Open Access: Projects and Outreach
Physical & Digital Cultural Heritage in the Modern Digital World
On the left, top: a Galilean giovilabio, an instrument to measure periods and eclipses of Jupiter's satellites.
Source: Smithsonian Institution.
On the left, bottom: the frontispiece to Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius (The Starry Messenger, Venice: Tommaso Baglioni, 1610). Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
On the right: a word cloud visualization generated in Voyant Tools, from Caterina Agostini's blog post “Explaining Words, in Nature and Science: Textual Analysis in Galileo’s Works”, Northeastern University Women Writers Project (22 June 2020)
Digital Humanities Handouts
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
I intend to contribute to a culture of inclusion and equity through current programs available at my workplace, a land acknowledgment, and new programs promoting equity and diversity that I could help initiate, based on models I saw in the Diversity Peer Educators at Rutgers. My research, teaching, and service experience has helped me achieve one of my personal goals as an academic, which is to create a safe space in a culturally diverse campus where ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender differences are respected regardless of personal demographic characteristics.
Open Access Scholarship
Open Access: My Assets in SOAR (Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers)
The Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers (SOAR, https://soar.libraries.rutgers.edu) is a repository to collect, share, and circulate scholarship developed and published by the Rutgers community, through Rutgers Libraries digital collections and a shareable Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The goal is to champion open access scholarship, ranging from books, articles, and websites, to conference presentations and posters.
“Art in the Time of Syphilis: A Digital Humanities Approach toward Considering a Medical Narrative in Benvenuto Cellini’s Autobiography.” Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), Volume 2, Issue 1 (2021), https://doi.org/10.21428/f1f23564.97921c12
Published online on 14 September 2021. Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH) is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal committed to publishing digital humanities research. IDEAH is a Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI; c-ski.ca) journal.
Review of Dario Rodighiero, Mapping Affinities: Democratizing Data Visualization. Geneve, Switzerland: MetisPresses, 2021, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (2021), free access, https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqab096 (8 November 2021). Free-access link in the Rutgers SOAR institutional repository
Published online on 8 November 2021. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (DSH) is an international, peer reviewed journal which publishes original contributions on all aspects of digital scholarship in the Humanities. DSH is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH), formerly known as the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, a digital humanities organization founded in London in 1973. The journal Digital Scholarship in the Humanities was previously known as Literary and Linguistic Computing.
Book Chapter, peer-reviewed
“Communicating across Cultures: The Case of Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, and Pliny the Elder.” In Translation, Globalization and Translocation: The Classroom and Beyond. Ed. Concepción Godev. New York-Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018: 63-77. Book Chapter, peer-reviewed
Translation, Globalization and Translocation: The Classroom and Beyond, in the Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting series
Book DOI: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-61818-0
“The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard.” Invited guest blog post for Mainly Museums (3 August 2021)
By 18 August 2021, the article had over 6,400 views (Source: Twitter analytics)
"Revealing Data: Ars de statica medicina, 1614." An invited blog post for the "Revealing data" series in the National Library of Medicine blog "Circulating Now" (5 November 2020)
Rutgers permalink: https://scholarship.libraries.rutgers.edu/permalink/01RUT_INST/1okh1ph/alma991031628448904646
"Explaining Words, in Nature and Science: Textual Analysis in Galileo’s Works." This post is part of a series published by Northeastern University with projects from the 2019 Advanced Institute on Text Analysis, on Word Vectors, with support from the Women Writers Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities in July 2019 (22 June 2020)
Rutgers permalink: https://scholarship.libraries.rutgers.edu/permalink/01RUT_INST/1okh1ph/alma991031628448804646
"Digital Humanities Tools in Online Humanities Classes." A blog post on digital pedagogical tools, for the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (5 June 2020)
Rutgers permalink: https://scholarship.libraries.rutgers.edu/permalink/01RUT_INST/1okh1ph/alma991031628448704646
Caterina Agostini (Co-Author, collaborator, and curator); Laura Morreale (Director); Monica Keane (Curator of an exhibition); Christine Kralik (Curator of an exhibition), et al., "Image du monde Challenge Project." Collaborative transcriptions of Image du monde, a medieval treatise by Gossuin (Gautier) du Metz (24 February 2021)
Rutgers permalink: https://scholarship.libraries.rutgers.edu/permalink/01RUT_INST/1okh1ph/alma991031634849704646
"A Sourcebook for Health from the Sixteenth Century." A sourcebook on sixteenth-century treatises on syphilis. 1 July 2019. Funded by the Open Knowledge Practicum Fellowship at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria, British Columbia (May 2019)
Rutgers permalink: https://scholarship.libraries.rutgers.edu/permalink/01RUT_INST/1okh1ph/alma991031628448504646
"Santorio's Medical Method." A digital presentation of the early modern physician Santorio Santorio (9 May 2018)
Rutgers permalink: https://scholarship.libraries.rutgers.edu/permalink/01RUT_INST/1okh1ph/alma991031628448604646
"Art in the Time of Syphilis." Digital Humanities Conference and Colloquium, 06/07/2019 - 06/08/2019, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Rutgers permalink: https://scholarship.libraries.rutgers.edu/permalink/01RUT_INST/1okh1ph/alma991031634849804646
More Blog Posts
"Renaissance Navigation." A reflection piece for La Sfera Challenge II (July 2020)
"Paleography and Digital Humanities." A reflection piece for La Sfera Challenge (May 2020)
Co-authored Blog Posts
Caterina Agostini and Francesca Giannetti, "Introducing Constellate for Text Analysis." A blog post on digital pedagogical tools for the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (6 September 2020)
Caterina Agostini and Ben Bakelaar, "Introduction to IIIF." A blog post on digital pedagogical tools for the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (29 June 2021)
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Caterina Agostini and Ben Bakelaar, "Special Interest Group on IIIF." A blog post on digital pedagogical tools for the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (21 June 2021)
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Luigi Pirandello in Translation
Translation of three Italian short stories: "All for the best" (“Tutto per bene”), "The dearly departed" (“La buon’anima”), and "Without malice" (“Senza malizia”) from Stories for a Year (Novelle per un anno) by Luigi Pirandello, in Stories for a Year, eds. Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka, Digital Edition, 2022
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Cultural Heritage... without Borders
Recently, the beauty of medieval fresco cycles has earned Padua, my hometown, to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2021.
Padua Urbs Picta: 'The Painted City'
Giusto de' Menabuoi, A view of Padua in the 1300s, from the Chapel of the Blessed Luca Belludi in the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua
I am presenting this research at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI (May 2022, online):
“Digital Cultural Heritage: Medieval Padua Art in the UNESCO World Heritage List” for the panel “Teaching the Middle Ages Using Digital Mapping,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 9-14 May 2022 (online)
Medieval Padua Painted City
“Medieval Padua Painted City” is my pedagogical project celebrating the 14th-century fresco cycles in Padua, Italy being included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, May 2022
I presented this project at the 2022 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI, in a panel sponsored by TEAMS, Teaching Association for Medieval Studies, and Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance
Here is my outreach on Twitter
Invited Talk, 2022 Winter School on Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences, FGV CPDOC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“IIIF for Cultural Heritage,” Winter School on Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Center for Research and Documentation of Contemporary Brazilian History, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 July 2022 (online)
Themes: IIIF, cultural heritage, digital cultural heritage, Digital Humanities, IIIF outreach, underrepresented languages
What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to create, tell, and share stories. This is a powerful tool in the cultural heritage sector, as it can help you communicate while you engage with your audiences.
In the Europeana Storytelling Task Force (1 September 2020 - 31 March 2021), I collaborated on the following projects and strategies:
Europeana Network Association, "New Task Force Launches: Europeana as a ‘Powerful Platform for Storytelling’ Task Force: Report and Recommendations" (16 September 2020). License: CC BY-SA
"Europeana as a Powerful Platform for Storytelling" (March 2021)
"Storytelling with Digital Culture Is Booming - Find Out Why" (12 May 2021)
"Explore Fantastic Examples of Storytelling with Digital Culture" (14 May 2021)
"How We Ran a Task Force Entirely Virtually during a Pandemic" (18 May 2021)
"Seven Tips for Digital Storytelling with Cultural Heritage" (31 May 2021)
"Digital Storytelling Festival" (31 May 2021), an online event by Europeana and The Heritage Lab, non-profits in Europe and India that share culture for users, digitally.
2021 Digital Storytelling Festival Contest, "the creative contest bringing people and cultural heritage together"
"Storytelling with Digital Culture" (10 June 2021).
In the Europeana Communicators Community, we discussed examined three case studies of digital storytelling:
“A Picture of Change for a World in Constant Motion” by Jason Farago (The New York Times, 7 August 2020), narrating Hokusai’s woodblock print through Storiiies, a IIIF-based digital tool
#MetKids, a digital resource from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, presenting an interactive map and a digital discovery strategy designed for, with, and by children
‘You are Flora Seville’ from the Egham Museum, on Twitter, made by the Egham Museum (@EghamMuseum) in the UK. Follow the story of Flora Seville in 1887, as she entered the new Royal Holloway College for Women.
The Europeana Storytelling Task Force
Who are we at Europeana? Europeana, the cultural web portal for the European Union, runs projects and task forces through the Europeana Network Association. As an active member of the Europeana Communicators Community, I contributed to developing digital storytelling best practices (2020-2021)
More Resources at Europeana
For an overview of digital storytelling at Europeana, the cultural web portal for the European Union, click here.
Find more resources on:
Open access collections
Everyday objects and images
Nature and environment
Diversity and inclusion
Social media style guides
Creating timelines with Timeline JS Knight Lab (Northwestern University)
Making animated GIFs
Making digital books online with Book Creator
Creating AR galleries on Spark AR Studio
Voice-over narrations with Narakeet
Making visual stories through infographics with Piktochart
Creating interactive images, presentations, and infographics with Genial.ly
For a list of digital storytelling tools, click here
Literature Review: Accessibility, Public Domain, and Open Access
Here are some of my personal interest readings, for an ongoing literature review
John G. Palfrey. Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2013.
Review of Dario Rodighiero, Mapping Affinities: Democratizing Data Visualization. Geneve, Switzerland: MetisPresses, 2021, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (2021), https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqab096 (8 November 2021).
Free-access link in the Rutgers SOAR institutional repository
Stay Tuned 🎵🎤📻
This year, I have been collaborating on conference presentations and articles. Topics include:
Pedagogical cases for digital image standards, transcriptions, and annotations to showcase medieval fresco cycles in Padua, Italy, as celebrated by the UNESCO World Heritage List
My invited talk at the 2022 Renaissance Sociey of America annual meeting in Dublin, Ireland
A professional workshop that I organized and taught at the 2022 NeMLA convention, “Introduction to the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)” in Baltimore, MD (10 March 2022)
My invited talk, “Digital Traveling: Maps in Dati’s La Sfera” at The New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Florida (4 March 2022)
The Transcription Challenge Framework established by Laura Morreale (Georgetown) and Ben Albritton (Stanford)
About Caterina Agostini, Ph.D.
Caterina Agostini is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University Department of Italian (Spring 2021), where she specialized in early modern science and medical humanities. Caterina holds an MA in Italian from Rutgers University, an MA in Classics and the History of Science, and a BA in Humanities and Classics from Padua University. At Rutgers, Caterina also served as Teaching and Research Assistant, a Part-Time Lecturer, and a digital humanities graduate research specialist at the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative and Lab (2020-2021). Dr. Agostini has been awarded the 2021 Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Award for Excellence in Outreach and Service, for her commitment to digital scholarly communication, outreach, and engagement with diverse audiences.
As a scholar writing on Galileo and early modern science, she is a digital expert in cultural heritage collaborating at IIIF, the Transcripton Challenge Framework, Europeana Pro and The International Consortium of Photo Archives. Caterina was the inaugural D’Argenio Fellow in History and Data Visualization at Seton Hall University. She is the forthcoming Eugene Garfield Fellow at the American Philosophical Society and Museum (2023). Caterina is a Phi Sigma Iota member advocating for Italian language, literature, and culture.
E-mail caterina [dot] agostini [at] nd [dot] edu
ORCID iD https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1695-0433
Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fJGAHeAAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
Humanities Commons @agostini
GitHub CateAgostini https://github.com/CateAgostini