Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

University of Maryland

Back to School

The sabbatical is over, and I’m back in the classroom teaching the department’s Introduction to Critical Methods course—but with a twist. Every student in the class has a prototype dual-display eBook device which contains all the readings for the semester. The experiment is part of ongoing research in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and funded by NSF; we look forward to reporting results. Meantime, work on Preserving Virtual Worlds continues and I am hip-deep in researching and co-authoring a report on “Computer Forensics for Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections.” Funded by Mellon and to be published by CLIR, this work will culminate in a conference on the topic here at Maryland in May. I will be presenting at iPres 2009 and keynoting the Fourth Annual Nebraska Digital Workshop, as well as speaking at Columbia in October and attending meetings at Stanford and the Bodleian.

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