Large Files and Omeka

This issue came up for a friend of the Scholars’ Lab today on Twitter, but it’s hard to answer in 140 characters. It’s a question about allowing for larger file sizes in Omeka and there are a few ways to handle this. (Because we want our new blog to be a combination of thoughtful essays…. Continue reading “Large Files and Omeka”.


I’ve called Neatline, the Digital Humanities Start-Up project Adam Soroka and I began developing in September, a “contribution to interpretive humanities scholarship in the visual vernacular.” Huh? This project will allow scholars (and other stewards of cultural heritage) to create Web-based geospatial and temporal visualizations that build on the rich EAD metadata libraries produce in…. Continue reading “Neatline”.

Dynamic web forms for the creation of XML

Among my regular tasks in the Scholars’ Lab Research and Development department, I have been developing applications to enable users to easily edit XML metadata within web forms.  As those familiar with metadata creation workflows will know, methods for creating XML documents were prone to human error and required some level of technical knowledge.  With…. Continue reading “Dynamic web forms for the creation of XML”.

Neogeography: from Tower to Town Hall

Andew Turner joined us in the SLab to discuss the neogeography movement, which has emerged from the rise of easy-to-use web-based maps and emphasizes community-led and colloquial uses of geospatial tools and techniques such as online maps, GPS, and location-aware phones, and its potential applicability to higher education.

New Course in Digital Humanities!

Inspired by my fellowship at the Scholars’ Lab last year, I am teaching a course in the History Department this coming spring called, HIST 4501 “From Vellum to Very Large Databases: Historical Sources Past, Present, and Future.”   The course will examine how information about the past has been (and is being) preserved. Historians rely on…. Continue reading “New Course in Digital Humanities!”.

Creation of Game Worlds

Writer, game designer, and UVa alumnus Shane Liesegang talks about the “Disruptive Construction of Game Worlds”

Olmsted: Editing to Mapping

Ethan Carr and Mandy Gagel of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers discuss “The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted: From Editing to Mapping?”

Digital Therapy Luncheon September 2009

Introducing our 2009/10 Digital Humanities Fellows and Scholarship Award Winners

Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship

Through the generosity of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Scholars’ Lab will host a three-track Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship at the University of Virginia Library in November 2009 and May 2010. This Institute will bring scholars, cultural heritage professionals, and software developers together to support and develop geospatial projects and methods in…. Continue reading “Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship”.

Mapping the Digital Diaspora of a Dissertation Research Blog

At the onset of my field research in summer 2007, I launched a blog – – with the intention to: 1) archive and organize my field notes in textual and audio-visual form; 2) convey my research purpose and progress to informant musicians and the public; 3) self-position as a “participant” in the scene. Since…. Continue reading “Mapping the Digital Diaspora of a Dissertation Research Blog”.