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On Not Looking: Ethics and Access in the Digital Humanities

Kimberly Christen-Withey
Washington State University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:30 pm

The digital humanities has its roots in fields of study dedicated to textual analysis and historical examination. The present moment is filled with DH practitioners creating visualizations of ‘big data,’ mapping connections between people and ancient cities, and building archives dedicated to long-dead authors. These worthwhile academic and practical pursuits point us to the center

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:01+00:00 Tue, Mar 18, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

What Falls Out: Preserving Our Digital Heritage with BitCurator

Porter Olsen
Porter Olsen
University of Maryland
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
12:30 pm

Take a moment and open your bottom desk drawer, the one with your old files in it. Rummage around for a bit and push way back until you see the inevitable papers, notes and detritus that have slipped out of various file folder and now lay at the bottom of the drawer. You will undoubtedly

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:02+00:00 Tue, Feb 18, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Heavy Data, Cultural Memories: Lessons from the AIDS Memorial Quilt Digital Experience Project

Anne Balsamo
Anne Balsamo
The New School for Public Engagement
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
12:30 pm

"Epidemics, like wars, mark a generation for life." The AIDS Memorial Quilt was created 25 years ago as a work of community activism to protest the appalling lack of attention by the US health agencies to what was then, in 1987, an increase in improbable fatalities among previously healthy gay men in the United States.

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:03+00:00 Tue, Feb 11, 2014|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

An Eliminativist Ontology of the Digital World—and What It Means for Data Curation

Allan Renear
Allen Renear
Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
12:30 pm
co-sponsored by University Libraries

It seems we have quite a bit to say about things that don't exist.  This is fine as long we don't confuse ourselves -- and, indeed, idiom and metaphor are indispensable to ordinary communication.  But increasingly information systems design, policies, procedures, and documentation are based on logic-based knowledge representation strategies that are profoundly literal, and

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:03+00:00 Wed, Sep 11, 2013|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Archiving Folk Culture in the Digital Age

Nicole Saylor
Library of Congress
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
12:30 pm

The American Folklife Center Archives, established in the Library of Congress in 1928, is home to millions of items of ethnographic and historical documentation, including folk songs, stories, and other creative expressions of people from diverse communities. Providing access at digital scale to a myriad of audiovisual formats in the context of complicated cultural and

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:03+00:00 Tue, Sep 10, 2013|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Accessibility in Digital Environments: Language, Law, and the Question of Inclusion

George Williams
University of South Carolina Upstate
MITH Conference Room
Thursday, October 3, 2013
12:30 pm

Everyone agrees that accessibility in digital environments for people with disabilities is an important goal. (Well, not everyone…) And yet most resources in digital environments present accessibility obstacles. Why? And what can we do about that? Everyone agrees that the Digital Humanities is an increasingly important field of activity in the humanities, a field that

By | 2013-09-10T10:47:32+00:00 Tue, Sep 10, 2013|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Scholarship In and Beyond the Database

Tara McPherson
University of Southern California
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
12:30 pm

“While digital humanists develop tools, data and metadata critically … rarely do they extend their critique to the full register of society, economics, politics, or culture.” – Alan Liu, Where Is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities? As exemplified in the above quote, the subject of digital humanities intersection with cultural theory has been the

By | 2013-09-10T10:40:19+00:00 Tue, Sep 10, 2013|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Documenting Science in the Digital Age: What's the Same and What's Different

Chris Prom
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
12:30 pm

Like other forms of human knowledge, scientific knowledge is produced in particular times, places, and cultures, by a single individual or by a group of individuals.  Within particular areas of investigation, people produce this knowledge by using, developing, and extending practices that are based on the loosely defined concept known as the scientific method. The

By | 2013-09-09T09:44:05+00:00 Mon, Sep 9, 2013|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

I Kickstarted Your Project And I Didn't Even Get The Lousy T-Shirt

Ian Bogost
Georgia Institute of Technology
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
12:30 pm

Crowdsourcing is a hot not-so-new trend that's been heralded as a solution for funding creative works of all kinds, from films to games to manufactured products. Popular sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are also venture-funded startups that facilitate distributed contribution to ideas, providing the appearance of investment or pre-orders. But even as more and more

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:04+00:00 Tue, Apr 23, 2013|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

Multilingual Users of Twitter: Social Ties Across Language Borders or How a Story Could Travel the World

Irene Eleta
Irene Eleta
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
12:30 pm

Social media is international: users from hundreds of different cultures and language backgrounds are generating and sharing content. As a result, language and national borders emerge in the communication landscape online. What can we do to make those borders more porous? Expatriates, migrants, minorities, diasporic communities, and language learners play an important role in forming

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:04+00:00 Wed, Apr 17, 2013|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|