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”.
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”.
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”.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve been pair programming with Eric. Together, we’ve been building out a suite of acceptance tests for Ivanhoe to provide a basic check on critical, user-facing functionality as we refactor parts of the codebase. While learning to write basic tests has been relatively straightfoward for me, due to the natural…. Continue reading “Troubleshooting Acceptance Testing in RSpec and Capybara”.
One of my first projects here at the Scholars’ Lab was to help update some Omeka/Neatline sites. These are sites we keep around as examples of our Neatline plugin for Omeka, and they were a few versions behind. While a pretty easy process to do by hand, having a script to take care of it makes…. Continue reading “Upgrading Neatline and Omeka”.
Hello, DH World! As this is my first official post as a DH Grad Fellow in the Scholars’ Lab, I’d like to start it by thanking the folks in the Lab for the opportunity to join the team for this academic year. I feel really fortunate that I have the chance to hang out with…. Continue reading “Visualizing Early America through MapScholar and Beyond”.
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 2PM to 3PM in the Alderman Electronic Classroom, ALD 421 (adjacent to the Scholars’ Lab) and are free to attend and are open…. Continue reading “Fall 2014 Scholars’ Lab GIS Workshop Series”.
I am not where I thought I’d be. A year ago I’d have told you that right about now I’d be frantically writing my dissertation, trying to get an article out, and desperately looking for professorial jobs in contemporary theology and/or continental philosophy. Instead, I’m still working on my dissertation (not quite as frantically as…. Continue reading “Taking the Alt-Ac Route”.
At the Scholars’ Lab, we’re big big advocates of Open Source. All of our projects are available freely and openly on Github, and we’re always more than happy to accept pull requests. We’d like to be able to empower everyone to contribute to our projects as much as they’re able to and comfortable with. Unfortunately,…. Continue reading “Omeka, Neatline, Mac, development, oh my!”.
Today, the Scholars’ Lab is pleased to make a few modest contributions toward the broadening of a conversation we opened last fall, in a summit for digital humanities software developers called Speaking in Code. The summit, generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and UVa Library, brought together 32 advanced developers working on…. Continue reading “Announcing the #Codespeak Kit!”.
- Something about PHP
- Adventures in Converting Subversion to Git
- Monkey Mind
- On the Shelf
- Call for Applications, Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities
- New Developments for the Praxis Network
- Call for Applications, Praxis Fellowship
- Refactoring Ivanhoe
- Moving People/Linking Lives DH Symposium
- What Could Make Ivanhoe ‘Special’?