Building Digital Capacity in Graduate Education
We were asked to develop and present a poster on our River Atlas, and to comment on the digital tools we use, and their techniques, best practices and issues. As we pulled together the poster, it gave us a nice opportunity to reflect on the digital principles of our Atlas and furthermore, how they reflect our principles and values as a program. The poster itself is included here, and if you have any questions I encourage you to comment below, or email me directly at email@example.com.
However, the real treat of the day was seeing everyone else’s work. There’s much said about the power of digital tools and techniques with attitudes ranging from that of early-adopters (something I myself am accused of being on a regular basis) and people who have a wait-and-see attitude. We all know that all types are important to having meaningful discussions, but so often discussions of digital technologies get mired in the should-we or shouldn’t-we back and forth. The beauty of this event was that in addition to this engaging discussion, there was a refreshing celebration of work actually being done, in multiple formats and at varying scales.
In particular, we’d like to mention the excellent work being done by U-Spatial, DASH, Zooniverse, Digital Conservancy, and the Digital Public Library of America, whose work we saw showcased at the event and represent a compelling cross-section of digital tools and techniques that are highly relevant to our own work. I encourage you all to take a moment and follow these links. I find their work inspirational and humbling, and we at River Life are looking forwards to hearing more from these visionary digital pioneers.