Research and Development

ISAM 2017 – Libraries are for making

I recently participated in the International Symposium of Academic Makerspaces. I presented a paper, co-authored by Jennifer Grayburn (formerly a Makerspace Technologist, and now at Temple University’s Digital Scholarship Center). I present here the slides and talking notes of the 7 minute presentation, and a link to the full paper [Link to PDF]. Good morning,…. Continue reading “ISAM 2017 – Libraries are for making”.

Walt Whitman’s Jack Engle and Lola Montez: New from Collective Biographies of Women

By Alison Booth On 14 August 2017 · Add Comment [Edit]   [This is the first part of a short essay I posted on the blog of Collective Biographies of Women and elsewhere on August 15, 2017.  See https://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/CBW_Blog/?p=441&preview=true#_ftn6 for the entirety, with additional notes and references.] In February, 2017, there was some exciting news…. Continue reading “Walt Whitman’s Jack Engle and Lola Montez: New from Collective Biographies of Women”.

What can digital humanities tell us about Character?

My part of the collaboration with James has been thinking through what this text has to tell us about “Character” as a literary category and to consider how digital tools can help modern users interact with eighteenth-century characters. There’s been a learning curve for me as I find out more and more about what digital…. Continue reading “What can digital humanities tell us about Character?”.

Transcribing Typography with Markdown

Digital technologies are not new solutions to our old problems, but are new problems asking for us to return to old solutions. People have been transcribing texts for as long as there have been texts. So it is no surprise that some of the earliest applications for computers were concerned with transcribing texts. These applications…. Continue reading “Transcribing Typography with Markdown”.

Visualizing Paper Evidence Using Digital Reproductions

Digital images both lie to us and tell us truths that exist outside of our normal perception. The lie comes about through both deliberate distortions and distortions produced by limitations in digital and in other reproduction methods. The limitations of reproductions are easy to see for anyone who considers the situation carefully, but understanding the…. Continue reading “Visualizing Paper Evidence Using Digital Reproductions”.

Robocamp 2016

I had the pleasure of spending a week with the folks in the Architecture School learning and playing with their Kuka robot (named Karl, http://www.robotsinarchitecture.org/). This was the first run of a hopefully recurring camp to introduce faculty and staff to the robot arm in the Fab-lab in the A-school. Most of the participants were…. Continue reading “Robocamp 2016”.

Reflections on a Year of DH Mentoring

[Cross-posted on the Digital Humanities at Washington and Lee University blog] This year I am working with Eric Rochester on a fellowship project that has me learning natural language processing (NLP), the application of computational methods to human languages. We’re adapting these techniques to study quotation marks in the novels of Virginia Woolf (read more about the project here). We…. Continue reading “Reflections on a Year of DH Mentoring”.

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”.

//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”.

Watermarking and OCR-ing Your Images

In the process of my dissertation research I have accumulated over 2,000 images, nearly all scans of documents. One goal of my dissertation is to make these documents open and available (where appropriate) in an Omeka repository. In order to more correctly attribute these documents to the archives where I got them, I need to…. Continue reading “Watermarking and OCR-ing Your Images”.

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