Announcing Neatline!

What do you get when you cross archives and artifacts with timelines, modern and historical maps, and an appreciation for the interpretive aims of humanities scholarship?

Today, the Scholars’ Lab is proud to announce the launch of Neatline, our set of Omeka plugins for hand-crafted geo-temporal visualization and interpretation. You can head right over to to download the 1.0 software, see sample exhibits or play in the sandbox, and read more about the project, including news and history.

Neatline is a geotemporal exhibit-builder that allows you to create beautiful, complex maps and narrative sequences from collections of archives and artifacts, and to connect your maps and narratives with timelines that are more-than-usually sensitive to ambiguity and nuance. In other words, Neatline lets you make hand-crafted, interactive stories as interpretive expressions of an archival or cultural heritage collection.

Every Neatline exhibit can be your own close reading of a humanities collection — expressed in the visual vernacular. Ours is a small-data approach in a “big data” world.

Stay tuned to the Scholars’ Lab blog and to for a series of posts and screencasts to be shared over the course of the next two weeks. We’ll be providing support for this open-source software on the Omeka forums and dev list.

Bethany directed the Scholars' Lab from 2007 to 2015, and is now Director of the Digital Library Federation at CLIR, the Council on Library and Information Resources. She remains affiliated with UVa as a Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the English Department. Computing humanist/humane computationalist since 1996. Formerly director of the Scholars' Lab…


  1. Hi Bethany,
    I’m so excited to hear of Neatline! I think it will help me map out some medieval chronicles I’m studying. Any chance the timeline can go back a thousand years or so?
    Thanks very much,

  2. PS: We seem to be popular at the moment & are spinning up new servers to deal w/the Neatline load. If you’re having trouble accessing demo exhibits or other content, try back later!


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