IDAH Sponsors HASTAC Scholars

IDAH Sponsors HASTAC Scholars for the 2012/2013 Academic Year: The following students have joined IDAH as HASTAC Scholars.

  • Chad Buterbaugh, Ph.D. student, Folklore
  • David Nemer, Ph.D. student, Social Informatics
  • Tassie Gniady, Ph.D. in English Literature; MIS student in SLIS

We also recognize the following IDAH Affiliate to the HASTAC Scholars Program: Liza Wallace, undergraduate student, Jacobs School of Music

  • Chad's project explores the role of websites in the artstic lives of Irish storytellers.  He considers the CMS as a piece of communicative technology common to the life of Irish folklore in the 21st century. His research questions ask: How does digital infrastructure help or hinder fundamental folkloric processes like tradition and variation? How does the non-geographic performers’ community exist and maintain itself using online tools? What are the limits and benefits of the CMS in helping storytellers establish themselves as experts in narrative performance? And finally, what role does commodification play in the diffusion of traditional Irish narratives to international audiences?
  • David's research critically investigates Brazil’s access to digital technologies (DT) programs. Brazilian policy has recently been informed by a techno-enthusiastic vision, emphasizing access to digital technologies (DTs) as a right of citizenship in the information age. Consequently, a number of programs have been instituted to promote access to DT use and decrease a perceived “digital divide.” Scholars have disputed such technological deterministic visions, which presume that mere access to DTs is sufficient to promote digital inclusion leading to social and economic transformation. They argue that such approaches simply reflect pre-existing social divides and, sometime, even widen them. In his investigation of Brazil's access to DTs programs, David explores both potential and pitfalls they entail in practice. He is particularly concerned to illuminate the complex relationship between digital and social inclusion—whether such programs actually lead to social inclusion of the marginalized, if so, how, and in which dimensions (health, education, democracy, financial, etc.).  His method is qualitative exploration of state-supported LAN Houses and Telecentros located inside slums and low-income neighborhoods in the city of Victoria.
  • Tassie's project focuses on information visualization. As the graduate assistant for the new IQ Wall in Wells Library, she will be reaching out  to the IU community to host exhibits, talks, and interactive events. In addition, she hopes to curate some exhibits that take advantage of the 12 million pixels the wall has to offer, making use of Neatline and Simile for spacial and chronological mappings, and developing an exhibit of born-digital objects.
  • Liza proposes a multi-media performance and video project with the goal of producing at least three music videos. As a harpist, singer, and composer, she would like to create a visual record of my music for youtube and other internet forums. Along with the other musicians, she will be working with video artists and sound engineering students in a collaborative process that ideally will be a learning experience for everyone involved, as she integrate harp and voice through Jazz harmonies combined with Latin rhythms and original song lyrics.


Upcoming Events

Advanced Visualization Lab Open House
April 30, 11 AM – 2 PM
IU Technology Complex
(located on the east side of campus at 10th and the bypass).

Come anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM to see the IQ-Wall, Science on a Sphere, Visualization & Collaboration Theater, and IQ-Tilt.  AVL staff will be on-hand to highlight each of these state-of-the-art visualization systems, and to answer questions relating to how you might use them.

The 24-tile IQ-Wall
(Cyberinfrastructure Building - CIB)
The IQ-Wall will be showcasing a variety of images and applications appropriate for its ultra-high resolution canvas.

The recently installed Science on a Sphere (SOS)
(Cyberinfrastructure Building - CIB)
The SOS features an array of earth-centric data on its 68" diameter globe.

The Visualization & Collaboration Theater (VCT)
(Innovation Center - IC)
The VCT, we will highlight some scientific visualization efforts currently being conducted by AVL staff and their collaborators.

The very first IQ-Tilt to be deployed on the IUB campus.
(Innovation Center - IC)
The IQ-Tilt is a large multi-touch enabled display that allows users to explore multimedia galleries on their own and with other users.

If you are interested in attending, please check-in with the receptionist on the first floor of the CIB (2709 E. Tenth St., Bloomington). After exploring the CIB systems, AVL staff will direct you to the adjacent IC building to continue your tour.
For more information, visit:

Upcoming Opportunities

Ten International Research Funders Announce Round Three of the Digging into Data Challenge

Deadline: May 15, 2013

This year ten international research funders representing Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, are jointly announcing their participation in round three of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur computationally intensive research in the humanities and social sciences.

The Digging into Data Challenge aims to address how "big data" changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these materials. Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st-century scholarship.

Applicants will form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. Winning teams will receive grants from two or more of the funding agencies and, two years later, will be invited to show off their work at a special conference sponsored by the ten funders.

Final applications will be due May 15, 2013. 

Further information about the competition and the application process can be found at:

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