Learning to Use 3D Printers for the Digital Humanities

As someone who was primarily educated as a humanist and has also worked on projects involving data, I have experience in courageously facing the steep curve of learning new technologies. Curious about both the arts and the sciences and seeing where the two can enhance each other to assist in better, more critical thinking, I…. Continue reading “Learning to Use 3D Printers for the Digital Humanities”.

Classical Archaeology and the Makerspace

Cross-posted on my personal blog. A few weeks ago, R. Benjamin Gorham, a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Art & Archaeology at the University of Virginia, visited the Makerspace for a consultation on photogrammetry and 3D printing. Ben has been using GIS, drones, and photogrammetry during his summer excavations in Morgantina, Sicily and wanted to experiment…. Continue reading “Classical Archaeology and the Makerspace”.

Reflections on a Year of DH Mentoring

[Cross-posted on the Digital Humanities at Washington and Lee University blog] This year I am working with Eric Rochester on a fellowship project that has me learning natural language processing (NLP), the application of computational methods to human languages. We’re adapting these techniques to study quotation marks in the novels of Virginia Woolf (read more about the project here). We…. Continue reading “Reflections on a Year of DH Mentoring”.

The Ghost in the Graph: A Recap on Time, Things, and Entanglement

[This post is the protein-rich version of a series of related posts from our Praxis site, with fresh reflections on the process and product now that I’m done. If you want to see originals, check out the project idea, the data itself as I recorded it, a first attempt at a visualization, and a second…. Continue reading “The Ghost in the Graph: A Recap on Time, Things, and Entanglement”.

A Former Fellow’s New Adventures in Data Science

Hello All. I’m happy to report that after several years away, I’ll be blogging at the Slab again this year. Thanks in large part to my experience with the Praxis Fellowship, I was selected to participate in the UVa Presidential Fellowship in Data Science. Over the course of the next year, I will be collaborating…. Continue reading “A Former Fellow’s New Adventures in Data Science”.

3D Printing Historical Artifacts: Enhancing the Qualities Inherent to the Past

 Earlier this fall semester, I ventured to test out the Makerspace’s 3D printer by reproducing a 3D version of Kepler’s platonic solid model. This model was a historical object that I desired to examine in physical form while taking a class on the Scientific Revolution. I desired to study the artifact in such a way…. Continue reading “3D Printing Historical Artifacts: Enhancing the Qualities Inherent to the Past”.

When Old Technology Meets The New: Accessing Windows 95 CD-ROMs through Wine

Up to this point in my academic career I have worked primarily with physical books and I certainly feel most comfortable with this medium. Anything remotely technological frightens me and I’m particularly inept when it comes to simple computer issues (think: getting my computer to talk to my printer, resolving internet connectivity issues, etc.). All…. Continue reading “When Old Technology Meets The New: Accessing Windows 95 CD-ROMs through Wine”.

Podcast: James Neal

Practicing Digital Humanities Speaker Series: James Neal Public Libraries and Academic Libraries: Digital Partners? James Neal Digital Services Librarian Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Summary: The growth and development of technology, computers, software, and the Internet have changed the ways in which libraries function, operate, and are being used by the communities they serve.…. Continue reading “Podcast: James Neal”.

Inktober 10/21: When Things Break

[Cross-posted from my post on our Praxis page.] The third of my four installments (here’s one and two of Inktober). And oh boy, get ready for some strange-looking sketches in this one. I tried to use a new kind of pen that has two tips and can make way thicker marks, which has resulted in many…. Continue reading “Inktober 10/21: When Things Break”.

Inktober 10/13: Time Pieces and Graphs

[Cross-posted from my post on our Praxis page.] Hello all – three more images for Inktober. The first is a continuation from my previous Inktober post, very simply, two tubes of toothpaste, both almost empty. Was still thinking of the consumption of objects, for two reasons: first, because of their importance to a historical thinker…. Continue reading “Inktober 10/13: Time Pieces and Graphs”.