Published: Feb. 7, 2020

Join us this month for an AR/VR Show-and-Tell with the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS). 

Digital creators from across campus will come together to share their augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) projects with fellow students and colleagues from diverse fields of study. Come learn about AR and VR tools, and test-drive projects and works-in-progress.

Person using VR technology

Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view, often by incorporating a smartphone camera. These can be social media filters for Instagram and Snapchat, or for games on iOS and Android. Virtual reality (VR) offers users a simulated experience in a three-dimensional space, viewed through a head-mounted display. VR is used in gaming, educational programming, and recently marketing.

“In my two years working with virtual and augmented reality at the University of Colorado Boulder, I have seen an explosion of interest in these technologies, with many exciting research projects developing all over campus,” Philosophy PhD student and CRDDS Digital Scholarship Graduate Assistant Julia Uhr said. “These projects, which range from immersive scientific data visualizations to community outreach experiences, have the potential to change the way we interact with data and each other.”

The AR/VR Show-and-Tell will take place on February 18 from 2–4 pm in Norlin Library E206 (CRDDS). Sign up to present a lightning talk to share how VR is informing your scholarly research, or attend to learn what others are working on. 

This Digital Scholarship Open House will be the first of three this semester. In March, there will be an open house focusing on the history of humanities computing and digital humanities with co-sponsorship from the Media Archaeology Lab. Looking further ahead, there will be an open house on geospatial data, methods and tools. More information on that event soon. 

“The Digital Scholarship Open Houses are meant to help foster community around digital research approaches, which reflects the larger mission of the Center as a hub for connecting people working with data and digital scholarship,” Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, a CRDDS director spearheading the DS open houses digital said. 

These events are free and open to the public. Details on CRDDS events and workshops can be found on the Events page.