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When the Spanish arrived in Mexico, the Aztecs and neighboring groups employed a painting and writing tradition we can call “Mexican pictography.” Pictoglyphic methods were used for everything from record keeping to songwriting to the documenting of religious ideas. Pictographs that expressed poetic or religious knowledge were often interpreted through oral traditions that were passed down to the younger generations of the political and cultural elite. In short, pictographs were used to accomplish many of the same goals as both writing and painting did in Europe at this time. In the wake of conquest, colonial authorities outlawed all native religious traditions. While introducing new cultural products in the form of books and Christian paintings, they destroyed Mesoamerican objects. In the name of the fight against barbarism, indigenous documents and paintings were burnt.







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To kick off the semester, we’re hosting an open house from 12:30 to 3:30 PM on Wednesday 9/9. Drop by at any point and ask us about digital tools and platforms. Find out about workshops, events, and services. Bring your questions and/or works-in-progress. Look at inspiring and fun things.

Find out how we can support your next digital project.

Coffee and tea will be provided – feel free to bring your lunch! We’re located on the fourth floor of the Homer Babbidge Library, across from the elevators.


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Susana received her BA in History at Brown University and is now a third year MFA student in the Department of Digital Media & Design at UConn. Her work focuses on using digital video, design, and motion graphics to tell stories that are rooted in humanities research. Her academic interests include Latin American history, cultural theory, film studies, and visual culture.

Please welcome Susana Aho to the Scholars’ Collaborative! She will be the contact person for all digital projects, events, and trainings. As a graduate student and new staff member at the Scholars’ Collaborative, Susana is also available for consultations and specific questions about digital scholarship.

She’ll be in the Scholars’ Collaborative Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 AM to 2 PM, as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 PM to 5 PM. You can also schedule an appointment with her by sending an email to susana.aho at



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We welcome you to use our newly dedicated space in the front room of the MAGIC / Connecticut State Data Center (across from the elevators on level 4 of the Homer Babbidge Library) – for scholarly meetings, research, and independent study related to digital humanities, digital media, and digital scholarship. We invite graduate students, faculty, and staff interested in learning about or working on digital projects to visit us!

Our new Graduate Assistant, Susana Aho will be in the Scholars’ Collaborative front space on Monday and Tuesday from 9 AM to 2 PM, as well as Wednesday and Thursday from 12 PM to 5 PM. Additionally, you can contact her via email (susana.aho at to schedule an appointment.

Remember to check for upcoming events and workshops at

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Do you work with the digital humanities? Do you have some familiarity with TEI and perhaps XML? Are you interested in jumping into TEI with a hands-on learning approach? If you answered yes to these questions, then join us for a series of 3 hack sessions. A PDF flyer for this event is available here.

Select the date(s) to register for a session:

July 7 – 1:30pm – 2:30pm

July 14 – 1:30pm – 2:30pm

July 21 – 1:30pm – 2:30pm

All sessions will be held in the Scholar’s Collaborative, HBL Level 4.


What are hack sessions?

These provide a collaborative, informative and hands on opportunity to learn more about how the TEI standard is implemented for the representation of texts in digital form. Interested persons will mark up text using the TEI standard and follow examples from the TEI website and additional resources. Participants will learn from each other as we work through TEI examples.


What people should bring?

A laptop with a text editor such as Notepad++ (PC), TextWrangler (Mac) or any text editor capable of editing XML documents.


Some handy prerequisites:

  • Knowledge of TEI in general such as the consortium, why & when the TEI standard is used and general information about TEI.
  • Basic knowledge of XML.


Some ideas of what to use to help us code:


If you have any questions, please contact Anna Kijas ( or Jennifer Eustis (




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Cross-posted on Day of DH | Scholars’ Collaborative

This year’s Day of DH at the Scholars’ Collaborative was organized á la THATCamp style. We asked participants to propose workshop or discussion-style sessions, which were run simultaneously and followed by open hack sessions. The full schedule and proposed topics can be found here. The morning sessions consisted of using NVivo to analyze social media data from Twitter, discussion about pedagogy and planning for a DH syllabus, and user friendly web design. The afternoon sessions consisted of two group discussions, the first on using geo-spatial tools for literary visualizations, and the second about mapping cultural and historical events, and a repeat of the popular NVivo workshop from the morning.

Here are reflections from two participants: Joanna Huckins MacGugan  (PhD candidate, UConn Medieval Studies) – “Dabbling in DH,” and Brandon W. Hawk (PhD candidate, UConn Medieval Studies) – “A Hawk’s Eye View Day of DH,”

To find out more about digital humanities/digital scholarship work being done at UConn, visit the following sites:


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Join us and meet other faculty, students, and staff who share an interest in various areas of digital scholarship. This will be an informal meeting meant to encourage discussion and interaction about areas of digital scholarship of interest to attendees.

Mark your calendars and share this event with your colleagues, students, and folks in other departments!

Date: April 25, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Digital Media Center Commons (lower level), Bishop Center



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Proposed workshops and/or discussion sessions for the 10 am – 11 am and 1 pm – 2 pm times will be posted in the sheet below. If you are interested in leading a workshop or session, it’s not too late, just fill out this form: should plan to bring your own device (i.e. laptop, tablet) to this event.

Final workshops and sessions will be voted on between 9:30 am and 10 am on April 8 (Level 4 in Babbidge Library).

Reminder: Workshop and Discussion sessions will depend on you. What topics, tools, methods (etc.) are you interested in teaching or discussing? Propose a topic and the top 2 will be voted on and announced at the Day of DH. If you propose a topic, you’ll be expected lead or co-lead the workshop/discussion. Proposals should be informal, a la THATCamp!



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April 8 is Day of DH and we will be hosting a small-scale event at the University Libraries on Level 4. There will be librarians, staff, students, and faculty with different skill levels and areas of interest/expertise on hand. The event is open to all and not limited to those in the humanities! Feel free to drop in for one session or stay the entire day! You should plan to bring your own device (i.e. laptop, tablet) to this event.



You may be thinking, so what are the workshops on? This depends on you. What topics, tools, methods (etc.) are you interested in teaching or discussing? Propose a topic and the top 2 will be voted on and announced at the Day of DH. If you propose a topic, you’ll be expected lead or co-lead the workshop/discussion. Proposals should be informal, a la THATCamp!

To propose a topic, please fill out this form:

Bonus: if you propose a topic, you’ll get some Day of DH swag!

Day of DH swag












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Do the occasional misspellings, extra spaces, random punctuation, weird capitalization or different styles of entering data plague your data consistency and accuracy?

Messy data are a problem for data retrieval, interoperability, indexing or discovery. OpenRefine is a tool to help you clean up messy data. This introduction to OpenRefine will give you the basic tools to cleaning up your messy data. Join us with your own data or use our sample data to learn how this tool can help.

Date: March 26, 2014

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Location: Electronic Classroom Level 2, HBL

To register for this workshop, click here.