Erika Weinthal (Nicholas School of the Environment professor) and Liz Milewicz (Duke University Libraries’ department head for Digital Scholarship Services) lead a project to digitize, describe, and create educational materials from a decade of environmental assessments conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Their cross-disciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students is providing a descriptive inventory of the films that UNEP can use to better reference and use this assessment footage, and creating short films and other visual resources that promote understanding of the role that energy resource management plays in reducing conflict, protecting the environment, and ensuring human health and safety.
The Fantasy Collecting game brought together Katie Jentleson, a doctoral student in Duke’s art, art history and visual studies department, and Will Shaw, Duke University Libraries’ digital humanities technology consultant, to create a pedagogical game that helps students discover how market interactions inform the value of artwork.
Professor of German Ann Marie Rasmussen and doctoral students Steffen Kaupp and Christian Straubhaar colloborated on the Rivalrous Masculinities course, which exposes how ideas of masculinity are socially and historically constructed. Undergraduate students in this course, who represented both Duke and partnering German universities, colllected images of masculinity over time and created the Rivalrous Masculinities virtual exhibit using the open source tool Omeka. Support for Omeka was provided by Duke University Libraries’ Will Shaw (digital humanities technology consultant) and Michael Daul (digital projects department programmer).
Digitization of Chimpanzee Data, Jane Goodall Institute Research Center
This partnership with Duke University’s Jane Goodall Institute Research Center is digitizing records of observations of the daily lives of chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania, from the 1960s to 2011. Jane Goodall has overseen the study of chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania since 1960. The behavior of known individuals has been recorded daily since about 1962. The research team at the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center uses this remarkable long-term record to study the complex interplay between ecology and social behavior, focusing on social relationships, space use and development. Digitization and description of the original records, conducted by the Duke University Libraries’ Digital Production Center, is the essential first step in ensuring that the chimpanzee data is preserved and accessible for researchers’ continued use.
Digitization of Lichen and Bryophyte Data, Duke University Herbarium
As part of a National Science Foundation-funded grant to create a consortial database on North American lichens and bryophytes, the Duke University Libraries’ Digital Production Center is digitizing descriptions of lichens and bryophytes in Duke University’s Culberson Herbarium and Library. This four-year project, begun in 2011, will contribute to the creation of a publicly accessible resource of all North American lichen and bryophyte specimens.