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MITH Digital Dialogue: Donald Brinkman, "Big Heritage, Big Quilts, and Big Canvases"

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Time: 
9/10/12 - 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: 
MITH Conference Room, Hornbake Library 0301

Donald Brinkman of Microsoft Research presents "Big Heritage, Big Quilts, and Big Canvases."

Being able to visualize large collections of data is absolutely vital in the domain of cultural heritage—both for scholarly work and public consumption. Recent work explores novel and engaging ways to visualize and explore cultural heritage data collections and tell little stories with big data. See demos of applications built on Microsoft PixelSense and Surfaces that demonstrate the architecture of intimacy and public interactives. These range from digital memorials to multitouch interaction to explore large-format artworks in their rich context of related artworks, annotations, and guided tours. We will also explore the technological and social challenges of creating interactive exhibits around the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community-created piece of folk art in the world. These applications are a beachhead on the untouched shores of big humanities research. They are what we can expect today and are also first steps towards what might define an ideal user interface.

Digital Dialogues is MITH’s signature events program, held almost every week while the academic semester is in session.

Digital Dialogues is an occasion for discussion, presentation, and intellectual exchange that you can build into your weekly schedule. Talks are open to the public, and guests are welcome to bring their lunches.

Visit http://mith.umd.edu/digitaldialogues or contact mith@umd.edu for additional information.