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A River Atlas : Mapping the Mississippi and a Sense of Where You Are

A River Atlas : Mapping the Mississippi and a Sense of Where You Are

River Life was thrilled to be invited to present a poster at the recent Building Digital Capacity in Graduate Education program that took place in Coffman Union on April 2.

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 holr0002@umn.edu.

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.

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  1. Building Digital Capacity in Graduate Education...April 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    […] 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.  […]

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