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Items in General Works that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 120 days.


  • Museums and digital culture : new perspectives and research / Tula Giannini, Jonathan P. Bowen, editors
    AM 7 M87 2019

  • Human-computer interactions in museums / Eva Hornecker, Luigina Ciolf
    AM 121 H675 2019eb

    Museums have been a domain of study and design intervention for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for several decades.

    However, while resources providing overviews on the key issues in the scholarship have been produced in the fields of museum and visitor studies, no such resource as yet existed within HCI. This book fills this gap and covers key issues regarding the study and design of HCIs in museums. Through an on-site focus, the book examines how digital interactive technologies impact and shape galleries, exhibitions, and their visitors. It consolidates the body of work in HCI conducted in the heritage field and integrates it with insights from related fields and from digital heritage practice. Processes of HCI design and evaluation approaches for museums are also discussed. This book draws from the authors' extensive knowledge of case studies as well as from their own work to provide examples, reflections, and illustrations of relevant concepts and problems.

    This book is designed for students and early career researchers in HCI or Interaction Design, for more seasoned investigators who might approach the museum domain for the first time, and for researchers and practitioners in related fields such as heritage and museum studies or visitor studies. Designers who might wish to understand the HCI perspective on visitor-facing interactive technologies may also find this book useful.


  • Developing 2D games with Unity : independent game programming with C# / Jared Halpern
    Q A76.76 C672

  • Seeing the past with computers : experiments with augmented reality and computer vision for history / Kevin Kee and Timothy Compeau, editors
    AZ 105 S4 2019
    Recent developments in computer technology are providing historians with new ways to see--and seek to hear, touch, or smell--traces of the past. Place-based augmented reality applications are an increasingly common feature at heritage sites and museums, allowing historians to create immersive, multifaceted learning experiences. Now that computer vision can be directed at the past, research involving thousands of images can recreate lost or destroyed objects or environments, and discern patterns in vast datasets that could not be perceived by the naked eye.

    Seeing the Past with Computers is a collection of twelve thought-pieces on the current and potential uses of augmented reality and computer vision in historical research, teaching, and presentation. The experts gathered here reflect upon their experiences working with new technologies, share their ideas for best practices, and assess the implications of--and imagine future possibilities for--new methods of historical study. Among the experimental topics they explore are the use of augmented reality that empowers students to challenge the presentation of historical material in their textbooks; the application of seeing computers to unlock unusual cultural knowledge, such as the secrets of vaudevillian stage magic; hacking facial recognition technology to reveal victims of racism in a century-old Australian archive; and rebuilding the soundscape of an Iron Age village with aural augmented reality.

    This volume is a valuable resource for scholars and students of history and the digital humanities more broadly. It will inspire them to apply innovative methods to open new paths for conducting and sharing their own research.

  • Critical digital humanities : the search for a methodology / James E. Dobson
    AZ 105 D59 2019
    Can established humanities methods coexist with computational thinking? It is one of the major questions in humanities research today, as scholars increasingly adopt sophisticated data science for their work. James E. Dobson explores the opportunities and complications faced by humanists in this new era. Though the study and interpretation of texts alongside sophisticated computational tools can serve scholarship, these methods cannot replace existing frameworks. As Dobson shows, ideas of scientific validity cannot easily nor should be adapted for humanities research because digital humanities, unlike science, lack a leading-edge horizon charting the frontiers of inquiry. Instead, the methods of digital humanities require a constant rereading. At the same time, suspicious and critical readings of digital methodologies make it unwise for scholars to defer to computational methods. Humanists must examine the tools--including the assumptions that went into the codes and algorithms--and questions surrounding their own use of digital technology in research. Insightful and forward thinking, Critical Digital Humanities lays out a new path of humanistic inquiry that merges critical theory and computational science.

  • The shape of data in the digital humanities : modeling texts and text-based resources / edited by Julia Flanders and Fotis Jannidis
    AZ 105 S43 2019eb

    Data and its technologies now play a large and growing role in humanities research and teaching. This book addresses the needs of humanities scholars who seek deeper expertise in the area of data modeling and representation. The authors, all experts in digital humanities, offer a clear explanation of key technical principles, a grounded discussion of case studies, and an exploration of important theoretical concerns. The book opens with an orientation, giving the reader a history of data modeling in the humanities and a grounding in the technical concepts necessary to understand and engage with the second part of the book. The second part of the book is a wide-ranging exploration of topics central for a deeper understanding of data modeling in digital humanities. Chapters cover data modeling standards and the role they play in shaping digital humanities practice, traditional forms of modeling in the humanities and how they have been transformed by digital approaches, ontologies which seek to anchor meaning in digital humanities resources, and how data models inhabit the other analytical tools used in digital humanities research. It concludes with a glossary chapter that explains specific terms and concepts for data modeling in the digital humanities context. This book is a unique and invaluable resource for teaching and practising data modeling in a digital humanities context.


  • Conspiracies of conspiracies : how delusions have overrun America / Thomas Milan Konda
    AZ 999 K65 2019
    It's tempting to think that we live in an unprecedentedly fertile age for conspiracy theories, with seemingly each churn of the news cycle bringing fresh manifestations of large-scale paranoia. But the sad fact is that these narratives of suspicion--and the delusional psychologies that fuel them--have been a constant presence in American life for nearly as long as there's been an America.

    In this sweeping book, Thomas Milan Konda traces the country's obsession with conspiratorial thought from the early days of the republic to our own anxious moment. Conspiracies of Conspiracies details centuries of sinister speculations--from antisemitism and anti-Catholicism to UFOs and reptilian humanoids--and their often incendiary outcomes. Rather than simply rehashing the surface eccentricities of such theories, Konda draws from his unprecedented assemblage of conspiratorial writing to crack open the mindsets that lead people toward these self-sealing worlds of denial. What is distinctively American about these theories, he argues, is not simply our country's homegrown obsession with them but their ongoing prevalence and virulence. Konda proves that conspiracy theories are no harmless sideshow. They are instead the dark and secret heart of American political history--one that is poisoning the bloodstream of an increasingly sick body politic.

  • The international handbooks of museum studies / general editors: Sharon Macdonald, Helen Rees Leahy
    AM 5 I565 2015eb

    The International Handbooks of Museum Studies bring together original essays by a global team of experts to provide a state-of-the-art survey of the field of museum studies.

    Offers unprecedented depth of coverage and breadth of scholarship in this interdisciplinary field Accessibly structured into four thematic volumes exploring all aspects of museum theory, practice, controversies, and the impact of new technologies Includes a treasure trove of examples and original case studies Features original essays by an international team, including leading academics and practitioners, as well as up-and-coming names in the field Provides an indispensable resource for the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society

    4 Volumes

    www.museumstudieshandbooks.com


  • Computer-assisted research in the humanities : a directory of scholars active / edited by Joseph Raben
    AS 8 C63 1977
    Computer-Assisted Research in the Humanities describes various computer-assisted research in the humanities and related social sciences. It is a compendium of data collected between November 1966 and May 1972 and published in Computer and the Humanities.
    The book begins with an analysis of language teaching texts including the DOVACK system, a program used for remedial reading instruction. It then discusses the objectives, types of computer used, and status of the Bibliographic On-line Display (BOLD), semiotic systems, augmented human intellect program, automatic indexing, and similar research. The remaining chapters present computer-assisted research on language and literature, philosophy, social sciences, and visual arts.
    Students who seek a single reference work for computer-assisted research in the humanities will find this book useful.

  • Museum documentation systems : developments and applications / edited by Richard B. Light, D. Andrew Roberts, and Jennifer D. Stewart
    AM 139 M77 1986

  • Museum, archive, and library security / Lawrence J. Fennelly
    AM 148 F46 1983

  • Safety in museums and galleries / editor, F. Howie
    AM 148 S34 1987

  • The social museum in the Caribbean : grassroots heritage initiatives and community engagement / Csilla E. Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke
    AM 29 A75 2018eb

  • Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in museums / edited by Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Laura L. Lott
    AM 11 D625 2019eb

  • Inspired by Bakhtin : dialogic methods in the humanities / edited by Matthias Freise
    AZ 186 I57 2018
    In seven essays, this book offers a tour de force through those seven disciplines in the humanities that lately underwent a fundamental transformation. In order to apply "exact" scientific methods, these disciplines turned away from their very subjects-- the understanding of the relationship or a dialogue that underlies the phenomena they are supposed to investigate. The revisionist approach in this book, based on Mikhail Bakhtin's work, traces the search for common and specific grounds of the humanities, beginning with psychologism through hermeneutics and semiotics up to the present state of self-annihilation. As an alternative, the book seeks to define humanities as the examination of relationships, which offers an array of refreshing perspectives on each field discussed.

  • Digital humanities : history and development / Olivier Le Deuff
    AZ 105 L44 2018

    Where do the digital humanities really come from? Are they really news? What are the theoretical and technical influences that participate in this scientific field that arouses interest and questions? This book tries to show and explain the main theories and methods that have allowed their current constitution. The aim of the book is to propose a new way to understand the history of digital humanities in a broader perspective than the classic history with the project of Robert Busa. The short digital humanities perspective neglects lots of actors and disciplines. The book tries to show the importance of other fields than humanities computing like scientometry, infometry, econometry, mathematical linguistics, geography and documentation.


  • 101 museum programs under $100 : proven programs that work on a shoestring budget / Lauren E. Hunley, American Association for State and Local History
    AM 7 H85 2018

    Museums are amazing places doing astonishing things, often with little time and money. How do you create quality museum programming without breaking the bank? This book presents successful programs that have been successfully presented in real museums across the country for under $100. Each program included has been determined to be successful based on: -Program Components, -Budget, -Time Requirements (for both staff and audience), and -Scalability. Program details provided include: -Program highlights and planning strategies, -Categorized programs based on target audience, -Photos of program components and audience participants, and -Program marketing options. Over 50 figures and photographs make this a stellar programming tool your museum will use throughout the year.

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