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Working with an Archive of the ‘Now’

Given our subject matter for the 2016-17 Praxis cohort, we recognized early on that we would be grappling with a very different sort of archive than we’ve grown accustomed to as humanists. Instead of the stacks, journal databases, manuscripts, and historical objects, we’d have to take a serious look at Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, and…. Continue reading “Working with an Archive of the ‘Now’”.

Praxis on Choosing a Subject of Study, or, How did we come to the Kardashians?

Unlike previous cohorts of Praxis, we did not have a topic or project assigned to us when we came into the program. Rather, our fearless leaders at the Scholars Lab took a chance. Our assignment: “time, temporality, go!” The first impulse was to directly challenge the traditional conceptions of time, linear time. Our cohort, made…. Continue reading “Praxis on Choosing a Subject of Study, or, How did we come to the Kardashians?”.

Discussions in the Digital Humanities and Learning New Technologies in the Scholars’ Lab

Over the course of the Fall 2016 semester, Praxis fellows participated in weekly meetings to discuss key topics relevant to the field of the digital humanities.  At the beginning of the academic year, we considered the numerous debates about the definition of the digital humanities, relying on the collection of articles, Debates in the Digital…. Continue reading “Discussions in the Digital Humanities and Learning New Technologies in the Scholars’ Lab”.

Are you our next Head of Graduate Programs?

“We build up people and practices more than products.” That’s part of our charter, and the Head of Graduate Programs is essential to this mission.  We in the Scholars’ Lab and University of Virginia Library are thrilled to alert you to the new job posting https://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=80148 As the description on the University of Virginia job…. Continue reading “Are you our next Head of Graduate Programs?”.

Coming soon: DH@UVA Conference Oct. 14&15, 2016

After you enjoy NEH@50 celebrations, and in between this fall’s workshops and speakers, come to an intimate conference on digital humanities, right here on Grounds, Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15, 2016.  We’ve been developing an interesting conference program aimed at building the DH community at UVA.  At this event we’ll also be further…. Continue reading “Coming soon: DH@UVA Conference Oct. 14&15, 2016”.

Fall 2016 UVa Library GIS Workshops Series

Fall 2016 UVa Library GIS Workshop Series All sessions are one hour and assume participants have no previous experience using GIS.  Sessions will be hands-on with step-by-step tutorials and expert assistance.  All sessions will be taught on Wednesdays from 3PM to 4PM in the Alderman Electronic Classroom, ALD 421 (adjacent to the Scholars’ Lab) and…. Continue reading “Fall 2016 UVa Library GIS Workshops Series”.

Programmatically Building High-level Charts with Bokeh

A couple of months ago, while preparing for the Digital Humanities 2016 conference, I was trying to build a series of charts to visualize data results from some topic modeling I had done. Specifically, I had a data file in which each row was a document and the columns were topic proportions. Reading across any…. Continue reading “Programmatically Building High-level Charts with Bokeh”.

What’s the Scholars’ Lab?

Obviously, there are lots of ways to find out what this center is and does, including an exploration of this website. I encourage anyone to see our Charter (not far from here, http://scholarslab.org/about/charter/). But if you want to know how we have been recently identifying ourselves, here’s a go: Within the University of Virginia Library,…. Continue reading “What’s the Scholars’ Lab?”.

3D Printing in the Classroom: Course Assignments and the Makerspace

Cross-posted on my personal blog.  During the first week of the spring semester, the Makerspace was a flurry of activity, our Ultimaker 2 printing feverishly throughout the day. Groups of students came in and out, selecting and slicing models, checking on their 3D prints, and assembling different components. This week marked the beginning of a…. Continue reading “3D Printing in the Classroom: Course Assignments and the Makerspace”.

A Former Fellow’s New Adventures in Data Science

Hello All. I’m happy to report that after several years away, I’ll be blogging at the Slab again this year. Thanks in large part to my experience with the Praxis Fellowship, I was selected to participate in the UVa Presidential Fellowship in Data Science. Over the course of the next year, I will be collaborating…. Continue reading “A Former Fellow’s New Adventures in Data Science”.

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