Preserving, Reconstructing, & Teaching in 3D

The destruction of historic monuments has been a frequent topic in the news lately due to the Syrian and ISIS conflicts. The destruction of historic mosques and, most recently, the Temple of Baal in Palmyra have sent shockwaves through the international community. The public outcry for cultural casualties has been so overwhelming that it has prompted backlash and criticism questioning the value of…. Continue reading “Preserving, Reconstructing, & Teaching in 3D”.

Time and Praxis: 2015-2016

Time is a massive concept. If you were asked to think about it – how it works, feels, changes, what it looks like, how people go about talking about it, or representing it – where would you start? As a person interested and invested in critical theory, my initial reflex would be to go to philosophers,…. Continue reading “Time and Praxis: 2015-2016”.

Introducing the 2015-2015 Scholars’ Lab Fellows

The Lab has been a busy place lately with 8 new fellows from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences!  Our Graduate Fellows in the Digital Humanities and Praxis Program Fellows join a distinguished community of past fellows. Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities This year, we are delighted to work closely with Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati and Brandon Walsh. Veronica is…. Continue reading “Introducing the 2015-2015 Scholars’ Lab Fellows”.

Music Genre and Spotify Metadata

Cross-posted on my personal site For the last couple weeks, I have been exploring APIs useful to sound studies for a sound recording and poetry project I am working on with former Scholars’ Lab fellow Annie Swafford. I was especially drawn to playing around with Spotify, which has an API that allows you to access metadata for the large catalog…. Continue reading “Music Genre and Spotify Metadata”.

Virginia Woolf, Natural Language Processing, and the Quotation Mark

[Cross-posted on my personal blog] For my fellowship in the Scholars’ Lab this year I’ll be working with Eric to expand a project we began last year on Virginia Woolf and natural language processing. My dissertation focuses on sound recordings and modernism, and this year I will focus on how Woolf’s quotation marks offer evidence of her engagement…. Continue reading “Virginia Woolf, Natural Language Processing, and the Quotation Mark”.

Augmented Reality and Simulation

A few weeks ago the Scholars’ Lab went on a field trip to the School of Architecture’s “FabLab” to check out a project Chris Gist and Melissa Goldman had been working on, a sand table that has a projector and a Kinect connected to a computer that projects a topology on to the sand. This…. Continue reading “Augmented Reality and Simulation”.

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?”.