Something about PHP

We’ve spent the past month and a half learning PHP. It’s an arduous task only complicated by our own busy schedules. Trying to learn a new language becomes much more difficult when also trying to wrangle sixty undergraduates every week, or finish a dissertation, or find a job. And yet progress continues steadily. The decision…. Continue reading “Something about PHP”.

Adventures in Converting Subversion to Git

While the Scholars’ Lab was founded in 2006, we manage a lot of projects that had their roots in the eText Center in the late 1990s. These projects have lived through the numerous “best practices” of the various eras, many still bearing the marks of those bygone eras (you see a lot of projects that used…. Continue reading “Adventures in Converting Subversion to Git”.

Monkey Mind

A monkey is easily flummoxed by a coconut. A hole is cut into the coconut and filled with sweet food (or something shiny). The monkey slips her hand into the coconut, grasps the treat, and is trapped. She can readily unhand the treat (or shiny object), but is unwilling to let go. Letting go, for…. Continue reading “Monkey Mind”.

On the Shelf

The past couple weeks, we have been crash-coursing PHP via Wayne Graham’s surely famous slide decks. We’ve been doing this despite not (yet) delivering our task for the fall semester—the redesign of the Ivanhoe webpage. It’s a necessary shift. While we’re fortunate to be assisted by the Scholars’ Lab dev team—including Scott Bailey, a holdover…. Continue reading “On the Shelf”.

Call for Applications, Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

Applications for the Scholars’ Lab‘s prestigious Graduate Fellowships in the Digital Humanities are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications are due March 23, 2015. The fellowship supports ABD graduate students doing innovative, dissertation-related work in the digital humanities at the University of Virginia. The Scholars’ Lab offers Grad Fellows advice and assistance with the…. Continue reading “Call for Applications, Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities”.

New Developments for the Praxis Network

The Praxis Network was developed as part of a 2012-2013 Scholarly Communication Institute focused on graduate education. Its goal is to share model programs that are engaged in methodological training and collaborative research in the humanities. Deeply invested in demystifying collaborative, iterative, and public work, Praxis Network programs prep students to have a broader view…. Continue reading “New Developments for the Praxis Network”.

Call for Applications, Praxis Fellowship

UVa grad students! Apply by March 2 for a unique, funded opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary group of your peers, learning digital humanities skills from the experts, and collaboratively design and execute an innovative digital project. The 2015-2016 Praxis cohort will get underway in September, thanks to generous support by the UVa Library and…. Continue reading “Call for Applications, Praxis Fellowship”.

Refactoring Ivanhoe

As one of last year’s Praxis Fellows, I helped build Ivanhoe, a “WordPress Theme enabling collaborative criticism through roleplay – for scholars, students, and cultural enthusiasts.” While Ivanhoe was perfectly functional when released, one could not say that it exemplified orderly, well-formed code. It was, and is, after all, code written by novice developers. That…. Continue reading “Refactoring Ivanhoe”.

Moving People/Linking Lives DH Symposium

I am pleased to announce that “Moving People, Linking Lives: An Interdisciplinary Symposium” will take place March 20-21, 2015 at the University of Virginia. Friday, March 20 events will take place in the Kaleidoscope Room. Saturday, March 21 events will take place in Alderman 421 except for an evening reception, location to be determined. Presentations…. Continue reading “Moving People/Linking Lives DH Symposium”.

What Could Make Ivanhoe ‘Special’?

Last semester was not bad for our Praxis team. Our achievements were modest but considerable: a charter, a team with a common interest in any activity concerning food, plus a vibrant debate on redesigning the website for our common project – Ivanhoe. While we failed in meeting certain deadlines and charter objectives, i.e. having tangible…. Continue reading “What Could Make Ivanhoe ‘Special’?”.

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