News & Updates

Introducing River Borders!

I am thrilled to launch River Borders– a website/database of river borders across the world, an outcome of my senior CHI fellowship. This website aims to be an accessible pedagogical tool for educators, specifically high school educators, by offering a centralized repository of river borders across the world. Using data from the International River Boundaries Database (IRBD) at...

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Launching “After the Flood: How Nashville Neighborhoods Changed after the Great Flood of 2010”

TODAY, I launch my CHI project titled After the Flood. This website is intended to be a briefing of research that I conducted this semester about the neighborhood effects that were associated with Nashville, Tennessee’s Great Flood of 2010. May 1-2, 2020 marked the 10-year anniversary of the flood experience in Nashville and surrounding areas. To understand how neighborhoods changed since the...

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Launching “Mapping the Young Lords”

I'm excited to announce the completion of my CHI project "Mapping the Young Lords". This project has seen a few iterations since I first thought about what it would be in December. The goal of the site is to visualize the consequences of public health related direct action on behalf of the Young Lords organization in New York City during the early 1970s. My argument is that because of the...

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MSU Digital Archaeology Collections

This is the launch post for Zach Francis’s 2019-2020 CHI fellowship project. Click to check out the MSU Digital Archaeology Collections website! At the beginning of this year, I knew that I wanted to do something to bring the archaeological collections held by the Michigan State anthropology department into the digital world. The main motivation for this was my previous work developing a...

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Launching Volta River Commodities

My CHI project, Volta River Commodities, is built around a dataset that I created from West African colonial trade statistics. Officials from the Gold Coast (what is now Ghana) were stationed at preventative stations along the colony's borders to control the movement of people and goods. The information that they recorded included descriptions of objects carried by traders, the amount carried,...

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Launching Archaeology 101

Autumn Painter and I are happy to announce the official launch of Archaeology 101 (archaeology101.com), a website designed to introduce elementary and middle school students to archaeology and the study of the past. In the website, we use written content and interactive elements to teach students about archaeology and some of the basic concepts and tools that archaeologists use to study past...

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U.S. Geography and Music Culture: Mapping Out the Most Sung about Geographical Places from Billboard’s Hot 100

Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash When I first saw the music video for Vince Staples’ ‘FUN!’, I was concentrating more on the song's beat than the video. FUN!’ is catchy, and it would be easy to sway to the beat versus listening to the lyrics—or most importantly, watching the video. The music video, directed by Calmatic, shows various scenes of a neighborhood through a Google Maps...

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Juxtaposing the Past and the Present: Creating an Interactive Preservation Element

In thinking about what we wanted to include in our Archaeology 101 website, Autumn and I wanted to touch on many of the key concepts that guide archaeological research. One of those key concepts is preservation, especially the idea that not everything preserves in the archaeological record. While it is a relatively clear concept, it can often be hard to drive home just how important this is to...

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Archaeology 101: Dig Deeper Popup Modals

As we are nearing the end of the CHI fellowship, Jeff and I are working on final touches to our Archaeology 101 website. Lately, I've been working on changing some of our text into 'Dig Deeper' popup modals. Instead of having all the information for each section immediately available on the page, we have decided to move some sections into optional popup modals. The reason behind this decision is...

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Call for 2020-2021 Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship Applications

The Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative invites applications for its 2020-2021 Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship program. The Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellowships offer MSU graduate students the skills to creatively and thoughtfully apply digital methods and computational approaches to cultural heritage collections, materials, data, questions, and challenges. While the...

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