Developing Wassaja

An IHR Nexus Lab project empowering faculty, staff, and students to develop sustainable web applications for impactful ASU research.

The Developing Wassaja Project is an IHR Nexus Lab enterprise to strengthen the skills of researchers at Arizona State University to be able to actively engage in electronic publication through web application development. This workshop series was inspired by the Developing Librarian project at Columbia University Libraries, and we wondered if it could scale up to a group composed of faculty, staff, and students (rather than just library staff alone). As a result, we are a team of scholars from many different disciplines, we are all coming together to learn new skills, leverage our existing strengths, and become an active part of the ASU Digital Humanities Community. We meet every Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am in the IHR Nexus Lab to learn from one another and then put those lessons to work by developing a web application for a "client" ASU project: for the Spring 2015 semester it is the Wassaja Newsletter Collection.

The Wassaja Newsletter Collection is an amazing humanities collection of rare, Yavapai newsletters written by Carlos Montezuma in the early 20th Century. It has been curated in a joint effort by ASU scholars David Martinez, Jodi Reeves Flores, and Joyce Martin, and has been funded by an Institute for Humanities Research Seed Grant. Their goal is to promote more awareness of Montezuma's activism for the Yavapai and to celebrate this community, and the website developed by the Developing Wassaja Team will be one tool to help them in achieving this objective.


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Sydney Lines

Events Coordinator, Origins Project

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I currently oversee online communications for ASU’s LightWorks initiative as the Communications Program Coordinator, including content creation/curation and design, community management, events, and digital strategy. I also manage and act as liaison for humanities and sciences initiatives and collaborations.

Bruce Matsunaga

Director of Digital Technology, Department of English

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I am a Ph.D. in English Literature at Arizona State University working in Digital Humantities and Romanticism. I work full-time for the English Department as their web master (Drupal), Blackboard Course Administrator, Multi-Media Producer (Video, Audio and Still Photography), Social Media Manager, Technical Support Specialist, CoursEval Manager, and Academic Jobs Online Manager. 

Michael Simeone

Director of Data Science and Analytics, Hayden Library

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