Neatline is a mix-and-match toolset for the creation of interlinked timelines and maps as interpretive expressions of the literary or historical content of archival collections. It allows scholars and archivists to build on standard descriptive metadata and georectified maps to produce rich, evocative – even theoretical – spatial and temporal visualizations of the textual content of catalogued letters, manuscripts, and artifacts.
Neatline is therefore a geo-temporal framework for fruitful interchange among scholars and the stewards of primary resources. It builds on Omeka, OpenLayers, GeoServer, and SIMILE Timeline. Adam Soroka and Bethany Nowviskie conceived Neatline as a contribution to interpretive humanities scholarship in the visual vernacular. Their initial work was funded by an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, and the whole Scholars’ Lab team has taken the project forward with funding from the Library of Congress and in collaboration with the Omeka team at the Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. David McClure is currently lead developer on Neatline.