I have just returned from Digital Frontiers 2014, a conference at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where I had the pleasure of spending two days with a wonderfully diverse crowd of people representing K-12 education, higher education, academic/public libraries, and museums. Thank you to our wonderful host, Spencer D. C. Keralis and the great team of people running the event, including Maristella Feustle, Anjum Najmi, Courtney Jacobs and many others! As Spencer put it, this conference is an experiment, which possibly makes people feel uncomfortable or like they don’t belong (as Dorothea Salo discussed in her keynote. The attendees represented a diverse set of disciplines, institutions, and backgrounds who may normally not cross paths at their disciplinary or professional organization-specific conferences, yet there is one thing that brought us together—our common curiosity and involvement with the digital humanities—which I think is an integral part of what makes us a community, and as Miriam Posner stated in her keynote, a “community happens when people are genuinely invested in seeing each other succeed.” (more…)
On April 29, 2014, I gave a presentation at the second international Maria Szymanowska et son temps Symposium in Paris, France. The event was sponsored by the Polish Academy of Sciences and organized by Elżbieta Zapolska-Chapelle (Board President) of the Société Maria Szymanowska. My presentation was entitled: “Szymanowska Scholarship: Ideas for Access and Discovery through Collaborative Efforts,” and was meant to present examples of how libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions have been working to make their collections accessible, discoverable, and open to their users. I briefly explored ways in which the Szymanowska scholarly community could think about future research, which would make use of open data, linked open data, and tools associated with digital scholarship. My slides can be viewed within this post or directly via Google Drive.
Here is the main body of my presentation: “Szymanowska Scholarship: Ideas for Access and Discovery through Collaborative Efforts” (more…)
On February 21, 2014, Joanna Swafford (PhD candidate, University of Virginia) visited UConn to talk about her project “Songs of the Victorians” and public humanities tool “Augmented Notes.” Swafford’s research focuses on Victorian poetry, sound studies, and digital humanities. Her dissertation, “Transgressive Tunes and the Gendered Music of Victorian Poetry,” traces the gendered intermediations of poetry and music. Her visit was co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Digital Media & Design, University Libraries: Scholars’ Collaborative and the Connecticut Digital Archive.
One of her goals in developing “Songs of the Victorians” was to make musico-literary arguments in an open-access setting, which would allow scholars to better understand her analyses of poetry set to music in parlor and art songs, by giving them access to the notated music and audio, which can be followed along measure by measure. This will allow scholars in areas outside of music, who may not read music, to both see and hear Swafford’s arguments. (more…)