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BGSU invites the community to free institute on digital humanities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 10 May 2013 10:32
Imagine having an enormous library housing materials from the past thousands of years at your fingertips, with new information added each day. Plus a vast art gallery, along with a studio with electronic tools offering new ways to create. And all this available to anyone with a computer and Internet access.
Who would own such a thing, and who might have access to it? Who could add to it? How can we make sense of the mass of information growing daily online?
These resources already exist in today's online world, and the questions they raise will be discussed during Bowling Green State University's Digital Cultures in the Age of Big Data summer institute, May 13-17. The institute is free, and the university is inviting community members to participate, whether they are newcomers to the subject or have experience with digital data.
While the sciences have long been utilizing the resources offered by "Big Data," the humanities have been a bit slower to get on board, according to the institute's organizers. "The subject has opened up - from digital art to electronic literature to scholarship and publishing - and we want to be able to think critically, evaluate the positives and the negatives and broaden our scope," said Dr. Ellen Berry, a professor of English and director of BGSU's Institute for the Study of Culture and Society.
The weeklong institute will focus on the themes of: digital art and new media, electronic literature, digital scholarship and publishing, digital democracy, the Digital Divide and the politics of Big Data, the public humanities, and grant funding.
To register or for more information, visit http://www.bgsu.edu/ digitalcultures.
Taking part in the conversation will be some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences, along with BGSU faculty and graduate students and community members.
The institute will include lectures, workshops and discussions with seven scholars of digital culture. A highlight of the week will be keynote addresses by two foundational figures in the field: Dr. N. Katherine Hayles, a professor of English at Duke University; and Dr. Lev Manovich, a professor at the CUNY Graduate Center; director of the Software Studies Initiative at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and a visiting professor at the European Graduate School.
At BGSU's and other Ohio libraries alone, historical collections are rapidly being digitized, which, along with material that is "born digital," provides researchers access to data that might not have been available before now.
The new digital technology has opened up the potential for humanities scholars, along with other scientists, to examine and analyze data and other information in new ways.

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