsimile images of Bentham’s previously unpublished manuscripts. The
resulting transcripts will be included in a freely-accessible database
of Bentham’s Manuscripts at UCL, and will assist in the preparation of
future printed volumes of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham at the
Bentham Project.

For further information on Transcribe Bentham, visit:
To start transcribing, visit the Transcription Desk:

Transcribe Bentham is a joint initiative of the Bentham Project, UCL
Centre for Digital Humanities, University of London Computer Centre, and
UCL Library Services, and is supported by the AHRC.

— Dr Justin Tonra Research Associate, Bentham Project University College London +44 (0)20 7679 3607

Sakai hits record usage

John Trafecanty wrote to the intercollegiate Sakai Administration Team this morning:

Hello SAT:

It looks like we hit a new record for usage last night. There were approximately 1,900 users online at the same time. The old record was last semester at about 1,450 users.

John Trafecanty

Sakai is now one of the most heavily used systems at the Claremont Colleges.  Harvey Mudd is the “lead college” for this service. CIS provides Tier 1 (help desk) and Tier 2 (educational technology) support for HMC, and Tier 3 (System and Application management) support for all the Claremont Colleges.