Welcome to THATCamp Gainesville, a Digital Humanities unconference! THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) is an informal and free unconference where you can discuss digital projects, learn skills, and brainstorm DH initiatives.
Please join us on April 21, 2017 from 9am-4pm at the Harn Museum of Art!
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Both Florida and Cuba have played a central role in the socio-economic development of the Caribbean basin for centuries. What new research and analytical tools can be employed for the study of this time-honored interchange in the age of Digital Humanities? What other physical and theoretical connections can be derived from the visualization of commercial, political, military and intellectual routes between these spaces? At ThatCamp Gainesville I would like to share, discuss and get feedback about these and other core inquiries from this current DH project scheduled for presentation in Hastac2017. Using ArcGIS as our main mapping platform, our finalized product should provide a creative and dynamic contrast between conventional cartographic materials of transportation and communication such as railroads, steamships and telegraphic cables across the Florida Strait, with the literary representation of some of these connections in the works of several Cuban and American writers. Can you help brainstorming? Would you share your digital mapping experience with me?
Are you a non-programmer curious about producing touch table experiences? I would be glad to facilitate or co-facilitate an introduction to creating touch table experiences that promote exploration of art and humanities content.
In this session, i would like to offer a quick look at some Harn Museum of Art touch table experiences,and then shift into group brainstorming of more effective approaches to engaging audiences in exploring art and humanities content through touch technology. Alternatively, the session could provide an introduction to working with a particular piece of software, IntiuFace (this is a licensed product that is also available as a free trial version) with the goal of getting general insight into the process of developing touch table content.
Eric Segal, Harn Museum of Art
Digital humanities offer ways for scholars to explore how technology impacts our fundamentals. For example, three basic modes of writing are expository, narrative, and persuasive. But, what if we used those same three guidelines, to expose, to narrate, to persuade, by using new technology to alter our understanding of a space? We propose that by using the augmented reality app, Aurasma, at the Harn Museum of Art, THATCamp participants can interact and immerse themselves in the museum experience by researching online, recording videos, and generating keywords about a particular work of art. Throughout the day, we encourage participants to research an artist, art movement, or medium that appeals to them at the Harn and find a URL to a particularly illuminating article or site. We then ask that participants pick a particularly inspirational work in order to generate keywords. Finally, we challenge participants to record a short video in the Harn persuading others to support the arts and humanities. We will teach a short demo using the app to show how to augment works of art in the morning and at the end of the day we ask that participants share what they have made and make the augmentations publicly available to inform, illuminate, and inspire future visitors to the site.
*The technology required is all available for free on most mobile devices: Aurasma allows users to use images as triggers for overlays including websites, videos, and images and there are word cloud generators available online.
Emily Brooks and Shannon Butts
Last week there was an article published by the Guardian on the transference of racial and gender prejudices from human programmers to AI systems. Since technology has become central to our lived experiences, it is evermore necessary to examine the relationship between human and machine and their mutual affects.
I propose a talk(?) session on working collaboratively to combat prejudice in the digital age through humanist approaches to technological design and application.
Devlin, H. “AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals.” The Guardian. April 13, 2017. www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/13/ai-programs-exhibit-racist-and-sexist-biases-research-reveals
Last fall, a colleague and I worked with a professor to transform his History class’s research paper assignments to multimedia projects using timeline, mapping, and website building online apps. I propose to share our process and results and to discuss lessons learned. I also hope to have a conversation with others about their experiences attempting similar objectives. Suggestions and co-facilitators are welcome.
For THATCamp, I would like to see a session focused on online exhibitions as interpretational mediums for engagement, education and interpretation with audiences inside of and outside of museums. It would be great to hear from anyone who has experience and or an interest in exhibitions, audiences and online learning.
I would be happy to have co-facilitators if any other campers are interested in this topic.
With so many more folks applying for postdoctoral positions than in the past, I would love to see a session on applying and interviewing for postdoctoral positions, including DH postdocs. This would be great to hear from insiders who have experience, folks who have recently posted and hired for postdocs, and folks interested in postdocs!
As a session, I was thinking about teaching a tool that I have used previously – Scalar, Omeka, or Palladio. I am not an expert but have worked with them before and would be happy to share what I know. I thought the session might go one of two ways – we focus on one tool for the session or we talk about all three and look at what their strengths/weaknesses are – why might you choose one over the other while working with them. I would be happy to have co-facilitators.
If other campers are interested – I would love to have feedback in order to prep the session as needed.
For those interested in Scalar (which is an online publishing platform), please use this link to create an account.
For those interested in Palladio (which allows you to create maps and other visualizations), you can find the data set we will work with here.