Praxis Program Panel: “Reading Digitally with Prism and Ivanhoe”

On April 4 at 4:30 PM in the Scholars’ Lab, members of current and previous Praxis cohorts will give a presentation on how their projects, Prism and Ivanhoe, can inform textual study and reading in a digital environment.  The presentation will also feature demonstrations of both projects. Presenters include: Scott Bailey (Religious Studies, Praxis ’13-14)…. Continue reading “Praxis Program Panel: “Reading Digitally with Prism and Ivanhoe””.

Reflections on Project Management III: It Is All About Communication

I have saved the discussion of my biggest struggle with Project Management for my final post in this miniseries. Much to my surprise, communication with the rest of the team was one of the more difficult aspects of this semester. This caught me completely off guard because I actually think that I have pretty good…. Continue reading “Reflections on Project Management III: It Is All About Communication”.

Prism, for Play

[cross-posted from] This week marks the release of a new version of Prism, a web-based tool for “crowdsourcing interpretation,” constructed over the course of two academic years by two separate cohorts of graduate fellows in our Praxis Program at the Scholars’ Lab. Praxis fellows are humanities and social science grad students across a variety…. Continue reading “Prism, for Play”.

Drum Roll Please…..

After many months of brainstorming, debating, dreaming big, getting down to business, panicking, refocusing, programming, and fine tuning, Prism is here! It has been a great journey, and I think my fellow Praxers would agree when I say that we have learned a lot.  Not only have we been introduced to the world of DH…. Continue reading “Drum Roll Please…..”.

Out on a (Small) Limb

In writing the following post, I was struck by how close it felt to one Alex Gil wrote last year about a similar Prism disaster that he called the herokulypse. Alex wrote his post on April 23 of last year, so we’re a few days ahead of schedule for apocalyptic project events. — Over the past…. Continue reading “Out on a (Small) Limb”.

Prism on Spring Break

Last week I was in Little Rock, Arkansas for the Society for American Music conference, but Prism seemed to be following me: This logo looks uncannily like one of our sketches for Prism highlighting. So far I can’t find anything on the internet about this logo or what kind of company it might be for.…. Continue reading “Prism on Spring Break”.

Images in Prism

One thing we have thought about in recent weeks is the role of Prism in our goals for the semester.  As part of this brainstorming I wanted to share some of my thoughts about a potential future for Prism. What I was most interested in is how we can use images with Prism.  Images call…. Continue reading “Images in Prism”.

Praxis: Doing is Thinking?

Speaking off the cuff to a group of prospective Praxis Program applicants in March, I found myself explaining how “aesthetic provocation” isn’t the same as argument, that Prism isn’t a tool that produces criticism as much as it is a tool that might prod us to see, read, or critique in new ways. I didn’t…. Continue reading “Praxis: Doing is Thinking?”.

On Complexity

When I wrote my first “real” code for a website, things were a lot simpler. I was taking SGML TEI files and running them through a DSSSL generator to create static HTML files. It was pretty straight-forward: I would tag a document, cross my fingers that it would validate, then run a script that would…. Continue reading “On Complexity”.

Future possibilities for Prism

It’s been incredibly exciting to watch Annie, Alex, Lindsay, Brooke, Sarah, and Ed work together over the course of the last two semesters to take Prism from idea to working software. Considering the fact that most of them hadn’t ever written a line of Ruby, Javascript, or CSS when they started last semester, the end…. Continue reading “Future possibilities for Prism”.