Reverse-Engineering The Clio: theclio.com/web/
- Continue seeking sponsors
- Coming up with training videos, continuing responses to users, etc.
- Received grant funding
- Applied for a grant to seek funding to make improvements.
- Launched theclio.com/web/; now has thousands of submissions.
- Same PhP database. Had to have a prototype. It was important to be able to figure how systems could work with each other. Everything they create was in a draft mode. Institutions and classrooms. Three diff ways for entries to be created. Making sure double entries didn’t happen. Testing happened.
- Recruited friends and colleagues to test.
- Created paper versions of Clio. Testing to avoid miscommunications, etc.
- DIY approach. Came up with one semester project with students. Everybody picked five historic sites that they cared about.
- Contact Yelp and others about the project; wanted to include links to articles, books, etc.
Remixing Malcolm X’s The Ballot or the Bullet
The bullet. The bullet. The bullet.
All of us have suffered here, in this country, political oppression at the hands of the white man, economic exploitation at the hands of the white man, and social degradation at the hands of the white man.
I believe in action on all fronts by
whatever means necessary.
I just can’t believe everyone in here is a friend, and I
don’t want to leave anybody out. The question tonight, as I
understand it, is “The Negro Revolt, and Where Do We Go From Here?” or
What Next?” In my little humble way of understanding it, it points toward either the ballot or the bullet.
In 2016, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Microsoft HoloLens are expected to launch in the consumer entertainment market, and many of these devices can also serve a dual purpose for use in educational and research contexts. Join the UCIT Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research (UCSIM) to explore potential use-cases for traditional, hybrid, or online courses, and special considerations for designing studies using AR/VR technologies. ucsim.uc.edu
Last fall, I had the pleasure of teaching one of our department’s flagship courses: Introduction to English Studies (ENGL 3000). Part of my mindset in designing the course was an understanding that beyond traditional modes of academic writing, students needed to develop literacies and strategies for working with and through media types outside of print texts. I aimed to provide a basic introduction to thinking and writing critically about audio, video, visual arts (along with object histories and etymological explorations), and set aside the second half of the course for a critical workshop in which students would write several posts for a course blog organized around a loose theme (Red and Black).
While there were a lot of great posts of the sorts I expected (musical reviews were particularly possible) there were also a number of students who took on more novel topics like video games, internet phenomena, etc. More importantly I quickly realized (and noted) that students were very effectively using traditional evidence alongside the sorts of media I would have expected (audio and video embeds), but also wholly new and unique sorts of proof like memes, screen caps, tweets, GIFs, infographics, etc. These media types were really only available to students because we were working in an online venue instead of the traditional paper format, and moreover they weren’t simply embellishment, but were often more effective and eye-catching than traditional forms of evidence.
I’d propose this panel as a space for teachers to discuss their classroom exposure to evidence of this sort, a place to work through strategies for making good use of these tools, and a way to help develop literacies in these modes for teachers who aren’t quite as familiar or comfortable with them.
As archivists and other records professionals begin to capture more hashtags, social media feeds, and websites as part of contemporary archival activities, how should we re-conceive of these activities within an ethical framework? There are significant privacy concerns associated with capturing a hashtag used by marginalized groups, activists, and those at risk of harassment online and offline. On the other hand, without acting quickly to capture ephemeral social media content, it is often impossible to recover it at a later date (for example, the Twitter API only provides the last 7 days of tweets).
This discussion will look at current developments within the archivist community to address these issues, as well as formulating possible responses for how UC archivists and librarians should contend with such issues.
Virtual communities are being used extensively in online education to create learning communities and foster collaborative learning. I would like to speak on my experience using Second Life as an inquiry-based, collaborative tool in an online implications of technology class where students were asked to explore the social, legal, and ethical aspects of computing technology by treating Second Life (SL) as a microcosmic representation of real life. This virtual play project lead to interesting critical reflections by students on the effect of virtual environments, and by extension, various technological tools on our individual digital lives. I hope this presentation would help other educators/technologists generate ideas on more innovative uses of technology as a critical pedagogical tool.
Medical humanities has positioned itself at the crossroads of digital humanities, the arts, and medical ethics. This session will explore some renowned medical humanities projects from the National Library of Medicine. These projects include: The Visible Human Project, Turning the Pages, and Native Voices.
The session will primarily focus on the Native Voices exhibit. This exhibit centers on Native Peoples’ concepts of health and wellness. Native Voices features interactive timelines, interviews, lesson plans, and multimedia games and activities.
In 2018, the Native Voices exhibit will travel to UC and be temporarily installed in the UC Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center. Feedback and ideas generated at this THATCamp session will be shared with the committee that is preparing for the arrival of the Native Voices exhibit.
“The surprise was this: going through this thing was not only not-scary, it was incredibly fun.” – Ethan Reed, “Getting Under the Hood With Arduino” Scholars’ Lab
Work together to learn about Arduino microcontrollers and make a LED blink. As a group, we will work through the Adafruit Getting Started Lessons to learn the basic components, download the necessary software, download or write a sketch, and run our first programs. We will also discuss and explore potential applications for libraries and the digital humanities.
Participants will need a laptop and be able to install the Arduino IDE. 10 kits will be available to session attendees.
Working Document – Arduino & the Digital Humanities
Come see how the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University used 3D printing technology to visualize student activity in Blackboard courses across an entire semester. Four dimensions of data (students, time, activity levels, and grades) are represented using x, y, & z axes plus color in the resulting 3’ x 4’ models. These 3D models allow the viewer to identify patterns in student activity that are not otherwise apparent. In this session, we will cover how UC extracted the underlying data from Bb, how it was converted to a 3D virtual model using Blender, and the collaboration between UC and Xavier to turn that data into a physical model.
Student activity was extracted from the Blackboard database, converted to 3D models using Blender, and then printed using several MakerBot Replicator printers.
“Garbage in, garbage out” is often heard in just about any field that uses data. Regardless of which application will be analyzing, transforming, or exploring your data, a quick run through OpenRefine will greatly reduce the amount of garbage data going into your project. In addition to cleaning and standardizing your data, OpenRefine can add a great deal of value to your data by transforming text into URIs for use in Linked Open Data (LOD) applications.
This session will demonstrate how OpenRefine can clean messy data. Once the data has been cleaned, we’ll discuss reconciliation services and how you can use them to turn strings into things.