UVa Library Fall 2015 GIS Workshops

All sessions are one hour and assume attendees have no previous experience using GIS.  Sessions will be hands-on with step-by-step tutorials with expert assistance.  All sessions will be taught on Thursdays from 3PM to 4PM in the Alderman Electronic Classroom, ALD 421 (adjacent to the Scholars’ Lab).  Sessions are free to attend and are open…. Continue reading “UVa Library Fall 2015 GIS Workshops”.

Physical Computing at DHSI 2015

In the beginning of June I had the pleasure of attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria for the second year running. My experience this year was so good that I wanted to write a quick post sharing some of the highlights – so if you’re thinking of going to DHSI,…. Continue reading “Physical Computing at DHSI 2015”.

//TODO – Introduce Code Concepts

One of the most fun (and challenging) things I get to do is to introduce people to programming concepts. I’ve done this in a lot of different environments ranging from intensive week-long courses with Humanities Intensive Learning and Training, to year-long apprenticeships our Praxis Program, to day-long intros with events like Rails Girls and Rails Bridge. All…. Continue reading “//TODO – Introduce Code Concepts”.

Can you get the data out of this file?

That was the question I was asked by a student who came into the Scholars’ Lab this semester. My answer is always, “Yes. That can be done.” Wether I know how at the time is a different matter, but that’s the beauty of the Lab, the opportunity to learn new things. The Challenge A student…. Continue reading “Can you get the data out of this file?”.

Announcing 2014-2015 Fellows!

We are thrilled to announce the 2015-2016 Scholar’s Lab fellows for both the Praxis Program and the Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities. We are welcoming 8 fellows from 5 disciplines from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Our graduate fellows are joining a robust and vibrant community of past fellows! Graduate Fellows in the Digital…. Continue reading “Announcing 2014-2015 Fellows!”.

Expanding Our Makerspace Community

Are you a UVA graduate student or upper-level undergraduate in the humanities?  Interested working in our Makerspace? Our Makerspace is designed to foster experimentation with 3D modeling and printing, physical computing (e.g. Arduino, wearables) and more.  We are seeking part-time student consultants to help maintain the public space, field users’ basic maker and general computing…. Continue reading “Expanding Our Makerspace Community”.

NinjaFlex on the Makerbot

Announcing version 0.1 public beta of the Scholars Lab Makerspace Ninjaflex profile for Makerbot Replicators! We’ve had two spools of Ninjaflex flexible filament for about as long as we’ve had our Makerbot Replicator 2. We’ve tried to print with it from time to time, but seldom with very good result. With our Rep2 dialed in and…. Continue reading “NinjaFlex on the Makerbot”.

Task Management & Bullet Journal

Confession: time management has always been a challenge for me. I’m easily distractable, and I’m exceptionally bad at attempting to do more than one thing at a time. When multiple “fires” get lit I lose most of my productivity on task switching and to overwhelm. I’ve tried several time management apps for computer and phone.…. Continue reading “Task Management & Bullet Journal”.

Podcast: Ben Wright and Joesph Locke on Creating American Yawp

Democratizing the Digital Humanities: The American Yawp as Case Study After a year-long collaboration, over 350 historians have produced a beta edition of The American Yawp, a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. This talk will explore the creation and dissemination of this project, the landscape of…. Continue reading “Podcast: Ben Wright and Joesph Locke on Creating American Yawp”.

Validating Data with Types

Validating Data with Types Recently, I had to opportunity to help J. Warren York, a graduate student in the Department of Politics here at UVa. He’s looking at how tax law affects political contributions and advocacy, so this was an interesting project that may tell us something useful about how the US government works [insert…. Continue reading “Validating Data with Types”.