Polonsky Foundation Public Lectures in Digital Humanities
These events are open to the public; registration is not required. All workshops will be held in Bobst Library’s Avery Fisher Center. Attendees without an NYU ID card should enter at the guard’s desk in the library’s atrium.
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Molly O’Hagan Hardy: The Presence of the Past April 2nd, 5-6:30pm
With examples from the eighteenth-century transatlantic book trade as represented in library catalogs and content databases, Molly O’Hagan Hardy will examine time’s traces in the archives and how such traces can be re-conceived or eclipsed in digital humanities projects.
Miriam Posner: Head-and-Shoulder-Hunting in the Americas May 28th, 1-2:30pm
Between 1936 and 1967, Walter Freeman, a prominent neurologist, lobotomized as many as 3,500 Americans. In this presentation, Miriam Posner will detail her efforts to understand why Freeman was so devoted to this practice, using computer-assisted image-mining and -analysis techniques.
Mark Algee-Hewitt June 4th, 1-2:30pm
This talk explores the meaning behind the practical aspects of Digital Humanities analyses and probes the delicate balance we maintain as we apply the critical methodologies of the humanities to the algorithmically derived, statistically significant data that lies behind our results.
Jennifer Giuliano: Humanities Infrastructure versus the Digital Humanities June 9th, 1-2:30pm
This lecture will explore the ways in which digital humanities and its associated research projects have challenged the often-overlapping, but frequently problematic, technical and social architectures of the academy.
The 10th anniversary of the Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference in Austin, Texas kicked off to a great start with a session on Monday morning on “The care and keeping of digital humanities projects: tools and best practices for content management and delivery in the digital humanities.” The session featured Stephanie Bernhardt, Curator for the Visual Resources Library in the Department of History of Art at Ohio State University, and Chelcie Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. Jen Hoyer, Senior Account Manager of Artstor, served as moderator.
Stephanie started the session with a description of OSU’s Strategic Digital Initiatives Working Group, a collaborative effort of librarians, faculty, data specialists, and curators to identify digital project needs and develop a strategy for digital initiatives at OSU. Leading from the group’s work, the Visual Resources Library (VRL) began a strategic partnership with artist and OSU professor Ann Hamilton to document her work and creative process in what has now become the Ann Hamilton Project Archive. Using Artstor Shared Shelf, the VRL has collected more than 1,000 high-resolution images of Ann’s work, including a multimedia installation Ann completed at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC in 2012.
Chelcie then ended the session with a discussion of the new Build.ZSR services that she and other librarians are developing to “foster and sustain scholarly digital projects” at Wake Forest. Build.ZSR, which will roll out in fall 2015, will be a web-based service center–operating parallel to Find.ZSR, Wake Forest’s online library catalog–for connecting the campus community to metadata support, web publishing tutorials, referral to specialists, and ongoing course support for digital project courses. Among the resources Chelcie cited for her work was an article published by none other than NYU DSS’s own Jennifer Vinopal and Monica McCormick on the challenges of providing scalable and sustainable support to digital scholarship in a research library setting.
It will be interesting to track future developments in the projects and services coming out of OSU and Wake Forest as they move forward in their support of digital scholarship. For more information about ER&L and to view the full 2015 program, please visit their website.