Thursday, January 22, 2009

Transcript available: OpenSim Discussion in SL

Hi. I've just finished summarizing and cleaning up the transcript of yesterday's very interesting discussion about OpenSim, open source software being developed to enable creation of 3D virtual worlds. The discussion took place on the Digital Library Federation's (DLF) Second Life island, Entropia, and was led by Noah Wittman, UC Berkeley. Among the audience members were two people from Linden Labs, the group that runs Second Life: Pathfinder Linden and Tess Linden.

You are welcome to read and comment on the summary and transcript, posted on the DLF wiki:

Instructions for viewing: Transcript: OpenSim Discussion – 21 Jan 2009

1. Log on to the DLF wiki using the key: Entrop1a
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Show All Pages,” the 2d link in the “Wiki Information” column
3. Click on the link for “Transcript: OpenSim Discussion – 21 Jan 2009”
4. If the page is blank, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Enable Scripts” in the “Page Information” column

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Informal Discussion: OpenSim 1/21 10-11 am SLT/PST

This message is being cross-posted to a number of lists. Apologies for any duplication.

You’re invited to an informal discussion about OpenSim and ideas for future cross-institutional collaborations regarding virtual worlds.

Noah Wittman, UC Berkeley, co-founder and Program Manager of Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI), has worked on Okapi island, a Second Life reproduction of a Turkish archaeological site. Noah will lead off by briefly outlining his interest in these topics.

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 21st, 10 am – 11 am SLT/PST

Location: Entropia, the Digital Library Federation’s (DLF) Second Life island

Click on this SLURL to log in and teleport directly to Entropia:

You must have an SL account in order to participate. Basic SL accounts are free:

No need to rsvp, but if you have questions, please contact me directly at

Look forward to seeing you there!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Digital Humanities Manifesto

Just received from Dave Shepard, UCLA grad student in digital humanities...

The Digital Humanities Manifesto that we have been discussing in the Mellon Seminar has now been published on our WordPress blog at, and is now open and ready for comments. This software allows you to comment on each paragraph in the manifesto, so you will be able to focus your comments on the appropriate section--for example, to add new departments to the new departments for the Humanities Division section. To join the blog, click on one of the links in the "comments overview" window in the middle of the screen, and then click on "Create an Account."

We look forward to your comments and suggestions on all aspects of the manifesto. This is intended to be, as Todd and Jeffrey have said, a collaboratively-authored document, so our joint authorship is an integral part of the process.


Monday, January 12, 2009

CARLDIG Meeting Friday 1/16

The next CARLDIG-S meeting will take place this Friday (1/16), 10:00-12:00 at the CSU Long Beach Library, room 409 (4th floor of the library). Everyone is welcome to join the meeting.

For driving directions see:

The visitors' information kiosk is off of the Bellflower entrance to campus. You can park in lots 5, 6
or 7. Lot 6 is the closest to the library, but the other two aren't far at all. I believe parking costs $4.00.

Hope to see you there,
Billy Pashaie

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Just posted to the CARL (California Academic and Research Libraries) List...

Dear DIAL Members and Friends:

The next DIAL-SOUTH meeting is Friday February 6th 2009 11am-1pm at the University of California Santa Barbara Davidson Library Mary Cheadle Room 3rd floor.
The agenda will be sent during the following weeks. For those interested, we will have a library tour after the meeting.

Information about location and parking is included below.

Chimene Tucker

Elnora Tayag


Diversity in Academic Libraries Interest group: DIAL-South

California Research and Academic Libraries

Please see maps for parking lot and library location. at

Take the 101 Freeway North to Airport/UCSB exit Highway 217 (approximately eight miles north of Santa Barbara to the campus East Gate) Turn right onto Mesa Road.
Turn left onto Ocean Road follow signs to Parking lot 27

Parking is $8 all day cash, Debit or Credit Cards

_*Take Amtrak to the Goleta Station
Contact one of the taxi companies for a ride to campus (a 10 minute ride
Santa Barbara Airport Cab 805-895-2422
American Cab 805-689-0683

Friday, January 2, 2009

Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities 1/5, 2-5pm SLT/PST

Reminder! The next Mellon Seminar will be held at UCLA in person and also simulcast into Second Life on Entropia, the Digital Library Federation's SL island. You must have an SL account to participate on Entropia. Basic SL accounts are free: Please email Esther Grassian if you would like to attend via SL, so that you can receive a document with the slurl (Second Life url), as well as instructions for viewing the live video feed and adjusting the audio in SL. See below for more information.

From: David Shepard
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 17:34:20 -0800
Subject: Fwd: UCLA Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities (Winter 2009): Jan. 5th

Dear colleagues,

Happy New Year! I wanted to remind you that our first Mellon seminar in Digital Humanities for 2009 will be this coming Monday, January 5th, with Professor Johanna Drucker. The seminar meets from 2-5 PM in 5628 Math and Sciences, the Visualization Portal. To find the portal, enter the Math and Sciences Building from the east side (which puts you on the fifth floor) and follow the signs. The monthly seminars are open to graduate students, faculty, and the general public. Participants outside of UCLA can also join us at Entropia in Second Life.

"What is(n't) Digital Humanities?" (co-organized by Jeffrey Schnapp and Todd Presner)

All future seminars meet in the Visualization Portal from 2-5 pm on the following dates:

Jan. 5th: Johanna Drucker on Post-Print: Humanities Tools in Digital Contexts

Feb. 2nd: Tara McPherson on Digital Scholarship and New Media Publication

Mar 9th (note new date): Michael Shanks and Scott Ruston on Mobile Media, Humanities 2.0

April 6th: Peter Lunenfeld on Designing New Media Studies

May 4th: Lynn Hershman and Jeffrey Schnapp on the Animated Archive and Virtual Worlds

June 1st: Digital Humanities Symposium with Kate Hayles (keynote address)

Readings and web-links are available online:

Please feel free to forward this email and the attached flyer to anyone who you think may be interested in the seminar.

Many thanks,

Todd Presner