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.
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.
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 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.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.
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?
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.
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).
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.” 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.
 Illinois Alumni, “Art meets science: Image competition celebrates breadth of research at Illinois,” Illinois Alumni Magazine, Summer 2015, 9.
The 2015 Image of Research Competition for graduate and undergraduate students has officially come to an end. With over 100 combined entries, this year offered an array of fascinating images representing graduate and undergraduate multidisciplinary research projects and interests at Illinois. This competition creates an opportunity for researchers to create a visual representation of their research and explore and share their research in a new way. The visual impact of these images allows all involved to reflect on the all too often hidden inherent beauty in all research.
Semi-finalists and winners from the graduate competition were honored at a ceremony during Graduate Student Appreciate Week on April 8th, and all undergraduate entries and winners were honored during the Undergraduate Research Symposium last week.
You can browse the winners and all of the Image of Research Competition entries from the competition this year as well as last year in the Omeka Image of Research Exhibit.
Submissions for The Image of Research Competition – Undergraduate Edition are now being accepted! The Image of Research Competition – Undergraduate Edition, is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Who Can Submit?: The competition is open to all undergraduate students. Entries must be submitted by students who are enrolled in the Spring 2015 term and in good academic standing. Students may submit individually, or as a collaborative group. Each person (or research group) may only submit one entry, each submission should include a faculty sponsor, and students are responsible for submitting their own work.
Requirements and Deadlines for Submission:
– The image submitted should represent your research either concretely or abstractly. You will also be submitting a narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research.
The submission will be judged on:
- Connection between image, text, and research
- Visual Impact
- A title of less than 250 characters
- A 100-200 word description
- Images should be the best quality images you can find. We highly recommend a maximum file size of 100MB and a minimum resolution of 300ppi.
- These images are generally printed at approximately 40 x 28 inches with the abstract included, so be mindful of the size of your image. We recommend that your image measure at least 10 inches on the shortest side.
An important note: Entrants must be principle creator(s) of the image. Third part content can be used, but submitting a third party image unaltered is not permitted. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any use of images or material that are under copyright by a third party either falls under fair use or that relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed.
Submissions will be accepted from February 20 – Sunday, April 5, 2015 12pm CST
– First prize = $300
– Second prize = $200
– And up to two honorable mentions = $50 each
Awards will be presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 23rd, 2015 at the Illini Union. All images will be professionally printed and displayed at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and all images will be included in an online exhibit hosted by the University Library.
Questions?: Check out the FAQ section on The Image of Research – UG Edition webpage, drop by the Scholarly Commons (Room 306, Main Library) during open hours, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your entries by using this form: https://illinois.edu/sb/sec/1445728
Behold! All image entries from the very first Image of Research Contest are now viewable in the online gallery!
The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Inspired by the contest at the University of Chicago graduate college, this spring was the first edition for the students at Illinois. Both graduate and undergraduate entrants were asked to submit an image along with a brief abstract articulating the ways in which the image relates to their research. The entries were then judged by an interdisciplinary panel and monetary awards were given to the top contestants.
The graduate Image of Research contest was held in February and the winners were announced during graduate student appreciation week in April at a showcase in the Illini Union. There were an impressive 64 entries this year! The winners included: Keith Cassidy in first place, Marissa Brooke Siebel in second place, Lauren Fields in third place, and Aron Katz and Nico Brown with honorable mentions. The people’s choice award (voted on at the showcase) also went to first place winner, Keith Cassidy. The images have since been archived in the institutional repository (IDEALS) and they have been organized into collections and exhibits using a platform called Omeka, making them accessible long-term for those who are interested.
The undergraduate edition of the contest was held in the Illini Union this year and showcased the works of 23 participants. This year’s contestants of special recognition included: JunYoung Gwak in first place, Aimee Gottlieb in second place, Le Wang in third place, and Tayana Panova of honorable mention. This year’s student contributions illustrated some of the creative and exciting research that undergraduates are involved in at the University of Illinois. All entries have also been put into IDEALS as well as Omeka.
You can navigate through each image and read each abstract submitted by the contestants in the gallery. Browse the winners in the 2014 Winners Exhibit! Go take a peek at this great demonstration of the scholarly research being done by the students at Illinois.