Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 3 – GeoServer

Note This is specifically for Omeka/Neatline 1.x. If you are using Omeka/Neatline 2.x, you can upload your maps to Geoserver with Option 2 below. Follow Editing Record Imagery for working with the WMS layers. [Cross-posted with and] This is part 3 of a 3-post tutorial that walks through process of georeferencing a historical…. Continue reading “Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 3 – GeoServer”.

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 2 – Transparency

Update 8/27/12: After posting this last week, a comment by KaCeBe led me to go back and look for a way to get Geoserver to render transparent borders without having to manually add an alpha channel to the file. Although I still can’t find way to make Geoserver do it automatically, I did find this…. Continue reading “Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 2 – Transparency”.

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 1 – Georeferencing

[Cross-posted from and] Out of the box, Neatline (our recently-released framework for building geotemporal exhibits) can be used to create geo-temporal exhibits based on “modern-geography” base-layers – OpenStreetMap, Google satellite and street maps, and a collection of beautiful, stylized layers from Stamen Design. For historical and literary projects, though, one of Neatline’s most…. Continue reading “Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 1 – Georeferencing”.

DIY Aerial Photography and Edgar Allan Poe

Earlier this year Professor Megan Marlatt from the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art began work with her students to create a jumbo outdoor mural titled “Hello Pluto, Good-bye Kitty” based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat“.   The mural design covered a large suburban parking lot. From street level, viewers see…. Continue reading “DIY Aerial Photography and Edgar Allan Poe”.

Announcing Neatline!

What do you get when you cross archives and artifacts with timelines, modern and historical maps, and an appreciation for the interpretive aims of humanities scholarship? Today, the Scholars’ Lab is proud to announce the launch of Neatline, our set of Omeka plugins for hand-crafted geo-temporal visualization and interpretation. You can head right over to…. Continue reading “Announcing Neatline!”.

DIY Aerial Photography In A Crowd

The Lawn is the center of Mr. Jefferson’s historic Academical Village at the University of Virginia.  We took our Scholars’ Lab DIY aerial photography equipment to the Lawn on Sunday afternoon as part of the University Library’s effort to document the events surrounding President Sullivan’s resignation. Since our last flights, we’ve upgraded our camera to…. Continue reading “DIY Aerial Photography In A Crowd”.

Spatial In the Scholars’ Lab: Spring 2012

With classes over and finals behind us, let’s look back on the Spring 2012 semester with a spatial eye.  Yes, January-May was a very mappy time in the Scholars’ Lab! Workshops From January through April twice every week my colleague Chris Gist and I welcomed faculty, staff, and students to our free “no experience required”…. Continue reading “Spatial In the Scholars’ Lab: Spring 2012”.

Update: DIY Aerial Photography

It’s been over a month since our last post re DIY aerial photography. Since then, we hosted two GIS workshops, a THATCamp Virginia session, and our first real “job” flight for an art installation. Our workshops were scheduled for Wednesday morning, April 18 and Thursday afternoon, April 19.  Unfortunately, it started raining hard just before…. Continue reading “Update: DIY Aerial Photography”.

DIY Aerial Photography

Here in the Scholars’ Lab, we’ve been interested for some time in having the ability to take aerial photographs on a small scale.  Many great uses exist for such techniques here at UVa.  A landscape architect could use current, high resolution photos of a work site. An environmental science student may wish to see how…. Continue reading “DIY Aerial Photography”.

Mapping the Catalogue of Ships

I’m very pleased to share a guest post by UVa Classics professor Jenny Strauss Clay, describing a new project we’ve undertaken at the Scholars’ Lab. We’re excited not only at the opportunity to use GIS techniques to test Professor Clay’s theories about the relation of ancient geography to mnemonic devices and poetic form, but also…. Continue reading “Mapping the Catalogue of Ships”.