Issues with translations – Walt Whitman and Jorge Luis Borges

A couple of summers ago, I was desperate for a job so I caved. This was not, in fact, the first time. I remember typing Leaves of Grass for a whole nickel a page before I knew how to type properly, painstakingly pecking out what was then incomprehensible text. During my summer and winter break…. Continue reading “Issues with translations – Walt Whitman and Jorge Luis Borges”.

Map “Vocabularies”

For the past year, I have been working on the Scholars’ Lab Geospatial Data Portal, the lab’s effort to make our GIS data sets readily available to UVA students, faculty, and staff via the world wide web by using a suite of open source, open standards-based applications. A particular aspect of this project that I…. Continue reading “Map “Vocabularies””.

Place, Space, Maps, and More on GIS Day

Join us next Wednesday, November 19th, as we celebrate all things International GIS Day.  Anyone whose work is grounded in issues of space and place will find something of interest in these cross-disciplinary offerings, centering in cartography and geospatial technologies. Of special note is a public lecture by David Rumsey, who has worked for a…. Continue reading “Place, Space, Maps, and More on GIS Day”.

Iterative Cosmologies…

“During the Zuni Molawia ceremonial of 1915, when the house-tops were crowded, the roof of one of the houses enlarged that season caved in. The accident occurred, people began to say, because turquoise had not been deposited under the floor of the new chamber.” Elsie Clews Parsons Pueblo Indian Religion Vol. 1, 1939, p.105 The…. Continue reading “Iterative Cosmologies…”.

Google Scholar: Neglected Corridors of the Interwebs

Welcome to my first post here on the Scholars’ Lab blog. My name is Jason Kirby and I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in the Music department at UVa. I’m in the “Critical and Comparative Studies” track of my program, which means I look at musical sound and musicians through a cultural studies lens. I’m planning…. Continue reading “Google Scholar: Neglected Corridors of the Interwebs”.

Art in the SLab

A bright, sunny, open space like the Scholars’ Lab begs to be filled not only with students and faculty collaborating on digital projects, but also with art! We’re pleased to follow last semester’s successful showing of the watercolors of E. F. Chilton with this semester’s photography exhibit by our own Jean Bauer. Jean is a…. Continue reading “Art in the SLab”.

Bamboo Grows Quickly

In July I attended the fourth Bamboo Planning Workshop, held at Princeton University. For those of you unfamiliar with Project Bamboo (as distinct from the feeding of pandas), Bamboo is a series of workshops on the future of digital humanities designed by UC Berkeley and my alma mater, the University of Chicago.  The workshops are…. Continue reading “Bamboo Grows Quickly”.

Biblical Statistics

The first topic that I chose for my dissertation in UVA’s Department of Religious Studies was the “School of Saint Paul.” I hoped to show the existence of a group of followers who surrounded Paul and engaged with him in the interpretation of the Old Testament. In order to do this, I decided to investigate…. Continue reading “Biblical Statistics”.

Feeds, Coins, and Maps (oh, my)

Staff from across the Library are offering learning opportunities through the Scholars’ Lab this week! First, Keith Weimer and Chris Ruotolo will give a workshop on using syndication to stay on top of news sources and scholarly journals. Then, Chris Gist and Kelly Johnston will host the first meeting of an ongoing faculty/grad discussion group…. Continue reading “Feeds, Coins, and Maps (oh, my)”.

Normality: For or Against?

I’m a historian who is currently designing and/or building four databases.  As I work through the complexities of each project, I’m struck by two thoughts. First: I’m overworked. Second: I like the way relational algebra makes me think. Good database design involves breaking a data set into the smallest viable components and then linking those…. Continue reading “Normality: For or Against?”.