project launch: “Spatial Humanities!”

Over the past two years, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library has hosted an Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship. Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of “Spatial Humanities,” a community-driven resource for place-based digital scholarship:

This site responds to needs identified in conversation with our 21 Institute faculty members and 56 participants (humanities scholars, software developers, and map & GIS librarians). It includes:

  • an evolving, crowdsourced catalog of research resources, projects, and organizations;
  • a set of framing essays on the spatial turn across the disciplines by Dr. Jo Guldi of the Harvard Society of Fellows;
  • GIS-related feeds from Q&A sites and other forms of social media;
  • and a peer-reviewed, occasional publication for step-by-step tutorials in spatial tools and methods.

Please help us keep this resource current by contributing to it! You can:

  • use Zotero to freely upload research citations, projects, and links to groups;
  • contribute your own tutorials and helpsheets in “Step By Step” format for peer review and formal publication;
  • adopt the #geoinst hashtag on Twitter and Delicious;
  • ask related questions and offer help on DH Answers or the GIS Stack Exchange;
  • and post your commentary on the essays we’ve shared.

Learn more about our NEH Institute:

and about how you can contribute to the “Spatial Humanities” site:

Many thanks to the NEH, the staff of the Scholars’ Lab, our Institute advisory board and faculty, and the scores of Institute participants and fellows who helped to define the project!

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…

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