Selected digital scholarship projects created by the Hamilton community in partnership with our team.
Archaeology Collections Inventory
This project seeks to reorganize, describe, and make accessible via a virtual archive items housed in the Archaeology Teaching Collection. Items range from arrowheads to blades to bones that span a history of several hundred years of history. Members of the Digital Scholarship Collaborative (DiSC) team are working closely with members of the Research & Instructional Design (R&ID) team as well as students in Assistant Professor of Anthropology Colin Quinn's ARCH 245 Human Ancestors class to develop systematic ways of recording metadata to build a database that allows members of the Hamilton Community and beyond to explore and learn from the collection.
Bambalinas: A Digital Memory of Contemporary Street Theatre in Latin America
Marcelo Carosi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, captured video interviews with artists and playwrights in Latin America related to street theater from 1970 to the present. The videos are accompanied by a bibliography and photographs of the artists.
Days-Massolo Center Poster & Video Archive
Through forums, panels, lectures and other programming developed in cooperation with students, faculty, and staff, the Days-Massolo Center (DMC) serve as a central resource for exploring intersections between gender, race, culture, religion, sexuality, ability, socioeconomic class, and other facets of human difference. Members of the Digital Scholarship Collaborative (DiSC) and Research & Instructional Design (R&ID) teams are supporting the development of a digital archive of event posters and videos from ten years of work at the Days-Massolo Center. The archive will serve as a testament to the impact the Days-Massolo Center has had on campus in its 10 years of service, as well as the work that has been done in this area at Hamilton College before the official existence of the DMC.
Electronic Lab Notebook
In partnership with the Digital Scholarship Collaborative (DiSC) team, Natalie Nannas, Assistant Professor of Biology, will pilot the use of electronic lab notebooks (ELN) to facilitate the collection, organization, management, and dissemination of data in a way that will ensure short- and long-term access to student and faculty research. This system is intended to supplement or replace the traditional paper lab notebooks currently used in her lab and others across Hamilton. Using a combination of hardware and software solutions, Professor Nannas and the DiSC team will trial an ELN with a group of highly collaborative student researchers, focusing on how digital techniques typically adopted by large research universities can thrive on the campus of a small liberal arts college.
Indian Buddhist Monasteries After the Gupta Era
An online database that provides students and researchers with updated archaeological and art-historical information on Indian Buddhist monastic sites with a special focus on the ones founded or continued after the Gupta period (ca. 320-550 CE).
The podcast series Jazz Backstory gives listeners an inside look at the world of jazz with Monk Rowe, the Joe Williams Director of the Fillius Jazz Archive and Lecturer in Music Performance. The archive is based at Hamilton College and contains over 300 fully transcribed interviews with a variety of artists, active as far back as the 1930s. The podcast series focuses on different “backstory” interviews with several different artists addressing the same topic each episode. Rowe was supported by members of Digital Scholarship Collaborative (DiSC) and Research & Instructional Design (R&ID) teams.
Off-Campus Study Storytelling Project and Archive
The Off-Campus Study Storytelling Project and Archive started with a cohort of Hamilton students who had recently returned from their study abroad and/or off-campus study experience in the fall of 2019. Working closely with Madeleine LaCotera, Associate Director of Global Learning, these students launched a project that creates a space for reflection, an opportunity to share advice to students preparing for their own experiences, and a hands-on learning opportunity to develop and strengthen digital skills. Each year a new cohort is invited to participate in this ongoing storytelling project in an effort to highlight a diverse group of student voices and their study abroad and off-campus study experiences. These stories invite viewers to imagine and build their own future international or domestic experience and to be ready to be changed in ways that promote intellectual growth, flexibility, and collaboration.
Sacred Centers of India
The project entails a study of Indian sacred centers - Buddhist Bodhgaya and Hindu Gaya. Through a study of textual, archaeological, and art-historical remains, the project examines the emergence, multi-phase (re-) constructions, and reformulations of both these important centers and their intertwined histories.
Underwater Photogrammetry at Green Lake
Michael McCormick, Professor of Biology, will create digital 3D models of microbial biofilm in Green Lake (located about 9 miles (14 km) east of Syracuse), one of the most studied meromictic lakes in the world. Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and with the support of members of the Digital Scholarship Collaborative (DiSC) and Digital Collections teams, Professor McCormick will collect a series of videos that we will then convert to 2D images. Using photogrammetry software like Agisoft Metashape, the team will use these images to make high-resolution 3D models of the biofilm for use in Professor McCormick's research.
Audio & Video Production
Rhea Datta, Assistant Professor of Biology at Hamilton College, in collaboration with Jens Rister, Associate Professor of Biology - Genetics and Neurobiology at UMass Boston, to creat a video to accompany a publication for Wiley Online Library. Datta was supported by members of Digital Scholarship Collaborative (DiSC) and Research & Instructional Design (R&ID) teams at Hamilton College.
Digital Archives & Websites
Created a cPanel in Library & Information Technology Services' Domain of One's Own to host the emBODY program. The program will be used to facilitate the collection data for faculty and student research projects. It offers a visual interface that allows participants to record how emotions are felt over their body. More information can be found at: Nummenmaa L., Glerean E., Hari R., Hietanen, J.K. (2014) Bodily maps of emotions, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of United States of America doi:10.1073/pnas.1321664111 (http://www.pnas.org/content/111/2/646.abstract)
Benshi: Silent Film Narrators in Japan is a growing digital archive that features a curated collection of historical and contemporary materials relating to benshi performance and fan culture from their beginnings in the early decades of the twentieth century up to the present. It includes synchronized audio and video clips of historical and contemporary benshi, VR movie theaters of historical locations such as Shinjuku Musashino-kan, and a digitized collection of ephemera such as theater programs, benshi scripts, and fan ranking charts.
3D Digitization (Photogrammetry & Scanning), Design, & Printing
Created a digital 3D model of Burke Library that will be used to manufacture a physical 3D model. The physical 3D model will be given to members of the Hamilton College community to celebrate different events. The model was created by Vaughn Amos '25 and Khuslen (T) Tulga '23 using Autodesk Fusion 360.