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Life With Pi: Microcomputing in Academia

Microcomputing in Academia

Presentation given December 6, 2013, as part of the CUNY IT Conference held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Co-presenters and fellow librarians:
Allie Verbovetskaya
Stephen Zweibel
Junior Tidal

Slides (online)
Handout (PDF)

Outline of group presentation:

My part of the presentation follows.

Microcomputers in scholarly research

raspberry pi schematic

Microcomputers come, of course, from computer science research, but they have research applications across just about every discipline — every instance where you might need to do computational work for cheap and don't mind getting your hands a little dirty setting up these small computers. Scientists, humanists, and artists have all found uses for microcomputers in their work.

A few examples

Applications in the lab & studio


Sample scholarly publication titles

Plus you'll find lots of art installations!  See this great list of installations using Arduino, for example.

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We put together our presentation using Github as a collaborative writing tool: It was the first time any of us had used Github this way. I think it worked pretty well, although there was no built-in way for Github to then display the webpage (had to move our working copy onto another website).

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