Archive for April, 2011

  • paper vs. digital preservation costs


    During the session today on born-digital objects, discussion briefly digressed onto the question of how much it costs to store content on digital media vs. print.  I didn’t think at the time to mention this recent study on that very question.

  • KORA Account Contest – Update


    So we are extending the account giveaway proposal deadline until a week *after* GLTC ’11 (Sun May 11, 2011),  so people can check out the talk and submit some great proposals!

    A couple things I would like to point out to make sure there is no confusion:

    • KORA is open source and free – the value associated with it is related to hosting costs, not costs for using KORA.
    • Any data you put in to KORA is yours and you are able to export it from KORA at the end of the free year.  If you decide to run KORA on your own host you can easily import your data as well.
    • If you have *any* KORA questions please come to the KORA session tomorrow at 9am in room C202, email matt [dot] geimer [at] matrix [dot] msu [dot] edu, or twitter @mastermattg
  • New Session: Oral Histories


    There are 2 or 3 of us interested in Oral History, so we’re going to meet in the Lookout! Gallery (where the coffee is) at 3pm. We’ll move if more of you join us.  I’m interested in the technical side of recording and storing oral histories digitally and we may also talk about them more generally – what is their value in the humanities? etc…

  • Notes from digivangelism session


    Here’s a Google doc with notes from the “digivangelism” session about how to have productive conversations (oh, who are we kidding, how to CONVERT) technology-resistant academics to The Digital Way:

    If you were there, feel free to add or change things as necessary.

  • Digital Media is dead — There is Only Software.


    According to Lev Manovich (

    “Depending on the software I am using, the “properties” of a media object can change dramatically. Exactly the same file with the same contents can take on a varirty of identities depending on the software being used.

    What does this finding means in relation to the persisting primacy of the term “digital” in understanding new media? Let me answer this as clear and direct as I can. There is no such thing as “digital media.” There is only software – as applied to media data (or “content”.)”

    Do we need to think differently about “digital media”? Manovich uses the example of a photo. Is a digital photo (perhaps especially objects “born digital”) the same as a physical photo. The physical photo is produced once; if you have the negative and create it again, perhaps to lighten the photo, then you have a new physical object with it’s own characteristics. The digital photo, to lighten it, you run software to show it lighter. You may or may not create a new file and even if you do, this new file can be transformed by software to look like the old one. For the digital object, the software used, define the object revealed.

    Is Manovich right? Is there only software?

  • fluctuating collections, repositories, context, sharing, interoperability


    ….these are a few of my favorite things

    Hey repository, infrastructure, and archives people… anyone interested in the creation and desstruction and recreation and reconstruction of collections?

    I’m curious about things like working across repositories. Addressing the angst and fear that archivists sometimes have when their stuff is up online and so easily pulled out of contex (and maybe dropped into new collections). Virtual repositories (which I don’t really know about). Implications of representing (or claiming to represent) a physical collection in its entirety online (ala the Parker on the Web) vs. digitization projects that represent a single object/document or a few selected items.

    Anyone else?

  • Digital Pedagogy session links


    Here are some of the links to courses and projects mentioned in the Digital Pedagogy session — please put ones I missed in the comments.

    • A course blog by Paul Martin at University of Vermont:
    • Ecology class photos on Flickr:
    • Blogs at Baruch (uses BuddyPress):
    • UMW Blogs:
    • Intro to Blogging essay in Companion to Digital Literary Studies:
    • Mixable at Purdue (from Twitter, not from live session):

    There were a lot more . . . please add in the comments.

  • New Session: Luddite Support Group


    Sean Dunham is organizing a session right after gradhacker for folks who are interested in digital humanities but feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the projects and technology being discussed today.  It’s been added to the schedule.

    3pm, room c202.

  • Schedule…


    Here it is folks – the schedule:


  • Archives, Media and Scholarship


    I’m interested in looking at media-based geo-location software such as WhatWasThere and Broadcastr in order to explore how scholarly research can be enhanced with online visual and audio collections. In addition, new developments in archiving and digital exhibits are moving traditional finding aids and “back room” scholarship onto the open and visible Web. At Eastern Michigan University we are using these two tools and looking at others to explore those ideas.

    I would also like to look at how particular collections might be useful and enhanced for online scholarly research, and for this purpose I would like to offer EMU’s Gordy Motown Collection as a test case. How do we design the collection’s online presence to encourage open scholarship?

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