Collaborating in Public

This week, a research collaboration I’m in released an initial version of a new online Coptic dictionary.  I blogged about it for the project.  Even though it’s very preliminary, we’re pretty excited. I want to take a minute here on my personal blog to reflect on the process. Working collaboratively is hard, working collaboratively across […]

Signaling Crisis

In the DHSI Physical Computing class, Anne Cong-Huyen (Whittier College), Devin Becker (University of Idaho), and I created a project we titled “Signaling Crisis” for our end of week prototype. This project was a true collaboration; everyone contributed to the ideas, code, and design. It’s also art.  Political art.  I’m usually an analysis person (not a […]

Experimentation in Physical Computing and Fabrication

I’ve been blogging this week about my participation in a physical computing and fabrication course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.  Our instructors have been the team of the University of Victoria Maker Lab, directed by Jentery Sayers.  Jentery’s work in critical making and especially historical prototyping has fascinated me for years.  My previous posts […]

Whose heritage are we remixing?

This past spring, I purchased a small 3d printer with the goal of experimenting with it to understand 3d fabrication a bit better before taking the Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication class at DHSI.  I also am really interested in the release of 3d models of museum objects, both before and in the aftermath of […]

Mary Had an Arduino Kit…

My first day in Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication (yesterday) at DHSI involved playing around with an Arduino kit — basically a little computer board you can add lots of components to to make some cool electronic stuff.  Our instructors, Tiffany Chan, Katherine Goertz, Danielle Morgan, and Jentery Sayers, are in the Maker Lab here at the […]

On Palmyra and 3D Modeling Cultural Heritage in the Middle East

Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the relationship between academic scholarship and the atrocities of war. In particular the role of digital scholarship: its potential for protesting these atrocities, its potential to ameliorate some of their effects, and its complicity in those atrocities. Global events of this winter and […]

Coptic and Syriac on the early WWW

I’m working now on an article about early Coptic and Syriac on the web.  Websites from the 1990s and very early 2000s.  I’m interested in how these sites functioned as digital cultural heritage sites and also how they contributed to technological advances in what we now term “digital humanities.”  I’m inspired in part by issues […]

SBL, RBL, and thanks

I sent my letter in to the RBL and SBL last night. Thank you so much to everyone who read it and shared it. I am especially grateful to folks like Rebecca Lesses, Chuck Jones, Fred Tappenden and others who added information, suggestions, and corrections. I know from Twitter and Facebook that many more people […]