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Digital Scholarship Symposium 2024

Event details for the 2024 Digital Scholarship Symposium hosted in the Catalyst

Panel 1 - Digital Scholarship Pedagogy: Expanding Digital Literacy and Creativity in the Classroom

Moderator: Hannah Scates Kettler, Associate University Librarian for Academic Services, Iowa State University

Teaching Art History with Generative AI (Björn Anderson)

Generative AI is transforming the classroom experience and pedagogical approaches throughout academia.  The use (and misuse) of AI varies widely across disciplines, however.  Art History, with its emphasis on image analysis and historical context, presents both challenges and opportunities for the application of AI.

The World at Their Fingertips: ArcGIS StoryMaps in the Spanish Classroom (Megan Jeanette Myers)

Students in Spanish for Global Professions use ArcGIS to create StoryMaps and explore countries across the Spanish-speaking world. This talk considers introduces the group project, shows student examples, and discusses how digital projects benefit students in Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) courses.

Iterative Design of Digital Exhibit Instruction (Nikki JD White)

Developing digital exhibits incorporates a wide range of skills: primary source research, managing metadata, integrating media and text in a narrative, and wrangling exhibit software. This case study discusses the journey of collaborating with instructor Dr. Jen Sterling to finetune the balance of these target skills in a yearly archival history course, in which students develop Omeka exhibits using materials in the Iowa Women’s Archive. 

Storytelling with Digital Maps: Introducing Honors Students to Geospatial Humanities (Erin Ridnour)

Geospatial humanities applies GIS technology and quantitative methods to humanistic inquiry. This talk discusses introducing honors seminar students to mapping as a method of storytelling and cultural and historical analysis while also strengthening data literacy and project planning skills.

Panel 2 - Public Digital Scholarship: Community Impact Through Digital Projects

Moderator: Matthew W. Sivils, Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Professor and Director, Center for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities, Iowa State University

Beyond Carver and Trice: The Importance of Recognizing Black Students at Iowa State College (Gloria Betcher)

The names “Carver” and “Trice” are well known to Iowa Staters, but more than 100 Black students enrolled at Iowa State College during the decades from 1890 to 1950. The project “The Black ISC Student Experience to 1950,” part of the Tracing Race at ISU Initiative, explores who those students were and why their histories matter in the 21st century as we seek to inspire young students of color at Predominantly White Institutions. Attendees will learn how public digital scholarship offers a point of access to this history and an inspiration to pursue academic excellence and civic engagement. 

Mechanisms for Actualizing Speculative Soundscapes: making nature sound accessible and data experiential through collective listening experiences (Alex Braidwood)

Sound, and more importantly listening, is underappreciated in our visually dominant society as we continue to design systems that remove us from nature. The series of projects presented use field recordings of nature sound and sonification of high-frequency research sensor data to remind us that we are part of nature, not separate from it. 

Iowa’s Covenants Project: Preliminary Findings on Race Restrictions in Linn and Polk Counties (Colin Gordon and Ashley Howard)

We will present an overview of our project including the advantages and disadvantages to each county’s research method (Linn-digitized deed images, Polk-archival sampling) As previous research in Black Hawk and Johnson indicate, each county’s approach to racial restrictions is respondent to their own political economy.  Researchers Gordon and Howard will share preliminary findings for such patterns in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, as well as detail the relationship between the Great Migration research seminar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio, and community partnership

Creating Community in Digital Scholarship: Leveraging CollectionBuilder for Multilingual Collaboration (Olivia Wikle)

Digital scholarship historically has had a tendency to prioritize English-language projects, which excludes valuable contributions and perspective from non-English speaking communities. This talk will present the use case of the static web digital exhibit framework CollectionBuilder as an accessible tool for building a free multilingual exhibit website, made more approachable through community-building and documentation efforts.