Today the Working Group was bursting with ideas … everything from applying Mechanical Turk workers to creating a virtual Nancy Rexford! Can Nancy’s “Like-with-Like” methodology be simulated with computer aided recognition? How do we teach students how to see? Technology won’t replace scholars, but how far can the technology get us? We referenced the Steve project, Sam Wineburg’s Historical Thinking and other Unatural Acts, Google Goggles and the concept of a visual thesaurus.
Dazzling technology aside, our aim is to incorporate best practices for digital scholarship all along the way. This includes: curation, scholarly research methods, digitization standards, and visual literacy concepts.
As you can see from the photograph, by the time lunch came around we were speechless.