These are just a few of our in-progress staff research projects and active collaborations with UVa faculty and grad students.
Mapping the Catalogue of Ships
The Scholars’ Lab is using geospatial technology to assist Classics professor Jenny Strauss Clay in testing her theories about the relation of ancient geography to mnemonic devices and poetic form. Least-cost path analysis in GIS, coupled with literary analysis of the nearly 190 place names mentioned in Homer’s Catalogue of Ships, also holds promise in [...]
Neatline is a mix-and-match toolset for the creation of interlinked timelines and maps as interpretive expressions of the literary or historical content of archival collections. It allows scholars and archivists to build on standard descriptive metadata and georectified maps to produce rich, evocative – even theoretical – spatial and temporal visualizations of the textual content [...]
Our work on Omeka is oriented toward adapting it for use in research and special collections libraries and with scholarly digital projects that build on library- or museum-managed archival resources. Our major Omeka project is Neatline, but we’ve also done recent work on UVA Special Collections exhibits and a project in collaboration with architectural historian [...]
The Praxis Program is a 2011–13 pilot project of the Scholars’ Lab in collaboration with the Scholarly Communication Institute. The Praxis Program funds two groups of six University of Virginia graduate students from a variety of disciplines to apprentice with us for an academic year as we conceptualize, design, and build a digital tool for humanities interpretation. [...]
Spatial Search and Delivery
The Scholars’ Lab is engaged in a number of projects related web services delivery of GIS content and spatial search and discovery. Among these is GN-Geoportal, an application for searching and displaying spatial metadata records from a GeoNetwork catalog. GN-Geoportal is written in Ruby and is available in both the Sinatra and Ruby on Rails [...]