The Immersive Scholar program arose from the proliferation of "large-scale and immersive visualization environments" in academic contexts. But what exactly is an "immersive visualization environment"? And what is its typical use case?
While many of these spaces share strengths and challenges, there is also significant variation from site to site. The following is a quick profile of the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) at Brown University Library.
The DSL was opened in the fall of 2012. It is a medium-sized room largely dominated by the 16x9 foot display wall located oppose the entrance door.
By: William H. Mischo, Mary C. Schlembach, and Saajan Dehury
Having watched with not a little envy as other institutions developed and deployed large-scale visualization environments and projects (see other posts on this site!), Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries found itself in 2016 and early 2017 starting to think hard about thinking about the particular needs of the VCU community for support with visualization technologies. We had some visualization technologies and tools but had not yet developed a formalized program.
The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) and the Center for Network Science (CNS), both units at Indiana University (IU), are proud to be a partner on the Immersive Scholar project. The AVL is the premier support unit for visualization-related activities at IU. Its mission is to promote the innovative application of visual technologies that enhance the University’s research, education, creative, and community engagement activities. It targets to enable and empower the IU community and supports all departments across 2 major research campuses and 6 smaller regional campuses. The Lab provides free access to a wide range of systems including, but not limited to:
By Markus Wust
Welcome back to the Immersive Scholar blog!
By Chris Hoffman
UC Berkeley has recently embraced immersive visualization in the classroom, in research, and for public engagement. While this extends across all campus disciplines and a number of technologies, a growing community is using photogrammetry to develop 3D visualizations of objects and places, both as digital documentation to answer new questions inextricably linked to materiality. Dr. Rite Lucarelli, an Egyptologist in the Near Eastern Studies department, uses 3D models of sacrophagi to examine the interconnection between magic, science, and religion in ancient Egypt and in antiquity by focusing on magical texts belonging to the corpus of "Book of the Dead" and other related magical compositions on material items in their cultural contexts.
Over the last few years, display walls have garnered significant interest in the library community as visible investments towards a digital, collaborative, visual approach to academic endeavors. As some observers have noted, display walls have been around a while in the academic context, and more are being installed all the time.
Brown University Library was early to the display wall scene, opening the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab (with its 16×7 foot display wall) in late 2012:
Last week, Mike Nutt, lead PI, and myself, Shelby Hallman, project manager, boldly went where no NCSU librarian has gone before -- to THE CAAV annual conference! The Higher Education Campus Alliance for Advanced Visualization, or THE CAAV for short, is a non-profit organization focusing on issues and discussion within the realm of immersive and advanced visualization. THE CAAV is a newer organization, established in 2015, with 168 current members. The members represent a range of roles and types of advanced scientific visualization labs, including academic labs and national labs.