Image of Research 2017: Semi-finalists announced!

Please join us in congratulating the semi-finalists for the 2017 Image of Research! Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 5th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at a reception in room 104 of the Illini Union. Attendees will be able to view the semi-finalists, speak with the researchers, and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

In the meantime check out the list of semi-finalists and view a full gallery of their work. Visit the Image of Research website for more information about the competition.

The Image of Research is organized by the Scholarly Commons and the Graduate College. It is supported by a generous gift to the Scholarly Commons from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Image of Research – Undergraduate Edition: Now Open for Entries!

In conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Scholarly Commons is pleased to announce the Image of Research Undergraduate Edition competition for 2017!

 

The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research.

Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2017. Announcement of the winners will occur via email at the end of March and there will be a reception during the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

First prize: $300
Second prize: $200
Additionally, there may be up to two honorable mentions.

For more information about this year’s competition, or to submit an entry, visit the Image of Research – UR Edition website. Past entries and winners can be viewed in IDEALS.

Image of Research is Open for Submissions!

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In conjunction with the Graduate College, the Scholarly Commons is pleased to host the Image of Research competition for the 2016-2017 academic year!

The Image of Research is a celebration of the diversity and breadth of graduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate and professional students from all disciplines are invited to submit entries consisting of an image that represents their research (either concretely or abstractly) and a brief written narrative.

Submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2017, after which judges will select a list of semi-finalists. From the semi-finalists, the judges will award four prizes given as professional development travel funds:

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $300
  • Third Prize: $200
  • Honorable Mention: $100

Awards will be presented at a reception on April 5, 2017 in conjunction with the Annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Attendees of the reception will have the opportunity to vote for a semi-finalist to receive the People’s Choice Award ($100).

For more information about this year’s competition, or to submit an entry, visit the Image of Research website. Past entries and winners can be viewed in the online gallery and in IDEALS.

Scholarly Smackdown: Scalar vs. Omeka

Scholarly Smackdown is the Scholarly Commons’ new review series comparing popular online research tools and resources. This week we’ll be taking a look at Scalar and Omeka, resources for presenting research digitally.

No scholars were harmed in the making of this column.

Scalar

Scalar is a content management system for creating digital books of media scholarship from The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, based out of University of Southern California. It features a WYSISWYG editor that allows you to edit different types of pages within a digital book. You choose how and in what way these pages connect. It’s free and you can create as many Scalar books as you want. It makes it easy to incorporate content from partner archives such as the Internet Archive and Critical Commons. The biggest selling point to Scalar, especially for media scholars, is that it lets you present media without having to host the media yourself, which is especially relevant for those analyzing media that is still under copyright. However, please do not let all of this potential power go to your head, and instead check out our copyright resources and feel free to contact the Copyright Librarian, Sara Benson with questions you may have.
In my opinion, Scalar is not as easy or intuitive to use as the people who created it seem to think it is, though USC provides some instructions for Scalar 2. The latest update has been buggy, and while ANVC/Scalar GitHub is very helpful, Scalar is clearly still a work in progress. If you do have any experience with web development, there is very limited customization, and I was not able to find specific instructions for CSS styling for Scalar 2. Finally, you cannot import  your own files larger than 2 MB, which can be frustrating if you want to use your own very high quality scans of items.

Omeka

Omeka.net is a content management system designed for creating online exhibits from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and Corporation for Digital Scholarship, the people behind  Zotero and THAT Camp.
Omeka basic features a WYSIWYG Editor and 500MB of file storage. The biggest advantage of Omeka is that it makes it very easy to add a lot of metadata about items that you want to display in an exhibit and create and arrange collections of these items. It also features lots of plugins (such as a CSS editor and a PDF embedded documents viewer), and the website provides very clear and thorough instructions. However, you can create only one Omeka site per account on the free version. If you contact the Scholarly Commons we can set up an Omeka site for you through the library institutional account, and you can learn more information and request an Omeka site here. 
One major difference between Omeka and Scalar is that with more storage, comes more responsibility; specifically, making sure that you have the permission to use items so that your research does not get taken down. Once again — please check out our copyright resources. Other notable drawbacks include the fact that customization is limited and Omeka.net is not great at creating things that aren’t online exhibits or exhibit-like sites.

Conclusion
Omeka and Scalar are two options of many for creating digital humanities projects. For specific questions and to learn more about Scalar and Omeka and other digital humanities resources at Scholarly Commons email us, and don’t forget to join us for a Savvy Research workshop about Scalar October 17 from 1-2 pm.

Let us know in the comments about your Scalar and Omeka experiences! Which do you prefer and why?

Further Reading:
Omeka Libguide: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/omeka
Scalar Libguide: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/scalar

Sources:

“Alliance for Networking Visual Culture » Overview.” Accessed October 12, 2016. http://scalar.usc.edu/features/overview/.
Marcotte, Alison and Alex Villanueva. “Red Cross Work on Mutilés, At Paris (1918).” SourceLab Prototype Series 1, no. 1 (2015). http://scalar.usc.edu/works/red-cross-work-1918/index.
“Image of Research” Accessed October 12, 2016.  http://imageofresearch.omeka.net/

Image of Research 2016: Semi-finalists announced!

Please join us in congratulating the semi-finalists for the 2016 Image of Research! Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 6 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at a reception in room 104 of the Illini Union. Attendees will be able to view the semi-finalists, speak with the researchers, and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

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In the meantime check out the list of semi-finalists and view a full gallery of their work.Visit the Image of Research website for more information about the competition.

The Image of Research is organized by the Scholarly Commons and the Graduate College. It is supported by a generous gift to the Scholarly Commons from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Submissions are Open for Image of Research 2016

In conjunction with the Graduate College, the Scholarly Commons is pleased to announce the opening of the Image of Research competition for the 2015-2016 academic year!

The Image of Research is a celebration of the diversity and breadth of graduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate and professional students from all disciplines are invited to submit entries consisting of an image that represents their research (either concretely or abstractly) and a brief written narrative.

Submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2016, after which judges will select a list of semi-finalists. From the semi-finalists, the judges will award four prizes:

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $300
  • Third Prize: $200
  • Honorable Mention: $100

Awards will be presented at a reception on April 6, 2016 in conjunction with the Annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Attendees of the reception will have the opportunity to vote for a semi-finalist to receive the People’s Choice Award ($100).

For more information about this year’s competition, or to submit an entry, visit the Image of Research website. Past entries and winners can be viewed in the online gallery and in IDEALS.

Image of Research featured in Illinois Alumni Magazine

2015 Image of Research participant Ly Dinh and her design, Visualizing the Flow of Knowledge, were featured in the Summer 2015 edition of the Illinois Alumni magazine. The article, “Art meets science: Image competition celebrates breadth of research at Illinois,” appears on page 9 and discusses both Dinh’s entry and the goal of the competition. Dinh, the 2015 People’s Choice Award winner, used “network analytic software to depict nearly 18,000 nodes of connectivity among citation links in 459 journal articles.”[1] You can view Dinh’s entry and read a brief description here.

Browse the winners of the 2015 competition and all other entries at the online Image of Research exhibit.

 

[1] Illinois Alumni, “Art meets science: Image competition celebrates breadth of research at Illinois,” Illinois Alumni Magazine, Summer 2015, 9.