Upcoming GCDI Workshops and Events

Workshop: “Getting started with TEI” Monday, March 11th, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop is a deep introduction to the theory and practice of encoding electronic texts for the humanities. It is designed for students who are interested in the transcription and digitization of manuscripts and print-based texts into diplomatic, digital formats. The workshop contains three parts: first, an overview of TEI and the major schemas; second, a quick introduction and tutorial on one or more applications used for encoding; and finally, for the bulk of the workshop, students will get the opportunity to practice encoding a manuscript page in small groups. Throughout this work, we will discuss common issues with encoding, such as how to tag complex identities and data. In addition to familiarizing themselves with TEI and its theoretical contexts, students will also learn how to use one or more applications from among the following: Github, the TAPAS project, Juxta-Commons, oXygen.

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Workshop: “Introduction to Omeka” Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

Omeka is a free Content Management System (CMS) and a web publishing system built by and for scholars that is used by hundreds of archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and individual researchers and teachers to create searchable online databases and scholarly online interpretations of their digital collections. If you have a digital collection of primary sources that you want to publish online in a scholarly way, you’ll want to consider Omeka. Omeka allows to describe the items according to archival standards, import and export that descriptive information from other systems, and to create as many interpretive online exhibits as you like from those items.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand some of the conceptual challenges faced when developing digital archives
  • Create an online database of digital archival items
  • Create a public facing exhibition featuring items from your collections

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Talk: “Youngmin Kim: Digital Humanities in Asia” Wednesday March 13th, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

Join us as we hear from Youngmin Kim (Professor of English, Distinguished Research Professor at Dongguk University, and Jack Ma Chair Professor of Ma Yun Education Fund at Hangzhou Normal University) discuss the current status of digital humanities scholarship in Asia. His talk will consider digital humanities as participant in the 4th Industrial Revolution transforming itself into an “expanded field” and reminding us of the three V’s in the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution: Volume, Velocity, and Variety (one can add more: Variability and Complexity now). Following Richard Howitt’s application of the concept of the “scale” to representation of “glocalization,” Kim invokes a double movement of the local and the global which contextualizes “the simultaneous and contested shift up-scale towards the global and down-scale to the local as a response to changing economic, political and cultural pressures.” Consequently, he argues, one might “zoom-in and zoom-out” (or “turn closely and go away distantly”) of the object of “DH in Asia,” which, can be seen in the next 2019 JADH-Osaka conference theme of “Localization in Global DH” in “wider East Asia region.”

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Talk: “What Can You Do with a 3D Reconstruction of Ancient Rome?” Thursday, March 14th, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

The Rome Reborn project is an international initiative, launched in 1996, to create a 3D reconstruction of ancient Rome in AD 320, shortly before the capital of the empire was moved to Constantinople. This year was chosen because it represents the peak of the urban development of the ancient city. The model took 22 years to complete. In August 2018, it was finally made available to scholars and to the general public through the VR publisher Flyover
Zone Productions. (To see the project visit www.romereborn.org). This talk is will draw out the project’s scientific uses as a tool of discovery, taking as point of departure is the claim that a reconstruction of a complex city like ancient Rome is a case in point of Aristotle’s famous claim that “the whole is not a heap but something other than the sum of the parts.” The presentation will feature 3 virtual reality case studies: the alignment of two monuments seen from a fixed position (the relationship of the Montecitorio Obelisk to the Ara Pacis); the dynamically changing viewsheds available to the visitor in the densely-packed Roman Forum (the visit of Constantius II to Rome in AD 357); and, as noticeable in a series of bird’s eye views, the application of organic, as opposed to geometric, urban planning and land use in the entire cityscape. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program.

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Workshop: “Graphic Design for Websites” Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

“Graphic Design for Websites” will emphasize the basic elements and principles of graphic design in relationship to front end web design aesthetics. Students will be exposed to various examples and applications for WordPress based websites (on the CUNY Academic Commons and beyond). The workshop will also introduce and apply a myriad of Open Education Resources on design, techniques, and software. Hands on exercises will be explored.


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Workshop: WordPress II: Customizing, Stylizing, and Integrating with Social Media, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm


This workshop will involve a conceptual and technical discussion of how to integrate social media with your WordPress site. We will discuss how you can customize and style your site – including changing the layout of the site by choosing a different theme, adding functionality with plugins, customizing menus, changing your site header or colors across the site using the Customizer function. We will not be covering how to create a WordPress site during this workshop, so we recommend that you come with a WordPress site with some content to begin. WordPress sites can be created for free using the CUNY Academic Commons. Instructions can be found here: https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/register/. You can also use OpenCUNY: https://opencuny.org/wp-signup.php.


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