Scholars’ Lab Campaigns for a Million “Likes”

* * * TRANSCRIPT * * * A new social media campaign is taking Facebook by storm! Staff of the Scholars’ Lab, a prominent University of Virginia-based academic technology center, have gone viral with an adorable picture and charming plea. This is not the first time the SLab has captured the collective imagination of the…. Continue reading “Scholars’ Lab Campaigns for a Million “Likes””.

Announcing My Blog, Songs of the Victorians, and Augmented Notes

I’ve been having an excellent and productive time as a Scholars’ Lab Fellow: thanks to the amazing advice and support I’ve received from the Scholars’ Lab staff, I’ve been making good progress on my two digital projects, Songs of the Victorians and Augmented Notes. For those of you who don’t know about them, I’ll give…. Continue reading “Announcing My Blog, Songs of the Victorians, and Augmented Notes”.

Gendering Praxis

As we embark on the next semester of the Praxis Program we have begun to think about our “roles” in the Prism project.  This has led to a surprising rush of gender feelings.  Parts of these feelings feel too second-wave feministy to be appropriate in this day and age, but regardless I find myself frustrated…. Continue reading “Gendering Praxis”.

Meg Stewart to talk about the Fulbright Scholar program, Thursday, Jan 17

A Fulbright Scholar Talks About Participatory GIS, the Caribbean, Google Earth and How a Fulbright Could Be in Your Future Thursday, January 17 2:00 – 3:00pm Alderman Library, Room 421 Meg Stewart Academic Technology Consultant and Fulbright Ambassador A Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10 to the University of the West Indies in Barbados, Meg Stewart will…. Continue reading “Meg Stewart to talk about the Fulbright Scholar program, Thursday, Jan 17”.

Make it Work!

Tomorrow, in an ongoing effort to teach us how to use Ruby, we are embarking on the adventure that is “Pair Programming.”  We are going to create a “Jotto” game, courtesy of Eric by breaking it into discrete classes and having each pair work on a different class.  The goal is to have one person…. Continue reading “Make it Work!”.

Onward and Upward

This week we wrapped up git and got started on Ruby. I’m starting to build the muscle memory with git. Although they are mostly simple tasks I can make a change in an html document, stage those changes, and then commit them to a repository in github. This feels like major progress given how I…. Continue reading “Onward and Upward”.

Prism Project Proposal

Full disclosure: this list of questions came from a prompt by David McClure. This also grows out of a blog post I wrote earlier about my interest in utilizing images in Prism. What’s the overarching intellectual goal? Analyze what visual cues in photographs trigger regional distinctions for their viewers.  Using photographs from the 1950s-1960s I am…. Continue reading “Prism Project Proposal”.

A Project for Prism

In the last meeting we played the transparency game: Everyone highlights a transparency on top of a text according to a set of categories. At the end of the exercise, all the transparencies are stacked together. What does this show? In theory, a number of interesting results emerge.  The game could show where there is…. Continue reading “A Project for Prism”.

The Whiteboard

This is what the whiteboard in the grad lounge looks like this week. We’ve been dreaming pretty big. Here are a few of the questions that we’ve been mulling over: 1. What will Prism look like? What sort of interface would allow users to upload their own materials and browse other ongoing (or completed) projects?…. Continue reading “The Whiteboard”.

Fun with Prism

Prism could be a tool that we use for scholarly entertainment (like Old Weather). It could also be an extremely powerful tool for research–provided that we make the controls fluid enough. Earlier this week, Claire and I dreamed up a rather elaborate interface that would showcase Prism’s playful qualities, in order to generate “subjects” interested in participating in…. Continue reading “Fun with Prism”.

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