Collaborative Multimedia Storytelling

The crux of the digital humanities project I’d like to discuss is a multimedia, interactive book and documentary project that revolves around the collaborative formation of images, stories, memories, and experiences. Using social network sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr where people of different ages, ethnic groups, religions, and experiences with the Silver River in the Ocala National Forest can upload their own photographs, sound files, videos and commentary to help answer the inquiry: how can we envision humaNature entanglements through a decolonial, feminist lens to explore otherwise silenced counter-narratives to hegemonic conservation and development rhetoric?


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Digital Projects at UNF

Professors Laura Heffernan (English), Anne Pfister (Anthropology) and Clayton McCarl (Spanish) would like to propose a session to discuss their work on a variety of recent and ongoing digital projects at the University of North Florida. They will be joined by a group of  students and recent alumni who are involved in these endeavors.

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The co-founders of Self Narrate (myself and Dr. Jaron Jones) propose to share a talk on the power of storytelling, both personally and organizationally.

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Mobile Digital Humanities

Last year, more than 50% of all internet traffic took place within mobile devices. How should the DH community respond to this ongoing shift to mobile-computing? How does it impact our teaching/research goals? How should we define a “mobile” technology? How can such technologies reshape our perspective on a physical space?

In this session, I would like to explore these and other questions as I share some of my own experience in creating mobile augmented reality applications for humanities projects. Specifically, I want to explore how DH can leverage this uptick in mobile computing to create location-based digital experiences for culturally significant sites. To contextualize this discussion, I will discuss some of my experiences using mobile technologies in the classroom. In addition, I will introduce a location-based mobile app I am co-creating for use at TPC-Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.




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Teaching Digital Archiving Principles and Methods to Undergraduates

According to Matthew G. Kirschenbaum and Doug Reside, “The ‘challenge’ of the born digital is thus at least as much  social as it is technological.  New textual forms require new  work habits, new training, new tools, new practices, and new instincts.”

This session examines ENG 3817 Digital Archives, a course I teach at UCF to undergraduates.  The course examines the development and function of digital “representation” from a practical “hands on” perspective.  In focusing on the creation, management, and preservation of electronic texts and images as it relates to personal and public archive practices, students gain experience with image scanning, Optical Character Recognition use, text-encoding processes, and other skills. They also study platform delivery, interface usability, copyright laws, and metadata creation by using Omeka, an open source web-publishing platform, as part of a course project. In addition to understanding how metadata is used with electronic records, they  examine the “Wayback Machine” and the basics of “web archiving” efforts to preserve what is on the Internet.

I would like to use my course as a springboard for discussion of similar courses at other institutions and of how to foster a digital humanities curriculum in general.

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Things I’d Like To Learn About

Is there anyone out there using DH in a K-12 classroom?

Is there anyone doing oral history work with Internet tools?

Is there anyone exploring snapchat and DH?

Is anyone building mobile apps with cultural or critical goals in mind?

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Florida DH Consortium: Making DH Accessible to All!

The Florida Digital Humanities Consortium ( is a network of higher education organizations across Florida that advocates for and coordinates digital work and the humanities statewide. How might we use FLDH to build shared digital Florida projects that have multiple contributors statewide? And how can we use FLDH to enable diverse students from more educational institutions to learn and participate in DH work? This is a brainstorming session. Come and share your thoughts on how we support more DH happening everywhere, not only in higher ed!

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Community Engagement Engine (CEE)

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Libraries host exhibitions and speaker events to promote collections and engage communities. The UF Libraries deployed innovative technologies to connect with and patrons through exhibits and speakers to enhance research, learning, and communication. Previously, patrons attending an exhibit or presentation benefited from the experience. However, they often did not have an opportunity to ask questions, share comments, request more information, or be further engaged. In 2015, UF developed the new open source Community Engagement Engine (CEE) for iPads (handheld and kiosks) for use in exhibit and presentation spaces. Now, visitors may submit questions and comments in an unmediated and unfiltered process. This interaction allows the visitor to receive, by automated, graphic-intense email, additional relevant materials, such as speaker slides, digitized primary source documents, or readings and multimedia files, which are selected by the exhibit curator or speaker to increase the learning impact and further engagement with the library. Additionally, visitors may register to receive updates about the subject area of interest; for example announcements of new acquisitions, or notices of future speaker events or exhibits. Importantly, CEE allows libraries to aggregate and organize patron contact information collected through these exchanges to develop specific communities of interest which can be oriented by geography, subject matter, etc. This enables targeted outreach, development, and assessment. This presentation will serve as a case study of innovation for community engagement, and will include discussion for other institutions that may be interested in deploying CEE or a similar system of their own.

This is being presented by Brian W. Keith, Lourdes Santamaria-Wheeler, and Laurie Taylor.

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To Share or Not to Share: That is the Question

Increasing availability of databased information online means that researchers are presented with quantities of data that might be applicable to their own research. In discussions of big data, shareability is at once both one of the great opportunities and one of the limiting factors we face.

How do we know if and when to share data, and how do we find and use other people’s data (in an ethical manner)? Shawn Graham, Ian Milligan, and Scott Weingart speak of a “third wave” (26-30) on the web, one consisting of big data; they link this to issues of “the open source and open access movements, copyright, and what we mean by textual analysis [or content]” (38). Doug Cooper talks about “shy data” in this context, noting issues of restricted, unfinished, and semi-accessible data and the need for APIs. In this session we would like to continue this conversation, exploring it both from the standpoints of data producers and consumers.

Download handout here.

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