Aisling Quigley's blog

Ferdinand Bauer engraving

 

What is the real, "real" object?

As an information scientist striving to define and describe online exhibitions, I am constantly reflecting on what constitutes a “real object” versus one that is acknowledged only through its absence. The status of the object has historically correlated to changes in museology, and in this regard it seems we are in the midst of a particularly challenging moment.

Categories: 
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Graduate Work
  • Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh
 

Another Year, Another K'zoo

For the second year in a row, I had the distinct privilege of attending the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. According to the Medieval Congress' Twitter feed (@KzooICMS), this unique conference attracted almost 3,000 attendees this year. 

Categories: 
  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
 

Maintaining "Sustaining MedArt"

It is early April, so the Sustaining MedArt team is once again preparing for the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The project, originating with an initial usability survey in the autumn of 2014, explores the relationship between perceptions of site usability and sustainability. In particular, we entered this project wondering how user experiences correlate to preservation worthiness. 

Categories: 
  • Current Projects
  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW

A screen grab of MedArt ca. December 1996 c/o the Internet Archive.

 

Update: Phase III of Sustaining MedArt

It seems that autumn is finally here, more or less. It is a splendid season, but also perhaps the most hectic in academia-land. New students arrive, conference abstracts and grant proposals are due, and time seems to accelerate and contract alarmingly (or so it feels, as I get older).

Categories: 
  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
Exhibition poster, designed by Aisling Quigley
 

Data (after)Lives opens tomorrow!!

Opening Event: Thursday, September 8th, 4-6pm

Categories: 
  • Decomposing Bodies
  • Graduate Work
  • Faculty Work
  • UAG
 

Doing surveys...in Kalamazoo

As part of our NEH grant to investigate an early digital humanities project, Images of Medieval Art & Architecture, my research colleagues and I conducted usability interviews at the 2016 International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our team arrived on the campus of Western Michigan University around 2:15 pm on a Thursday, and had started interviewing by 3 o'clock.

Categories: 
  • Graduate Work

From the archives: The Arizona Desert Group

 

Assembling a Project

Over the coming months, Colleen O'Reilly and I (and other guest bloggers) will be posting updates about our project, Dioramas in Context: using digital display to unveil the cultural history and artistic development of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Botany Hall. Through these posts, we hope to document our research process, including the rewards and challenges of interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration.

Categories: 
  • Dioramas in Context
  • Graduate Work
 

Usability Research Commences!

This week, my advisor, three courageous graduate students, and I will be attending the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There, we will be conducting interviews as part of our ongoing research on the NEH-funded Sustaining MedArt project. We are primarily interested in how users currently engage with the site (created ca.

Categories: 
  • Sustaining MedArt
  • Graduate Work
  • Faculty Work
 

Digital Graduate Scholars Group

It has been a couple of years in the making, but we've finally arrived…. the Digital Graduate Scholars Group!! As a cohort of PhD students, we are primarily concerned with providing a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss our experiences with and/or questions about digital methodologies.

Categories: 
  • Graduate Work
  • VMW
 

Sustaining MedArt iConference 2015 Poster

This is the poster that Alison Langmead and I presented at iConference 2015! The abstract is also available at the IDEALS@Illinois website.

Categories: 
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Graduate Work
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW

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