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An Introduction to Digital Storytelling

January 26, 2018

IRIS Center Project Manager Katie Knowles presents an overview of digital storytelling methods, the storytelling process, ethical considerations when working with storytellers, and how to facilitate story creation. She also discusses upcoming digital storytelling projects at SIUE.

Digital Map Making

February 16, 2018

Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt discusses maps and map-making in the humanities and the digital humanities. She also demonstrates how to make maps on Google Maps.
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What is a Digital Archive?

March 30, 2018

An archive, quite simply, is a collection of documents or records, assembled and curated in order to provide lasting information about a place, a time, a person, an object or set of objects, a movement, a community. Digital archives in particular have proliferated in recent years because of a concurrent rise of “born digital” data and also the need to digitally preserve analog/paper materials. In this talk, Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt provides a general coverage of digital archive initiatives and standards in multiple fields and disciplines. She discuses debates surrounding archives, including issues of ownership and of access and usability, and will include examples of the archives built in the IRIS Center.

Digital Humanities in the Classroom

September 8, 2017

Dr. Jessica DeSpain discusses how to introduce digital scholarship to undergraduates to enhance their approach to more traditional methods like close reading. She has spent nine years training undergraduates to work on digital humanities projects, integrating DH methods into her classes, and developing a minor in the digital humanities and social sciences. She will also discuss best practices for introducing DH into a variety of learning environments and share her most successful assignments.

An Introduction to Scalar

October 13, 2017

Senior English major and Digital Humanities and Social Sciences minor Gabrielle Borders conducts an interactive workshop that demonstrates the digital exhibit  building tool Scalar.

The Nepal Earthquakes Project

December 1, 2017

Jacob Sebok is an undergraduate student at SIUE working toward his degree in anthropology with a minor in linguistics. As a research assistant to Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt, Jacob has been working with a team to develop a web-based archive and exhibit to house data collected as part of Hildebrandt’s research project: “RAPID: Narrating Disaster: Calibrating Causality and Responses to the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal.” During his presentation, Jacob will cover topics including language endangerment and death, consequences of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, the process of constructing IRIS’ newest website, and the role that archives run by small institutions can play in benefitting both academic and applied linguists in their work with endangered languages.

How the Web Works

January 27, 2017

Web developer Ben Ostermeier presents a brief overview on how the World Wide Web came to be and how it works today. He will also give a demonstration on creating webpages using HTML and CSS. The first of four talks in the IRIS Brown Bag series on topics in the digital humanities.

Organizing and Personalizing Online Digital Collections with Omeka

February 17, 2017

IRIS Center Technician Katie Knowles and web developer Ben Ostermeier conduct a workshop on using Omeka to create individual digital projects. They address the process of adding items to create collections and exhibitions with the software as well as customizing the presentation of digital collections. The second of four talks in the IRIS Brown Bag series on topics in the digital humanities.

Aspects of Making an Online Multimedia Map

March 24, 2017

Web developer and Computer Science graduate student Brajesh Karna will give a brief overview of Google Maps. He will demonstrate various features of Google’s My Maps, including layers, pins, drawing polygons, and adding routes. Try it yourself! No web development experience necessary.

Madison Historical: A Model for Digital Public History

April 21, 2017

Dr. Jeff Manuel, Dr. Jason Stacy, and Ben Ostermeier–members of the research team behind Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois–give an overview of this community-based digital history project. Research team members also discuss the intersection between public history and digital humanities as well as the benefits and challenges of conducting community-engaged digital history.