UB Libraries is partnering with the Experiential Learning Network to offer students the opportunity to work on a cutting-edge Virtual Reality (VR) project aimed at documenting the landmarks, history and environment of the city of Buffalo through 360° photographs.
Buffalo, New York was once one of many Great Lakes cities to make up the heart of the Rust Belt. Prior to World War II, the city was home to large manufacturing endeavors, including US steel, coal, and ship building. After the war, the city’s population began to gradually decline as people opted to move to local suburbs or out of state for other employment opportunities. What remained were countless buildings that tell the rich, cultural history of Buffalo. As time progressed, the area has shown tremendous signs of recovery with countless areas of the city trending in a positive direction with people opting to live in the city once again.
UB Libraries is partnering with the Experiential Learning Network to offer students the opportunity to work on a cutting-edge Virtual Reality (VR) project aimed at documenting the landmarks, history, and environment of the city of Buffalo through 360° photographs. We are actively looking for students to join our team as content creators. If you are interested in history, architecture, sociology, environmental studies, virtual reality, photography, and the arts, please contact us.
Groups of students will collaborate to identify historic landmarks, landscapes, cultural centers, and more within the city of Buffalo to be documented using the Libraries’ 360° cameras. They may also choose from a list of significant places and features identified by project mentors. Students will then edit the footage using the Libraries’ professional editing software and incorporate relevant library resources (e.g. maps, government information, statistics, articles, etc.). Students will be expected to provide metatags for the files prior to being entered in the Western New York Library Resource Council’s ESIE Repository. Students can also earn a micro-credentialed badge in the process.
Students should come with an idea of what project site and/or topic they would like to pursue. Potential project sites include:
Potential project sites include:
|Length of commitment||About a semester; 3-5 months|
|Level of collaboration||Individual or small group|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.