DML Blog

Fall 2011

posted on 22 Aug 2011 17:12 by BGC DML

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Today was the first day of orientation and the beginning of the DML's third year. This is always a great time of year as the buzz of students returns to the building, faculty return from the summer trips, and the semester starts rolling. There will be a lot going on in the DML this semester as more classes are using wikis and other digital tools, such as Prezi, Zotero, Omeka, and Filemaker Pro. Furthermore, as we continue with some ongoing focus gallery projects and start a few new ones, it will be interesting to see how media continue to play a role in the gallery work students are doing. Some things to keep an eye on during the coming months:

There will be a lot of Workshops this semester so pay attention for announcements from the Library, VMR, and DML.

There are some new computers in the DML (two 17" laptops and a 27" iMac) along with some other hardware (a 3D scanner, and a high-res flatbed scanner). The 3D scanner in particular promises to open up some real interesting opportunities for material based digital work.

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Our Wiki How-To provides a lot of information on how to use the wikis, but also keep an eye on the Prezi How-To and Omeka How-To for detailed instructions on how to use those tools.

There are a number of developing digital projects running through the DML, including interesting one lead by Profs. Jaffee and Glass. Let me know if you are interested in getting involved in more elaborate projects.

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For a good example of one of the digital projects that have come through the DML, be sure to visit the Visualizing Nineteenth Century New York digital exhibition by BGC students. The product of two semesters of research and web design turned out really well by the end of the spring and is a great example of the kind of work that can be done in the DML.


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NEH Summer Institute Complete #BGCNEH

posted on 01 Aug 2011 15:57 by BGC DML

By all accounts the NEH Summer Institute was a resounding success. The visiting scholars added some life to a normally quiet summer and I think they really appreciated their whirlwind session on New York City material culture. On the DML side, it was encouraging to see so many people interested in the approach the BGC takes towards technology and scholarship. The workshops gave the participants exposure to a wide range of tools and resources and it was great to see people quickly incorporate the tools into their final presentations. The wiki became a useful tool for conversations and the sharing of pictures taken on the various field trips. It also seems like Prezi provided everyone with a new way of presenting materials and continues to be a useful tool in breaking the monotony of Powerpoint presentations and an effective way of presenting material culture resources.

Congratulations go out to Prof. David Jaffee for planning such a successful institute. Hopefully we will get to do another NEH Institute sometime soon, this time maybe through the Office of Digital Humanities with a more explicit focus on technology and the study of material culture.


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