To Scaffold, or Not To Scaffold?

Alex and I started trying to build our new data model last Thursday, and we figured that it would go much more smoothly and quickly than the last time we tried.  Like the previous time, we decided to use Rails scaffolding, figuring it would be easier than generating the individual pieces by hand.  However, we…. More.

Humanities in a Digital Age Symposium podcast

Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures: Humanities in a Digital Age Symposium On November 11th, the University’s new Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures hosted a daylong symposium on “The Humanities in a Digital Age.” The symposium included two panels—one on Access & Ownership and the other on Research & Teaching—and two keynote…. More.

Johannes Kepper & Julian Dabbert: MEI, or Musical Editions Improved

MEI, or Musical Editions Improved On November 4th, the UVa Music Library and the Scholars’ Lab welcomed Dr. Johannes Kepper, Entwicklung/Betreuung Kooperationspartner at the Edirom Project, and Mr. Julian Dabbert, Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter on Project TextGrid at the University of Paderborn. Dr. Kepper and Mr. Debbert discussed the requirements, characteristics and benefits of digital editions based…. More.

The (beautiful) truth about Praxis

I thought that this week I’d give you a behind-the-scenes peek at what we really do in the Praxis Program at the Scholars’ Lab. Brooke and I both wrote posts at the beginning of the semester about how much pressure we felt to appear polished and professional 24/7, but the reality is that 1) this…. More.

Model vocabularies

Annie drafted a new Model for Prism this week, and we had a chance to tweak it and refine it on Friday. It was our first time programming together. Heck, it was the first time I ever programmed with anyone, period. We eased into the 24-inch monitor with some takeout Chinese. Patiently maneuvering one hand…. More.

Acceptance Testing for Omeka Plugins

For the month of December, I’m going to be heads-down on NeatlineFeatures (project page; Github). This is an Omeka plugin that lets people associate geo-spatial metadata with Omeka items by drawing on a map. Before I started coding, I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing, so I wrote a few user…. More.

Wireframing and Foundations

Discussing design in the grad lounge continues to raise questions both programmatic and philosophical. Today we revisited the question of whether or not users should be able to see results or visualizations before they highlight a text themselves. Most of us grad students were concerned about this possibility, especially since we have agreed to make…. More.

Design Q&A

Today in Praxis: more design. The design team had agreed that we would all bring in some wireframe sketches to chat about collectively and try to agree on a few wireframes to talk about at the group meeting today. We spent some time working on sketches two weeks ago and raised quite a few questions…. More.

Projection Lessons in Maps

For many years, I have used the following map in my presentations. This map is a great example of proportional symbology and is of an interesting subject, especially when juxtaposed with modern oil trading.  Of course, the cartographic style is great too.  I hadn’t much thought of the cartographer or why the map was created until recently.…. More.