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J. Stephen Downie
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. J. Stephen Downie is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School
of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is Director International Music Information
Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL). Professor Downie is
Principal Investigator on the Networked Environment for Music Analysis
(NEMA) and the Music-to-Knowledge (M2K) music data-mining
projects. He has been very active in the establishment of the Music
Information Retrieval and Music Digital Library communities through his
ongoing work with the ISMIR series of MIR conferences as a member of the
ISMIR steering committee.

Fields of Interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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Patti O’Shea
Executive Director IT
UChicago Press

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Collaborative Technologies

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Tom Knab
CIO
College of Arts and Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
http://artsci.case.edu/bakernord/doku.php

I’m interested in working with people developing and implementing the best tools and approaches for supporting digital humanities for research, collaboration and teaching. I have particular interest in networked tools for collaboration and communication. The faculty, students and other scholars associated with our Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University are using some digital tools and resources, and would like to engage with the burgeoning national digital humanities community.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, GIS/Mapping, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Modelling/Simulations, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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Clovis Gladstone
Ph.D. candidate
Romance Languages and Literatures
University of Chicago

Fields of Interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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Matthew Bouchard
MA Student
Humanities Computing
University of Alberta

Fields of Interest: Imaging/Visualization, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Augmented Reality, Collaborative Technologies

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Catherine Keich
Graduate Student
Department of Technical Communication
Illinois Institute of Technology

Fields of Interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Cora Angier Sowa
Ph.D.
Minerva Systems

http://www.minervaclassics.com

Hello! I am an independent scholar working under the name “Minerva Systems.” I am currently developing a suite of programs called “The Minerva System for Study of Literary Texts,” a set of interactive tools for building and carrying out a project using the computer to study literary material. It uses methods of project planning borrowed from the scientific and commercial world, in which I worked for a number of years. Also included are programs to perform specific tasks, such as content/cluster analysis. The interactive part includes lots of pictures and other graphic material. My adaptation of these methods is based on classes I taught in the English Department of St. John’s University (New York). (I think my ideal target audience would be students and scholars of literature who like to play video games!)

As a scholar and by training, I am a Classicist. My scholarly specialty is ancient Greek oral epic — Homer, Hesiod, and (especially) the Homeric Hymns, the subject of my book, “Traditional Themes and the Homeric Hymns.” I have also written on the persistence of mythic themes (such as the Journey to the Underworld, the Meeting with the Goddess) from ancient epic (the popular entertainment of their day) in today’s movies. This summer’s “WALL-E” was a great example!

Fields of Interest: Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Gaming, Collaborative Technologies

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Doug McDonald
Ph.D. candidate
History of Culture
University of Chicago

Fields of Interest: Computational Art, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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Abra Johnson
Lecturer Sociology/M.A./applying for Ph.D.
City Colleges of Chicago/Thick Routes Performance Collage

http://cbdcollaboration.wetpaint.com/

My past research and current interests encompass an examination of the critical role of hip-hop music as a U. S. “ambassador” to the global markets of identity, culture, and economics negotiated in the realm of mass-mediated popular cultures. Using hip-hop as a template for future studies incorporating Chicago house music, I seek to move beyond the well-known but oversimplified dichotomy of hegemony and resistance that frames sociological analyses of hip-hop, overlook the critical importance and reflection of the artists’ sociocultural capital as (U.S.) Americans (not just African-American, Latino, Asian-American, etc.), and exclude the complex implications of the music produced by women. Key foci for me include the nuanced/subtle, the sometimes oppressive/contradictory, and the resistive/expansive performative and lyrical practices and symbols, carried and expressed by women in hip-hop, and especially house, as they concurrently act as socializers of culture, both at home and abroad.

I am currently assisting in the development of a wiki site Consuming Blackness Diasporically, that explores black cultural expressive traditions in a setting of global dialogue. Connecting communities in Chicago/US, Trinidad and Brazil, the CBD project moves from mapping each unique cultural form and practice (house, rapso/pan/folk/orisha, and capoeira) to exploring the creative dialogue that emerges by putting these expressive traditions in conversation with each other.

Fields of Interest: Text Analysis, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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Wade Chandler
Adjunct Instructor
IAM
Columbia College

Visual Arts, Vjing, Peggy 2.0, Sculpture, Sound

Fields of Interest: Imaging/Visualization, Computational Art, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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Tom Barton
Sr Director IT Integration
NSIT
University of Chicago

Field of interest: Collaborative Technologies

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Chad Kainz
Sr. Director, Academic Technologies
University of Chicago
http://nsit.uchicago.edu/academic

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Modelling/Simulations, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Theaster Gates
Artist
University of Chicago
theastergates.com

My art practice is comprised of 3 parts, installation, performance and hospitality. In each of those areas, I use a combination of very low technology outputs combined with live performance. I hope to use sound and video much more extensively and very open to collaborations with technicians interested in outputs for their scientific or technological research. Sound and video manipulation and installation, interactivity and GIS all play substantial roles in my creative processes.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, GIS/Mapping, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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Kurt Fendt
Principal Research Associate / Director of HyperStudio
Comparative Media Studies/Foreign Languages and Literatures
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
hyperstudio.mit.edu

As Director of MIT’s HyperStudio – Lab for Digital Humanities I am interested in exploring innovative approaches to research and education in Digital Humanities across a wide range of humanistic fields with special interests in: text and data visualization, collaborative research and teaching tools, and the integration of user-created content into existing digital archives.

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Mobile Devices, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies, Cinematic Syntax

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Tracy Bergstrom
Special Collections Librarian for Digital Projects
Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame

I am a special collections librarian who works primarily with metadata for objects such as historical photographs, numismatics, ephemera and artists’ books. I’m interested in the development of digital libraries and metadata standards, particularly for non-bibliographic resources.

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies

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Brijeet Dhaliwal
Library Technology Manager
Illinois Institute of Technology

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Collaborative Technologies

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Tom Ruiz
Student
Electronic Visualization
UIC
tomruiz.com

My focus is in 3D animation and other forms of visual representations from data.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Gaming, Modelling/Simulations, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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Karl Stolley
Asst. Professor
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
http://karlstolley.com/

I research digital literacy, activity theory, and the role of open formats and open standards in web design, information architecture, and digital communication generally.

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies

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Harlan Wallach
Architect for Media Technology
A & R T
Northwestern University
http://nuamps.at.northwestern.edu

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Modelling/Simulations, Computational Art, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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Jason Salavon
Assistant Professor
Dept of Visual Arts/Computation Institute
University of Chicago
http://salavon.com

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Imaging/Visualization, GIS/Mapping, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Modelling/Simulations, Computational Art, Collaborative Technologies

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Paras Mehta
MD Student
Faculty of Medicine
University of Alberta

I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Alberta. My previous experience includes a B.Sc. in Computing Science as well as research in High Performance Computing and Humanities Computing.

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, Collaborative Technologies

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Michael Jinks
Systems Administrator
Academic Technologies
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, GIS/Mapping, Computational Linguistics, Gaming, Augmented Reality, Modelling/Simulations, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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Kaylea H Champion
Staff
Project Bamboo
www.projectbamboo.org

As the Demonstrator Project Manager for the Bamboo Planning Process, I’m interested in the breadth and depth of digital humanities, with a particular focus on areas where improved coordination, infrastructure, and shareable resources have the potential to better enable research for arts & humanities scholars. I am also the director of Scholarly Technology and Research Computing, part of the central IT group at the University of Chicago.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Modelling/Simulations, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition, Cinematic Syntax

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Neil Smalheiser
MD-PhD Associate Professor
Psychiatry
UIC
http://arrowsmith.psych.uic.edu

Neuroscientist studying the role of microRNAs and other small RNAs in synaptic plasticity.

Informatics project devoted to developing tools to enhance scientific discovery and collaboration.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Modelling/Simulations, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Paul Hertz
Collaborative Applications Developer
The Collaboratory Project
Northwestern University
http://ignotus.com/

As an artist, I work in both digital and traditional media, with particular interest in intermedia, algorithmic composition, and performance. At Northwestern University, where I taught interactive multimedia and virtual reality for artists for many years, I am currently working at the Collaboratory Project, a collaborative online environment for K12 education. I have curated various exhibitions of electronic media. With Debora Wood I was co-curator of “Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print,” which showed at the Block Museum, Northwestern University, in January-April 2008.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Libraries/Digital Archives, Modelling/Simulations, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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Bill Sterner
Lecturer, Dir. MacLab
Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
U of Chicago

I’ve long been interested in crossover projects between computing and the humanities, and have taught a variety of courses related to themes of “computer programming as a liberal art.” I’m currently working on a monograph on Aristotle’s Poetics as a productive science that may someday have implications for thinking about artifactual design. Brenda Laurel’s Computers as Theater would be in a related domain space.

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Modelling/Simulations, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies, Cinematic Syntax

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Sara Ware
Program Manager, Academic Initiatives
NSIT
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Mobile Devices, Collaborative Technologies

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Shirley Dugdale
Director, Learning Environments
DEGW North America
www.degw.com

I am a space planner interested in new modes of scholarship and in design to support visualization and collaborative work with complex data. In particular I want to understand how the future needs of digital humanities and social sciences will differ from those in science and engineering. Much of our work at DEGW has been with university libraries, educators and researchers to understand new demands on learning and workplaces through the integration of user research, strategy and design.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Modelling/Simulations, Collaborative Technologies

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Scott Branting
Research Assistant Professor
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Modelling/Simulations, Collaborative Technologies

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Patricia Hswe
Project Manager for NDIIPP Partner Projects
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
http://blog.lis.uiuc.edu/pvw/

I am interested in digital libraries, with special emphasis on metadata issues (creation, standardization, access, semantics, usability); use and users of digital resources; digital collection management and development; and digital project management. Like others in my field, I believe the digital humanities offer scholars at the junior-faculty level many opportunities to do innovative, original research and break from the typically restrictive route to tenure in ways possibly transcending the intellectual gains of the scholarly monograph.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Jeremy York
Assistant Librarian
University of Michigan

I am an interface designer in the Scholarly Publishing Office and part of the HathiTrust digital library initiative at the University of Michigan. I am interested in the online presentation of digital collections (published and unpublished) and finding ways to more fully integrate the resources of libraries and archives.

Fields of interest: Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies

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Bob Taylor
Director
Academic & Research Technologies
Northwestern University

I’m director of the academic computing organization at Northwestern University. Software developers in Academic & Research Technologies have tackled interesting work in the areas of audio archives (NSF Digital LIbraries in the Classroom program), high-resolution image viewers, text analysis frameworks (WordHoard, MONK in-progress), cultural heritage digitization projects (high-resolution sculpture and mural efforts in Dunhuang and Xian, China), on-line book and manuscript presentation models (Vesalius project, The Encyclopedia of Chicago), and repository interoperability issues.

One of the areas of research computing investigation this fall at NU is development and planning for science hubs: services and software for supporting the work of on-line, “virtual organizations” of large scale, multi-university research teams on NSF, NIH or NASA projects. I’m interested in eventually understanding whether the cyberinfrastructure work that is being done for distributed research teams on large-scale science projects will hold any value for the smaller-scale “craft” traditions (and usually, one-off tools) that have often characterized digital humanities efforts.

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Mobile Devices, Modelling/Simulations, Collaborative Technologies

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Orion Montoya
Computational Lexicographer
http://mdcclv.com

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Mobile Devices, Computational Art, Collaborative Technologies

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Joshua Trampier
Ph.D. candidate
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago

My background is in ancient Egyptian languages and cultures, as well as in applying remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems to problems of landscape archaeology. My interest in ancient Egypt ranges from the Neolithic to late Roman/early Islamic periods, and I am interested in addressing questions of relationships between archaeological praxis, CRM-relevant law, tourism, and technology. As the Associate Director of CAMEL, I am also interested in digital archive initiatives and standards, as well as geographical data modeling and visualization.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies

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Brandon Harvey
Industry Researcher
Accenture

I am a researcher at the Accenture Technology Labs here in Chicago. It’s an applied technology group, which means that we build and experiment with technologies that are expected to have an impact in the next 2-5 years. I’m interested in human-computer interactions, which for me encompassees how we present resources to the user — whether textual, numeric, or interpersonal — as well as how we enable users to take meaningful action.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Mobile Devices, Electronic Literature, Collaborative Technologies

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Sylvia Mendoza
Design & Production Dir.
UC Press

As a publisher, and in particular a production person responsible for the dissemination of content, I’m interested in learning about how researchers do their work.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Mobile Devices, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Susan Brown
Director, Orlando Project
English
Universities of Alberta and Guelph
www.ualberta.ca/ORLANDO

Interested in tools and interfaces for literary analysis, markup that supports it, and collaborative systems that would make wide-spread participation in the creation of high-quality online resources possible.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Collaborative Technologies

Update: Unable to attend due to illness.

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Aimée Knight
Ph.D. Candidate
Rhetoric & Writing
Michigan State University

Fields of interest: Collaborative Technologies, Aesthetics

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Carmela Mattza
Ph.D Candidate
Romance Languages and Literatures
University of Chicago

I am interested in Digital Libraries, particularly I focus on pedagogical strategies to make them accessible through my teaching in the classroom. “Perseus” and The “Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes” (BVMC) are among those I use a lot, although because of my area of expertise it is BVMC the one I use the most. BVMC is one of the largest digital libraries in the Spanish speaking world and it is free. It provides access to texts in a variety of areas (science, arts, humanities, newspapers, etc) and time (medieval, early modern, modern, contemporary, etc.).

Fields of interest: Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Collaborative Technologies

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Morgan Elmore
Web & Digital Library Specialist
Center for Research Libraries

I am a web developer and programmer working predominantly on creating search and discovery interfaces for traditional and digitized library materials. CRL digitizes items on-demand for its members and is always on the look-out for ways to increase the discoverability and usefulness of these materials for researchers.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Mike Ryan
Undergraduate Student
Mathematics and Computer Science
Duquesne University
www.jgaap.com

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Stéfan Sinclair
Associate Professor
Communication Studies & Multimedia
McMaster University
http://stefansinclair.name/

Stéfan Sinclair is an Associate Professor of Multimedia. His areas of interest include content analysis and data mining, experimental visualization interfaces, computational linguistics, and database design. He is the creator or co-developer of online Digital Humanities tools such as HyperPo (hyperpo.org), the TAPoR Portal (portal.tapor.ca), the Humanities Visualization Project (humviz.org), and BonPatron (bonpatron.com).

Interests: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Mobile Devices, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies, Serendipity..

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Freddrick Logan
Ph.D. candidate
Lewis Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
http://freddricklogan.com

I’m a Ph.D. student at the Illinois Institute of Technology. My area of activity is in Technical and Scientific Communications. I’m interested in conducting research in distance learning, open source technology, as well as pedagogy in technological driven environments. My credentials are dynamic, ranging from training in computation, digital media, information technology, communication systems, business applications software and end-user consulting. My research interests for my doctoral degree include open source technology, digital media, and scientific communication. Please visit my website@ http://freddricklogan.com.

Interests: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Augmented Reality, Computational Art, Augmented Reality, Semantic Search, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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