The reverse side (without mugshot) of a Bertillon card

The reverse side (without mugshot) of a Bertillon card

 

Updates to Decomposing Bodies

This term is seeing some big changes for Decomposing Bodies— some that will be apparent from the outside, and some that will only affect those of us working behind the scenes. The Decomposing Bodies project has been a part of the VMW since the winter of 2013, and has gone through several phases over the years.

Categories: 
  • Decomposing Bodies
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

Transcribing by the Dozen

I have been working on Decmposing Bodies for over a month now and I have noticed interesting facts about the Ohio State Reformatory prisoners.

Categories: 
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Decomposing Bodies
  • Undergraduate Work
 

Connections with Medart's Past

I recently finished the finding aid for PITT_EDU–medart. PITT_EDU–medart is a folder containing the earliest version of medart. It was the primary directory for medart until they created VRCOLL out of a need for more storage space. However, instead of moving the contents of PITT_EDU–medart onto VRCOLL, they continued to maintain it. PITT_EDU–medart served as the nucleus of medart in that the contents of VRCOLL often linked back to material in PITT_EDU–medart.

Categories: 
  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

More to Analyze: Color, Contrast, and Composition?

Since deciding on the Hudson River Valley School of art, a dataset that is both consistent in theme but varying in compositions and use of art characteristics (e.g. color, contrast), I have been exploring more analyses. If the dataset is varied enough, I believe it makes sense to consider multiple characteristics, rather than just one. 

Categories: 
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Itinera's Best Practices

In the Fall semester of 2016, I started training potential Itinera contributors outside the post of project manager. These individuals included Eleanor Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Fracesca Torello, professor of architecture at Carnegie Mellon, S. E. Hackney, fellow Visual Media Workshop project manager, and Lindsay Decker, VMW graduate assistant.

Categories: 
  • Environment
  • Mobility/Exchange
  • Itinera
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

My First Day on the Job

I was first exposed to the project Decomposing Bodies under First Experience of Research's (FER) guidance. I was given a description of the project along with over 200 others and the digital humanities caught me hook-line-and-sinker. Right off the bat I was intrigued by what the title of the project meant and how it relates to inheriting the nineteenth-century process of treating human beings as numbers.

Categories: 
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Decomposing Bodies
  • Undergraduate Work
 

A Finding Aid for Medart: Delving into the Depths

To start the semester, I finished a finding aid I had started last semester. The finding aid was for VRCOLL-medart,one of the versions of medart we have stored on a hard drive. VRCOLL-medart is that largest of the three versions of medart, and the finding aid, as it is now, is 16 pages long. I set up the finding aid by listing the main folders and then recording either a summary of its contents or a detailed account.

Categories: 
  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW