IRIS Center Morning Bytes

We’re excited to announce the schedule for our slightly revised brown bag series this year to what we’re calling Morning Bytes. These 30-minute workshops will be held on the fourth Friday of the month at 10:00 am in the IRIS Center. Come by for a pastry and leave with knowledge of a new digital tool or method.

IRIS Center Open House: Thursday, January 28, 1-3pm

Join IRIS (Peck Hall, 0226) this Thursday, January 28th from 1-3pm for our annual open house showcase. Learn more about recent and ongoing projects, including: Learn more about what IRIS can offer you:
  • IRIS can facilitate the conceptualization and design of cross-disciplinary and collaborative projects with digital applications
  • IRIS can support such projects via access to specialized computing facilities
  • IRIS can foster mentorship and collaboration between faculty and students at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • IRIS can facilitate the development of curricular innovation that makes significant use of digital and informatics applications and resources
  • IRIS can promote digital endeavors that link scholarly resources and goals with community initiatives and organizations
Snacks and beverages will be provided!

The Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and the IRIS Center

Howard Rambsy II

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House As part of my work with the Institute for Urban Research, I received a small grant to begin scanning hundreds of photographs documenting activities of the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, a social service organization in East St. Louis. The organization began in the early 1900s, and the photographs span much of the 20th century. When I first received the batch of photo albums, I was excited about the possibilities. Early during the Fall semester of 2014, I met with SIUE’s metadata librarian Mary Z. Rose and then Digital Imaging Specialist Virginia Stricklin to get a sense of direction and guidance on how I might approach organizing and labeling the digital files. I was almost ready I thought, but I was concerned that I might not have a place on campus where my graduate student Jeremiah Carter could devote the necessary time to scan the documents. IRIS Center to the rescue. Kristine Hildebrandt gave Jeremiah and me a brief lesson on utilizing the equipment and software that would relate to our current project. Later, after Jeremiah and I had a couple of strategy sessions on his approach, he set about the task of scanning documents. Each week, during the Fall semester and over the first month when we returned, Jeremiah spent hours in the IRIS Center scanning and producing notes and preliminary metadata for the images. So far, we’ve expanded a collection of photo albums into more than 500 scanned images with corresponding images. And there’s much more to do. Next up, we’ll have to transfer and label slides. We also want to figure out how to utilize some of the items for public humanities programming. The IRIS Center will serve as a vital space and base for our preparations and next steps.

2013 Day of DH Approaches!

shutterstock.com Just what goes on in Digital Humanities scholarship, anyway? Wouldn’t you like to know! Well, you can find out much more by joining in on the annual 2013 “Day of DH”, which will take place on Monday April 8. This year, Day of DH is hosted by Michigan State University’s MATRIX Center, and will feature a day-long community online publication project to bring together digital humanists and “informaticists” to share the ways in which DH features in their professional (and dare we say, even personal?) lives and accomplishments. Follow the link and register to create your own personal blog to contribute to the dialogue about how DH plays a role in your world. Your participation could contribute to an online publication, and will let other DH scholars know more about how you contribute to this highly interactive and collaborative field.

IRIS Is Registered With Centernet!

Centernet is an international network of digital humanities centers, created in 2007. With our affiliation, IRIS is able to tap into the cooperative and collaborative energies shared amongst the other centers found around the world.