The Digital GC: End of Year Showcase, May 17th, 4:15-6:15pm

May 4th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

To share and celebrate the range of digital work at The Graduate Center, CUNY, GC Digital Initiatives invites you to attend:

The Digital GC: End of Year Showcase

Tuesday, May 17th

4:15-6:15 pm

The Martin E. Segal Theatre

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Short presentations will include DH Praxis 2015-2016, the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant Recipients 2015-2016, GC Digital Fellows, Futures Initiative, The New Media Lab, GC Teaching and Learning Center, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, Videography Fellows, Social Media Fellows, Software Studies Initiative, Mina Rees Library, and more.

Please stay tuned: this page will be updated with more details as time approaches!

We hope to see you there.

Accepting Applications: GC Digital Research Institute, June 2016

April 11th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

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Now Accepting Applications:

GC Digital Research Institute

when:June 6-10, 2016

what: five-day intensive in digital research methods

where: The Graduate Center, CUNY

why: to equip our academic community with digital research skills

who: for CUNY graduate students, faculty and staff of all skill levels and disciplines (no previous digital experience required)

GC Digital Initiatives invites applications for the GC Digital Research Institute (GC DRI) on June 5-10, 2016 from 9:30-6:00 daily. This program builds on the success of the inaugural GC Digital Research Bootcamp, held in January 2016.

GC DRI offers CUNY graduate students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to develop digital research skills and to connect with others in an interdisciplinary environment. The week will begin with an introduction to the command line, git, Python, and databases for all students;  participants will then have the opportunity to choose from a variety of more specific workshops on topics ranging from using APIs to the Natural Language Toolkit to machine learning.

The application will be open until 11:59pm on April 22nd, 2016; however, we recommend that interested participants apply early, as space is limited. Applicants who were waitlisted in January and who expressed interest in being automatically reconsidered need not re-apply; however, we encourage such applicants to fill out the application form again, as some fields have changed.

The GC DRI is sponsored by a CUNY Strategic Initiative Investment Grant and is free of charge. Programming has been developed in collaboration with our partners: Software Carpentry, the New York Public Library, Mozilla Science Lab, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, NYC Media Lab, and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us using the form on our website. Stay up-to-date on the GC Digital Research Institute by following us on Twitter at @Digital_Fellows and checking out the #GCDRI hashtag.

Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Map Warper Workshop at the GC on 3/23

March 15th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

GC Digital Initiatives and CUNY DHI invite you to attend a special workshop in collaboration with the New York Public Library. Please join us for “Citizen Cartography @NYPL!”

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Room C203, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Register in advance on our EventBrite page

The New York Public Library’s Map Warper is a free online crowdsourcing tool that enables librarians and the general public to align digital images of historical maps with today’s map through a process called georectification, or “warping” maps. As part of NYPL’s ongoing commitment to creating new publicly available resources and building new platforms for historical research, the Library has set out to warp over 4,000 maps!

In this hands-on workshop, we will give you an overview of the NYPL Map Warper tool (available at maps.nypl.org) as well as get you started warping maps. Come learn more about how to use this tool and the ways in which it can impact your research. For more information, watch the tutorial at maps.nypl.org, or send an email to citizencartographer@gmail.com or gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Please register in advance to attend at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/citizen-cartography-nypl-map-warper-workshop-tickets-21536035863

At the Edge of the Network: A Talk with Nicole Starosielski

February 18th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

Please join us for this exciting event, sponsored by CUNY DHI and GC Digital Initiatives.

“At the Edge of the Network: Undersea Cables and Deep Infrastructure”

with

Nicole Starosielski
Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University Steinhardt

March 8th, 6:30-8:30pm
The Skylight Room, The Graduate Center
Free and open to the public

Over 99% of transoceanic data traffic is carried across the oceans by undersea cables—these technologies comprise the backbone of the global internet. This presentation will focus on Surfacing, a digital map that enables users to traverse the social worlds of the cable system and the unseen cultural formations that sustain everyday internet connections. Surfacing is both a project of infrastructural visibility, revealing the geographies of internet systems, and a critical experiment in digital cartography that challenges existing modes of vertical and lateral movement.

Announcing NYCDH Week GC Digital Fellows Workshops: Intro to Programming with Python & Social Media Scraping

February 5th, 2016 by Michelle A. McSweeney (Johnson) No comments »

The GC Digital Fellows will be offering 2 workshops in celebration of NYCDH Week, a week-long celebration of all things digital humanities in New York City (open to non-humanists, of course!) February 8-12. For more information, visit the NYCDH Website, and for a list of all events taking place around New York City, check out the Schedule.

Join the GC Digital Fellows for Introduction to Programming with Python and Social Media Scraping with the Twitter API on Monday and Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm at the Graduate Center at CUNY! Details are below, we hope to see you there!

Introduction to Programming with Python

Monday, February 8th 2:00-4:00pm

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of programming using Python, a language popular in both academia and the commercial world. Topics will include basic programming concepts such as loops, variables, and conditionals, installing and importing libraries, and creating simple scripts. No previous programming experience is necessary.

Register here.

This workshop will be hosted by Ian Phillips and Patrick Smyth.

Social Media Scraping with the Twitter API

Wednesday, February 10th 2:00-4:00pm

This workshop will introduce the Twitter API, a way of programmatically interacting with the Twitter platform, and will place a particular emphasis on gathering data for textual, sociological, or linguistic analysis. Some knowledge of Python will be helpful, but is not strictly necessary.

Register here.

This workshop will be hosted by Patrick Smyth and Jen Tang.

For more information, please contact gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com or visit our website. Hope to see you there!

February 5th, 4pm: Digital Poetics, A Roundtable

January 27th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

Please mark your calendars for this upcoming event at The Graduate Center, CUNY:

“Digital Poetics: A Roundtable”
Friday, February 5th
4pm in the English Lounge (Room 4406)

Poster for Digital Poetics, A Roundtable

This panel will place in conversation an array of scholars, artists, poets, and archivists from the New York City area to discuss the intersection between the poetic and the digital in contemporary creative and critical practice. We will discuss digital approaches to poetic composition, poetic approaches to digital work, archival considerations for electronic poetry, the poetics of computer code, and beyond.

We are excited to welcome the following speakers:

Dennis Tenen (Columbia University);
Karla Nielsen (Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library);
Taeyoon Choi (School for Poetic Computation);
Kendra Sullivan (Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center);
Iris Cushing (Argos Books, The Graduate Center)
Moderator: Mary Catherine Kinniburgh (GC Digital Initiatives, The Graduate Center)

This event is sponsored by the GC English Program, CUNY DHI, and GC Digital Initiatives.

For more information, please email mckinniburgh@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Applications Open for the GCDI Digital Research Bootcamp

December 8th, 2015 by Ian Phillips 1 comment »

GCDI Digital Research Bootcamp

To apply and find out more information, visit cuny.is/drbootcamp!

when: January 19–22, 2016

what: four-day intensive in digital research methods

where: The Graduate Center, CUNY

why: to equip our academic community with digital research skills

who: for CUNY graduate students and faculty of all skill levels and disciplines (no previous digital experience required)

GC Digital Initiatives invites applicants for the inaugural Digital Research Bootcamp, an opportunity to develop digital research skills and connect with like-minded colleagues in an interdisciplinary environment. Free of charge to participants, the GC Digital Research Bootcamp has been developed in partnership with Software Carpentry, the New York Public Library, Mozilla Science Lab, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute thanks to the sponsorship of GCDI, The Graduate Center, and The CUNY Strategic Investment Initiatives Program.

Apply now and find more information at cuny.is/drbootcampWe advise applicants to apply early to secure a spot. Please direct questions and inquiries to gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com

Save the date: GCDI Digital Research Bootcamp

December 4th, 2015 by Ian Phillips No comments »

GCDI Digital Research Bootcamp

Curious about using new technology in your research?

Seeking the skills to jump start your own digital projects?

Save the date!

Digital Research Bootcamp

when: January 19–22, 2016

what: four-day intensive in digital research methods

where: The Graduate Center, CUNY

why: to equip our academic community with digital research skills

who: for CUNY graduate students and faculty of all skill levels and disciplines (no previous digital experience required)

GC Digital Initiatives invites applicants for the inaugural Digital Research Bootcamp, an opportunity to develop digital research skills and connect with like-minded colleagues in an interdisciplinary environment. Free of charge to participants, the GC Digital Research Bootcamp has been developed in partnership with Software Carpentry, the New York Public Library, Mozilla Science Lab, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute thanks to the sponsorship of GCDI, The Graduate Center, and The CUNY Strategic Investment Initiatives Program.

Stay tuned for the Call for Applications on Tuesday, December 8th. Applications require only a short statement of interest, and will be considered on a rolling basis. We advise applicants to apply early to secure a spot. Please direct questions and inquiries to gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com

Announcing “The Art of Seeing: Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Science”

November 23rd, 2015 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

On behalf of GC Digital Initiatives and The GC Computer Science Colloquium, CUNY DHI is delighted to present the following talk. We hope to see you there!

 

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“The Art of Seeing: Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Science”

Thursday, December 10th, 4:15-6:15p
Room C197
The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Featuring:
Emily L. Spratt, Dept. of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University and Ahmed Elgammal, Dept. of Computer Science, Rutgers University

In this two-part presentation, art historian Emily L. Spratt and computer scientist Ahmed Elgammal explore the uses of vision technology for the analysis of art and its philosophical implications for both aesthetic theory and artificial intelligence. Through an investigation of the most fundamental questions computer scientists are confronted with in giving a machine the capacity to see, we demonstrate the value in utilizing methodologies from art history as the field of computer vision has already, in fact, predicted certain categories of interpretation that aid in the analysis of art. Returning to the aesthetic debates inspired by Kant and renewing focus to the art historical theories of iconography and iconology that were prominent in the first half of the twentieth century, basic issues of object classification are examined in relation to vision technology. In this presentation, we hope to demonstrate the merit of bridging the fields of art history and computer science, and to underscore the new challenges aesthetics, in the age of artificial intelligence, face.

Thanks to All: “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community”

November 11th, 2015 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

Last night at The Graduate Center, a full room of scholars gathered to share ideas, meet colleagues, and embody the vibrant digital humanities community across our CUNY campuses. This event was the first rendition of “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at The City of New York,” and its success was thanks to our dynamic crew of panelists, audience, and coordinators.

In fact, conversation was so lively at the reception afterwards that we received a friendly reminder that the building was closing–surely a good sign of collaborations and connections to come! Thank you all for joining us, and for those of you who couldn’t make it, we invite you to attend and participate in the next round–stay tuned for updates.

By way of a recap, we’d like to share the numbers:

20 lightning talks: completed within an admirable 5 minutes apiece,

8 of CUNY’s senior colleges represented: including The Graduate Center, York College, Queens College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City College of Technology, The College of Staten Island, Hunter College, and Lehman College. We look forward to welcoming more colleges in future rounds, particularly community colleges, so please be in touch if this is of interest to you,

2 undergraduates engaged in innovative work: David Fasanya with Prof. Andie Silva at York College for “Intro to Shakespeare with Scalar,” and Marta Orlowska with Prof. Evan Misshula at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for “Jailbreak my Life,”

4 graduate students presenting on digital platforms, dissertation-level research, and pedagogical projects they’ve been instrumental in developing: Patrick Smyth (with Stephen Zweibel) on “DHBox,” Erin Glass on “Social Paper,” Danica Savonick on “Building a Student-Centered (Digital) Learning Community,” Kalle Westerling on “The Roots and Routes of Boylesque.”

We had an incredible array of topics, which all informed each other in exciting and productive ways. A snapshot:

oral history (Lori Wallach, “Queens Memory“)

bilingual repositories and innovative image metadata (Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, “Manar Al-Althar“)

new critical and digital approaches to film and photography (Lev Manovich on “Measuring Inequality in Social Media Use in NYC,” Alise Tifentale on “Find your own filter”: The aesthetics of Instagram Photography,” and Kevin L. Ferguson on “Volumetric Cinema“)

print culture and digital media (Michael Mandiberg, “Print Wikipedia“)

digital publishing (Sean Scanlan, “NANO: New American Notes Online“)

and digital pedagogy and platforms (Jill Belli, Jody R. Rosen on “The OpenLab,” Jeff Allred on “Introducing Yoknapedia,” Bret Maney on “Teaching DH in and beyond the English Classroom,” and Eric Metcalf on “Archives & Invention: A Course in Archival Technology and Public Address.”)

In order to review the entire speaker line-up in its original order, please visit our previous blog post.

Again, tremendous thanks to all for attending, sharing research, and joining in the conversation that surrounds the digital humanities community at CUNY. We look forward to seeing you next time!

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