Lightning Talks Round 2

What can someone meaningfully get out of a series of two-minute presentations that range in topics from digital scholarship to digital doodles? On January 31st 2013, 20 professors, students, and staff came together in the Philips Wing of Magill Library for Lightning Talks Round II. Sponsored by SAVE AS, Lightening Talks is an event where students and teachers can present their works and ideas within a two-minute time frame. The theme of this event was digital scholarship and the speakers addressed their work within this emerging field. While sitting in front of and along side my peers, faculty and friends I learned about the means and methods Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery interns implement while organizing exhibits. Aubree Penney taught me that there is a virtual Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery used by interns to simulate and organize exhibits prior to their arrival on campus. Who knew the simulation could consider the dimensions of an artist’s work to the hundredths of an inch? Some projects applied new tools to old problems. How do you visualize trends in the arrests of participants of Occupy movements across the country? How do you make this data accessible? Samantha Shain attacked the project of mapping these social movements via an animated map of the United States. Her project led her to more questions: “Why did the arrests happen in the places that they did? Are there special and architectural implications of where the arrests happened?” Other presentations questioned the very nature of those tools, and how they’re changing us.  Professor Laura McGrane’s presentation titled “The User Paradox” addressed the anxieties and reservations many have towards computers, digital devices,...

Call for 2-Minute Presentations // SAVE AS: Lightning Talks 2

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQDDqv1tQkk&feature=youtu.be ATTN: Hackers, Designers, Luddites, Emoticon-Artists, YouTube Hooligans, Blogger Oddities, Ambient Electronic Muzak-Makers, Faculty, Students, Staff, and all manner of Digital/Non-Digital/Post-Digital Scholars In the fall of 2012 in Magill Library’s Philips Wing, 20-something students, staff, and faculty gathered together for the first SAVE AS: Lightning Talks event, each presenting digitally-minded 2-minute micro-presentations on animation in a digital world, tumblr and intellectual property rights, the help and hindrance of online religious text databases, and yes, even a brain-melting meta-lesson on how to give a good presentation in two minutes. See the full list of presentations here. Amid the hastened shouts of presenters and the polite murmuring of the packed audience, one thing was clear: We have to do this again. To that end, the SAVE AS cabal (an unholy alliance of Digital Scholarship in the Library, Instructional & Information Technology Services, the Hurford Center of the Arts & Humanities, and Tri-Co Digital Humanities) invites you to pitch a 2-minute presentation on your own digital scholarship, the germ of an idea, an app, a game, digital notation, twitter etiquette, something you’ve done, something you want to do. Share past successes or use your dwindling soapbox to source future collaborators. Essentially: Anything that uses, abuses, accepts or rejects digital technology in a way you find interesting. Intrigued? Email Coordinator for Digital Scholarship Laurie Allen at lallen@haverford.edu with a one-sentence description of your idea, and we’ll go from there. Once we reach a critical mass, we’ll announce the spring 2013 date of SAVE AS: Lightning Talks Round...