More events at UCLA in May

Please mark your calendar for two upcoming events sponsored by the UCLA Department of Information Studies:

Laura Mandell, 4 pm Tuesday May 4th GSEIS 121

“Close and Distant Readings:: Archives, Visualization, and Other Matters”

Laura Mandell is the mind behind 18thConnect, the Poetess archive, and other substantial projects in Digital Humanities. She is Professor of English at Miami University in Ohio and has published on topics related to women, poets, psychoanalysis, digital humanities, and the 18th century.

Jerome McGann, 3-5 pm Thursday May 27th, GSEIS 111

“The Rossetti Archive and its Implications for Digital Humanities, Textual Scholarship, and other matters”

Jerome McGann is a renowned figure in the field of Romanticism, Digital Humanities, and Textual Criticism. He has published widely on topics at the intersection of textual criticism and digital humanities. He was the recipient of a Mellon Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the Rossetti Archive and other projects at the University of Virginia. His book, Radiant Textuality: Literature After the World Wide Web, was published in 2004.

This is the second annual Breslauer Lecure in Biblio+Info.

2010 IML Showcase (USC)

On May 6th, 2010, the IML will host its annual Showcase event. Our faculty and students have worked very hard this year on a variety of projects and initiatives; this is our opportunity to share our experiences with our colleagues, friends, and community.

The 2010 Showcase celebrates the efforts of the third cohort of students to complete the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program. These students have completed four years of IML coursework, learning the theory, creation, and integration of academic digital media. To receive their Honors designation, each student has individually created an honors thesis project, a media-rich exploration of their diverse studies at USC. Their work is a testament to their creativity and research abilities, reflecting the academic rigor and innovative thinking needed to imagine scholarly production as it is transformed through media tools and networks.

This year’s showcase also presents projects from other IML courses and cross-campus collaborations. Projects include explorations of social media relevance, animated information visualization, 3-D virtual theatre, computational cinema, user-enhanced musical history, interactive documentaries, and much more.

The opening of the showcase will be May 6th from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Afterwards, the showcase will remain open to the public until Thursday, May 13th.

We hope to see you there!

For abstracts about this year’s senior projects and more information, please view the event announcement on the IML website.

Job Announcement

Mukurtu Project Developer II
Digital Dynamics Across Cultures, Kimberly Christen

We’re pleased to simulcast this announcement for a job opportunity at the Mukurtu Project. The project, directed by Vectors Fellow alum Kim Christen (Digital Dynamics Across Cultures), is developing an open-source archive software based on Aboriginal cultural protocols.

For more information, see the job posting on the Vectors blog.

Events in May at UCLA

Re-scheduled Friday May 28, 2010, 1-5 pm: Noah Wardrip-Fruin, “Meaning What We Play: Games, Fiction, and Expressive Processing”
(Visualization Portal, 5826 Mathematical Sciences Building)

Today’s games have well-developed models of spatial movement, combat, and economics. But their models of fiction barely deserve the name. Even those supporting the most ambitious games are burdensome and bug-prone for authors – while providing the player quite limited ranges of meaningful choice. This talk discusses examples of more dynamic approaches to fiction, considering lessons past work presents for designers wishing to craft models that express their visions for playable fiction. At the same time, the talk argues that critics need to begin to interpret the computational processes of computer games (and digital media generally) and connect them to an understanding of audience experience.

Since this event is re-scheduled, even if you RSVPed to the earlier announcement, please RSVP again, letting David Shepard know whether you are able to attend on this date. See PEOPLE for David’s contact info.

Monday, May 24, 2010, 4-6pm: Alkim Almila Akdag Salah, “The Role of Bibliometrics in Humanities”
(Humanities Building 193)

Bibliometrics has turned into a research area specialized in the analysis of growth, relations and interactions in scientific fields based on bibliographic information, such as citation data collected from scientific journals. For humanities scholars, an arduous investment is needed to achieve a level of ‘visual literacy’ to interpret the citation networks, which are one of the main outputs of bibliometric research. Without doubt, bibliometrics is a valuable tool for information retrieval, but the debate over reference or citation index is dominated by the aspect of evaluation. For humanities scholars the challenge is to gain insight to scientometrics in order to protest against positivistic attempts to evaluated humanities scholars, journals and institutions within the rhetoric of scientometrics itself, i.e. by rendering visible the defects in evaluation humanities based on citation counts.

Data/Visualization Tools in the Humanities: from Excel to XML (and beyond)

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2:30-4:00pm
Location: UCLA, Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences)
Presentation by Libbie Stephenson (Director, ISR Data Archive)

This IDRE-HASIS Tool Time! event will focus on the ways that you can work with web-based tools and humanities-focused data resources. Humanities scholars have found that they spend a significant amount of time “massaging” their materials to prepare various types of analysis or visualizations for their research or classroom. To address this problem, many data sites are providing integrated online tools.

The seminar will include a demonstration of the Teaching With Data portal and the data analysis/visualization tools available through the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA). Come learn how to find, use, and visualize materials using a variety of techniques with software supported at UCLA.

Seating is limited, please RSVP.
Questions? Please contact Jennifer Dillon at
For a full list of upcoming IDRE events, please visit our website.

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested, we look forward to seeing you there!



If you blog it, they will come…

It seems like everyone is getting into the blogging action these days!  Nearly every event or conference initiates a blog as part of their packaged web presence.  For example, just today I received word about the archive of talks from the Networks & Enclaves conference held at UCI a few weeks ago.  The conference talks were so provocative, certainly there ought to be some vigorous discussions happening in the blog affiliated with the event.  But…not so.

Perhaps the larger question at hand is also how we, as scholars with limited time, can be a part of so many blog discussions while not unduly fragmenting our efforts?  I’m embarrassed to reveal how many blogs I am involved with (a few dozen too many).  How can I keep on top of these spaces, read important writings on not-my-blogs, and still get my research work done?  Certainly using GoogleReader helps by managing my various blogfeeds, but it’s not still not enough.  And is there also some sort of cautionary tale at play here–about a tool that is now so widely used that it’s losing some of its usefulness?

So let me ask you: how do you manage your blog reading and writing?  How do you balance your engagement with social media while still getting your work done?  And, are you struggling, like me, to keep up?

Literature.Culture.Media Research Slam – EXTENDED

This call went out a couple months ago to the UCSB campus, but I’d like to extend the invitation to any DH SoCal scholars that wish to participate!

Call for Submissions

Literature.Culture.Media Center Research Slam
Down from the lectern and into the crowd!

Friday, May 21
1 pm – 530 pm

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of English
South Hall (various locations)

Please send project description, technical requirements (if any), and a short biography by May 9 to

Have you done recent work that you’re particularly proud of? Are you working on a project and would like to get feedback from your peers and faculty? Interested in seeing the diversity of scholarship occurring on campus? UCSB’s Literature.Culture.Media Center is devoted to investigating and highlighting innovative ways of combining traditional humanities research with concepts and methodologies related to information media and technology. In this tradition, we are hosting the third annual Research Slam to showcase the unique work done by scholars across campus.

The goal of the Research Slam is to combine the best features of traditional academic humanities venues like lectures and roundtables and combine them with the free-flowing, hyperattentive and participatory focus of the poster session and poetry slam. The format includes a series of parallel presentations, followed by a plenary discussion at the end of the afternoon. Glow necklaces will be provided!

A Research Slam is:

• Non-linear intellectual encounters
• Smaller, more personalized discussions, followed by a large group session
• Multi-media, multi-modal, and/or multi-temporal
• Inclusive of faculty and students
• Performative, interactive, playful
• Interested in new paradigms of sharing scholarly work

A Research Slam is not:

• Divided and structured hierarchically
• Quiet or stationary
• Lecture-based
• Traditional or conventional
• Boring

The Literature.Culture.Media Center is now soliciting multimedia projects, research posters, and other creative or scholarly works taking advantage of the intersections between academics, information and technology to showcase at the Slam, regardless of department, class level, or period of focus of the contributor. We invite faculty, graduate students, or undergraduates to apply! If you think your project fits the structure of the event, we’d love to have you!

Potential Critical Nodes:

reading/audience practices
educational technology
media arts
popular culture
GIS/mapping/locative media
communication studies

(Please note that the Research Slam does not endorse exhaustive lists. Please expand at your will.)


After learning after the fact about a digital humanities event at another campus that I would have liked to have attended for the umpteenth time, I decided to create a central clearinghouse for event announcements and a site for virtual conversations related to digital humanities for students and scholars living in southern California. I’ll be sending out invitations to contribute shortly. If you would like to be involved in posting announcements or participating in the conversation, let me know.