Yesterday I was again fortunate to participate in an event here at UConn called “Digital Media/Innovative Collaborations” a symposium organized by Tim Hunter of UConn’s Digital Media and Design program. The symposium brought together folks from across campus who have an interest or experience in working with digital media and was organized according to Tim’s idea of the digital media “table” being supported by four “legs” of Business, Creative Arts, STEM, and Digital Humanities/Social Science.
Two excellent keynotes by Gael McGill of Harvard Medical School, and Tom Scheinfeldt of the CHNM kicked off the day and after a networking lunch, we went to breakout sessions in each topic area with an admonition for people to try to visit an area with which they were not familiar.
I was invited to speak as part of the Digital Humanities breakout session, and I chose to speak broadly about the role of digital repositories in the context of not only the Humanities, but all digital media and design. Taking Tim Hunter’s analogy a step farther, I see digital repositories as the “floor” upon which the legs of the digital media table sits.
It is repositories that supply the digital content for visualizing and are the places for created content to live and be repurposed in the future. And so without repositories the table, while it would still have legs to stand on, would not have a floor for those legs to rest on, and the structure would collapse.
The audience was filled with mostly Digital Humanities practitioners, a core group of potential users and contributors that we wanted to reach. There were some people who were hearing one of my talks for the first time and who understood my message and a few were interested in pursuing a collaboration of some type or another. So, all in all it was a worthwhile day and was great exposure for the repository program.