Category Archives: Events

Library Bridge

This fall, the Knight Foundation issued an open call for ideas in the form of a new News Challenge. (In 2011, metaLAB and Media and Place Productions were lucky enough to win such a challenge in support of development of Zeega.) The foundation is seeking an answer to the question: how might we leverage libraries as […]

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A Week of Berkman

Our home at the university is the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. It’s a remarkable place, and although its motto is clear—”exploring cyberspace, sharing in its study, and pioneering its development”—the community that comes together here is difficult to boil down to tweet length. It includes makers, thinkers, doers, and dreamers—folks who mash-up and […]

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openLab Recap

This past Wednesday, metaLab hosted its Spring openLab at the multi-tiered Arts@29 Garden space to demonstrate the progress and interconnection of projects underway by the core metaLab team, students, and affiliates The upcoming metaLABprojects publications were out for preview. Core provocations from one, The Library Beyond the Book, were remixed in a derivative playable card […]

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Anniversary Edition: metaLAB reflects, celebrates, and looks forward

Two-year Anniversary Gathering from metaLAB(at)Harvard on Vimeo. Two years ago, the Berkman Center’s John Palfrey moderated a presentation entitled “Digital Humanities 2.0,” in which a slew of leaders and innovators—Peter Lunenfeld, Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Todd Presner and metaLAB’s founding director, Jeffrey Schnapp—joined a conversation about emerging paradigms in the arts and humanities in the […]

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Opportunities and Challenges of Participatory Digital Archives

metaLAB/Zeega will be well represented this week at the Reischauer Institute’s conference on participatory archives. Jesse Shapins will be presenting the Japan Digital Archive project and Jeffrey Schnapp will speak more broadly about the animation of archives. OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF PARTICIPATORY DIGITAL ARCHIVES: Lessons from the March 11, 2011 Great Eastern Japan Disaster January […]

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Library Hacking with the DPLA: Megacollections, Visual Search, and the Ecology of Metadata

Last week, Matthew Battles and I joined a group of literary hackers, digital humanists, media designers, and veteran librarians at the DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) appfest on the sprawling top floor of Chattanooga’s brutalist-era public library. We wrangled with library metadata all day, seeking new modes of engagement with unwieldy media collections integrated […]

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openLAB_Summer August 9, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us for a night showcasing metaLAB’s summer projects and propositions, experiments and explorations. Featuring: + Digital Ecologies + Feral Copyright + Library Observatory + Paper Machines openLAB is a platform for experimentation and innovation. Migrating from site to site, ranging from local galleries to public spaces to Harvard […]

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Feral Copyright Roundtables!

This summer, metaLAB has started to explore what people talk about when they talk about copyright. Working with colleagues at the Berkman Center, we’re charting the vast territory between the law, the courts, and the challenges people face in the world when they decide how to make, share, and consume art and ideas online—and beyond. […]

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Beta Release of the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters: One Week

For over a year metaLAB and Zeega have been two of many partners in and outside of Japan working with Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) to build the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters. Other partners in this effort, each with their own complementary projects centered on the unprecedented cascade of disasters of March […]

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Getting practical about story and argument in multimedia

Sheltering from last Friday’s withering heat, a group of scholars, journalists, and technologists gathered in the conference room at the Berkman Center for a day of collaborative brainstorming and problem-solving around the work of telling stories and making rigorous, academically-persuasive arguments in multimedia. Rather than beginning with theory, the group focused its energies on a […]

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