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3D Printing the Thoreau Bust

Published: November 7, 2016
Bust of Thoreau

Last time we looked at how photogrammetry was used to reconstruct the 1898 bust sculpture of Henry David Thoreau. Now we will see how 3D printing can create a copy of the original with the magic of a 3D printer. Going from a virtual to a 3D-printed object one is a fairly straightforward process—made all…

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IALLT Webinars – BYO Lunch and Post Discussion

Published: September 30, 2016
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The International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT, http://iallt.org/) is a professional organization that provides leadership for the integration of instructional technology into the foreign language classroom. IALLT has released their list of webinars for the 2016-17 academic year, and the list looks great.   HumTech will also be hosting a number of them in…

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CCLE Joins the Polyglot Club!

Published: September 30, 2016

There have been a number of changes and improvements to UCLA’s Common Collaboration and Learning Environment (CCLE), and one of them is certain to excite language instructors across campus. You may now set (i.e., “force”) the language of your individual course, which converts the standard nomenclature to your desired target language. Best for intermediate through…

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3D Reconstruction of Thoreau

Published: September 26, 2016
Bust of Thoreau

In June 2016, the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities, in partnership with the Thoreau Society and the Walden Woods Project, created a three-dimensional, digital reconstruction of the 1898 bust sculpture of nineteenth-century author Henry David Thoreau. This virtual object was created using a process that renders 3D models and realistic textures from high-resolution digital photographs, otherwise known…

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How Digital Humanities Set Me Apart in the Silicon Valley

Published: June 21, 2016
Graphic depiction of left- and right-brain

“What is Digital Humanities?” I asked myself this question three years ago as a Communications Studies major at UCLA. The name itself seemed to be a compound of two paradoxical words, considering our general understanding of humanities studies. Many people I encounter to this day continue to ask me this same question. At the time,…

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At-risk Cultural Heritage and the Digital Humanities

Published: May 23, 2016
Photo of multiple screens showing a 3d model of a map of egypt

UCLA is a partner in a UC President’s Catalyst Award, one of only four of such grants awarded in 2016. As one of the four PIs (together with Tom Levy from UC San Diego, Ben Porter from UC Berkeley and Nicola Lercari from UC Merced) I am involved in developing and testing digital means of…

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Digital Separation: Are mobile technologies moving us together or further apart?

Published: May 16, 2016
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To follow up on an article written by my esteemed predecessor, I’d like to explore how developments in mobile technology are affecting us. In the 9 short years since the first smart phone was released, our habits and communication styles have measurably changed.  Working in technical support, I have a unique viewpoint of some on…

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Are 4K TVs worth buying?

Published: May 9, 2016

It seems not too long ago that we were making the switch from Standard Definition (SD) TV to High Definition (HD). Now, within the past few years the buzz has been about 4K TV, which is supposed to be the next logical step for a crisper, clearer viewing experience. 4K TVs tout a resolution that…

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Locally Archived Websites

Published: May 2, 2016
Moveable library shelves

What do you do with a website once it has reached the end of its lifecycle? There are any number of reasons why you might create a website, but what should you do when you’re ready to disable or move your site to another platform or Content Management System (CMS) (like WordPress, Drupal, SquareSpace, etc.)?…

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Mapping Indigenous LA: A HumTech Project Collaboration in the News!

Published: April 26, 2016

On behalf of HumTech, I would like to congratulate the team behind one of our past project collaborations, Mapping Indigenous LA (MILA), for being featured earlier this week on KPCC’s “Take Two” news program. The humanities are criticized for being irrelevant to the needs of modern America. MILA’s engagement with its community partners, however, shows…

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