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Exploring Family and Culture

Join us for four presentations starting at 7PM followed by lightning talks if there is time and interest.

Amelia Greenhall, Open Review Quarterly

Scott Weingart, Stanford University Library Data Scientist - "DH and Public Genealogy"

Roy Mill, Senior Product Manager, Context and Narrative - "Context and Insights @"

Nicholas Jenkins, Stanford Professor of English Literature - "Kindred Britain"

Details for each talk:

Open Review Quarterly

The Open Review Quarterly is a collaboratively edited literary journal focused on modern culture. I'll talk about why we publish it, what we do behind the scenes, and the tech we've used over the years to bring it to life online and in print. 

DH and Public Genealogy: Drawing Inspiration

The digital humanities and public-facing genealogy projects have a lot to learn from one another. Among other things, they both aim to give non-technical experts access to advanced tools for data and corpus exploration, especially related to human-centric datasets and crowdsourced material. I'll talk about some areas of cross-over between DH and genealogy services, especially with regards to visually-guided interfaces, and potential points of inspiration for both sides.

Family History and Social History: Context and Insights @
Ancestry is working on several initiatives to help users understand the
vast data of their family history. While traditional family history has
been focused on collecting and organizing data, the industry is shifting
focus into helping users tell stories. Context is key in giving meaning to
facts and finding stories in the data. I¹ll talk about the challenges in
delivering context to users and how context is, in the end, about
connecting family history to social and general history.

Kindred Britain

Kindred Britain ( takes genealogy, one of the most ancient historical genres and perhaps the oldest form of network theory,  and projects this venerable discipline into an absolutely contemporary digital medium to produce new understandings of the past, and of the present. Nicholas Jenkins, Associate Professor of English at Stanford and PI on Kindred Britain website (, will demo the site, talk about its origins, describe his collaboration on the project with Elijah Meeks and Scott Murray, and outline plans for the new version, Kindred Britain 2.0.

Launched last summer and called an “amazing digital humanities website” by The Economist, Kindred Britain was shortlisted for the Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards 2013 and was a runner up in the “Best DH Visualization or Infographic” category in the Digital Humanities Awards 2013. It was also featured as one of five humanities “Research Highlights” of 2013 in the Stanford Annual Report.

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  • Roy M.

    Hi everyone,

    We're very excited to have you all tomorrow at our SF office!
    When you get to 153 Townsend St please keep going to the elevators and hit 8. We'll be on the 8th floor with some pizzas and beverages.

    See you tomorrow!

    July 7, 2014

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