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Coming to the DML blog, New Voices

posted on 13 Feb 2012 20:15 by BGC DML

This semester, one of my hopes has been to make the DML News blog a place where people more regularly visit. Part of making that happen will be an increase in posts about outside news relevant to the DML. Some of it will w be coming from posting more about events here at the BGC that are relevant to DML activities. But, I think that the best way to make this blog more compelling will be to start to include a multiplicity of voices. To that end, this space will soon be home to posts by a number of students, faculty, and staff whose work greatly impacts or is greatly impacted by the work done in the lab. Coming up soon will be posts by DML Assistant Sara Spink and Head of New Media Research David Jaffee. The lab is about the work that we all contribute here at the BGC and it will be great to hear directly from those individuals working on projects in the lab. I hope you get a chance to read about their work and I encourage all visitors to participate in conversations via comments.

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Spring 2012 & the DML is abloom and buzzing

posted on 13 Jan 2012 23:57 by BGC DML

photo by Flickr user blathlean used under Creative Commons license

It is almost MLK Day and that means a calendar year has just turned over and we are about to start our spring semester. 2011 was a really good year for the DML. Here are some highlights:

In the spring, Prof. David Jaffee's 19th c. New York class created a great online exhibition, which saw our students bravely delve into the unfamiliar world of web design, HTML, CSS, javascript, etc.

PhD candidate Yenna Chan's class Rus in Urbe saw a successful first foray into video essays. Inspired by these works, Prof. Jaffee implemented a similar assignment in his fall course Material Culture of 20th c. New York Class, and his students produced some really amazing work.

During the summer the BGC was host to an NEH Institute on the Material Culture of NYC. Participants took advantage of the DML and workshops on presentations, database software, and collaboration tools.

Fall 2011 saw the use of wikis as course sites at the BGC flourish to its fullest, as every class now has a course site with many professors experimenting with new assignments that take advantage of the interactive and collaborative features of the sites.

There was also an explosion in the use of Prezi at the BGC for not only presentations, but also as a space to compare and analyze sets of visual information, create visual syllabi for course materials, and even develop prototypes for potential digital media projects.

The upcoming spring promises to be just as busy, if not more so. AMNH fellow Erin Hasinoff's Material Itineraries focus gallery tutorial will be designing prototypes for interactive media displays while Prof. Jaffee's Interpretation of the Artifact in the Age of New Media course will inevitably be exploring and experimenting with a wide range of digital media on a number of platforms.

We will also be beginning a project to develop an archive for all of this student work, using Omeka to store and catalog digital copies as well as provide professors a platform from which to present this student work. The first round of material to enter the archive will be the videos from professor Jaffee's Material Culture of 20th c. New York class, as well audio files and transcripts from interviews of designers and craftspersons done by students from Prof. Catherine Whalen's Craft and Design in the USA course. The digital sustainability questions that this archive will raise will also help us determine how best to handle one of our most exciting projects this semester, our first digitally-born qualifying paper. Finding a way to store, catalog, and make available this new type of project should prove an interesting challenge as students start producing more digital-born work.

That's not even all that's going on digitally at the BGC. We are applying for bigger digital grants, experimenting more with digital materials and interfaces in our galleries, and improving the overall quality of technology across the institution. It's a great time to be doing digital things here and it only promises to get better.

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Fall 2011

posted on 22 Aug 2011 17:12 by BGC DML


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.


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.


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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