Information Scientist – Geographic Data – Infographics


2016: Crossing The Great Divide: An Investigation of Data and Memory

This Capstone project has been read and accepted for the MALS Department in satisfaction of the capstone requirement for the degree of M.A. in Liberal Studies.

Crossing the Great Divide has been a working project for over two years. The project was initially inspired by the maps drawn and paths traversed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark 1804-1806. From June to August of 2015 a few travellers and myself followed their historic journey and traversed the landscapes of the American frontier on bicycle. We chose this mode of travel as it put us into a direct intimate relationship with the landscape and thus a more sympathetic connection to the histories that preceded us.Leaving from Clark’s survey point of Indian Boundary Line on the shore of Lake Michigan, we ended at their last campsite at Cape Disappointment on the Pacific coast of Washington.

As we slowly moved through these spaces we cultivated an archive of information about this journey. We collected quantitative geospatial weather and elevation data using Nicholas Felton’s Reporter app. We compiled qualitative data: photos, diary entries, and historical stories about the places we moved through. I will use a praxis-based model of Digital Humanities investigation to interrogate my archives of data. This project will consider the parameters of each type of data collected and ask the question: what is made apparent in this data and what remains hidden? By closely reading quantitative and qualitative data side-by-side, I will explore how these forms of information support each other in order to create a more complex Digital Humanities argument. This project is also a step into the creative possibilities of firsthand participatory research that will shape new modes of discussion around history, humanities, art and the digital world.

The final product of this thesis is in the form of this website. By creating this comparative analysis around humanities data forms in an open digital space, I will allow the model of my argument to design the visual information of my publication. With an open book design, other humanities scholars will be able to access the data in my thesis and utilize its properties to build unique projects of their own.


2015: CUNYcast

CUNYcast is the final project for The Digital Humanities Praxis Course at the CUNY Graduate Center. CUNYcast is live online radio offering students an opportunity to stream audio using original content from classes, lectures, and projects.CUNYCast was born out of a problem: How can students be part of the Graduate Center when they cannot physically be there? When they are there, how can they share what’s happening with everyone who isn’t? CUNYCast’s aim is to empower the Graduate Center broadcast community.


2013: Hall of Fame Infographic

Pollack, Julia, “Infographic of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans” (2014). CUNY Academic Works.


2012: Library DH Spaces

This website is inspired by the conversation “What do girls dig?” initiated by Bethany Nowviskie. I encountered this piece, not on the internet nor through my myriad of nonexistent twitter followers, but printed in a Digital Humanities Reader:

Gold, Mathew. Debates in the Digital Humanities . University of Minnesota Press. 2012.

This piece, about the gender ratios of Digital Humanists,  is concluded by Noviskie with the comment,  “Boys & Unicorns & SPARKLES should be a new blog for woman in DH.”  I have made this blog, in response to Noviskie and to a Text Mining class I am taking with Ted Underwood at the University of Illinois. With this site I will attempt to aggregate my own reference experiences from librarians and library sources regarding Digital Humanities.