Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Research Café on Culture and Translation @ Digital Scholarship Lab (24 March 2016)

The sixth  Research Café   will be held at the brand new Digital Scholarship Lab . The theme will be on  Culture and Translation . The ... thumbnail 1 summary

The sixth Research Café  will be held at the brand new Digital Scholarship Lab. The theme will be on Culture and Translation. The Research Café organized by the Library is to provide a series of informal and engaging events for research postgraduate students to get together, present their research, exchange ideas across disciplines, network, and polish presentation skills.   CUHK postgraduates, academics and researchers are all welcome to attend!  This Café will consist of a sharing talk on modern Chinese literature and translation by Prof. Connie Kwong of Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature, and two presentations by research postgraduate students on culture and translation.  Dr. Benson Lee of The Independent Learning Centre, will provide feedback on student presentation skills.

Date: 24 March 2016 (Thu)
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library
Languages: Chinese and English

     Light refreshment will be provided.

I. Short Talk: Modern Chinese Literature and Translation
   Speaker: Prof. KWONG Ho Yee Connie, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature

II. Presentations:
·         The Demon as Poetic Metaphor and “Mahayana” of Art: Tian Han’s Transcultural Reflections of Charles Baudelaire (Presentation in Putonghua)
By Yiyang XI, Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Studies, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies
·         Translation as Research: William H. Nienhauser’s Translation of the Shiji in Chinese and Western Historiographical Contexts (Presentation in English)
By Li LI, Ph.D. Student, Department of Translation
Moderator: Prof. KWONG Ho Yee Connie
Feedback on Presentation Skills: Dr. Benson LEE, Lecturer, The Independent Learning Centre

Register to attend: Complete the Online Registration Form

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Just a few hours to go: The Digital Scholarship Lab will open officially on March 17 at 3:00 p.m.

In these few weeks, the team members of Research Support & Digital Initiatives stayed in the Digital Scholarship Lab days and nights to ... thumbnail 1 summary
In these few weeks, the team members of Research Support & Digital Initiatives stayed in the Digital Scholarship Lab days and nights to prepare for the opening of the Lab.

We are all excited about this great day, but we are also nervous and worrying.  Time is the biggest enemy. The site was handed over to the Library on March 7; there are only 10 days to prepare not just for the opening ceremony but also the ongoing operation right after the opening ceremony. More were done, but many more still coming, and many are unexpected!

Yet, the whole team work hand-in-hand to achieve this finally. We have spent weeks to discuss how to modify the interface of the control program to make it as intuitive as possible so that users will find it easy to use, it was only completed one day before the opening. We attended the training on the use of the digital display wall, yet still not familiar until the last two or three days. New computer equipment cannot be delivered until the last two days. Color tuning of the LED TV can only be completed one day before the opening because one of the TV was defective and need replacement.

Many hours of work were used to design the program for unveiling the digital display wall; still much more time was used to select the digital content for display and how to design the flow so that the demonstration can be as smooth and stunning as possible. A lot of mathematical calculation was needed to ensure that the digital backdrop can be projected to the wall without any distortion and in high quality. The technical set up of the digital display wall need to be changed to meet the needs of the opening ceremony. We have to adapt to the new setting, and even during rehearsal, we did not know why some setting did not work. We worried about the late arrival of furniture, yet good news coming that they can be delivered one week before, so much help with this.

We would like to share a few photos here showing how the lab grows. From construction to the installation of the digital display wall to the physical set up of the lab to the preparation of the opening, every step is new to us and every step enhances our belief that the Lab will be useful to our users.

The construction site

The frame for the digital display wall

The digital display wall is on testing
Early arrival of furniture
Easily configurable tables and chairs for discussion and collaboration

Replacement of a defective LED TV

Vendors helping to set up the site for the opening ceremony
Inside the server rack

Setting up the equipment for demonstration at the opening ceremony

Preparing the installation of physical backdrop

The stunning physical backdrop was installed

The digital backdrop also ready now

Setting the lab for the opening ceremony

Specialist software for digital scholarship research on high-performance computers

The digital display wall and the 80-inch interactive white board

The Lab is the place to innovate, to experiment, to immerse in research, to get together, and many more. It is actually the place for you.

We have prepared.  Your turn now to use this Lab!

Please join us in the opening ceremony on March 17, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Countdown to the Opening of the Digital Scholarship Lab – A large digital display wall to transform scholarship

The first ever Digital Scholarship Lab in Hong Kong is going to be established at CUHK Library at G/F, University Library, on March 17, 2016... thumbnail 1 summary
The first ever Digital Scholarship Lab in Hong Kong is going to be established at CUHK Library at G/F, University Library, on March 17, 2016. There are only a few more days to go. Please stay tuned with our updates.

The Digital Scholarship Lab is established to support e-Research at the University by leveraging the latest digital technologies. One of its key features is a huge 6.4 (H) x 15.9 (W) foot digital display wall that is built from twelve nos. of 55-inch high-resolution LED TV screens to provide an extremely high resolution of 24,883,200 pixels (7,680 pixels x 3240 pixels) in the following configuration.

There are 12 inputs for displaying your sources simultaneously from different devices such as tablets, notebooks, smart phones, etc. on the TV screens in different layouts such as one input source across all 12 TV screens or 2 inputs, each occupying 6 TV screens. You can easily select the screen layouts from a control panel installed on an iPad mounted on the wall of the Lab. Other inputs provided are Apple TV, blu-ray, an interactive white-board and a wireless presenter. You can easily plug in your device to the socket on the table top.    

How can the display wall help your research?

The purpose of installing this huge display wall is to offer a new perspective for research that is not possible with a normal desktop computer. The following is a few ways the display wall can help transform scholarship.
  • The display wall is ideal for visualizing large images and exploring big data. With ultra-narrow bezels of 3.5 mm, the 12 TV screens can be linked together with nearly invisible edges to form one single display for showing high resolution images in much greater detail to maximize the visual impact. It can also support the display of high-definition 4K images on a 2 x 2 configuration. Take for example; these high-definition TV screens can be used to display genomics data or brain images more clearly than a standard computer. By zooming in and out of the images, you will be able to visualize large-scale microarray data to facilitate discovery of more patterns and trends, and to enable more detailed analysis of relationship between patterns. The big data which can be dense and hard to identify on a desktop display is more visible on a large display, making the digital information more visual. This feature of the wall will make research more accessible.  

  • By showing your sources of data on the TV screens simultaneously in different layouts, you are be able to view either two images side-by-side for more detailed comparison or several images together for discussion. In this website (, you can easily spot the change in landscape by viewing the images side-by-side in a large display wall. Again, this is not possible in a standard computer with a much smaller screen. The overall vision is improved and your spatial memory is also enhanced.

  • The display wall is able to support multiple video and audio inputs from DVI-D, DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA independent of the devices. By bringing in your own devices, you can display any information on the wall to immerse in your research.

  • The display wall also breeds experimental and collaborative work. By being able to display sources from different devices simultaneously on the giant screen, researchers can work collaboratively in a team in the Lab to share screens and work on the research data together. You are able to build not only a community of scholars but also can collaborate better. Postgraduates can also make use of the display wall to do group research projects. They are able to experiment with the technology, learn from messing around the images on their own and may be able find innovative way of making use of the display wall.

  • Collaborative teaching and learning can also take place in the Lab. The display wall allows students and professors to share information from their own laptops. Professors can easily comment on the students’ work by routing students’ displays and students can learn from each other collaboratively.

There are a lot of possibilities in using the display wall. Academic work, collaborative sessions, teaching, seminars and even thesis defenses are also feasible. Please do not hesitate to reserve the Lab, details of which will be announced later.