We’ve come a long way, baby.

Thanks to Megan Brett, Research Database and Records Manager at the Montpelier Foundation, we are able share with you a piece of ephemera from UVa Library’s computing past: a pamphlet on “Computer Literature Search.” “Why use a computer search? Consider the time it takes to search manually through the many issues of printed indexes. The…. Continue reading “We’ve come a long way, baby.”.

Scholars’ Lab Fall Newsletter

The Scholars’ Lab Fall 2010 newsletter (pdf) is now available for download. Download In this edition, we introduce our four new Grad Fellows, as well as our 2010 Scholar in Residence and visiting scholars, and we’ve included the complete Fall 2010 schedule of events. Please be aware that the event schedule may change, so check…. Continue reading “Scholars’ Lab Fall Newsletter”.

The Methodological Turn

Exactly how does one acquire the “tools of the trade” in digital humanities research? Thursday, September 16th 4pm in the Scholars’ Lab Ray Siemens from the University of Victoria is Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and President of the Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (SDH/SEMI). Ray will talk about…. Continue reading “The Methodological Turn”.

Omeka, Solr, and TEI

One of the most vital tools that computers bestow upon the humanities scholar is the ability to rapidly sort and group data that are relevant to the scholar’s own research needs. A digital collection of several thousand artifacts is useful, but it is even more useful if, for example, the user can filter the results…. Continue reading “Omeka, Solr, and TEI”.

Code Reviews and the Digital Humanities

The following was a response I made in an email exchange with Tom Elliot of the Pleiades Project and Bethany Nowviskie. Our conversation was prompted by Tom’s inquiry on planning, budgeting for, and conducting a code review as part of a grant-funded project. What follows is a slightly modified (and expanded) version of that email conversation.

Testing and code review is something that has been on my mind a lot lately as our shop has been shifting its focus from boutique, one-off projects, to building upon frameworks maintained by other organizations. As these code bases continue to grow, we need to ensure that subtle changes to the core functionality of the underlying systems do not propagate into bugs in our code. We also need a way to handle this situation quickly and efficiently when this does arise. This was especially reinforced by two recent projects our group undertook to migrate nearly decade-old software on to new servers.

On XForms

Several months ago, I wrote a post about my XForms development in the Scholars’ Lab as part of a research project. I’m currently working on two research projects that utilize the standard: EADitor (Encoded Archival Description management and dissemination framework) and Numishare (geared towards online delivery of numismatic collections, though other artifacts can be represented).…. Continue reading “On XForms”.

WMS vs. tilecaching

In our work on Neatline, we have made a deliberate choice to start by restraining our work to map-sources that are quickly and easily provided through WMS. This leaves out (for now) two popular sources of map imagery; Google Maps and Open Street Map. I’m going to explain why we made that choice, and why, when we do come to make these sources usable with Neatline, we will do so with great care and with an eye to scholarly method.

Expanding the Capabilities of Omeka

Because I have a keen interest in the description of cultural heritage artifacts and in doing interesting things with metadata, in recent months I have developed a handful of Omeka plugins to meet these interests. My first foray into plugin development for the application was with the EAD Importer. The EAD Importer, as the name…. Continue reading “Expanding the Capabilities of Omeka”.

Frontiers in Spatial Humanities (video)

A video stream of the final event of our NEH-funded Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship (or #geoinst as it’s known on Twitter) is now available! Thanks to all our wonderful participants for making these lightning talks, collectively entitled “Frontiers in Spatial Humanities,” so thought-provoking. The Scholars’ Lab/NEH Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship was held at…. Continue reading “Frontiers in Spatial Humanities (video)”.

Frontiers in Spatial Humanities

[UPDATE: video for the “Frontiers” event is now available!] We’re crowd-sourcing the keynote to the final round of the Scholars’ Lab/NEH 2009-2010 Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship. With all of these fantastic attendees on hand — not to mention the Institute faculty — how could we let the opportunity slip by? Frontiers in Spatial Humanities:…. Continue reading “Frontiers in Spatial Humanities”.