Visualizing Cities in Barcelona

On July 5, 2017 I gave a talk sponsored by the City Museum of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona’s Landscape Intervention and Heritage Management MA Program. The talk, “Smartscapes: Urban Heritage in the Era of the

Digital Society,” explored a range of possible approaches augmented reality offers to urban exploration.

In two days of follow-up workshops on July 6-7, I worked with Master’s students on their project ideas and introduced a variety of digital storytelling tools. We will continue to explore the idea of a Visualizing Barcelona project in the coming years.


NC Jukebox visits Western North Carolina

On April 22, 2017 Terry McKinney and his band hosted a special concert at the Orchard’s at Alta Pass. The NC Jukebox team, led by Trudi Abel from Rubenstein Library and myself,  were the featured guests. Our students presented some of the research they had done on the singers and songs of the collection, sharing an interactive timeline and some of the music clips and information they had gathered. We also set up a small version of the exhibition we had hosted in Rubenstein back at Duke.

In turn, some of the descendants of the singers were in attendance and told stories about their family member’s and their performances. The band played songs we had re-discovered in the archives and people jumped up and danced!


Coding Dürer

I was selected to participate in Coding Dürer: International Hackathon for Art History and Information Science. It was held at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Munich, Germany from March 13-17, 2017. My team explored the gap between computer vision technology’s analysis of art images and what curators found in them. Our resulting project, The Rogues Gallery, gave us much better insight into the assumptions built into such systems, and how we might create projects that combine curatoral and computer eye perspectives on art.

Back to Rochester!

I had the pleasurable opportunity to return to my alma mater, the University of Rochester, March 3-5, 2017, to give a talk on “Cultural Approaches to Digital Heritage” as a guest of Mellon Digital Humanities Fellows program, an engaged group of graduate students from various programs.

I also gave an Omeka workshop, demonstrated the Psychasthenia 2 game, talked about the NC Jukebox archive, and had a lot of interesting conversations with faculty, staff, and students.  It is great to see how digital scholarship is  evolving at the UR and in the English Department.

It was also wonderful to be back in Rush Rhees Library, one of my favorite places on campus, and to visit the Koller-Collins Graduate English Center and Robbins Library, where I first got started working on Digital Humanities projects in the 1990s. I also snuck in trip to the Memorial Art Gallery, and a frigid junket to Lake Ontario. No custard this time of year though!

Digital Durham: Past, Present, Future Rebooted!

Great News! Digital Durham: Past, Present, Future – a reboot of the now “historic” Digital Durham website and project – has been funded by Bass Connections: Information, Society & Culture + the Education and Human Development tracks, along with the Franklin Humanities Institute, for 2017-18! Trudi Abel and I will be upgrading the website, working on a high school AP history model focused on Durham, teaching an intro to DH course themed on Digital Durham where we work with maps, journals, photos, ledgers, etc. etc., and work with the students to develop all sorts of interesting new projects based on existing and new archive content. All of this will be in partnership with Rubenstein Library’s Special Collections and in coordination with the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative work at FHI. I’m also hoping our revamped DD website will serve as a hub for all sort of other interesting “Durham-as-a-Lab” projects, which we know are percolating all around campus. Stay tuned for more….This project will also tie in nicely to the Visualizing Cities work I’ve been doing in Venice and Durham, especially the location-based mobile experience design work… Fun fun fun!

MLA 2017

Looking forward to meeting up with friends old and new at the Modern Language Association conference in Philly this year. Looking forward to seeing the HASTAC community there as well.

I’ll be attending our Transdisciplinary Connections: Digital Humanities Forum sessions, among others. I’ll also be presenting on Saturday during the “Digital Pedagogies” panel organized by Fiona Somerset for the MLA Publications Committee on the occasion of the Digital Pedagogies Keywords project. My talk will be on”Place,” drawing on my recent teaching in Venice, while my colleagues will be focused on “Networks” and “Nature.” Should be a great conversation!

Presentation GARR “CreActive” Conference in Florence

On December 1, 2016 I had the opportunity to co-present at the Consortium GARR conference in Florence on “From landscape to cities. The digital co-creation of cultural heritage in Visuallogo_medioizing Venice and DOLOM.IT” with my colleagues Stefania Lacedelli Zardini and Giacomo Pompadin, who have their own cultural heritage non-profit that works with schools. We had a great time talking to people about our efforts to combine top-down and bottom-up cultural heritage projects in Venice (Ghett/App) and the Dolomites, focusing on intangible heritage as defined by UNESCO well as the more traditional art and culture varieties. We are excited to zoom out to the Veneto region scale when thinking about the relationships between Venice and the Dolomites for future collaborative work. Dreaming of an excuse to recreate the log transport raft trips down to Fondamente Nove – at least virtually!

Amsterdam talk on Visualizing Venice and Cultural Approaches to DH

Just back from giving a talk called “Digital Cultural Heritage: Concepts and Opportunities” in Amsterdam, where I talked about VV, Wired, and a bit about our thinking in making the version 1 of Ghett/App. I was invited by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam program in Art and Culture and Research Institute CLUE+, along with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Such an great opportunity to discuss the intersection of DH with cultural heritage with these colleagues. I learned a lot about how such work in conceived in the Netherlandish context, and now have extreme envy for any academics who get to work with them and their resources! Trying to figure out a way do do a “Visualizing Cities: Amsterdam” project in the future…. I shared top billing with potted plans, and also debuted a rather silly but useful to make radial diagram designed to illustrate the interconnections of disciplines that go into VV.

Blog coverage of my talk (in Dutch).




Talk at the SE Music Librarians Association Conference

On Friday, October 21 I’ll be presenting with Trudi Abel at the Southeast Music Librarians Association (SEMLA) conference held at Duke University. We’ll be talking about NC Jukebox and getting expert advice from this group on how to move forward with the project.Since I’m teaching in Venice I’ll be Skyping in to a conference held at my own institution! Hoping I’ll be able to catch some of the other session from afar too.