Call for Papers: 3º Encontro de Humanidades Digitais #3EHD @RedHD

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A RedHD (Red de Humanidades Digitales) abriu uma chamada de artigos para o 3er Encuentro de Humanistas Digitales, a ter lugar nos dias 12 a 14 de Setembro de 2016, no El Colegio de México.

O prazo de submissão é 3 de Abril de 2016 e os tópicos incluem comunicação e publicação científica digital; património e tecnologia; redes como ferramentas de investigação; ensino de humanidades digitais; recursos para projectos de Humanidades, entre outros.

Informação mais detalhada pode ser consultada na página do encontro. Se quiserem adicionar ao vosso calendário as datas de submissão e do encontro podem fazer aqui o download de um ics que criei.

#WednesdayBlog The Public Domain Review #PublicDomain #BlogsIFollow

[Every Wednesday I’ll recommend one of the blogs I follow. Yes, I still follow the best of the best using a feed reader. You’ll be able to check the list @ this blog’s header.]

http://publicdomainreview.org

Click the picture to go to the book website
Click the picture to go to the book website

 

The Public Domain Review is one of my favourite blogs. They create and curate collections of books, films, audio and others that are in public domain, providing the context of the work. They also have essays related with chosen public domain works. Last year, they published a (wonderful) book with some of those essays. The Public Domain Review is a project from the Open Knowledge Foundation. If you can, give them your support.

Just in Time Tourist: Coimbra e Aveiro apresentadas este fim-de-semana

[This post is in Portuguese because it’s about the launch of two JiTT mobile apps for Portuguese cities. If you want to know more about JiTT for other cities around the world, click here.]

A Turismo Centro de Portugal vai fazer o lançamento, numa apresentação pública este Domingo, do guia Just in Time Tourist (JiTT) das cidades de Coimbra e Aveiro.

A apresentação em Aveiro vai decorrer no Fórum, às 17h30 e em Coimbra, às 19h no Museu Municipal/Edifício Chiado. Vão estar presentes o Presidente da Turismo Centro de Portugal, Pedro Machado; o Presidente da Câmara Municipal; o CEO da iClio, Alexandre Pinto; o CEO da PRIMELAYER, Paulo Caridade; e Rui Unas, a voz portuguesa dos guias JiTT.

A JiTT conseguiu impor-se como city guide de referência devido, entre outras, a uma característica fundamental: foi criada a pensar no utilizador.

Isto é visível no facto da aplicação permitir que a tecnologia se adapte ao utilizador em vez de forçar o utilizador a adaptar-se à tecnologia, como a maior parte dos guias móveis.

Qualquer que seja o ponto da cidade onde nos encontremos, basta inserir na JiTT quanto tempo temos, se queremos voltar ao local onde estamos e se queremos ver interiores ou apenas exteriores. A partir daqui a aplicação desenha automaticamente um percurso pelos locais mais interessantes, baseado nas nossas condições e tendo em conta os transportes e os horários dos locais a visitar (se for o caso). Isto faz com que a JiTT seja não só uma app essencial para o turista, mas também para as pessoas que viajam em trabalho ou que viajam para irem a uma conferência, a um concerto ou a um espectáculo. Nestas alturas, temos sempre algumas horas até à reunião seguinte, até o evento começar ou até ao vôo de regresso, que podem ser aproveitadas, sem necessidade de planeamento prévio, para conhecer uma parte da cultura e património da cidade para onde viajámos.

Um outro ponto onde se nota a importância dada pela iClio ao smart traveller reside nos conteúdos da aplicação.

Apesar das oportunidades que a abundância de conteúdos nos dá, esta mesma abundância gera um problema: não conseguimos ler tudo, não podemos visitar tudo, não conseguimos testar todas as aplicações, não temos tempo para analisar e escolher tudo em todas os níveis da nossa vida. Precisamos de especialistas em quem confiar, para fazerem a curation que nós não conseguimos. A iClio é uma empresa criada por historiadores, peritos em storytelling, e os conteúdos da JiTT são criados especificamente para a aplicação por uma equipa de especialistas em história, cultura e património, com uma exigente preocupação com o rigor, mas também com o tipo de utilizador da app. Como exemplo, os conteúdos da app sobre uma mesma cidade disponibilizada no mercado asiático são diferentes dos conteúdos da app disponibilizada no mercado europeu. Isto porque um asiático e um europeu têm referências culturais completamente diferentes e portanto a forma de contar, explicar e seleccionar pontos de interesse tem de ser também ela diferente.

A iClio tem disponibilizado no seu canal do Youtube snippets de áudio do JiTT e que podem ouvir aqui.

#MobileApp of the Week: JiTT, Your Personal Tour Guide to #Heritage (#Creativity #Innovation #EuroMACHS)

If you travel for business, you probably already experienced those situations where you have a free hour (or more), because you are waiting for the next meeting, because the meeting ended sooner or you need to wait to get your flight. And you probably already thought (as I did) that it would be great if you could know what is around you worth seeing or visiting.

Even if you travel for leisure, and you got your trip planned, you would probably like to know if there something interesting to see around the place you planned to visit. Or maybe you don’t like too much planning when traveling 🙂

Either way, you’ll need Just in Time Tourist (JiTT). Download the app at home, before traveling, or through Wi-Fi (the app is large because once abroad you’ll not need any Internet).

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After that, just open up JiTT, tell it how much time do you have, if you want to return to the place you are or not and if you want to visit only exteriors, interiors or both, put your headphones on and let JiTT guide you through the city. JiTT designs a route taking into account the info you gave it, the opening hours of the places (if you choose interiors) and the public transportation, if you need it.

All of this is done through audio. You can still listen to your music because when arriving at the locations, JiTT will stop the music and will start to tell you all about the place you’re seeing.

The best feature of JiTT is that the content is carefully crafted by Historians, so you can be sure of its high quality and accuracy.

The apps are created by iClio, a company created by former EuroMACHS‘ students, with the aim of meeting the growing demand for high quality content by creating products which provide a gratifying experience tuned to the capabilities of new devices and media channels.

You can find JiTT for Android and iOS in its beautiful website. Right now, there are guides for Barcelona, London, Rome and Paris, in several languages, but more cities are on the way. Already considered one of the best touristic guides for smartphones, JiTT is the new investment from Portugal Ventures.

So, if you’re traveling don’t forget to take JiTT with you. You’ll never know when you’ll have a couple of hours that can turn your (business) trip into an unforgettable experience…

Applications Open for EuroMACHS International Master Degree #Creativity #Heritage #Innovation #New Media

EuroMACHS master degree was created to deal with the demand for a new type of heritage professional:

First cycle graduates in Humanites that wish to develop a versatile combination of knowledge, skills and competences that will allow them to communicate both with content specialists and technological experts to create, design, plan and manage effectively complex projects for the multimedia industry, cultural institutions and governmental agencies.

EuroMACHS is a joint international Master Degree in European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society, between the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, the University of Salento in Italy, the University of Turku in Finland and the University of Graz in Austria. Each of these universities bring to EuroMACHS their expertise, either through the common online seminar or through the students exchange.

The students complete the first semester in their university of enrollment. In the second semester, they can go to one of the other universities, depending on their own research interests. Thus, if your are interested in:

  • Computer games and multimedia products based on historical content, you’ll probably choose Coimbra;
  • Geographic information systems applied to History and Heritage, you’ll prefer to choose Salento;
  • E-leaning on the fields of Heritage and History, Heritage and Digital Culture, then you’ll want to go to Turku;
  • Historical information and documentation science, your choice will be Graz.

You can check the several classes and optional paths in this page.

In the last two semesters, students return to their universities of enrollment to write their theses. During this last year, students can also have the opportunity to make an internship. This will allow the student to gain a more insightful view of the professional context.

EuroMACHS is committed to prepare the students for the working context. At University of Coimbra, during the second semester, students have a project management’s class, where they will be part of the process of the creation of a digital product related with heritage. This can be a mobile app, a film, a 3D digital reconstruction, a series of podcasts, etc.

EuroMACHS has been cited as an example of creativity and innovation, by the European Commission, and as an example of best practices, by EPOCH, a network of excellence in open cultural heritage.

Furthermore, the master had already a spin-off: iClio, a company dedicated to the creation and publication of content related to History, Heritage and Culture, was created by former EuroMACHS’ students.

If you want to be part of EuroMACHS, you can apply through University of Coimbra until 30th of April.
Portuguese students can follow the steps here.
International students should click here, register on the website, choose 2nd Cycle, Organic Unit: Faculty of Humanities,Master Degree on European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society.

Questions and guidance can be asked through email (euromachs@fl.uc.pt), Facebook or Twitter.