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Spring 2013 DML Salon

posted on 11 Feb 2013 16:48 by BGC DML

Each semester the Digital Media Lab holds a salon to highlight representative work done in the lab from the previous semester. The salons are an opportunity for students and faculty to share their work, and for the BGC community toget a better idea of the types of projects being done in the lab and how the lab might serve their own scholarship. Past presentations have included digital work done for the Focus Gallery exhibition, Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast;
3D models of virtual exhibitions using Google Sketchup; Prezi being used
for classroom presentations, final projects, and visual syllabi; and videos from the courses, “Rus in Urbe: The Country in the Town, from the City Parks Movement to Urban Ecology” and “The Material Culture of New York City: The 20th Century.” This semester the DML Salon will highlight Omeka exhibitions from Matthew Wittman’s course, “Pleasing the Crowd: Public History and the Material Culture of the American Circus”; a site developed by students in the course, “Media and Materiality: How Technology Shapes Media and Media Shape Culture”; and the digital interactive component of the upcoming Focus Gallery exhibition, Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, 1935. We hope to see you all there.

The DML Salon is open to the BGC community. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP via email (ude.drab.cgb|stnevecimedaca#ude.drab.cgb|stnevecimedaca) and join us in the 1st Floor Seminar Room at 4:30 pm.

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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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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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