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Digital Fabrication and the Database

Digital Fabrication and the Database

Just another quick announcement for the next installment in the "What does digital scholarship do?" HASTAC Scholars series at the University of Washington:

On Monday, March 8th at 3:30 p.m, Meghan Trainor (Center for Digital Art & Experimental Media (DXARTS)) will be facilitating our next meeting, on "Digital Fabrication and the Database: 3D Printing Metadata Models in Digital Research," which is open to the public at the Simpson Center for the Humanities.  Below is a description of what to expect, and here is the flier (in PNG).  Looking forward!

The Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (KMODDL) is an online resource for learning and teaching about kinematics and the history and theory of machines.  Their database includes a collection of mechanical models and related metadata, including models that can be downloaded and fabricated by scholars.

What impact does the availability of information that can be used to fabricate physical objects have on digital scholarship? In this informal talk I will begin with an overview of 3D printing technology and current resources like KMODDL as well as my own hypothesis on the trajectory of metadata fabrication in humanities research.  We will examine best practices and how different academic disciplines might design, use and share metadata models.

If you are not on the UW campus on the 8th, then check back at for a review of our conversation.  I'll post a follow-up.

Check out the first three installments of the series, too!: "Evaluating Digital Scholarship," "Queer/ing/s Online" and "Designing Discoverability." Our fifth installment will occur on April 13th.  More soon!


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