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NEH Summer Institue Digital Workshops #BGCNEH #Omeka #Zotero #Prezi #Scrivener #Evernote #dh

posted on 14 Jul 2011 15:56 by BGC DML


We are now in the middle of the second week of the NEH Summer Institute on New York City Material Culture we are hosting here at the BGC, and by all accounts things are going swimmingly. Despite some hot weather, the participants really seem to be enjoying the lectures by guest faculty, day trips to sites in and around the city, and the ability to take advantage of the abundant archival and historical resources New York has to offer.

On the digital front, the institute participants seem really enthusiastic about exploring the digital resources we have available at the BGC. We had initially planned to offer workshops on wikis, Omeka, and Prezi, but it was apparent early on that the participants wanted even more than that. So, we have decided to hold a workshop on Zotero and one on productivity software (such as Scrivener, Evernote). In addition we had a session where I showed a variety of digital humanities projects and we discussed what digital humanities means, issues of the big tent, and differences between tool building, interpretation, and the production of knowledge in a digital age.

In addition, I plan on having individual meeting with a variety of individuals who are interested in improving their digital infrastructures at their institutions or who are looking to implement software they are unfamiliar with (Omeka, Filemaker, etc.) into their workflow. It is great to see such enthusiasm for digital media amongst the participants, and it makes me glad that we have the resources and pedagogical structures in place to help satiate their curiosity.

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3D Scanning and Printing

posted on 12 Jul 2011 17:11 by BGC DML


Those of you who have been around this summer have seen me excited about our newest purchase for the DML, a 3D scanner from NextEngine. This scanner has a lot of potential for our object based work and the possibility of getting detailed three dimensional representations of objects into a digital format. I am still working out the peculiarities and quirks of the machine, but it seems that with diligence and some hard work we can get good scans for use in academic programs and the gallery.

The next step would be printing our scans. Just as the NextEngine dropped into an affordable price range, #D printing is starting to become a more attainable reality. Here is a video of a homemade resin-based 3D printer which can attain remarkable resolutions.

Looking at even more expensive and complex printers, there are now powder and binder based printers that can print color objects with movable parts. Below is a video of one of these printers creating a wrench that actually adjusts and is strong enough to tighten a nut on a bolt:

It is amazing to think about how digital technologies are starting to move out of two dimensions and data space and into the real 3D world. This holds a lot of promise for the study of material culture and makes the possibilities in the DML really exciting.

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