DIL Mapping workshop: How to Make Maps

Please join the Image Resource Center for the first talk in our new series, Mapping, which will cover data visualization, map creation, digital recreation, as well as provide an introduction to mapping tools and resources.

Our first speaker in the series is Professor Keith Clarke from the Department of Geography at UCSB, who will present How to Make Maps.  Professor Clarke’s research focuses on Cartography and Geographic Information Science. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Maps & Web Mapping an “introduction to the history, principles and current technologies used in mapping and cartography.” His courses include Cartographic Design and Geovisualization, Maps in Science and Society, and Maps and Spatial Reasoning. He recently gave a GRIT talk entitled “Mapping the Great Indoors,” which addresses the challenges of documenting internal (non-GPS range) space – you can view “Mapping the Great Indoors” here.

In How to Make Maps, Professor Clarke will provide an overview of map-making, followed by a real time creation of a map to demonstrate the application of open source tools. He will demonstrate resources that enable the discovery and ingest of map data, map creation, design and editing, and publishing. The goal is for attendees to be able to create their own map for a paper, publication or web site.

Time: Wednesday, October 31, 2-4:00pm

Place: The Digital Image Lab, inside Arts room 1245

Please send any inquiries to Jackie Spafford: spafford@hfa.ucsb.edu

Behold this presidential group portrait

The painting below, “The Republican Club” by Andy Thomas, hangs in the White House, in the Oval Office in fact.  It depicts several living and dead Republican presidents.  This article in the Guardian breaks down each individual portrait very nicely.  Discuss!

Points for identification of the fellow in the background on the right.

Architectural photography finalists

Something beautiful to start off our school year: enjoy this gallery of 20 finalists for the annual Architectural Photography Awards. The winners will be announced on November 30.

Children peering through Wolfgang Buttress’ installation, The Hive, at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, UK, by Turkish photographer Omer Kanipak

Reimagining the Museum Tour

An article in today’s New York Times looks at how companies like Museum Hack are presenting the museum experience in new (and sometimes irreverent) ways.  Lead by informed and lively guides (many are performers), Museum Hack offers tours in New York, LA, Chicago, and a growing number of other major US cities.  Offerings such as the “Un-Highlights Tour” or the “Badass Bitches Tour” give visitors a new slant on the museum experience.  Guides use pop culture references, storytelling with a twist, or physical recreation as an analytical tool.

As the founder of Museum Hack says, “We think that audiences have to be entertained before they can be educated.”  Discuss.

Making LOC Public Domain and Rights-Clear Content Easier to Find

Libary of Congress Free to Use and Reuse sectionWhen the Library of Congress redesigned the Library’s home page in late 2016 they began featuring free-to-use sets at the bottom of the page. Each set displayed on the home page is now available from the Free to Use and Reuse page.

The Library believes that this content is either in the public domain, a U.S. government work, has no known copyright or has been cleared by the copyright owner for public use. (Please remember that rights assessment is your responsibility). The content featured here will change regularly and they will continue to add to this archive.

This featured content is just a small sample of the Library’s digital collections that are freely available for use. Whenever possible, each collection item has its own rights statement, which should be consulted for guidance. See more information about copyright and the Library’s collections.

Who owns 3D scans of archaeological sites?

There was an interesting piece on NPR this week about high-resolution images, panoramas and 3D scans of archaeological sites. This type of capture is very useful for all sites, but has been particularly invaluable for sites which have been destroyed in recent years.  In addition to viewing a structure that may no longer exist,  they enable us to look at it from physically possible angles.  Many of these 3D recreations have been made by non-profits, such as CyArk or the British Museum, that need assistance with storage and access.  They have partnered with Google Arts & Culture, which has provided a platform for both, as well as a single portal for like projects.

While assembling all these resources in one place is convenient and valuable for students and educators, there has been criticism on the ethics of these collaborations.  The fact that the images are controlled by an entity other than the country where the structure resides has been called out, and was called “digital colonialism” by one critic in the NPR story.

Have a look through Google Arts & Culture, read the story, and let us know your thoughts on this by commenting here.

 

One-minute art history

A beautiful feat of animation by artist and educator Cao Shu, One-minute art history incorporates an astonishing range of styles in this short narrative.

One minute art history video


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