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NAGPRA, Cultural Heritage, and Twenty-One Years of Repatriation

Introduction In the paper she presented at the 2009 Proceedings of the Libraries in the Digital Age conference, Digital Cultural Heritage: Concepts, Projects, and Emerging Constructions of Heritage, Marija Dalbello touches on the role of both digital and physical cultural heritage in collective memory formation. She explains that “eliciting and recording public conversation about heritage today raises new questions about…

Publishing Art History Digitally: The Present and the Future

In October, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University brought together art historians, non-profit professionals and art publishers for a symposium not only on the new phenomena of publishing traditional art historical scholarship online, but on how it relates to publishing digital humanities in art history online. Organized by the online art journal, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and funded…

Research Without Borders At Columbia University. Effecting Change in Scholarly Communication: Opportunities and Costs

Abstract: Columbia University Libraries hosted a Research Without Borders Event November 21. The event focused around scholarly publishing. The speakers spoke about alternatives to traditional methods of publishing and alternatives to open source with a focus on the economy of publishing. A running theme during the event was re imagining traditional methods to publishing and open source and how authors…

“Conditions of (In)Visibility: Cultivating a Documentary Impulse in the Digital Humanities,” Keynote address by Roxanne Shirazi at Florida State University Library’s Invisible Work in the Digital Humanities Symposium, November 18th, 2016

Abstract: On November 18th, 2016, Roxanne Shirazi delivered a keynote address at Florida State University Libraries’ symposium on Invisible Work in the Digital Humanities. Her presentation, titled “Conditions of (In)Visibility: Cultivating a Documentary Impulse in the Digital Humanities,” addressed the way that focus on a final product, rather than an iterative process, obscures the labor and laborers necessary to create…

“The Shape of History: Reimagine 19th Century Data Visualization” by Lauren Klein at Columbia University

Professor Lauren Klein of Georgia Institute of Technology conducted a talk on “The Shape of History: Reimagine 19th Century Data Visualization.” In her lecture she examines the history of data visualization through various visualization pioneers such as Elizabeth Peabody (1804-1894), William Playfair (1759-1832), Emma Willard, and Joseph Priestley. Professor Lauren Klein aimed to demonstrate the relevance of data visualization in a historical sense in today’s visualizations. Klein also discusses her own personal works with Elizabeth P. Peabody’s mural charts and the advances within her project.

Event review: Conference: Afterlives: Place, Memory, Story

CUNY Public history collective conference “Afterlives: place, memory, story” covered different presentations addressing restoring and re-purposing historical material and narratives. In general, it was discussed how to find new innovative ways to reach different audiences in the public history. Many of the presented projects utilized digital tools either in the analysis or for presenting the results of the research. The…

“Digital Accessibility and the Making of a Meta Maker Movement” A Talk by Dr. Joshua Miele hosted by GC Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY on Thursday, October 20, 2016

On Thursday, October 20 at 6:30pm, Dr. Joshua Miele, of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, gave a talk on “Digital Accessibility and the Making of a Meta Maker Movement” at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Miele was invited by GC Digital Initiatives to discuss the fundamental understanding of accessibility within the maker movement, and the work he and his team has done to provide blind makers the necessary tools and resources they need to help design their own tools in order to engage in the maker movement. Dr. Miele emphasised the significance of collaboration between blind and sighted people, and the inclusion of blind people throughout the design process and in the management and running of an accessible makerspace.