Releases and Stories





Film Screening: Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales

Where:  IU Cinema
When:  Monday Nov. 26th, 2:00pm
Directed by:  Paul Wolffram

Wolffram, a New Zealand ethnomusicologist and film maker, will be introducing the film and responding to questions following the screening.  His campus visit is sponsored by IDAH and the Media Preservation initiative, under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.


“This is a story of the Lak people. It‘s also a story of how I came to know the people of the region and how my story became forever woven into their own… I was to become enmeshed in events that resulted in bloodshed and death.  What’s more, I was held responsible.”


See the trailer.

Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales is a feature length ethnographic documentary based in the remote region of Southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The film focuses on the lives, culture, and mythologies of people of the Lak region, and is a collaboration between the Lak and ethnomusicologist Paul Wolffram, who shot the film while living among them for over two years.


IDAH Sponsors HASTAC Scholars

IDAH Sponsors HASTAC Scholars for the 2012/2013 Academic Year: The following students have joined IDAH as HASTAC Scholars.

  • Chad Buterbaugh, Ph.D. student, Folklore
  • David Nemer, Ph.D. student, Social Informatics
  • Tassie Gniady, Ph.D. in English Literature; MIS student in SLIS

We also recognize the following IDAH Affiliate to the HASTAC Scholars Program: Liza Wallace, undergraduate student, Jacobs School of Music


Audio/Video of Selected IDAH Brown Bag Presentations

Please click on the links and scroll down for audio or video of these presentations:

“PASSION with Tropes-Transferring the Digital Technology Projects of Fellow Artists onto a New Template”
Carmen Helena Téllez, Professor of Music (Choral Conducting); Director, Latin American Music Center
Margaret Dolinsky, Associate Professor School of Fine Arts; Research Scientist Pervasive Technology Institute
September 29, 2011
Audio available

Chris Eller: "3D Storytelling"
UITS Advanced Visualization Lab, Department of Telecommunications
February 2, 2012

Can depth in a stereoscopic movie be utilized to convey meaning and trigger emotions in the audience?  The body of evidence is small but growing as researchers look at physiological data from subjects viewing 3D movies.  While that research is happening 3D movies are being developed and produced that use 3D in a variety of ways, from the gimmick to the puller of heartstrings.  We'll look at how modern storytellers are using 3D as a technique and a tool in the filmmaking process.
Video as well as audio and PowerPoint available

Scott Deal: “Musical and Artistic Expression through Computer Interactivity”
Professor of Music IUPUI, and Director of the Donald Tavel Arts Technology Research Center
January 19, 2012

Live computer-interactive performance is a compelling medium that enables musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists to explore emergent modes of expression. By interweaving aesthetics with electronics, media, and networked technology, artists create a multi-dimensional performance that intersects the cross points of virtual and physical gesture, sound, and space. The lecture will cover interactive processes such as motion tracking, audience involvement, live sampling/processing, integration of real-time video, and the use of high-bandwidth Internet telecommunications for telematic applications.
Video as well as audio and PowerPoint available

Ron Osgood: "Digital Video: Tips & Techniques for Acquiring Images and Sound”
Professor and Facilities Manager,Department of Telecommunications
November 4, 2010

Many research projects and instructional materials can be enhanced with video clips but many researchers don’t have experience or the budget to hire professionals. This session provides basic tips in equipment selection, shot composition, technical requirements, sound acquisition, lighting and more.

Ron Osgood is a Professor and Facilities Manager in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University specializing in documentary storytelling and video production. His creative work has been broadcast on network and satellite channels, selected for screening at film festivals and distributed both nationally and internationally.
Video available

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Getting Started in the Digital Humanities"
Bill Newman, Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
John Walsh, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science
Kirsten Sword, Assistant Professor, Department of History
October 21, 2010
Audio available

Chris Eller: "Applying Stereoscopic Video and Animation to the Digital Arts and Humanities"
Senior Systems Analyst, Advanced Visualization Lab
March 4, 2010
Audio and PowerPoint presentation available

David J. Bodenhamer: “Space, Time, and Place: The Emergence of the Spatial Humanities”
Professor of History & Executive Director,The Polis Center at IUPUI
February 18, 2010
Audio and PowerPoint presentation available



Decoding Digital Humanities

DDH is back for the 2011-2012 Academic Year!

Come to the IUB chapter of Decoding Digital Humanities! All are welcome. Decoding Digital Humanities is an informal gathering for those who are interested in all things digital, providing an opportunity to mingle, share ideas, discuss readings and raise questions surrounding the field of digital humanities.  Decoding Digital Humanities chapters are active in the U.K. and Australia and provide opportunities to engage in international discussion forums.

The April meeting will take place on Friday, April 27th from 4-6pm at Wells Library E174. This meeting will focus on a screening of A Digital Renaissance: Illuminating the Iliad, a film documenting the digitization of the oldest complete copy of Homer's Iliad in Venice, in 2007. During the summer of 2007 researchers from the University of Kentucky, University of Houston, College of the Holy Cross, Furman University, and Brandeis University gathered in Venice, Italy at the Marciana Library to digitally preserve the Venetus A, the oldest existing complete text of the Homeric Iliad. Meticulously crafted in Byzantium, the Venetus A has been stored for 500 years in the Marciana Library. Its thousand-year-old pages contain handwritten notes recoding a tradition of scholarship going back to the Ptolemaic scholars of the second century BCE. In addition to digital photos, the text was also scanned in 3D with each page now fully preserved as a 3D model.

The film is one hour long and the screening will begin at 4pm, with discussion to follow. We'll have a few people who took part in the digitization project joining via Skype. Snacks will be provided! For more information and to view a trailer:

For more information about this meeting and other past meetings click the Read More tab below.  To read more about discussions at our past meetings visit the DDH Website.


Digital Humanities Questions & Answers

DHAnswers is an initiative of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and the Chronicle of Higher Education's ProfHacker to create an open forum for asking and answering digital humanities-related questions. The ACH/ProfHacker collaboration is also building a community-based Q&A board, @DHAnswers, for digital humanities questions that need (just a little) more than 140 character answers!


2011 Fellows Retreat

Annual Retreat for IDAH Fellows

IDAH held its annual retreat for fellows in January 2011 at the Wells House on campus.




Clockwise: IDAH Fellow and History Professor Kirsten Sword discusses her "Mapping Antislavery" project; Vice Provost for Research, Sarita Soni, addresses participants; Markus Dickinson, Professor of Computational Linguistics, and D2I & IDAH Fellow, in conversation with Beth Plale, Director, Data to Insight Center. IDAH Fellow and Hope School of Fine Arts Professor, Margaret Dolinsky, presents on her project, "Reordering virtual reality: codifying real time experience."


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:

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:

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