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Research and Development

Announcing the #Codespeak Kit!

Today, the Scholars’ Lab is pleased to make a few modest contributions toward the broadening of a conversation we opened last fall, in a summit for digital humanities software developers called Speaking in Code. The summit, generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and UVa Library, brought together 32 advanced developers working on…. More.

Learning Ruby: Opening Moves

As the Praxis Fellows wrapped up Ivanhoe, I turned my attention to the Praxis Network. The Praxis Network, which showcases eight like-minded, but differently enacted programs all exploring new ways of teaching humanities students, began with the goals of creating an easy way to compare a variety of programs and to provide a model for others.…. More.

Check Out Copyipsum

Of the bazillion lorem ipsum generators out there, the one I use most often for day to day work is Loripsum. It has a few great features, like choosing length of paragraph, adding other HTML elements, and only getting plain text. You can also get all this stuff through a simple API. Friday morning, while…. More.

On Community Listening: 1

During the Fall semester, Scholars Lab Design Architect, Jeremy Boggs and I spent time conceptualizing and sketching a web interface to house a perusable version of my ethnographic composition, Community Listening in Isle Royale National Park. Check out the project abstract below. This blog post is the first of many posts that will track our…. More.

Better :focus

Whenever I’ve taught folks how to do some basic HTML and CSS, the first thing they want to change are the styles for links on the page. And who can blame them? The default colors for links are pretty lame, as you can see in my first example page on CodePen. For those who don’t…. More.

Experimental typesetting with Neatline and Shakespeare

[Cross-posted from dclure.org] Click here to view the exhibit. I’ve always been fascinated by the geometric structure of text – the fact that literature is encoded as physical, space-occupying symbols that can be described, measured, and manipulated just like any other two-dimensional shapes. There’s something counter-intuitive about this. When I look at a letter or…. More.

Problem Solving with HTML5 Audio

Several years ago I worked on a project to take recordings made of William Faulkner while he was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia in 1957 and 1958. The project, Faulkner at Virginia, transcribed the audio and then keyed the main components of the audio to the text using TEI. In order to provide…. More.

Parsing BC dates with JavaScript

[Cross-posted from dclure.org] Last semester, while giving a workshop about Neatline at Beloit College in Wisconsin, Matthew Taylor, a professor in the Classics department, noticed a strange bug – Neatline was ignoring negative years, and parsing BC dates as AD dates. So, if you entered “-1000″ for the “Start Date” field on a Neatline record,…. More.

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