DSD 2018


Digital Scholarship Day is a celebration of innovative technologies and methods

used by Wellesley College faculty, staff, and students.

Please join us Tuesday, March 6th, 2018!

Library Lecture Room 

Pendleton Atrium

10 - 11AM: Mapping Panel

Peace, Maps, and Understanding: A Participatory GIS Approach to Protecting Tranquility in the English Countryside
Sage Wentzell-Brehme 
During my gap year I worked as a research assistant on a participatory GIS study of visitor perceptions of tranquility within North York Moors National Park. The United Kingdom is a densely populated nation, and its parks are mandated to protect and preserve quiet, unspoiled places which are threatened by growth and development. Our study used surveys, interview, and sketch mapping exercises to deepen understanding of tranquil spaces within the park and was used to create a map of tranquility within the park that will be used by park planners and resource managers to help inform long term goals and decisions.

Mapping Religious Change in Revolutionary America
Stephen Marini (Religion)
Using church records and other archival sources, we tracked religious growth and change in America during the Revolutionary Era (1740-1790). We have mapped out not just the growing number of congregations during, but also the emergence and take over of Methodist and Baptist church leaders.

Humanitarian Mapping after Hurricane Maria
Sarah Hoskins (LTS)
Beginning shortly after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team has enabled novice and expert map users around the world to participate in humanitarian efforts in the wake of natural disaster. After hurricanes Irma and Maria in the fall of 2017, over 6,000 volunteer mappers around the globe used pre-hurricane satellite imagery to trace the outlines of buildings and roads that were destroyed or obstructed during the hurricanes. Aid workers used the maps to find people and deliver supplies. This presentation will discuss the development of humanitarian mapping, how it works, how the maps are used and how you can contribute. 

11 - 11:30AM: ArcGIS Online Workshop 

ArcGIS Online is an easy to use, browser-based version of ArcMap. In this workshop, we will go over adding layers, stylizing data and running basic analysis functions. ArcGIS online allows you to bring the power of ArcMap onto any computer - it is a perfect classroom tool!

3:30 - 4:30PM: Interactive Digital Scholarship Showcase

4:30 - 5:30PM: "Ethics & Digital Scholarship": a faculty panel

Digital Scholarship has reshaped educational methods and created new pedagogical opportunities. As this scholarly practice grows, we need to consider how our evolving academic practices affect scholars, students, and subjects. A panel of four Wellesley digital scholars will discuss the ethics of digital scholarship, including topics of consent, labor, cultural appropriation and sensitivity, empathy, accessibility, and representation. There will be time for Q&A following short talks given by the faculty panelists.

Invited speakers:

  • Erich Hatala Matthes (Philosophy)
  • Julie Walsh (Philosophy)
  • Justin Armstrong (Writing & Anthropology)
  • Bryan Burns (Classics)

Want to see last year's talks? Click here.