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Tags for your Media

Using Tags in Scalar helps identify  relationships between content posted, whether a page or media, and works non-linearly (unlike Paths). This will help us see the commonalities between everyone’s final projects and tie in those relationships. We need to think of cohesive keywords we can use as Tags.

Please tag your media which will be beneficial to tie in those commonalities. Also, make sure you identify what type of media you used (photo, sound, video). Use the following tags:

  • Photo
  • Sound
  • Video
  • Media Studies
  • The New School
  • The New School Archives
  • Course Catalogs
  • Center for Understanding Media
  • John Culkin
  • Deirdre Boyle
  • Peter Haratonik
  • Kit Laybourne
  • Melissa Friedling
  • Oral History

Also note, some of these tags to do not exist in our project yet, so if it doesn’t create a new Page and nest your Media under this Tag Page.

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Final Presentations!

Wendy and Liza will be joining us in class on May 13, as we share our as-final-as-it’s-going-to-get version of our Scalar project. Angelica and Shannon will provide an overview and discuss the overarching “theme.” Then each of you will share your contribution to the collaborative effort. Plan to talk for ten minutes.

You might start by briefly reminding us of your motivation for choosing your topic or application. Then take us on a tour of your work. For those of you doing “content-based work”: click through the pages, explain your narrative or argumentative path, describe what experience you’re aiming to create for your user/visitor/reader. And in the process, highlight some of your most interesting content. For those of you developing tools: talk about how your tool allows us to engage with archival material in new and illuminating ways, discuss possible applications, and show us (if possible) how your tools has been pilot-tested in classmates’ projects.


Alex Kelly’s Oral History Project – Celebration 4/25 @ 6pm

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Jefferson Market Library (Map and directions)

Join us for an exciting celebration of Your Village, Your Story: A Greenwich Village Oral History Project!
Your Village, Your Story is a community-based oral history project at Jefferson Market Library that works to both preserve and document neighborhood history through the stories of people who have experienced it.

From December 2013 – April 2014, trained volunteer interviewers worked to collect over 90 oral histories of people who have a longtime relationship with Greenwich Village. This collection represents the voices of individuals who have lived, worked or spent over 20 years in the neighborhood.

At our final celebration we will:

  • Hear from Interviewers and Storytellers about their experiences
  • Listen to recorded interviews in our STORY BUFFET!
  • Find out what’s next and how you can access these recordings.  See a live demo from NYPL Labs about the NEXT PHASE of the project!
  • Celebrate the overwhelming success of the project with food, drink, and entertainment

**RSVP by April 21st:   Jefferson Market Library at (212) 243-4334 orCorinneNeary@nypl.org.

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Sam & Angela’s Findings

So these are just my notes whilst observing Angela, but I believe we shared the majority of our collective thoughts during the class discussion.


Scenario #5
Choice of browser – Firefox – choosing this – familiarity for user?
The Kellen Archives – once here – getting to the digital archives section (left hand side of page) not very intuitive
Once there did basic search using term “floral pattern” -
Went back to main digital page – searched into Lightbox account
Search returned better results just by logging in -
Attempting to add to Lightbox – icons at bottom did not say when hovers mouse above those option – guessed by clicking middle icon – which was a folder icon – not obvious
When pressed back button and took awhile for page to load – then an error message
Used simple terms to keyword her categorical findings – example “Floral Pattern_1,” “Floral Pattern_2″
Can click on magnify glass to make image bigger – then brought to completely new page – can look at entire scan of document page by page – doesn’t seem easy to back to original search results page
Every time clicking on new result, there is a lag in how the page loads – causing it to be layered at first
Clicked to go in and see Lightbox – can’t seem to rearrange the groups – each saved image has it’s own space, with other blanks waiting to be paired
Difference in the search – tried “Flower pattern” and “floral patten” returned very different results

Notes from Jane Pirone’s UX Presentation

The User & the Design Process

User Scenarios [secure file]
DataMyne Discovery Report [secure file]

User Scenarios for In-Class Workshop

Break into pairs. One person will choose and “enact” one of the following scenarios, while the other person observes. Then, once the “researcher” finishes his/her task, the observer can questions about how the researcher chose to structure his/her interaction — and the two work can together to develop a flowchart diagramming how the “researcher” completed the task. Then swap roles, choose another user scenario, and repeat!

#1. Former New School adjunct professor, looking for course descriptions from 1987 to 1990.

#2. Parsons undergraduate student given assignment to “find something about a designer in the archives.”

#3. Child of Parsons alum looking for information about the school during the time his/her parent would have attended the school, 1940s-1950s, specifically information about parent’s department/major. Alum graduated from “Industrial Design” program, which has been renamed several times.

#4. First-year student is writing a research paper on the impact of the Helvetica typeface in its first decade. Assignment requires student to include a primary source from an archives.

#5. Fashion industry professional looking for samples of floral patterns.


Pecha Kucha, April 22

To our guest critics:

Students in Digital Archives have been charged with “reimagin[ing] the “interface” to the archives by prototyping… platforms for highlighting and recontextualizing noteworthy archival material – particularly material regarding the history of media study and media-making at The New School.” They’ve chosen to create a single class-wide exhibition — with each student making an individual contribution based on his or her own interests — using the Scalar platform.  You’ll see here some of our “conceptual” plans for the exhibition; the second image shows students’ individual areas of interest. And some students have posted their individual project proposals here.

As you can see in my instructions to the students, below, they’re starting to translate their conceptual interests into concrete exhibitions of “archival stuff.” They’ll be sharing their evolving ideas with you in the form of a pecha kucha, with each student delivering a fast-paced presentation consisting of 20 slides. We’d value your input, at this formative stage, on how their projects are taking shape. Is there a there there? Are there rhetorical strategies they should employ to help them more effectively convey their messages via exhibition? Are there particular archival materials you’d recommend that they include? Are there ethical issues they need to consider?  Do you see any potentially fruitful synergies between different students’ projects?

To Digital Archives students:

The Pecha Kucha exercise will serve to:

  1. help your classmates learn about your particular theoretical and topical interests (which will also help us formalize plans for collaboration);
  2. encourage you to think concretely about the “stuff” of your contribution – i.e., how you’ll flesh out your conceptual interests with exhibitable archival objects and arguments [Your plans are undoubtedly still taking shape at this stage of the semester, and they’ll continue to evolve as you “actualize” your project on Scalar – so, rather than thinking of this presentation as a demonstration of “your work,” I encourage you to approach it more as a preview of what’s possible in your final project]; and
  3. allow you to receive some design feedback — about how to frame your exhibition — from the experts who’ll be visiting us in class.

Learn about PechaKuchas here. See also Olivia Mitchell’s “Five Presentation Tips for Pecha Kucha or Ignite Presentation” Speaking About Presenting [blog post], and check out some videos of Ignite presentations.

Here’s what you need to do: Prepare a 20-slide, automatically advancing (timed) presentation (20 seconds per slide) that encapsulates the topics / themes, archival “stuff,” and arguments that are central to your project, and that previews the breadth of media forms and formats that you’re likely to include in your exhibition. Because our projects are not solely visual, you’re welcome to incorporate audio and video clips – as long as they’re limited to 20-second bites.


Anarchive: Anne-Marie Duget, April 30

Anarchive: A lecture/presentation on Fujiko Nakaya’s FOG

By Anne-Marie Duguet, founder and editorial director of anarchive*
Wednesday, April 30 at 7 pm.
Wolf Conference Room, 6 East 16th Street, Room 1103

The School of Media Studies warmly invites you to attend a lecture/presentation by the distinguished media critic, professor, and director of the anarchive project, Anne-Marie Duguet.  She will be talking about anarchive’s latest issue by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, whose work reinvents the meeting between art, science, and technology.  Nakaya is a pioneer of the unusual art form of fog sculptures.   Anarchive’s project with Nakaya was assembled on DVD-rom and DVD-video and includes the first monograph about her more than 50 Fog Works as well as her paintings and video art.

Anarchive: Digital Archives on Contemporary Art has issued four other projects with internationally-renowned artists Antoni Muntadas, Thierry Kuntzel, Jean Otth, and Michael Snow.  Each draws upon the artist’s archives to provide a unique opportunity for an historical, theoretical, and critical study of his work.  Anarchive aims to develop new approaches for describing new media art works by using, for example, 3-D model simulation to explore how installation elements are displayed and function together. Each DVD-Rom includes an important database that, without pretending exhaustiveness, encompasses an artist’s oeuvre. The research behind each project aims to produce a new view of the work and not just to establish a chronology or follow given art categories.

  Experimentation with the interface design and the interactivity of the system plays an important role in the series. The multidisciplinary nature of the project requires expertise in many fields: art history and theory, computer programming, graphic design, writing, video production, etc. For this reason, a team is assembled to assist each artist. The collaboration of sophisticated artists with skilled and inventive technical teams yields original multimedia production and unexpected possibilities.

*anarchive is a series of interactive multi-media projects designed to explore an artist’s overall oeuvre via diverse archival material.

Anne-Marie Duguet is Professor Emeritus of the University of Paris, LAM Laboratory of Arts and Media.  She is a well-known art critic and curator and the author of Vidéo, la mémoire au poing (Hachette, 1981), Jean-Christophe Averty (Dis-voir, 1991) and Déjouer l’image. Créations électroniques et numériques (Jacqueline Chambon, 2002).  She is a founder and the editorial director of Anarchive.


Vatican Library to Digitize Priceless Manuscripts

Found this in WSJ, thought it would be of interest to the class!


The Vatican’s Precious Manuscripts Go Online

Japanese Tech Firm NTT Is Scanning the Ancient Texts in the Vatican Apostolic Library


Updated April 11, 2014 11:46 p.m. ET

VATICAN CITY — Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time.

When the project is finished, one of the richest and most important collections of historical texts in the world will be available with a click of the mouse—and free.

The plan marks a revolution for an institution known as the Popes’ Library, which houses more than 82,000 manuscripts, some dating back to the second century. Scholars must now submit a detailed request to gain access to the library, which sits within the Vatican walls. The most precious works of art, such as a 1,600-year old manuscript displaying Virgil’s poems once studied by Raphael, have been mostly off-limits.

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“This restriction was wise to protect such valuable manuscripts from hordes of visitors,” said Alberto Melloni, a church historian who has used the Vatican library several times. “If anybody could visit, it would be like putting a child with a paintbrush in front of the Mona Lisa.”

By digitizing its archives, the Vatican library, established in 1451, joins the ranks of illustrious institutions such as the British Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Cambridge University Library. The Vatican is offering “a service that we provide all mankind,” said Msgr. Cesare Pasini, prefect of the library, at a recent presentation of the project.

For the past year, Vatican officials have worked closely with experts at Japanese IT firm NTT DATA Corp. to test special scanners designed to handle particularly delicate documents. Glove-wearing operators, who must remove watches and jewelry to prevent scratching the texts, made sure that the scanners wouldn’t damage the documents.

The machines have a protective screen to limit the manuscripts’ exposure to light, and windows must remain shut and curtains drawn during the scanning procedure to keep dust and extraneous light out of the room.

With the test phase finished, about 50 Italian and Japanese operators will soon begin the process of digitizing the first batch of 3,000 manuscripts under the watchful eye of Vatican librarians. That process, which will take place entirely inside the library, is expected to take four years.

After each document is scanned, it will be formatted for long-term storage and then released onto the library’s website. The first digital images are expected to be put online in the second half of this year. All of the manuscripts, including the most delicate ones, will eventually be scanned, and viewers will be able to examine them from a variety of angles.

Digitalizing the library will be a mammoth task, involving 43 quadrillion bytes. (A byte is a unit that is used to represent an alphanumeric character.) In the end, about 40 million pages will be available for all to see. The Vatican won’t say how long the whole project will take.

Disaster recovery mechanisms will be put in place so that images of the manuscripts will be conserved should anything happen to the originals.”If something horrible happens—and I pray to God it doesn’t—at least all this won’t be lost,” said James R. Ginther, professor of medieval theology and director of the Center of Digital Humanities at St. Louis University in Missouri.

NTT DATA has agreed to front the €18 million ($25 million) cost of the first, four-year phase, but it is seeking sponsors to recoup that figure. To encourage donations, the Vatican Library’s website will display the sponsors’ logos next to scanned images.

Even when the digitization is complete, Vatican officials expect scholars and researchers to still seek access to the library to view the originals in person.

“It is really important to have a physical feel of the manuscript…and this can only happen when you are there,” said Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame, who has used the library in the past.

The opening of the library might be a letdown for Vatican conspiracy theorists. The alleged secrets housed in the Vatican’s archives have sometimes featured in mystery novels, such as those penned by Dan Brown.

When asked if any compromising or embarrassing documents will emerge when the digital archives are thrown open to the public, Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, librarian of the Holy Roman Church, chuckled.

“We have nothing to hide,” he said.

Write to Liam Moloney at liam.moloney@wsj.com

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