News & Updates

Call for 2022-2023 Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship Applications

The Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative invites applications for its 2022-2023 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. 2022-2023...

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The Lansing Culinary Heritage Trail: A Digital Project by Dani M. Willcutt

The Lansing Culinary Heritage Trail is a web-based map that is meant for entertainment as well as education and it is meant to be experienced both digitally and in person. “Tourists” on the trail are encouraged to stop in and patronize the businesses that are still operating. The Lansing Culinary Heritage Trail taps into the wide audience of people who are interested in such a history and...

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Project Launch | Forensic Anthropology: A History

I am excited to announce the official launch of the Forensic Anthropology: A History! The impetus for this project was to create a tool for new students interested in forensic anthropology. The website is an interactive guide for students ranging from historical events, graduate program information, and visualizing data related to the paths of board certified diplomates from the American Board...

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Project Launch: “God-Honoring Snark”

I am delighted to announce the launch of my CHI project, God-Honoring Snark! This interactive narrative blends storytelling with the results of computational text analysis to engage visitors with the ethical questions driving contemporary snark communities. For the text analysis, I first collected comments and text posts from r/FundieSnarkUncensored’s first year using PushShift web scraping,...

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Launching the Oak Bluffs Historic Highlands Map

Today is launch day and I am sharing completed my mapping project for the CHI 2021 – 2022 fellowship. For my Oak Bluffs Historic Highlands project, I have built the framework for a map that uses publicly available deed documents to represent the history of landownership in the Highlands area of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, a resort town on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Oak Bluffs, since the...

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Project Launch: The Stratford-upon-Avon Memory Map

I am pleased to announce the completion of the pilot of the Stratford-upon-Avon Memory Map project. Users can navigate to various cultural heritage sites related to Shakespeare that are located in and around Stratford-upon-Avon and click on the markers to see a visualization of the words most commonly used to describe these sites in 19th century guidebooks. All guidebooks used in this project...

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Plotting Colombian emblematic memory, also called Memorias pal Diálogo

Plotting Colombian emblematic memory, the name I gave to my CHI project, was meant to produce a digital tool that could help peace-building efforts in Colombia. In order to make that possible, one thing was especially required: to have a clear philosophy behind the kind of peace-building intervention the tool could foster. The Colombian society is going through a post-conflict setting that is...

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Launching Smart City Tracker

I'm excited to announce the public launch of my CHI project, Smart City Tracker (https://caimeng2.github.io/SmartCityTracker/). Smart City Tracker is a web-based and open-source platform where users can track and explore local governments’ smart city implementation in the United States. It uses Google Custom Search API to systematically search the official websites of 322 cities with a...

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The Social Justice Classroom’s Mission and next steps

I began developing this pedagogical website, The Social Justice Classroom, which can be found in this link (https://sandy-burnley.github.io/SJC/) during my CHI fellowship and after attending pedagogical workshops on anti-racism, disability studies, indigenous studies, animal studies, and other social justice issues that inspired me to reframe my approach in both my research and in my teaching....

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Burgruine Königstein

Ever since I arrived in Germany, many historic places have been on my to-visit list. I was really excited to finally hike to a castle last weekend. It’s called Burgruine Königstein. According to its official website, the oldest visible wall of this castle can be dated from the first half of the 12th century. It was built to secure a major imperial road between Frankfurt and Cologne. It has been...

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Memory Mapping

As the work progresses on the framework for my map of property ownership in the Highlands area of Oak Bluffs, I can now start focusing the ways in which additional types of data will be added to the map. While the structure of the map will be the spatialized deed and census data, this information is not enough to make the map a tool for the understanding the history of the community and how it...

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