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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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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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