Projects

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For a list of featured archival projects developed at the GC, please see the list of Featured Projects.

Projects at the GC
Title Creator Description Platform/Tools
CUNY Digital History Archive American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning The CDHA is an open, participatory digital public archive and portal that gives the CUNY community and the broader public online access to a range of archival materials related to the history of the City University of New York. Wordpress
Zine Union Catalog Jenna Freedman and Lauren Kehoe (MDH) ZineCat is the home of a union catalog (aggregated catalogs) dedicated to zines. ZUC facilitates researchers' discovery of zine holdings by searching a single catalog search interface, and helps catalogers copy records and facilitates the lending of materials between libraries. Collective Access Digital Assets Manager. WordPress for the blog. MARCedit is useful for transforming MARC records. xZINECOREx metadata schema for harmonizing disparate catalogs.
Community Control Digital Archive Stephen Brier (Professor of Urban Education) The Community Control Digital Archive (CCDA) is a publicly accessible, participatory archive that provides students, teachers, researchers and community members open access to a range of digital materials, including text documents, photographs, and oral history interviews with full transcriptions that took place in New York City in the late 1960s. Wordpress through CUNY Academic Commons
Bridging Historias through Latino History and Culture: An NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project Pennee Bender (ASHP/CML) A cooperative agreement for a two-and-a-half-year faculty and curriculum development project on Latino/a history for forty-two community college faculty and academic administrators in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and eastern Pennsylvania. The project includes seminars on Latino/a history from the colonial period to the present, online reading discussion and mentoring and a closing conference. n/a
VHS Archives Alexandra Juhasz (ITP Faculty), Media Ecology Project, XFR Collective The VHS Archives Working Group brings together scholars, students, librarians, archivists, technologists and community members interested in discussing questions, concerns and best practices about the use, preservation, digitization, and research of VHS collections currently held by organizations, scholars, artists, and activists. n/a
The Aids Poster Archive Adrienne Klein (Director of Special Projects at the Graduate Center) The AIDS Poster Archive is a crowd-sourced visual record of the HIV / AIDS –related posters and billboards that appear in locations around the world. Wordpress
Building a Virtual Museum: Creating an Online Database of 3D Primate Postcranial Models Justin Gladman (Anthropology) This project aims to help establish an online database of 3D models of fossil and living primate postcranial bones produced using laser digitizations or high resolution MicroCT scans that will serve as a virtual museum for comparative studies and education. n/a
Mapping Mythology: A Digital Archive of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art (Manhattan Architectural Sculpture and Relief Field Survey) Jared Simard (Classics) This is a digital collection of classical mythology in art, mapping mythological artwork onto the contemporary urban environment. This project will not only reveal hidden gems in city architecture and sculpture, but also seeks to connect the artwork to its given context in the larger history of classical reception in America. Omeka with Neatline
“Everything On Paper Will Be Used Against Me”: A Computational Analysis of Henry A. Kissinger’s Vietnam-Era Correspondence Micki Kaufman (History) This project is an application of ‘big data’ computational techniques to research the Digital National Security Archive (DNSA)’s recently released Kissinger Collections, more than 2 gigabytes of text comprising 17,000 meeting memoranda and transcripts during the period 1969-1977 Gephi, R, Antconc, MALLET.
Genoa: A Telling of Wonders, Annotated Edition Tayt Harlin (English) The project is a digitally annotated version of Paul Metcalf’s Genoa, a novel comprised largely of clips from disparate sources, including Herman Melville’s novels, Christopher Columbus’s diary, and L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetic. It is archived Metcalf’s papers for the New York Public Library’s Berg Collection. n/a
Futures Past Archive Patrick Smyth (English) and Hannah Aizenman (Computer Science) The Futures Past Archive creates a tagged and indexed database of science fiction works. This database, designed for researchers, teachers, and students of science fiction, will provide additional difficult-to-find information such as the cultural background of the author and the technologies depicted in the work. Bootstrap and frontend web development
CUNY Syllabus Project Laura W. Kane (Philosophy) and Andrew G. McKinney (Sociology) The CUNY Syllabus project’s goal is to collect, archive, and visualize syllabi from courses taught in the CUNY system in order to surface patterns within and across disciplines, creating a robust resource for use by novice and master teachers alike. Built on the CUNY Academic Commons, uses visualization tools
Torreon, Mexican boomtown: A historical geography of Porfirian Mexico Hector Agredano (Earth and Environmental Science) Torreon, Mexican boomtown: A historical geography of Porfirian Mexico aims to build a historical geographic information systems (HGIS) database composed of archival materials from local archives housed in Mexico. This multimedia environment hopes to become a hub for database sharing between different researchers working with HGIS and to share the project’s database. n/a
The Walden Soundscape Christina Katopodis (English) The Walden Soundscape project shares the sounds at Walden Pond in Concord, MA with any interested reader of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden in the form of a sonically and visually immersive website experience. This project is part of my dissertation on the impact of sound and sonic vibrations on the American Transcendentalists, who were interested in maintaining harmony with nature (in a musical sense of active, reciprocal participation). Wordpress, Soundcloud, recording software, Zoom H5 four-track recorder
The Philip C. Van Buskirk Archive Matthew Knip (English) My project digitizes and makes freely and publicly available the first years of the unpublished diaries of Philip C. Van Buskirk, which historian B. R. Burg suggests represent the “the most extensive record of introspection ever kept by an American," housed today in the Special Collections of the University of Washington Libraries, available via interlibrary loan. Built using the CUNY Academic Commons
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