Fall 2016 Dean’s Fellows Projects

Augmented Reality Sandbox

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Duties:
Fall 2016
• Centralize and standardize digital materials to be included the archive.
• Assign metadata to digital audio, text and image files to enhance users’ exploration and discovery of relevant items.
• Develop relationships with scholars and archivists in the history of medicine at other institutions.
• Develop primary research skills by working with the materials.
Spring 2016
• Create a website to orient scholars and members of the public to the materials collected in the digital archive.
• Conduct pilot network analysis of relationships between former “normal controls,” if it aligns with the Fellow’s interests.
• Serve as a liaison to scholars and archivists at federal repositories and private archives with related physical or digital holdings in American history.
• Refine primary research skills by working with the materials.

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed:
•  Metadata coding (METS and/or DDI).
•  Social science network analysis.
•  Copyright transfer.
•  Web design.
•  Professional communication.

Project team: Laura Stark (Faculty mentor, MHS) Morgan G Daniels (Library co-mentor, Data curation) Pamela J Morgan (Library co-mentor, MHS liaison) Carla Beals (Library project advisor, Digital services) Suellen Stringer-Hye (Library project advisor, Digital services)

Dates of Employment: fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters (two semesters) - FELLOWSHIP FILLED

Contact:  Professor Laura Stark



Helguera Colombiana Collection

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Duties
The Dean’s Fellow will:
•  Review Alfred H. Bartles Papers materials and associated finding aid;
•  With Wilson Music Library staff, create a web resource to further expose this collection;
•  Collaborate with musicians and Bartles family members to organize and publicize a concert of this composer’s music;
•  Assist musicians with using the collections for the memorial concert;
•  Serve as the event manager, taking responsibility for the creative, technical and logistical elements of the memorial concert;
•  Write program notes to accompany the memorial concert;
•  Write a summary of the project at its completion.

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed
Desired candidates will already possess:
•  Organizational and project management skills;
•  Basic web design skills;
•  Basic event management skills;
•  Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines;
•  An understanding of jazz and classical music;
•  Strong writing skills.

The selected Fellow will be expected to develop proficiency in:
•  Primary source research;
•  Web design;
•  Event management and logistics coordination with multiple entities.

Mentors: Holling Smith-Borne, Director of the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library; Jacob Schaub, Cataloger for the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library

Potential Candidates’ Desirable Skills
The selected Fellow should have the ability to:
•  Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with diverse community groups;
•  Work independently on projects and see them to completion;
•  Take initiative with creative aspects of this project and seek ways to develop knowledge as necessary;
•  Be flexible and have the desire to help with all aspects of the project;
•  Work collaboratively with musicians.

Dates of Employment: fall semester 2015  - FELLOWSHIP FILLED

Contact: Holling Smith-Borne   (615) 322-5227



Open Document Repository Project

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Duties: Working with Special Collections staff, the Library’s digital projects manager, Sr. Consultant for Exhibits and Programs and the geographic information systems coordinator to digitize materials and map the collection and create a network analysis.

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed: research on artists, metadata creation, website development, digitization, curatorial methodology and GIS or other visualization tool.

Mentors: Mary Anne Caton, Senior Consultant for Educational and Interpretive Programs; Carla Beals; Digital Projects Coordinator

Dates of Employment: fall semester 2015 - FELLOWSHIP FILLED

Potential Candidates: Students interested in art, history, and network analysis

Contact:  Mary Anne Caton   (615) 875-9074 


 


The TV News Archive: A Semantic Analysis

Description: The Dean’s Fellow will review Vanderbilt's rare collection of 19th-century Colombian broadsides that comprise a portion of the Helguera Collection of Colombiana to select the most important documents to be incorporated into the database, research their context, and prepare an online exhibit with accompanying essays. The broadsides together with the pamphlets, newspapers and programas, form one of Vanderbilt’s most significant special collections and one of the most important Colombian collections worldwide. Many of these resources are not held in the national archive in Colombia and many are unique to Vanderbilt. http://helguera.library.vanderbilt.edu/

Background: The broadsides, together with the pamphlets, newspapers and programas form one of Vanderbilt’s most significant special collections and one of the most important Colombian collections worldwide. Many of these resources are not held in the national archive in Colombia and many are unique to Vanderbilt. Previously, a former Dean’s Fellow reviewed the 19th century pamphlet collection and selected over 300 documents to be digitized and described, also placing each within the context of Latin American and Colombian history. Additionally, as part of an independent study, she wrote essays on major themes in Colombian 19th-century history and selected pamphlets to form part of an online exhibition. http://exhibits.library.vanderbilt.edu/colombia/ The 300 pamphlets were also added to the Helguera database. This project would create a new digital collection of broadsides.

Collection Description: The Helguera collection provides special insights into the social, political, and cultural life of 19th-century Latin America through ephemeral materials that few collectors retained. The broadsides were especially ephemeral since they were typically posted in public places to describe upcoming events or to serve as political diatribes about current leaders. They were not intended for long-term use and so are exceedingly rare. The Helguera collection of broadsides consists of over 1,100 items (single sheet) from 1825-1920 and is wide ranging in scope, including political proclamations, announcements of circuses and duels, diatribes against Panamanian secession from Colombia, reproductions of songs and plays, homages to heroes and battles, and political proclamations. These are materials not available in the US or Colombia and their digitization would be of great value to scholars engaged in 19th-century Latin American history. Historians in Oxford, Colombia and Switzerland have all written testimonials in support of digitizing these resources.

Project: The goal is to make a large number of the most important broadsides available in the online Helguera database with descriptive metadata. The Fellow will also write essay(s) on the significance of the broadside collection and selected themes within it and will construct an online exhibit of significant broadsides relating to the chosen themes. The Dean’s Fellow will develop research skills relating to Colombia and its social and political history as well as curatorial skills.

Scanning would be done in the Central Library and larger broadsides would be scanned at Biomedical. OCR would be done as with other projects. It is estimated that approximately 100 (or more if time permits) single sheet broadsides would be selected, described, given metadata and scanned to form part of the database. Approximately 30 of these might be selected to be included in the essays. A liaison in Technical Services would collaborate/supervise the metadata collection and insure that the metadata was in a format that could be mapped to integrate with other metadata within our system.

Duties:

  • Select materials to be prioritized for digitization and design and prepare an online exhibition of selected images and text that reflects the society and culture of 19th-century Colombia.
  • Become familiar with 19th century Colombian social and political history and the appropriate historical reference resources, with the help of the Latin American Bibliographer.
  • The exhibition should reflect several key themes in history based on the broadside collection (e.g., education, the church, Panamanian secession, the role of women).
  • Develop descriptions of the broadsides to be included in the digital collection and in the online exhibition.

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed:

  • Knowledge of Spanish required.
  • Organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • An interest in Latin American history and culture
  • Strong writing skills

Skills To Be Acquired:

  • research skills using primary sources to gather information about Colombian events described in the broadsides
  • web design for online exhibit and metadata creation

Mentors: Paula Covington, Avery Dickins de Girón, Kathy Smith and Carla Beals (for the website exhibition)

Potential Candidates: students interested in Latin American social history, literature, and culture

Dates of Employment: summer semester 2015  - FELLOWSHIP CLOSED

Contact:  Paula Covington    (931) 308-1761




Interactive Research Tutorials in the Law library

Description: The Alyne Queener Massey Law Library invites a Dean’s Fellow to participate in the development of professional level interactive tutorials to be embedded in and linked to from a variety of international law LibGuides. The selected Fellow will work closely with librarians on creating a series of polished interactive tutorials which may be copied for inclusion on LibGuides created by any VU LibGuide creator. The fellow will develop skills and expertise in creation of tutorials for library instruction; professional communication; project management; active learning and foreign & international legal research. It will increase the value of our LibGuides to our patrons by providing a pool of brief interactive tutorials to help patrons learn how to access and navigate library resources.

Duties:
• Review similar interactive tutorials for comparison and context;
• Prepare a design concept/theme to be used across all tutorials.
• Research and source graphic elements, like photographic images, maps, and logos, while respecting copyright laws, to enhance the learning experience.
• Review new tutorials and make recommendations for improvement.
• Conduct usability testing on tutorials and suggest improvements in areas such as organization & navigation.
• Record voiceovers.
• Take initiative with creative aspects of this project and seek ways to develop knowledge as necessary.

Strategic Importance:
• Since the roll out of our new library website, our LibGuides have had an exponential increase in exposure. This project will increase the value of our LibGuides to our patrons by providing a pool of brief interactive tutorials to help patrons learn how to access and navigate library resources.
• There are many powerpoints, interactive tutorials and video tutorials on U.S. legal research that are freely available online.
• There are also many powerpoints and a few video tutorials on foreign & international law research
• However, there is a distinct lack of good tutorials that teach patrons how to research Foreign & International Law.
• We have a Vanderbilt Transnational Law Journal edited by students who must write an article during their second year of Law School.
• We also have an International Law Practice Lab and study abroad programs in Venice and Brazil. This project would provide those end users with high quality interactive tutorials to help them learn, just-in-time, how to use VU Library resources (in tandem with freely available resources where appropriate) to research foreign & international law.

Skills Needed or To Be Developed
Desired candidates will already possess:
• A passion for effective visual communication and a healthy sense of humor
• A sound understanding of graphic & web design principles.
• A clear and mature style of design with an understanding of how to implement in a prestigious university setting.
• Design experience related to gaming or education.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
• Ability to work independently on projects and see them to completion in a timely manner.

Characteristics of Ideal Candidate:

• Able to conceptualize technical-functional content into something creative that people actually enjoy consuming.
• Excellent communication skills and editing for the purpose of knowledge transfer and skill development, including superior skill in explaining technical topics to novices and collaborating with subject matter experts.
• Able to write well, think creatively, and be flexible.

Dates of Employment: summer semester 2015  - FELLOWSHIP CLOSED

Contact: Catherine Deane    (615) 322-5927



Responsive Web Design for the Revised Common Lectionary Website

Description:The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) website is the most heavily used online resource in the Vanderbilt Library system. With over 100,000 unique visits from over 180 countries each month, mobile use has grown to one-third of the total. Based upon a user survey and independent user responses, development of a new delivery method using responsive web design is needed for ongoing technological relevance. The Dean’s Fellow will develop such a model by examining RCL analytics, researching best practices, and proposing an implementation plan. The plan will include mockups of what the site would look like at a variety of display sizes, from a large desktop screen to a small mobile phone display.

The Dean’s Fellow would develop such a model by examining RCL analytics, researching best practices, and proposing an implementation plan. The plan would include mockups of what the site would look like at a variety of display sizes, from a large desktop screen to a small mobile phone display. Upon completion of the Fellow’s duties, Library Digital Services would implement the plan, resulting in a model for other Heard Library products. The Fellow would gain substantial knowledge of universal design as well as experience with project development, which is often difficult to achieve in a traditional academic setting.

Duties: Using screen shots of the current RCL website, the Fellow will create a digital structural representation of the relationship of RCL web pages to each other. Google Analytics for each page will be reflected using size modeling. The Fellow will research best practices for responsive web design, including image treatment. Websites that model these best practices will be collected and annotated, according to their relevance for the RCL site. The Fellow will create a plan for the structure of the new mobile-friendly RCL site, including explanations of recommended software tools. The Fellow will develop visual models for each of the new type of web pages, including examples for each of the break points. The end result will be a digital portfolio that the Fellow can use to strengthen future employment applications.

Skills Needed:
•  Ability to interpret website analytics using the current Google Analytics interface
•  Ability to translate analytics information into web structures using visual design
•  Familiarity with image manipulation software, such as Photoshop or GIMP

Skills To Be Developed:
•  Responsive web design principles
•  UX principles
•  Project planning/management

Mentors: Anne Richardson and Jodie Gambill

Potential Candidates: students interested in engineering/computer science, UX (user experience), and web design

Dates of Employment: summer semester 2015  - FELLOWSHIP CLOSED

Contact:  Anne Richardson    (615) 936-6707



Bioimages: a Semantic Web Resource

Description: The Bioimages database and website is a unique resource created by Vanderbilt professor Steve Baskauf. It consists of a collection of high quality images that help students learn about plants, ecoregions and ecodiversity. In addition to collecting multiple images of over three thousand individual plants and trees representing over one thousand taxa, the data is coded in RDF, the semantic web metadata standard. Until now, the current website has not been able to take advantage of this rich metadata as there have not been tools or resources available to create linked data queries or interfaces. The potential, however, to create an enriched user interface using the semantic web enabled open source linked data management system, Callimachus, is great, given the quality of the metadata encoding. Once this data can be queried using semantic web tools, the user will be able to explore not only individual specimens but relationships between them, greatly enhancing an already valuable tool. The Dean’s Fellow will import and explore the Bioimages dataset in Callimachus; help construct meaningful queries of the data using the SPARQL query language; and help develop a user interface for the Biomages dataset.

Duties:
•  Learn Callimachus, a Linked Data Application Framework
•  Become familiar with the Resource Description Framework, RDF
•  Import and explore the Bioimages dataset in Callimachus
•  Help construct meaningful queries of the data using the SPARQL query language
•  Help develop a user interface for the biomages dataset

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed
Desired candidates will already possess:
•  Organizational and project management skills;
•  Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines;
•  An interest in the semantic Web;
•  Ability to understand and enable open source applications
•  Computer Science background or aptitude for technology

The selected Fellow will be expected to develop proficiency in:
•  RDF Standards
•  Metadata extraction
•  Working with Calimachus

Mentors: Steven Baskauf , Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences; Suellen Stringer-Hye, Linked Data and Semantic Web Coordinator

Potential Candidate's Desirable Skills
The selected Fellow should have the ability to:
•  Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with diverse community groups;
•  Work independently on projects and see them to completion;
•  Take initiative with creative aspects of this project and seek ways to develop knowledge as necessary;
•  Be flexible and have the desire to help with all aspects of the project

Dates of Employment: summer semester 2015  - FELLOWSHIP CLOSED

Contact:   Suellen Stringer-Hye    (615) 343-4427



Wish You Were Here: Enrico Caruso Postcard Project

Description:  Renowned Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) toured widely between 1895 and 1920, visiting exotic locales around the world. On these and other trips, Caruso had a habit of sending himself postcards that reflect the local attractions as well as decorative illustrations of the time. The postcard collection, now part of Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections, is part of a group of Caruso materials acquired by the late Francis Robinson, a Vanderbilt graduate, assistant manager of the Metropolitan Opera and biographer of the tenor. The Fellow will create a website connecting the postcards to Caruso’s life and to the performances he gave at the identified locations. She will write descriptions of highlighted images as well as an overview of the collection and how it provides insight into Caruso’s life, using biographies and musical CDs in the Library’s collections. The fellow will utilize a visualization tool, possibly GIS or Neo4j, to help viewers better understand the connections between the postcards and Caruso’s career.

Duties: The Fellow will work with Special Collections staff, the library’s digital projects manager, and possibly the geographic information systems coordinator, to digitize and visually interpret the collection. 

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed: Research using primary resources, metadata creation, curatorial methodology, digitization, and GIS or other technological visualization experience.

Mentors: Mary Anne Caton, Senior Consultant for Educational and Interpretive Programs; Carla Beals, Digital Projects Coordinator

Dates of Employment: spring 2015  - FELLOWSHIP CLOSED

Potential Candidates: Students with an interest in history, art history and interpretation

Contact:  Mary Anne Caton    (615) 875-9074



The Letters of Flannery O’Connor: A Social Network Analysis

Description:  The novelist Flannery O’Connor was a prolific correspondent, especially after an illness forced her to retire to her family farm in Georgia. Many of her letters were published in the seminal collection The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor. These letters, published in 1979, allowed scholars a glimpse into O’Connor’s keen intellect, sense of humor and thoughts on subjects ranging from the craft of writing fiction to theology. They also illustrated the vast network of correspondents O’Connor maintained. The Vanderbilt Special Collections houses a small but significant group of letters written by Flannery O’Connor to Brainard and Frances Neel Cheney. The Dean’s Fellow will track metadata from the letters in the Vanderbilt collection as well as letters in other university archives to better examine and analyze O’Connor’s intellectual life in letters.

Duties: The Dean’s Fellow Will:

  • Collect metadata pertaining  to letters written and received by Flannery O’Connor from primary sources housed in both Vanderbilt Special Collections as well  other institutions
  • Create an Excel spreadsheet with this data for import into Neo4J
  • Import the data into Neo4J
  • Help construct meaningful queries of the data
  • Help write Cypher (Neo4js query language) statements to execute the queries
  • Create a visualization using a Neo4J GraphGist  for presentation of the social network graph

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed:
Desired candidates will already possess:

  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • An interest in Digital Humanities
  • Strong writing skills

The selected Fellow will be expected to develop proficiency in:

  • Primary source  research
  • Metadata extraction
  • Social network analysis using Neo4J
  • Other visualization tools such as Chloropleth maps

Mentors: Suellen Stringer-Hye, Web Development Coordinator, Professor Michael Kreyling

Potential Candidates’ Desirable Skills:

  • Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with diverse community groups
  • Work independently on projects and see them to completion
  • Take initiative with creative aspects of this project and seek ways to develop knowledge as necessary
  • Be flexible and have the desire to help with all aspects of the project

Dates of Employment: spring 2015  - FELLOWSHIP CLOSED

Contact: Suellen Stringer-Hye    (615)-343-4427




Minecraft Project

Description: Minecraft is among the best-selling video games of all time. Players of the game use a limited collection of blocks to build a wide array of structures, from palaces to libraries. Recently, scientific organizations such as the Danish Geodata Agency, and the British Geological Survey have recreated geologically accurate maps in Minecraft. The goal is to engage new generations of users with geological data using this new medium. The dean’s fellow will create a Minecraft “world” of the geological aspects of the Vanderbilt University. The world will be created by taking existing geographic information system information about Vanderbilt’s campus and uploading it to a Minecraft server. The game will permit students, faculty, and staff to explore the distinctive geological features of the campus. We will also have a cross-section of the Minecraft world rendered using a 3D printer for display in a library exhibition.

Duties: The Fellow will work with the director of scholarly communications, and the geographic information systems coordinator, to digitize, compile, and create a Minecraft digitization of the Vanderbilt campus.

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed: Basic understanding of geology, interest in educational applications of computer gaming, and willingness to learn about building environments in Minecraft. Experience with Java programming and geospatial information systems would be a bonus.

Mentors: Clifford Anderson, Director of Scholarly Communications;Lindsey Fox, GIS Coordinator

Dates of Employment: spring 2015  - FELLOWSHIP CLOSED

Potential Candidates: Students with an interest in Minecraft, information technology, and mapping

Contact:   Cliff Anderson    (615) 322-6938

 


Map Digitization Project

Description: This project will entail digitizing and georeferencing the Robert McGaw Map Collection, and any other maps with similar content. The goal of the project is to look at the many different ways in which the perceptions of Tennessee have changed since 1790. In particular, the focus will be on the historical, environmental, and cartographic changes seen with the Cumberland River. The results of the project will be used in a digital exhibit for the library. The Fellow will digitize a set of maps, bring them into a geographic information system to georeference (make them “map-able”), and store them in the university repository. This project will serve to augment paper map services currently offered in the library as well as provide subject matter for the digital exhibit in the library.

Duties: The Fellow will work with Special Collections, and associated mentors to compile, digitize, georeference, and create metadata for the Robert McGaw maps.  The student will also be responsible for researching primary sources in order to identify reasons for changes seen in the Cumberland River. 

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed: Research using primary resources, metadata creation, digitization, georeferencing.

Mentors: Lindsey Fox, GIS Coordinator; Zada Law, Director of Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology (Middle Tennessee State University) and adjunct-faculty to Vanderbilt University

Additional Mentors: Richard Stringer-Hye, Library Technology Coordinator; Ed Warga, Institutional Repository Coordinator; Kathy Smith, Associate Director of Special Collections

Dates of Employment: spring 2015  - FELLOWSHIP CLOSED

Potential Candidates: Students with an interest in geography, history, and mapping

Contact: Lindsey Fox, (615)-343-7542

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