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.
The NCSU Libraries has chosen five cohort institutions as part of a $414,000 “Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces” grant that the University was awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in May.
I'm Mike Nutt, the lead principal investigator for this “Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces” grant. Or, as we like to call it, the Immersive Scholar project.
One of the key problems that our Visualizing Digital Scholarship grant seeks to address is that there is an "absence of a community of practice of scholars and librarians who work in large-scale multimedia prevents visually immersive scholarly work from entering the research lifecycle." While this will be a problem that we continue to tackle over the three years of the grant's activities, there are two things we're going to do right out of the gate to grow that community: