A Primer for Digital Media Authorship

November 16, 2011
Wired! Lab, Bay 11, 2nd Floor, Smith Warehouse
Victoria Szabo

Digital publication in the humanities today ranges from the online publication of traditional essays to a much wider range of formats. These might include electronic archives, games, virtual exhibitions, multimedia maps, or data visualizations.  How do we understand, create, and assess such work as part of our scholarly practice in the humanities? This talk will focus on the affordances of digital media projects in this context, emphasizing their database-driven, multimodal, and collaborative attributes.

Statue Monuments in Historical Context

November 2, 2011

Raquel Salvatella de Prada, Sheila Dillon

Digital visualization affords us the possibility to recreate an important aspect of the visual landscape of ancient cities that is now totally missing – the thousands of statues that once inhabited public space.  What might the process of “re-statuefying” an ancient context tell us about ancient sculpture that a de-statuefied context does not?  What are the potential problems and pitfalls of such a project?  And just because we can do it, should we?

Talking About Teaching in New (Digital) Times

October 19, 2011
Caroline Bruzelius, Todd Berreth

What is knowledge?  What is the most effective way to teach?  This term “Gothic Cathedrals,” taught by Caroline Bruzelius and Todd Berreth, is experimenting with a fusion of online learning (recorded lectures on Panopto) and in-class teamwork to involve students in more a engaged and “hands-on” learning experience.  Todd and Caroline will talk about how they are conducting this educational experiment.

You can see the course website here – be sure to check out some student projects.

Relevent readings: Thomas and Brown, A New Culture of Learning

Google Maps & Google Earth

October 7, 2011 — October 14, 2011
Victoria SzaboSarah Goetz

In these two sessions we will practice authoring mulit-layered Google Maps and Google Earth projects in support of digital humanities projects. We will focus on placing Sketchup 3D models in maps, text and multimedia annotation, point and polygon overlays, data imports from GIS shapefiles, online tours, and web-based map publication.

Critical Visualization Studies

October 5, 2011
Mark Olson

For the first Get Wired @ Lunch discussion, Mark would like to explore the implications of recent critical work in visual and media studies on our modeling and mapping endeavors. His hope is that we can begin a sustained dialogue about the (hopefully productive) tensions between critical work in visual studies and our practices of historical geospatial visualization. He’s selected two essays from a recent issue of Visual Studies to serve as a launching point for our discussion:

The algorithmic turn: photosynth, augmented reality and the changing implications of the image by William Uricchio

Geomedia: on location-based media, the changing status of collective image production and the emergence of social navigation systems by Francesco Lapenta