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Call for 2021-2022 Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship Applications

The Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative invites applications for its 2021-2022 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. 2021-2022...

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Virtual Work and Social Living

(Disclaimer: this was posted a couple of months ago on the other platform) What will the future hold when it comes to the virtual world? Since March, much of the world has been living a virtual reality modifying our lives, workplaces, and homes into untouchable spaces through the internet and our screens. We have learned to get creative and work remotely in unexpected ways through professions...

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Creating a Website – The Art of a Computer’s Brain

https://images.app.goo.gl/8YABK8x44Tzcrx4h9 Remember the desktop application Paint? I always envisioned how I would want to create a website from the surface level of making demands and thinking I can enter some type of platform where it is like a paint canvas. What I have been learning is that creating a website is not only about how we want the eye to see an attractive creation through our...

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Digital Pedagogy | Disseminating Accessibility

One positive that may have come out of socially-distanced learning and research is creativity, the need for open-access, and collaboration. While COVID-19 has propelled and inspired innovative techniques in digital pedagogy, it has also illuminated the lack of data openly available for education. As a discipline, forensic anthropology is hands-on and highly visual, especially in education....

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Mapping Dionysian memories with Leaflet

  Mapping is not only about representing space. It is about representing space from humans' perspectives, and therefore, it is about telling a story. Maps can be works of art, they can be instruments of war, or they can be a testament to the places where dominant morality and "good judgment" halt for a couple of hours. One thing never changes, though: a map is always a story. This entry is...

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The Mapping Challenge: “That’s one small step for mankind, one giant leap for me”*

2021 has literally begun, it looks like a continuation of its bloody sibling 2020, though. Spring 2021 has literally begun as well with our 3rd and final challenge as groups yet with more challenges. For our last challenge, basically, we created a map of the pre-Covid party/socialization scene of Ph.D. students in Lansing as a commemoration of our pre-Covid life in this small Midwest town. I’m...

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Building a CHI project

The CHI fellowship has two moments: introducing the use informatics have for cultural heritage and the development of an individual or a collective digital humanities’ project. The division of those moments is not absolute. The introduction to the use informatics has for social sciences and the humanities comes with instances of practice and learning while doing. During the first part of the CHI...

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Visioning Our Final Project | The Migration of Food: Just the Beginning

I was born and raised in Turkey. When I was younger, we, as an extended family, used to spend our summer vacations in the Greek Islands belong to our neighbor country. The main theme of our vacations was the cuisine. Or basically, just eating delicious foods and drinking. To the ones who are not very familiar with them, Turkey and Greece are known for the never-ending political conflict that is...

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Beginning Our Final Projects | Visualizing & Planning

The end of the semester in the CHI fellowship comes with the final proposals of our digital cultural heritage projects. Throughout the semester we have been attending workshops and participating in the collaborative rapid development projects to learn skills that will help shape these projects. When I applied for the CHI fellowship I came with an idea that I was really excited about; a teaching...

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Epistemic Violence and Resistance through Mapping Kinds

From the very beginning of the fellowship I was extremely eager to participate in the spatial mapping workshops. The reading I remember most from the only philosophy course I ever took defined map making as the process of using generalizations via simplification, symbolization, induction, and classification to construct a physical ontology [1]. This articulated an uneasiness I always feel when...

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