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“Can You Dig It?” Humanities Computing Conference

Posted on | March 5, 2014 | No Comments

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“Can You Dig It?” Humanities Computing Conference is approaching, next Friday March 14. Panels offer a broad survey of Humanities Computing themes, including mobile media, digital mapping, gaming, and music. Workshops offer expert-guided hands-on exploration of tools and techniques in social network analysis, web-based cartography, game design, and experimenting with sound.

Here’s a bit of information on the panels/workshops:

Digging New Lines: Topics in Digital Mapping

Explore the cutting edge of mapping and spatial data analysis, and new ways of applying these technologies to understand our world and the people in it.


  • Matthew Dance, Geographer
  • Joyce Yu, HuCo MA candidate, University of Alberta
  • Erika Luckert, Student, University of Alberta


Get hands-on with some of the latest mapping technologies and see what kinds of trends you can discover!

Digging Mobile Media: Topics in Emerging Tech

Dig into the present and future of mobile tech and explore how mobile media is shaping and reshaping our lives.


  • Eric Forcier, MA HuCo, University of Alberta
  • Luciano Frizzera, MA HuCo, University of Alberta
  • Ali Grotkowski, MA HuCo, University of Alberta


Spend some time learning the fundamentals of social-media network analysis from Lori Regattieri: how to make Twitter work for your research!

Hearing the Digital: Topics in Sound & Music

Listen in on a rousing discussion of experimental soundscapes, digital music, and the future of sound.


  • Nicolás Arnáez, MMus Composition, University of Alberta
  • Andrew Israelson, MMus Composition, University of Alberta
  • Dave Wall, DMA/Music, university of Alberta


Make music! Our panelists will bring a selection of their experimental instruments and sound machines for you to explore!

Digital Representation: Women in Video Games

Examine the issues surrounding the representation of women in games and in the games industry with this panel.


  • Sarah Beck, Comp-Sci student, University of Alberta
  • Neesha Desai, PhD Comp-Sci, University of Alberta
  • Karin Weekes, editor, Bioware Edmonton


Play around with TWINE, a free narrative game engine, and tell your own story!


Visit the conference website for more details, including the conference schedule and registration.


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