Our students get to work on a variety of digital projects. Here are some examples:
10 June, 2015
Visualising ‘A Waltz with Bashir’: Augmenting Traditional Media Studies Film Analysis with Computational Methods
Supervisor: Chris Thomson (Digital Humanities)
Lucy analysed the role of visualisation in augmenting, supporting, and problematizing the readings within the scholarly literature on Ari Folman’s 2008 film ‘A Waltz with Bashir’. Using the ImagePlot plugin for ImageJ developed by the Software Studies Initiative and other colour comparison tools, her project explored the potential that computational visualisation methods have to augment and support traditional modes of analysis, including studying the ways visual patterns relate to the film's generic hybridity and its complex engagement with issues of truth, fantasy and trauma.
October 08, 2015
Proof-of-concept website for Macmillan Brown Library’s Special Collections
Supervisors: James Smithies (Digital Humanities) and Damian Cairns (UC Library)
Alicia’s project was completed as part of a UC Arts internship. It involved developing a proof-of-concept website for the Macmillan Brown Library, to explore how the open source web publishing platform Omeka could be used as an online exhibition platform for bookplates from the library’s Special Collections. The project involved becoming familiar with the best practice standards surrounding metadata and data management, curation of images, learning basic CSS coding in order to alter the layout of the website, and testing various plugins to enhance the functionality of the website.
September 11, 2015
Digital Outcome for the Blue Oyster Arts Trust Strategic Plan
Supervisors: James Smithies (Digital Humanities) and Barbara Garrie (Art History)
Chloe used Scalar, a digital platform for online publishing, to build an online version of the Blue Oyster Arts Trust strategic plan. The project involved critically evaluating the value of online publishing within the GLAM sector management and testing ways in which Scalar’s semantic structure could be utilised to support the presentation of non-linear, multifaceted scholarly arguments. Chloe also explored how a Scalar publication could redefine and enable new ways of strategic thinking, and enhance the potential of electronic publishing in the GLAM sector.
October 11, 2014
The Orient in the Nineteenth Century Web Archives
Supervisors: James Smithies (Digital Humanities)
Jack’s project was an investigation into how scholarly digital archiving can contribute to the study of Orientalism, and more broadly, how digital tools can enable new approaches to traditional humanities issues. Using the open source web publishing platform Omeka, Jack created a comprehensive digital archive prototype, containing cultural products from nineteenth century Western Europe that depicted the Orient. This project involved scholarly research of cultural objects, web curation, becoming familiar with copyright laws and best practice standards surrounding metadata, and presenting a critical analysis of the digital archive in relation to issues of democracy and quality.