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[Announcement] Michigan State University 2013 Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool



Taking place from May 27th to July 3rd on the campus of Michigan State University and offered by the Department of Anthropology, the 2013 Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) Fieldschool introduces students to the tools and methods required to creatively apply information and computing technologies to cultural heritage materials and questions.

The Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool is a unique experience in which students from a wide variety of departments, programs, and disciplines come together for 5 weeks to collaboratively work on cultural heritage informatics projects. In the process they learn what is required to build applications and digital user experiences that serve the domain of cultural heritage – skills such as programming, web design & development, user experience design, media design, project management, digital storytelling, etc.

Build soundly on the principle of “building as a way of knowing” (or “hacking as a way of knowing” as some call it), the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool embraces the idea that students develop a far better understanding of cultural heritage informatics by actually building tools, applications, and digital user experiences. The added benefit is that by building, students have the opportunity to make a tangible and potentially significant contribution to the cultural heritage community.

2013 CHI Fieldschool Theme

Each year, the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool has a specific theme. This year, the theme will be “Visualization: Time, Space, and Data.” This means that all of the work and projects undertaken by the CHI Fieldschool students will focus (broadly) on visualizing time, space (maps, geospatial, etc), and data.

Eligibility & Application

The Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and existing cultural heritage professionals. There are no prerequisites (beyond an interest in the topic). Students are required to enrol in ANP 491 (section 301) and ANP490 (section 301) - for a total of 6 credits.

To apply to the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool, please fill out the application form (
http://chi.anthropology.msu.edu/fieldschool/chi-fieldschool-application/). Applications will be accepted until April 29th

For more information on the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool, please see the detailed description (http://chi.anthropology.msu.edu/fieldschool ) or email Ethan Watrall (watrall@msu.edu), the CHI Fieldschool Director.