C3N assembly: constructing bridges round digital

Bringing together around forty people from the Université de Montréal (faculty, postgraduate student community and staff), the Carrefour en culture et création numérique (C3N) meeting, which took place on May 16 at the Lionel-Groulx pavilion, was intended to be a sharing opportunity about digital technology within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at UdeM.

Carrefour in digital culture and creation is one of the priorities of the college’s strategic plan (2018-2023).

“C3N enables the sharing of knowledge and tools in culture and digital creation among researchers from the three sectors of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the transition committee, made up of colleagues from seven departments of the faculty, which brought this crossroads to life, underlined Houari Sahraoui, vice-rector of planning and infrastructure at FAS. This meeting allowed the emergence of several ideas for multidisciplinary research and future collaborations.”

Digital tools from all walks of life

The half-day discussions were an opportunity to demonstrate various digital tools used by laboratories and researchers in the arts and sciences, including the libraries’ digital initiatives and resources (digital fabrication workshop, digital publishing, recording studio, virtual reality, visualization lab, ), the university laboratory for documentation and observation of video games and the laboratory for 3D modeling in anthropology Anthropolab 3D. Sometimes with a creative aim, sometimes as research tools, these initiatives concern disciplines as varied as art history, communication or computer science.

Among other things, participants were able to learn about the ReLis tool, which allows automating tasks for the production of a literature review, the Stylo tool and XML tools for analyzing, publishing and processing complex archival collections. The video presentations were projected in a loop (in particular in the new Laboratory for the history of digital art and museology and in the Laboratory for online rights and alternative technologies). Those present were also invited to visit the exhibition presented in the Carrefour room: Luc Courchesne, observer of the world, on the work of artist Luc Courchesne, a pioneer of digital arts.

A fruitful first date

Despite the limited participation due to the health rules in force during the organization of the activity, this first face-to-face meeting was a real success, with registration requests even exceeding the number of places. “I think the face-to-face format encourages collaborations. Informal and fortuitous meetings make it possible to build bridges”, said Pauline Rudaz, research assistant at UdeM’s Department of Communication and responsible for coordinating the meeting. Participants expressed the desire for these tools to become permanent and for joint projects to be established. In the meantime, you can check the activity wiki, which also lists the initiatives: https://wiki.umontreal.ca/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=205326544.

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