Ada Lovelace Day 2011

On this Ada Lovelace Day, I’m looking forward and back. Here’s my full post in honor of humanities computing pioneer Susan Hockey (where you can also find links to past years’ posts on Johanna Drucker, Bess Sadler, and Leah Buechley). But I’m also spending today feeling appreciative of the a fantastic group of young women…. Continue reading “Ada Lovelace Day 2011”.

Introduction to Linked Open Data at Rare Book School

Yesterday, I was fortunate to be invited by Andrew Stauffer and Bethany Nowviskie to present at their Rare Book School course, Digitizing the Historical Record. I talked about Linked Open Data (LOD), and afterward, Dana Wheeles talked about the NINES project and how they use RDF and LOD. I tried to present a gentle, mostly…. Continue reading “Introduction to Linked Open Data at Rare Book School”.

project launch: “Spatial Humanities!”

Over the past two years, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library has hosted an Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship. Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of “Spatial Humanities,” a community-driven resource for place-based digital scholarship: This site responds to needs…. Continue reading “project launch: “Spatial Humanities!””.

Scholars’ Lab and CHNM Partner on “Omeka + Neatline”

The Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library and the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University are pleased to announce a collaborative “Omeka + Neatline” initiative, supported by $665,248 in funding from the Library of Congress. The Omeka + Neatline project’s goal is to enable scholars, students, and library…. Continue reading “Scholars’ Lab and CHNM Partner on “Omeka + Neatline””.

Building Omeka Exhibits with Fedora Repository Content

Our NEH-funded Neatline project has inspired the Scholars’ Lab to develop or enhance several new Omeka plugins recently. (See our full list.) One of these is FedoraConnector, which is designed to enable administrators to attach Fedora datastreams (a digital object — whether image, XML like TEI or EAD, or video) to Omeka items. This is…. Continue reading “Building Omeka Exhibits with Fedora Repository Content”.

We’ve come a long way, baby.

Thanks to Megan Brett, Research Database and Records Manager at the Montpelier Foundation, we are able share with you a piece of ephemera from UVa Library’s computing past: a pamphlet on “Computer Literature Search.” “Why use a computer search? Consider the time it takes to search manually through the many issues of printed indexes. The…. Continue reading “We’ve come a long way, baby.”.

On XForms

Several months ago, I wrote a post about my XForms development in the Scholars’ Lab as part of a research project. I’m currently working on two research projects that utilize the standard: EADitor (Encoded Archival Description management and dissemination framework) and Numishare (geared towards online delivery of numismatic collections, though other artifacts can be represented).…. Continue reading “On XForms”.

Expanding the Capabilities of Omeka

Because I have a keen interest in the description of cultural heritage artifacts and in doing interesting things with metadata, in recent months I have developed a handful of Omeka plugins to meet these interests. My first foray into plugin development for the application was with the EAD Importer. The EAD Importer, as the name…. Continue reading “Expanding the Capabilities of Omeka”.

Hide and Seek: Blacklight’s Smart Search Functionality

Bethany wrote recently in praise of Bess Sadler’s work on Blacklight, and its recent release (as “VIRGObeta”). I’d like to offer my own (admittedly anecdotal, perhaps insignificant) praise.

A Kindle for Every Student?

The blogosphere has been abuzz with diverse opinions on the release of Amazon’s new Kindle 2. So far, most of the news has surrounded the controversial text-to-speech function and whether or not it violates copyright law (more on this here and here). Regardless of its legality, the speech sounds mechanical, and I don’t see this…. Continue reading “A Kindle for Every Student?”.