Experimental Humanities

Printing Things That Print: A Miniature Hand-Press Project

For the past few months, fellow English PhD candidate James Ascher and I have had a small side-project going on in the Makerspace: printing a small, desktop-sized hand press, and getting it to work consistently.  The model we found calls it a “Pocket Gutenberg,” but the idea of a small, hand-powered, personal “hobby” printing press…. Continue reading “Printing Things That Print: A Miniature Hand-Press Project”.

Neatline 2.4.0

We’re happy to announce a new version of Neatline which adds a couple new features along with resolving a few small issues. The two main features in this release  were implemented based on community feedback. First, it’s now possible to set the opacity of a WMS layer when its selected using the “selected” opacity setting. Previously…. Continue reading “Neatline 2.4.0”.

Spring 2015 Makerspace Workshops

Introduction to Omeka Wednesday, January 28 10:00 am–11:30 am · Alderman Library, Room 421 Omeka is a simple, free, web publishing system developed at the Roy Rosensweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. It was specifically built to enable scholars, archives, libraries, museums, and independent researchers to create online exhibits of…. Continue reading “Spring 2015 Makerspace Workshops”.

Getting “under the hood” with Arduino

Circuit boards, breadboards, digital inputs/output pins, analog outputs – “physical computing” can be an intimidating prospect for people with no experience.  As a person with almost no experience, I know these apprehensions first-hand.  Learning a new vocabulary, basic electronics, even basic programming? Ah! I’m writing from my own experience with Arduino to say this: getting…. Continue reading “Getting “under the hood” with Arduino”.

Podcast: Jentery Sayers on Remaking the Past

Remaking Victorian Miniatures: The Speculative Stitches between 2D and 3D In both digital humanities and popular culture, there is a rapidly growing interest in big data. How not to read a million books? How to wrangle petabytes of data? How to discover and express patterns across thousands of images? Frequently, this research is framed as…. Continue reading “Podcast: Jentery Sayers on Remaking the Past”.

Come explore the Makerspace!

Hello! My name is Ethan Reed. I’m a second-year PhD candidate in UVa’s Department of English, and one of the Student Assistants in the Makerspace at the Scholars’ Lab. For me, maker technology represents a powerful opportunity to change the ways we teach and the ways think. This may seem obvious, but for me the…. Continue reading “Come explore the Makerspace!”.

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Julia.

Bonjour, Laboratoire des Savants! Hello! I’m Julia, one of the new Makerspace student consultants. When I’m not being a smiling face at the SLab desk, I am a first year M.A.-Ph.D. student in French. I am brand-new to Charlottesville and to UVa, and so far I’m loving everything, particularly this miniature Tour Eiffel, which was…. Continue reading “Bonjour! Je m’appelle Julia.”.

What. The. Junk.

So I had to take a sick day yesterday. Stuffy nose, scratchy throat, headache, grouchiness. Attempting to brighten my day, Wayne sent me a nice text message: Turns out he was joking. He actually said “totally” when I asked, but that turned out to be a lie. Today, here’s what I came back to: So…. Continue reading “What. The. Junk.”.

Come Work With Us in Our New Makerspace

Are you a UVA graduate student or upper-level undergraduate in the humanities?  Interested working in our new Makerspace? The Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library is opening a new Makerspace in Fall 2014.  It will allow user experimentation with 3D modeling and printing, physical computing (e.g. Arduino, wearables) and more.  We are seeking part-time student assistants…. Continue reading “Come Work With Us in Our New Makerspace”.

The “Nicolay copy” of the Gettysburg Address

[Cross-posted from dclure.org] Launch the Exhibit This is a project that I’ve been hacking away at for some time, but only found the time (and motivation) to get it polished up and out the door over the weekend – a digital edition of the “Nicolay copy” of the Gettysburg Address, with each of the ~250…. Continue reading “The “Nicolay copy” of the Gettysburg Address”.

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