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Syracuse University partners to host Global Game Jam, January 20 – 22 in Bird Library

January 11th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

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Syracuse University’s Bird Library will serve as a location for Global Game Jam® (#SUGGJ17), the world’s largest game jam (game creation) event, taking place on the weekend of January 20-22, 2017. University and community members are invited to collaborate, create, and present new game ideas to the global community. Participants will generate ideas for digital and analog games, pitch those ideas to one another, and form teams to work on a project, all in the course of a single weekend. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. Registration and details are available at http://gamejam.syr.edu/.

#SUGGJ17 begins Friday, January 20 at 4 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad on the first floor of Bird Library, which is serving as the hospitality site. The kick-off will include a short video keynote at 5 p.m. and the announcement of this year’s theme. All sites worldwide are then challenged to create games based on that theme, to be completed over the weekend. In last year’s jam, over 600 locations in 93 countries created 6,866 games. Syracuse University game presentations will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Bird Library.

Jammers who are interested in games—whether video, mobile, web-based, iOS/Android, board, card, tabletop, or other types– are invited to attend, and compete to design innovative game concepts over a fun and food-fueled weekend. No coding or game design skills are required to participate and the event is open to those from all levels of experience from absolute beginner to seasoned developer.

Event hours will be Friday, January 20 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, January 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Development software and other tools like 3D printing will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and other development devices.

There is a nominal registration fee of $10, which includes a t-shirt (while supplies last.) Seating is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early. Jammers must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

#SUGGJ17 is being organized and coordinated by Syracuse University’s Games Studies Research Group and brings together two new SU Libraries programs, the Digital Scholarship Space (DSS) and the Blackstone LaunchPad.

The DSS is a pilot project by Syracuse University ITS that provides students and faculty with access to a variety of technologies for software design, gaming, data visualization, digital humanities projects, and digital mapping. DSS is located in Bird Library to better reach and serve its audiences of students and scholars and has already been used by instructors and students for courses in multiple departments. It features a computer lab to facilitate the development of interactive, immersive, and mobile applications, projects, and games on emerging technologies and systems, including virtual, mixed, and augmented reality platforms.

The Blackstone LaunchPad, located on the first floor of Bird Library, is an experiential learning service center that places entrepreneurship at the center of academic life and connects Syracuse University’s innovation ecosystem with a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs. Supported through seed funding from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, the LaunchPad offers one-stop connections to the university’s robust network of entrepreneurial resources, programs, and activities, along with specialized applications, tools, and training to help get startups off the ground and scale.  It can be used for ideation workshops, team and mentor meetings, co-working, networking events, coaching and training sessions, venture demos, and product launches, as well as other collaborative activities.

#SUGGJ17 is sponsored by the Computer Art and Animation program in the Department of Transmedia (VPA), the Department of English (CAS), the iSchool, SU ITS, and the Syracuse University Libraries.

“The Game Studies group has hosted the SU site for the GGJ several times before, and there have been some brilliant games made by teams which included folks with no game development experience,” says  assistant professor of English Chris Hanson, who has used the DSS to teach ETS 444: Theories of Game Studies. “The GGJ is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to try out making a game. If you like playing games, you will love making them!”

Learn more about the event and register at http://gamejam.syr.edu/.  More information about the global activities can be found at http://globalgamejam.org/

 

HathiTrust Research Center releases Extracted Features Dataset

December 12th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

hathitrustHathiTrust has announced the release of a significantly expanded open dataset, HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) Extracted Features (EF) Dataset, Version 1.0. This dataset provides researchers with open access to data from the full text of the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL), representing 13.7 million volumes, over 5 billion pages, and consisting of over 2 trillion tokens (words). Syracuse University Libraries hold an institutional membership in the HathiTrust partnership.

The Extracted Features Dataset opens the complete HathiTrust collection for investigations into historical and cultural trends, the rise and fall of topics within the corpus, and the evolution of words and writing structures in publications dating from the 16th to the late 20th century. The EF Dataset provides quantitative information about word and line counts, parts of speech, and other details within each page of every volume in the HTDL. In addition to these larger-scale investigations, the EF Dataset also allows researchers to closely analyze the contents of a given volume or subset of volumes.

A preliminary release of the EF Dataset, drawn from a smaller subset comprising only HathiTrust’s public domain collection, has already enabled novel research by scholars in economics, history, linguistics, literary studies, and sociology, among other fields.

“We launched the HathiTrust Research Center to help researchers fully mine the entire collection of texts found in HathiTrust,” said Michael Furlough, HathiTrust’s executive director. “This release provides a novel and effective way to do so by generating relevant data from the entire corpus.”

Founded in 2008 and hosted at the University of Michigan, HathiTrust preserves and provides access to millions of digitized books and journals from the collections of more than 120 institutional partners via its certified trusted digital repository. This searchable archive of published literature from around the world includes both in-copyright and public domain materials from mass digitization programs and partners’ local digitization initiatives.

The HathiTrust Research Center is an advanced research service of HathiTrust, launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois. The Research Center team strives to meet the technical challenges that researchers face when dealing with massive amounts of digital text by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

For more information about the Extracted Features Dataset and access to it, go to https://analytics.hathitrust.org/datasets. The HTRC EF Dataset is released under a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

Questions? Please contact htrc-help@hathitrust.org.

Patrick Williams receives Libraries’ Distinguished Service Award

December 2nd, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

patrick-1Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, was selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Service Award by the Syracuse University Libraries Assembly (SULA). This award represents recognition by Patrick’s peers for significant contributions to Syracuse University Libraries and the Syracuse University community.

Throughout his time with Syracuse University Libraries, Patrick’s dedication, hard work, unfailing collegiality, and consistently positive representation of what the Libraries have to offer have enriched intellectual life on campus and beyond. Of special note is his commitment to, and enthusiasm for, sharing the Libraries’ remarkable resources to engage and inspire students, as well as his collaborations within the Libraries, across campus, and in the greater digital humanities community.

In addition to being actively involved in the field of librarianship through his own publications, Patrick works regularly with high school students across New York State in Project Advance, and with undergraduate and graduate students through instructional classes and experiential learning. He is also an indispensable resource for faculty in their teaching and research, with one supporter stating, “His work to help me feel included in the creative and scholarly work happening on campus, and his interest in my teaching and creative work, have stood out among all of my encounters with various other faculty, staff, and administrators at the University. Patrick has a gift for bringing people together around exciting intellectual opportunities.”

Members of the selection panel for 2016 were Nicolette A. Dobrowolski (chair), Suzanne Preate, Lisa Brigandi, Sarah Allis, and Kristin K. Neri. Patrick received a gift and a certificate of appreciation. His name was added to the engraved list of recipients that appears on a plaque on the 1st floor of Bird Library.

Carnegie Library to open 24/7 during reading days and finals

December 2nd, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

Carnegie Library Reading Room Interior Students StudyingTo meet student needs for silent study space, the SU Libraries will open the Carnegie Library Reading Room 24/7 during reading days and the final exam period — Friday, December 9 through Thursday, December 15.

The extended hours, which will use a combination of library staff and DPS officers, will correspond with Bird Library’s extended hours, which normally operates on a 24-hour schedule.

Carnegie Library will return to normal hours on Friday, December 16.

Note: the Libraries permits beverages in secure travel mugs in the Reading Room. No other form of drinks or food will be allowed in any Carnegie Library space.

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New resources added to Libraries’ collections

November 30th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

The Libraries have added the following three resources to its collections:

SAGE Research Methods Cases, more than 500 specially commissioned case studies of social research projects that highlight project design and methods application. They demonstrate the obstacles and choices researchers face when their project moves from paper to the often messy real world of test subjects.

Pidgeon Digital provides access to talks (shown as online presentations) by key architects and designers. Notable speakers, both past and present, who continue to have a lasting influence include: Cedric Price, Denys Lasdun, Felix Candela, Frank Newby, James Stirling, Konrad Wachsmann, Maxwell Fry, Norman Foster, Peter Rice, Philip Johnson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Richard Rogers, Serge Chermayeff, Ted Happold, and Zaha Hadid.

SHELDUS, Special Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States, is a data set providing county-level information about natural hazard events, such thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, flash floods, heavy rainfall, etc., from 1960 to present. Compiled by the Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina, the database contains the date of an event, affected location (county and state), and the direct losses caused by the event (property and crop losses, injuries, and fatalities). Please note that only aggregate data is part of the subscription. For additional information, see the product FAQ.

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggestion a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form.