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DIGITAL HUMANITIES LIGHTNING TALKS


Just what is digital humanities? There is no clear defi- nition, but nine faculty members and librarians came together in a spring 2012 event hosted by the Institute and Shields Library and offered their views of the land- scape of digital scholarship at UC Davis. In a series of five-minute “lightning talks,” presenters provided an introduction to a vast array of projects and technolo- gies. “Our goal was to bring people together,” said Amy Kautzman, Associate University Librarian for the Hu- manities and Social Sciences. “At UC Davis, we have lots of people with fingers and toes in the digital humanities, but most are isolated… I hope that these conversations will help people to connect and will lead to further col- laboration.”


“There is no solid definition of the digital humanities, and it’s exciting to be a part of defining it.”


Professor Eric Smoodin (American Studies) present-


ed his work in reconstructing the moviegoing experi- ence in 1930s Paris using digital tools such as Second Life and the Keck Caves. Kautzman introduced a suite of publishing and data preservation tools hosted by the Uni- versity of California Curation Center (UC3). Professor and composer Sam Nichols (Music) gave an overview of Strand, a music composition tool he is developing in or- der to record, alter, and interact with improvisations. Hu- manities and Social Sciences Librarian David Michalski showed how the Cultural Atlas of California Wine makes use of digital technology to create interactive maps of the historical and cultural impact of California’s wine re- gions and provide new ways to conceptualize landscapes. “There is no solid definition of the digital humanities, and it’s exciting to be a part of defining it,” said Phillip Barron, Digital History Developer for the History Project at UC Davis. Barron presented his work on creating a digital ar- chive of the rare and fragmented primary documents of the indigenous slave trade in colonial Central and South America.


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