Digital Initiatives at Lewis & Clark: cool projects in the liberal arts


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Overview of digital initiatives at Watzek Library, Lewis & Clark College, including a closer look at two projects: The Spiders of Lewis & Clark, and the New York City Graffiti & Street Art Project

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  • this is Greta Binford, a biology prof at L&C. she's interested in evolution-based diversity in spider, she likes to collect spiders, do DNA analysis on them, see how they fit on the phylogenetic tree. Last fall she taught Intro to Biology for non-majors, and decided that the class project for her 70 students would be to mimic some of her research....collecting spiders around campus and other parts of Portland, and do some DNA analysis on them.  Greta also was hoping there would be some sort of web presence to showcase her students' we got together with her and came up with some ideas on how to make that happen.
  • Fortunately, the website Encyclopedia of Life has already figured this out. They have a page and ID for each level of phylogenetic hierarchy for user contributed content. Even better, they have an API for getting content out of their site, like creative commons images and links.
  • This is Margo Ballantyne, who was our former Visual Resources Curator, and was a founding member of the accessCeramics project Mark mentioned. Last fall she led a study abroad program for L&C students to New York City, and she really wanted her students to do a project documenting graffiti and street art. Around the same time, I was itching to do a project using Flickr Places. Flickr Places is Flickr's infrastructure for associating images with places, whether it be a neighborhood city, country, etc.
  • Digital Initiatives at Lewis & Clark: cool projects in the liberal arts

    1. 1. Digital Initiatives at Lewis & Clark: cool projects in the liberal arts Mark Dahl Interim Director Jeremy McWilliams Digital Services Coordinator Watzek Library Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
    2. 2. outline <ul><li>Mark's stuff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>what we're doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>philosophy behind it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jeremy's stuff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>graffiti project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>background </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>how it works </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spider project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>background </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>how it works </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Links to projects on Twitter ( #code4libnw) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Future directions (Mark) </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What are digital initiatives? <ul><li>support for digital collections and digital scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>distinction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>transactional approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>project approach </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Thematic projects <ul><ul><li>&quot;live&quot; scholarly project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaching, research or both </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students, faculty, staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>external funding, internal recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>passion </li></ul></ul>digital shift
    5. 5. Digital Scholarship/Digital Humanities <ul><ul><li>hot area (THATCamps, NYT piece etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>different culture than library digitization </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Bringing faculty into the fold <ul><ul><li>digital orientation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spectrum of interest levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>defined </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>abstract </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>observer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interdisciplinary incentives </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Supporting projects <ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>project management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grant writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>metadata management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>data gathering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sourcing external vs. internal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>external: elastic, flexible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>internal: stable, institutional context, personal networks, existing infrastructure </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Great for lots of people contributing API Machine Tags                                       namespace:field=value
    9. 9. Spiders of Lewis & Clark image by Thomas Shahan
    10. 10. Greta Binford <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    11. 11. Project Goals: Showcase images by spider body part Add map component (where were spiders collected?) Browse by phylogenetic tree** ** WTF??
    12. 12.   <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    13. 16. 166
    14. 17. Flickr API query: give me all images with the machine tag: lcbio100:id=166
    15. 18. Flickr API query: give me geotagged images w/machine tag lcbio100:id=166...plot 'em on a Google Map
    16. 19. Flickr API query: give me images w/machine tags lcbio100:id=166 AND lcbio100:format=sequence
    17. 20. EOL API query: Give me up to 5 images and up to 5 external links for the ID 166
    18. 21. NYC  Graffiti &  Street Art Project image by Hannah Berry
    19. 23. image by Hannah Berry
    20. 29.  
    21. 30. Give me a list of [children] in [parent] that has images meeting my criteria.
    22. 31. Give me a list of neighborhoods in Portland that have images tagged with 'beer'.
    23. 32. Jefferson Street | Downtown | Inner Southeast | Pearl | East Portland | Eliot | The Bucket | NW Portland | NE Portland | Albina | Bridlemile | Chinatown | Reed | Hawthorne | Buckman | Hollywood | Nob Hill | Alberta Arts District | Central Eastside | Mississippi | Sunnyside | SW Portland | Old Town | Beaumont | Chutes | Goose Hollow | St. Johns Junction | Alameda | Southwest Hills | Kerns | Sullivan's Gulch | Multnomah | Belmont | Richmond | Northwest District | Haig | Mount Tabor | Lower Burnside | Ladds Circle | Center | King | Northeast | Hayhurst | Concordia | Peninsula Slough | SE Portland | St. Johns | Willamette Heights | Piedmont | Laurelhurst | Humboldt | Boise | Sellwood | Southeast Portland | Hosford-Abernathy | Southwest | Golf Junction | Westmoreland | Sellwood-Moreland | Woodlawn | Broadway District | Grant Park-Hollywood | Foster-Powell | Champ | Kenton | Lents | Maplewood | Eastmoreland | Carson Heights | Bellrose | Bridgeton | Montavilla | Portland Heights | Darlington | Ashcreek | Lloyd District | Rose City | Sylvan | Russellville | Springville | South Burlingame
    24. 33. Give me all the images tagged with 'beer' in the Jefferson Street neighborhood.
    25. 42. Evolution of Design
    26. 43. Evolution of Design
    27. 44. Future Directions <ul><ul><li>student-centered projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>external sourcing </li></ul></ul>
    28. 45. thanks Mark Dahl Jeremy McWilliams [email_address]