News & Updates

Working together alone

I have honestly been surprised by how much enjoyment can be had in the process of creating the small digital projects we have worked on so far this semester. It is really stimulating to work collaboratively, troubleshooting and engaging creatively about digital spaces that many of us interact with regularly without thinking much about. Initially, I worried that I would find the technical aspects...

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Election week and deadlines

This post was suppose to go up a week ago but last week was a nerve racking time. the 2020 elections were a whorl wind of emotions that I can only hope that I don't have to experience again. I never though that in my life time I would get to see my hometown (shout out to Fort Worth) turn blue or that, of all places, Georgia was switch. The main reason for my surprise is voter suppression in the...

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Virtual Visualization of the Middle East: conflict – migration – displaced

Lesvos Island, Greece (2015/2016) - refugees trekking after boat landing. I came across a blog titled “A Guide to Online Visual Sources in Middle East, North Africa, and Islamic Studies” which was not only relevant to this fellowship but proved to be quite interesting. The post website addressed my personal goal, which is to illustrate the idea that images can aid in education and awareness....

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Coding and the useful idea of productive failure.

My training as a social science scholar never considered the potential uses informatics could have in my scholarship. Consequently, even when I received some education regarding project management (particularly tied to administrative business), I never had any preparation for the complexities of collectively building "digital projects." CHI fellowship has provided me with the tools to advance in...

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Reflections and Eversions

The cyberpunk worlds of William Gibson have never seemed so far away as when I was staring at my computer screen trying to figure out how to use Github in conjunction with a free Bootstrap template. All the sci-fi romance of cyberspace shriveled into a dry husk as I watched introductory how-to videos on YouTube to learn how to use Github to access and rewrite the template’s HTML code. As I...

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Digital Humanities and Visual Work in Migration Research

I’m a migration researcher; forced and irregular migration in particular. Therefore, being a part of the CHI community makes me think about how my research goes beyond the academic spheres and gives voice to the communities, in my case, refugees who need to be heard. I like to mention the scope, function, and ethics of doing visual digital humanities work in migration research. I, very roughly,...

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Ethics in Virtual Osteology | What Should We Be Considering?

With the use of three-dimensional modeling and printing becoming more commonplace in cultural heritage with the digital preservation of artifacts and sites, ethical standards must also be considered in the replication of any cultural aspect. People might not immediately think of forensic sciences or anatomy being immediately connected to culture, but this is where anthropology brings everything...

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Sari Saba-Sadiya | New CHI Fellow 2020-2021

My portrait, but a Neural Network forgery of Belracchi forgery of Campendonk. During 2006 Wolgang Belracchi sold a Campendonk forgery for 2.88 million euros. During his trial 4 years later he was dubbed "greatest art forger of our time". After 4 more years researchers designed neural network that, after less than 4 hours of training, creates forgeries that can fool experts half of the time. This...

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Learning code and making art in COVID

By trade, I'm an artist so I am a very visual and tactile when it comes to learning. Since everything is online learning new skills, like coding, have been kind of difficult for me. Recently in CHI we got into groups and started working on our first rapid development project. My group proposed a site that uses an interactive map that people can explore to learn about the history of objects from...

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The Stories Health Data Tell

To be honest, I did not want to write about COVID. In August, I was excited about the beginning of a new semester. With the forthcoming academic year, I could focus some of the energy I had spent reading about the pandemic and refocus my energy on my dissertation and upcoming foray into this strange, strange job market. I truly gave myself a break this summer, working on very minute details in...

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