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Digital Literacy Partnership at Miami University

Published on March 3, 2014, by in faculty projects.

The Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Literacy Partnership website which promotes the contributions of literacy, health, and technology on learning. This collaborative project between Valerie Ubbes, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, and the University Libraries started in the late 1990s as the Children’s Picture Book Database at Miami University.

Digital Literacy Partnership at Miami University

The new site runs on three Omeka and interdisciplinary databases and the content includes print and electronic materials for children, youth, and adults. For the CDS team, this project has been an excellent opportunity to install/test/customize several Omeka plugins (e.g. CSV Import, Simple Pages, Contribution) as well as to integrate some jQuery lines to meet the project requirements.


Team Member Training

Published on January 16, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Tuesday, January 14th, Team Member Training was held in the Center for Digital Scholarship.  Team member training is a workshop  in which all recent library hires take part. The purpose of this workshop is for new hires to meet each other and put faces with names that they might not encounter during their normal duties and  also to educate them on the principles of team membership and other practical workplace skills.  This year’s group was made up of employees from different departments and libraries and resulted in an enjoyable and informative experience.

If your department is considering putting on a workshop or conference, consider using the Center for Digital Scholarship as a highly suitable location.  The versatility of the space and in-house technology makes it a flexible and convenient venue.  This versatility proved valuable to Team Member Training, as we moved around the center for discussion and exercises.  I tweeted the event throughout the day and those captured comments are displayed below.  We would like to thank the participants of this year’s Team Member training and  we  look forward to hosting an event for your department or class in the future.

Please contact us at 529-2871 with any questions.


  1. John M. only spoke up only 3 times #secretmetrics#teammembertraining


  2. There is a right answer but that isn’t important#teammembertraining


  3. Space platform exercise. The floor is lava!!!
  4. T. Rex arms can hinder your space platform exercise#teammembertraining


  5. Comfort levels will directly affect team cohesion#teammembertraining


  6. in a meeting with no agenda and you would like one? Ask for one.#teammembertraining #johnmillardwisdom


  7. using a PAL: P-purpose A-agenda L-limit #teammembertraining


  8. what to expect from a team member: attend participate work support volunteer #teammembertraining


  9. Webex exercise got me muted #teammembertraining


  10. too many options? try multivoting #teammembertraining


  11. interesting convos coming out of multivoting exercise, using budget $$$ to place your vote. Spend wisely, grasshopper.#teammembertraining


  12. evaluate us. Please. drop off forms in suite or leave us a note in our mailbox. Happy team member training, each and every one of us!



Coming soon to a library near you

Published on November 4, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

This weekend the third floor of the  library was filled with students from Capstone Pictures, a  COM 414 capstone class that completed its filming in the Center for Digital Scholarship. Over the course of three days, students filmed a large scale production complete with hired actors, extensive light and camera rigging, and a production crew.  Though the finished product is still in development, check back to the CDS website for updates.

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Quick Tour of Selected Digital Humanities Tools

Published on September 13, 2013, by in blog.

The number and variety of tools available to the Digital Humanities community has been growing exponentially in recent years. Many have been developed by DH scholars and are freely available to anyone with an internet connection. There are currently 700 entries in DiRT – a database of tools for the Digital Humanities community. If you are new to DH it can be hard to know where to begin. Even with experience it’s not always easy to find the right tool for the job. Which is one reason for the proliferation of tools – sometimes you have to create your own.

For those new to the field, I’ve selected a few tools that might be a good place to start, found related resources that provide more information and put them together in the virtual tour presented above. In addition to a screenshot and link to the DiRT database, the tour includes screencasts that provide overviews of: OMEKA – an easy to use platform for creating collections of digital objects and mounting digital exhibits, LORE – a Zotero based tool for annotating digital objects, VOYANT – a suite of tools for exploring texts, TAPoR – an online environment for text analysis, and Scalar – a non-linear multimedia platform for scholarly publishing. For inspiration I’ve added videocasts with information on two well known projects: “Transcribe Bentham” and “Digital Thoreau”. But that’s just the beginning … a wealth of tools, methods and inspirational projects are just waiting to be discovered.



Welcome Back

Welcome back faculty and students!  As everyone settles into new routines, we are also getting well settled into our new space and services.  The Center was very fortunate to have a large turnout for our Open House in May and we have enjoyed significant traffic over the summer.  In the coming weeks we hope you will have a chance to come in and meet with our staff and see what assistance we can be of with your upcoming projects.  Drop in any time between 9:00a and 5:00p or call us at 513.529.2871 and make an appointment.  Welcome back and good luck in the new school year!


Save the Date: Open House April 23

Published on March 25, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

It seems like that it has been forever since we started moving in, but the staff of the Center are excited to finally announce our official open house date!   Thanks to Lindsay Miller in the Libraries for the cool Save the Date.



Renovation Update: 1/30

Published on January 30, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

Last week the last major component of the Center was installed, the storefront enclosing the conference room.  All that remains are a few minor items on the “punch list”  consisting of the remaining todo items to be completed before the contractor can consider the job done.

In case you’ve ever wondered, the name punch list most likely comes from the early practice of punching a hole through two copies of the list to indicate to both the architect and the contractor that the work was completed for that task.

Final inspections are scheduled for the end of this week.  If everything passes as expected, we may begin moving in next week.

Until then, here are some photos of the new conference room:


Renovation Update: 1/25

Published on January 25, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

A lot has happened since our last update.  In fact, the project is rapidly nearing completion!  Since we returned in early January, most of the electrical and lighting reconfiguration has been completed, life safety equipment installed, doors and finishes installed, and some small modification to the carpet have been completed.

The last major installation will be happening this week with the arrival of the conference room storefront and ceiling lighting.  Overall, we are on track to complete the project by the first week in February.

As always, here are a few of the latest pictures:



Renovation update: Holiday Edition

Published on December 21, 2012, by in renovations.

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last update, but a lot has been happening on the Center for Digital Scholarship renovation.   Door frames have been installed and drywall has been hung and plastered.  We’ve even lost a door!  The side door to the Center has been removed to make the new imaging lab light tight.  The project has now moved on to less dramatic and visible milestones with work on the electrical, networking, and lighting systems progressing.  Contractors will not be in the building while we are closed so work will resume on January 2nd.   Have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing holiday break.  See you next year!

As always, here are a few of the latest pictures:

Renovation Update 12/5

Published on December 5, 2012, by in renovations.

We’ve seen some significant changes this week as most of the framing is up for the new wall and the imaging lab. This week also saw the beginning of minor demolition of part of the wall separating the new conference room from the Audio Video production lab.  Just a couple of days left  before Finals week.  Contractors will be working over Finals Week, but will be  concentrating on quieter activities.

Here are some pictures showing the main wall and the Digital Imaging lab starting to appear.