Ellen MacKay Collaborates on iPad Shakespeare Apps

IDAH Fellow Ellen MacKay, Associate Professor of English and Theatre Studies, contributed to the lecture stream of "The Tempest" for iPad, a Shakespeare Application produced by South Bend-based Luminary Digital Media. MacKay will direct the App for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which will  be released during the 2012-2013 academic year.

"Working with IDAH has made me think much more broadly and deeply about the digital world," MacKay said. "The manipulability, open-endedness and interactive components of this platform are really exciting."

"The app moves the process of reading a book away from an information-extraction model and turns it into an activity that brings an array of ideas and texts into a larger conversation. It keeps the text in constant but always changing contact with other works, other readers and other forms of cultural information. It provides teachers a handy way to show students that they're curators of their own context, and that the work is always open to new readings, new histories and new milieus."

Luminary Shakespeare Apps allow for social reading, authoring and sharing, facilitating reader interaction with the text in new ways. Each text is accompanied by expert commentaries from leading Shakespeare scholars and practitioners; features full-length scrolling, audio performance; and can be customized and annotated by the user. The App also links directly to illustrations, podcasts, teaching materials and videos from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the world's premier destination for Shakespeare research.

A video demonstration of The Tempest for iPad illustrates how the app has been designed to be generative and the reading process to be social rather than solitary.

For more information see also the IUB news release, or the Luminary website forThe Tempest.

Upcoming Events

Advanced Visualization Lab Open House
April 30, 11 AM – 2 PM
IU Technology Complex
(located on the east side of campus at 10th and the bypass).

Come anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM to see the IQ-Wall, Science on a Sphere, Visualization & Collaboration Theater, and IQ-Tilt.  AVL staff will be on-hand to highlight each of these state-of-the-art visualization systems, and to answer questions relating to how you might use them.



The 24-tile IQ-Wall
(Cyberinfrastructure Building - CIB)
The IQ-Wall will be showcasing a variety of images and applications appropriate for its ultra-high resolution canvas.


The recently installed Science on a Sphere (SOS)
(Cyberinfrastructure Building - CIB)
The SOS features an array of earth-centric data on its 68" diameter globe.


The Visualization & Collaboration Theater (VCT)
(Innovation Center - IC)
The VCT, we will highlight some scientific visualization efforts currently being conducted by AVL staff and their collaborators.


The very first IQ-Tilt to be deployed on the IUB campus.
(Innovation Center - IC)
The IQ-Tilt is a large multi-touch enabled display that allows users to explore multimedia galleries on their own and with other users.

If you are interested in attending, please check-in with the receptionist on the first floor of the CIB (2709 E. Tenth St., Bloomington). After exploring the CIB systems, AVL staff will direct you to the adjacent IC building to continue your tour.
For more information, visit: http://rt.uits.iu.edu/visualization/avl/news.php.

Upcoming Opportunities

Ten International Research Funders Announce Round Three of the Digging into Data Challenge

Deadline: May 15, 2013

This year ten international research funders representing Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, are jointly announcing their participation in round three of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur computationally intensive research in the humanities and social sciences.

The Digging into Data Challenge aims to address how "big data" changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these materials. Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st-century scholarship.

Applicants will form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. Winning teams will receive grants from two or more of the funding agencies and, two years later, will be invited to show off their work at a special conference sponsored by the ten funders.

Final applications will be due May 15, 2013. 

Further information about the competition and the application process can be found at:
http://www.diggingintodata.org/

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