Posts on October 2018

Understanding thorny file formats - the netCDF Data Curation Format Profile (DCFP)

First page of netCDF DCFP

In the UMich Research Data Services (RDS) group, we see and work with all sorts of data. One particularly thorny variety is netCDF. In Deep Blue Data, we have been getting regular deposits of data in this format, and we didn't know much about it. We had many questions how do we open it, what's its structure, how do researchers create these files and why can the size vary so widely from 100s of MBs to 100s of GBs or even TBs? Jake Carlson, Director of RDS, and I hashed out the idea of...

New Exhibit | David Cope: Player of Invisible Keys

Pale blue cover of The Invisible Keys, with a multicolored abstract artwork covering most of the upper half.

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce a new exhibit celebrating the work of Michigan poet David Cope. Drawing on drafts, proofs, and other documents from Cope's archive, this exhibit offers a glimpse into his poetic and editorial process. The exhibit will remain on view through November 30, 2018 in our gallery space on the 6th floor of Hatcher Graduate Library (South), adjacent to the Reading Room.

It’s All Relational: Indigenous Video Game as Storytelling Praxis

Wao Kanaka

We'd like to share the details about a video game-related talk happening in the library next week: This presentation is an exploration of the intersections of video game building, meaningful learning, Indigenous and Western cultures through relation-oriented ontologies - rather than aspect- or object- oriented ones. From the tech that is used to the land and waters the event is hosted on - these connections matter, weaving networks of relations across digital and physical heterotopic...

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