Trinity’s ‘Digital Scholarship Day’ showcases the use of technology in research, the arts and more

Trinity’s Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) recently hosted its annual Digital Scholarship Day, designed to celebrate the use of technology in research and teaching projects created by professors, staff and students.

“We wanted to create an opportunity for digital scientists to get to know and appreciate each other, and to invite members of our community who are unfamiliar with digital work to be inspired to try it for themselves,” said Mary Mahoney ’09 Digital Scholarship Coordinator, who helped organize event on April 21st.

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Students demonstrate an automated smart chess system, which allows a man to play a physical game of chess against artificial intelligence. Photo by Hanife Darwish ’22.

Although there are many definitions of digital scholarship, Mahoney said it can mean any type of scientific process or work created using digital tools, technologies, research methods or platforms such as 3D printing, coding projects, data visualization, digital exhibits, mapping projects. podcasts and websites. It can be individual or shared, simple or complex and can result in physical or digital output.

Mahoney, whose previous role at Trinity was Andrew W. Mellon’s postdoctoral fellow in digital humanities starting in 2018, is working with instructional technologists and librarians to support digital learning at Trinity. Several LITS staff members bring specific areas of expertise to their work by promoting digital scholarships on campus. “We’ve noticed an increase in tasks involving 3D printing, mapping, podcasting, time frames and other forms of digital work in a variety of disciplines,” Mahoney said. Learning skills such as WordPress web design, geographic information system (GIS) or data visualization offers students the opportunity to think with technology and create jobs that they can incorporate into portfolios or resumes. The digital work creation process also invites students to consider design choices, in addition to content and analysis. “This workflow helps students find equal value in the process of creating digital work as in a product,” Mahoney added.

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Demonstration of virtual reality during Digital Scholarship Day. Photo by Hellen Hom-Diamond.

At this year’s event, students from the Faculty of Digital Scholarships shared the culmination of their work. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, this scholarship offers faculty exposure to a variety of approaches to digital scholarship through monthly meetings and workshops.

Associate Professor of International Studies Janet Bauer reviewed her story maps, Trincoll birth stories, at the event. Trincoll birth stories was launched to archive Trinity community stories on the creation and transformation of university programs and initiatives addressing campus gender and re-gender, from the Trinity Women’s Working Group, the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Program, and the Women’s & Gender Resource Action Center. on the introduction of women’s sports and transformation in the curriculum.

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Maxwell Norteman’23 presented his podcast on labor rights in South Africa. Photo by Hellen Hom-Diamond.

“Students and I started this project by digitizing program materials and interviewing senior professors who participated in various efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, only to realize that these are stories that involve the intertwined efforts of not only faculty but staff as well. and students, whose memories also needed to be recorded and archived, ”Bauer said. “Digital platforms provide a way to archive joint research materials of students and faculty and share them with local communities. It reminds us of our mutual relationships and responsibilities to the communities in which we work, provides an opportunity for students and professors to involve wider communities in conversation and create new forms of knowledge. ” This semester, two Bauer classes are working on collaborative story maps to be added to Trincoll birth stories Web page.

For some students, the opportunity to use digital tools in course work has turned into a professional opportunity. GiGi Hernandez ’22, who specializes in theater and dance, is creating sketches for the website of Assistant Professor of Anthropology Amanda J. Guzman on the digital humanities.

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GiGi Hernandez ’22 held a live sketching demonstration. Photo by Hanife Darwish ’22.

Hernandez said: “Although it is my session [during the Day of Digital Scholarship] is sketched live with paper and pencil, it’s nice to show people how I create my work, because it’s important to show art in different areas and really show the work that students do on campus. This is a literal dream come true and it is a blessing to be able to create art for people and help bring their visions to life. ”

In addition to the works exhibited during the Digital Scholarship Day, the Incubator is a digital scholarship exhibition designed to highlight how the Trinity community uses technology in innovative and creative ways. “Our goal with The Incubator is to offer examples that can inspire others who might be interested in embarking on their own digital work,” Mahoney said. The Trinity community has access to resources such as a 3D printing lab, virtual reality equipment, story lab recording studios and a Trinity Domains hosting site that gives teachers, students and staff access to free web hosting and software including WordPress.

Digital Scholarship DayMahoney noted that such technology was not available while she was an undergraduate at Trinity. “It’s nice to be back here now and support great work with technology in so many different disciplines. My own work is in history and podcasting and I like to share this opportunity with professors and students and support them in creating their own projects, ”she said.

An important aspect of digital scholarship is its focus on the process as much as on the product, Mahoney said. “Our event is designed to give scientists the opportunity to show ongoing work in addition to the finished work. We hope that this is a space for receiving significant feedback on digital work “, she added.

Read more about all the projects presented at the Digital Scholarship Day 2022 here.

Learn more about the digital scholarship at Trinity here.

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