Fall 2015 Courses


Duke University

HCVIS 580S: Historical and Cultural Visualization Proseminar 1: Digital Humanities & Data
Victoria Szabo
Tuesday 1:25-3:55, Wired Lab, Smith Warehouse

This graduate proseminar, (along with the HCVIS Proseminar 2 taught in the Spring semester) focuses on a survey of historical and cultural visualization production techniques, along with discussion of their various affordances within a theoretical and critical context.
This semester we will be focusing on interactive digital media technologies and their underlying information architectures and data. Weekly class sessions will include presentation/discussion of readings and examples as well as hands-on work with technology. Topics will include web design, content management systems, digital mapping, and other forms of data visualization based on textual, image, and quantitative sources. We will also explore briefly virtual reality, simulations, augmented reality, and games. Example projects and data will come from both existing research projects at Duke and elsewhere, and from the class members themselves, if applicable.
Final projects will consist of a digitally mediated presentation of your own work, along with a written explication of your media choices and their effects. Students are expected to blog weekly on the readings and to post their tutorial proejcts, and to bring to class examples of relevant work they have found to share and discuss.
This course is part of the MA in Historical and Cultural Visualization in the Duke Wired Lab.

ISIS 590S Post-Cinema
Thursdays 1:40-4:10, Smith Bay 10 A266
Shane Denson
In this seminar, we will try to come to terms with twenty-first century motion pictures by thinking through a variety of concepts and theoretical approaches designed to explain their relations and differences from the cinema of the previous century. We will consider the impact of digital technologies on film, think about the cultural contexts and aesthetic practices of contemporary motion pictures, and try to understand the experiential dimensions of spectatorship in today’s altered viewing conditions. In addition to viewing a wide range of recent and contemporary films, we will also engage more directly and materially with postcinematic moving images: we will experiment with scholarly and experimental uses of nonlinear video editing for the purposes of film analysis, cinemetrics, and a variety of academic and creative responses to postcinematic media. The course addresses key issues in recent film and media theory and, especially in its hands-on components, encourages experimentation with methods of digital humanities, computational media art, and other creative practices. https://iss.duke.edu/

ISIS 380S: Digital History/Humanities: NC Jukebox
(graduate students can take a grad independent study or enroll in undergrad course)

Victoria Szabo and Trudi Abel
Thursdays 10:05-12:55, Rubenstein Library

This project is focused on transforming an inaccessible audio archive of historic North Carolina folk music into a vital, publicly accessible digital archive and museum exhibition. Nearly 97 years ago and into the 1930s, Frank C. Brown, a Duke scholar, began recording North Carolina folk music and archiving it for posterity. Most of those recordings are still housed on glass disks in Rubenstein Library, but we already have about 400 songs for which we have digitized audio and handwritten metadata with which we can work on the initial version of what we are calling the proof-of-concept NC Jukebox project.

For our project we envision converting this music to playable audio forms and making it accessible to the public in a variety of value-added, contextualizing digital and installation media exhibitions. We also want to prototype a database system to begin organizing and sharing the larger set of materials when they have been digitized later.

Our goals are:

• To convert, document and archive the recordings to accessible form
• To create contextualizing materials and metadata to frame the recordings
• To create a library/museum exhibition of these materials to be made accessible via touchscreens and other interfaces
• And to create downloadable MP3 albums of the music – the NC Jukebox – itself for common use


ISIS 544L: Digital Archeology
Maurizio Forte
Thurs 3:05-4:20PM, lab 4:40-5:55PM

Archaeology in the third millennium is strongly digital: from data recording to post-processing and immersive virtual reality, archaeologists produce large amount of digital data in different formats and platforms. It is a very multidisciplinary activity, which requires advanced skills in information and spatial technologies but it opens new research perspectives and creates new job profiles at international level. This is a lab-based course able to engage the students in several exciting activities: 3D recording my laser scanners and photogrammetry, remote sensing analysis, GIS (Geographical Information Systems), development of virtual reality applications and use of drones for archaeological surveys.

More in detail, the class will be engaged in the use of real archaeological data coming from the Roman Forum, the Etruscan city of Vulci (Italy), the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük (Turkey), the sites of Akrotiri and Knossos-Gypsades in Greece.

A selection of students will be invited to attend the first archaeological excavation in the Etruscan and Roman city of Vulci (Italy).

VMS 713: Computational Media Studio
M 3:05-5:55PM

Introduction to computer programming and interactive media production as artistic practice. In-depth exploration of critical possibilities opened by computational media through exercises, projects, and critiques. Experience with programming basics includes procedural and object-oriented programming, two- and three-dimensional graphics, data visualization, and innovative methods for interactivity. Team-taught. No previous programming experience required. This course is part of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. http://mfaeda.duke.edu

North Carolina State University

Department of English
ENG 584 Studies in Linguistics: Laboratory and Computational Tools
ENG 587 Interdisciplinary Studies in English: Introduction to Digital Humanities
CRD 702 Rhetoric and Digital Media*

Department of Communication
COM 537 Gaming and Social Networks
COM 598 Internet and Society

Department of Computer Science**
CSC 116 Introduction to Computing – Java
CSC 281 Foundations of Interactive Game Design

Department of Art + Design
ADN 419 Multimedia and Digital Imaging***
ADN 423 Digital Modeling
ADN 502 Advanced Visual Laboratory***
ADN 503 Graduate Seminar in Art and Design
ADN 561 Digital Animation and Imaging Seminar***

College of Education
ECI 511 Computer Applications and Curriculum Integration
ECI 514 Multimedia Design and Applications in Instruction
ECI 515 Online Collaborations in Education
ECI 546 New Literacies and Media

*Available to doctoral students only.
** Courses at the 200-level cannot count toward the certificate’s credit hours but may be elected.
*** These courses have prerequisites in the College of Design: ADN 419 requires D105 and ADN 219; ADN 561 requires AND 460 and ADN 419.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AMST 850: Digital Humanities Practicum
Allen, M 3:30-6:25, Greenlaw 431
Participants will contribute to ongoing DIL project work and augment and expand published projects. In addition to exploring and evaluating a range of digital humanities tools, they will learn to use DH Press to design and implement digital humanities projects and explore different ways of visualizing digital humanities data for academic and non-academic audiences. They will gain valuable experience in developing effective work practices and hone project management and communication/presentation skills of particular relevance to interdisciplinary, collaborative, public-facing digital humanities practice.

COMM 650-001: Cultural Politics of Global Media Culture
Palm; TuTh 12:30pm-1:45pm; Hanes Hall 107
Prerequisite, COMM 140. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Primary subjects will be popular culture and media technology, and guiding questions will be organized around the relationships of each to commerce and/as social change.

COMM 635-001: Documentary Production
Haslett; TuTh 12:30pm-1:45pm; Swain Hall 200A
Prerequisite, COMM 230. A workshop in the production of video and/or film nonfiction or documentary projects. The course will focus on narrative, representational, and aesthetic strategies of documentary production.

COMM 638-001: Game Design
Rudinsky; TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm; Swain Hall 115A
Prerequisite, COMM 150. Permission of the instructor for non-majors. Studio course that explores gaming critically and aesthetically. Practice in game design and production including three-dimensional worlds and scripting.

COMP 775-001: Image Processing & Analysis
Niethammer; TuTH 9:30am-10:45am; Sitterson 11
Considerable prior experience in programming and mathematics is absolutely necessary for success in grad-level Computer Science courses.
Instructor permission required

ENGL 801-01: Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
T. Taylor, W 12:20-3:10, Greenlaw 316
This course explores the impacts of information technology on teaching and scholarship in the humanities. Students critique and learn to integrate emerging technologies into their pedagogy and research interests.

HIST 671-01: Introduction to Public History
Whisnant, W 5:45-8:15, Dey 402
This course will expand your knowledge of key ideas and issues in public history, allow you to practice and develop your own skills in working with historical materials and several digital tools, invite you to work collaboratively, and provide an opportunity for you to consider some career options in fields that involve historical work. Throughout, I hope the new awarenesses you develop will make you more critical and informed consumers of history in the public and digital arenas.

HIST 890-01: Introduction to Digital Humanities
Saldana, Th 3:30-6:00, Global Center 3033
This graduate seminar is designed to introduce students to the theories and methods of the digital humanities, with particular emphasis on digital history. We begin with an overview of DH from its roots post-WWII to the present, and proceed to the emerging practices, theoretical underpinnings and disciplinary paradigms of the young field. In keeping with the digital humanities’ commitment to experimentation, public discourse, and praxis, we will compile a web presence for our seminar that includes blog posts from students that engage with the discussions and readings. A series of tutorials will provide hands-on experience with a range of common digital humanities tools. The seminar will culminate in a final project in which students apply DH methodologies to their own research interests.

INLS 520-001: Database systems I
Losee, MW 8:00-9:15, Manning 014
Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemas, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching. Offered fall and spring.

INLS 523-001: Database systems I
Mostafa, TTh 11:00-12:15, Manning 117
INLS 261 for undergraduates. Design and implementation of database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, query construction, and SQL. Offered fall and spring.

INLS 523-003: Database systems I
Capra, TTh 12:30-1:45, Manning 001
INLS 261 for undergraduates. Design and implementation of database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, query construction, and SQL. Offered fall and spring.

INLS 560: Programming for Information Professionals
Boone, MW 3:35-4:50, Manning 117
An introduction to computer programming focusing on language fundamentals and programming techniques for library and information science applications. Emphasizes problem-solving through the development of practical applications that include text processing, file handling, user interfaces, and web data access. Offered fall and spring.

INLS 561: Digital Forensics for the Curation of Digital Collections
Lee/Woods, Th 2:00-4:45, Manning 307

INLS 613: Text Mining
Arguello, MW 10:10-11:25, Manning 307
This course will allow the student to develop a general understanding of knowledge discovery and gain a specific understanding of text mining. Students will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of text mining and develop a proficiency with data modeling text. Offered annually.

INLS 620: Web Information Organization
Shaw, TTh 9:30-10:45, Manning 307
Prerequisites, INLS 520 or 560. Similar programming background needed. Understand the Web as a platform for information organization systems. Learn how the Web has been designed to be a service platform, data publishing platform, and application platform.

INLS 690-163W: Information Analytics
Rajasekar, 3 credits, Web Course
Pre-req: INLS 560 or equivalent. The data explosion experienced by computerization of every aspect of our lives from social media to internet of things requires a deeper look at information analytics. The course introduces proven and emerging analytical techniques that can be used to deal with mountains of mostly unstructured data. We will look at several analytical paradigms from Predictive Modeling to Data Mining, Text Analytics to Web Analytics, Statistical Analysis to novel paradigms in Map Reduce and Storm, and from Crowd Sourcing to Scientific Workflows.  Knowledge of programming is essential.

INLS 690-172:Usability Testing and Evaluation
Capra, 3 credits, T/Th 9:30-10:45, Manning 117
This course will introduce central concepts in usability engineering, testing, and evaluation. These include: UX lifecycle, interaction models, contextual inquiry, modeling and task analysis, rapid evaluation and inspection techniques, UX goals and metrics, formal and informal evaluation techniques, usability moderation, test plans, testing environments, analysis, and reporting.

INLS 690-207: Community Archiving
Anthony, 3 credits, T/Th 9:30-10:45, Manning 303
Prerequisite: INLS 556.  A number of archivists are advocating for a new, collaborative model of archiving that empowers communities to look after their own records “by partnering professional archival expertise with communities’ deep sense of commitment and pride in their own heritage and identity.”  This class will explore the many ideas and issues surrounding this new model by working with a local community group to develop a comprehensive strategy for collecting, describing and maintaining their historical records in both analog and digital formats. The work will be informed by discussion of relevant literature and examination of other community archiving projects.

INLS 690-224: Visual Analytics
Gotz, 3 credits, T/Th 12:30-1:45, Manning 014
This course will provide an overview of Visual Analytics, a topic that combines information visualization and data analysis to support analytical reasoning via highly interactive visual interfaces. The course will review foundational concepts, recent results, and commonly used technologies. The course is project-oriented and will require that students program their own web-based visualization systems using HTML and JavaScript. While no specific courses are considered pre-requisites, students should be competent programmers. Prior experience with web programming (e.g., HTML and JavaScript) is strongly recommended.

INLS 700: Scholarly Communication
Hemminger, T/Th 11:00-12:15, Manning 214 (1.5 credits, meets October 6-December 1)
Addresses how scholarship is communicated, shared, and stored. Includes scholars approach to academic work; social relationships within academia; external stakekholders in the scholarly communication system; and emerging technologies’ impact upon work practices. Topics covered include academic libraries and presses, publishing, serials crisis, open access, peer review and bibliometrics. Offered in the fall

INLS 752: Digital Preservation and Access
Tibbo, T 2:00-4:45, Manning 304

JOMC 782-001: Multimedia Storytelling
Ruel; TuTh 5:30pm-7:15pm; Carroll 60

JOMC 721-966: Usability and Multimedia
Villamil; TBA

JOMC 586-001: Intermediate Interactive
King; TuTh 1:25pm-3:15pm; Carroll 60
Prerequisite JOMC 187. Web programming, graphic design, and storytelling for the Web. Students will use HTML5 CSS3, JavaScript, and other Web publishing languages while learning how to design, storyboard, and script an interactive storytelling project. Students will collect and incorporate photos, text, video, graphics, and database information into interactive multimedia presentations.

JOMC 581-001: Multimedia Design
Ruel; TuTh 9:30am-11:20am; Carroll 60
Prerequisite, JOMC 187. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Theory and practice of multimedia design with an emphasis on usability, design theory, and evaluative methodologies, including focus groups, survey research, eye-track testing, and search engine optimization.

JOMC 449-001: Blogging, Smart Mobs
Jones; TuTh 12:30pm-1:45pm; Carroll 143
For advanced undergraduates through Ph.D. students. Practical and theoretical approaches to understanding, designing, building, and using virtual communities, including studies of network capital, social capital, and social production.