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Ethan Watrall


July 12, 2013

Launching Detroit Digital

July 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

I’m very happy to announce the launch of Detroit Digital.  The culminating project of the 2013 Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool (which ran from May 27 to July 3), Detroit Digital was built over the course of 2 weeks by 10 students (one of which came from as far away as New Zealand to participate in the fieldschool).  The project, which was conceived entirely by the fieldschool students, is an attempt to suggest a counterpoint to the popularly held and grossly simplistic picture of Detroit as a dead city whose only redeeming value is a place for cheap real estate and as a setting for urban decay photography. The project revolves around a suite of data driven visualizations and essays, each of which are organized into three themes: Looking, Listening, and Speaking. Each theme is designed to shed light on various aspects of Detroit’s rich and complex cultural heritage.

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