These are just a few of our in-progress staff research projects and active collaborations with UVa faculty and grad students.
Collective Biographies of Women
Alison Booth’s “Collective Biographies of Women” began as a simple electronic text which, in collaboration with the Scholars’ Lab, blossomed into a rich instrument for the study of prosopography. Professor Booth has been selected as an IATH and ACLS Fellow on the merit of this work.
EADitor is an XForms framework for the creation and editing of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids using Orbeon, an enterprise-level XForms Java application, which runs in Apache Tomcat. Many institutions have faced challenges in the efficient creation of electronic finding aids since the introduction of EAD in 1998. For finding aids to be useful […]
Faulkner at Virginia: An Audio Archive
Professor Stephen Railton, with assistance from the Scholars’ Lab, created the Faulkner at Virginia archive. Here you can listen in on William Faulkner’s sessions with audiences at the University of Virginia in 1957 and 1958, during his two terms as UVA’s first Writer-in-Residence.
For Better for Verse
A collaboration with UVA English professor Herbert Tucker, For Better for Verse tests users’ understanding of prosody, or poetic meter in English-language poetry. In the over 40 included poems, users can mark syllable stress, foot divisions, and even check answers. Intended primarily for teaching purposes, For Better for Verse allows students to explore poems of […]
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mix-and-match toolset for the creation of interlinked timelines and maps as interpretive expressions of the literary or historical content of archival collections.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. […]
A free and open source ruby-on-rails based library discovery interface, recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Blacklight is a core component of the Hydra Project.
Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project consists of an electronic collection of primary source materials relating to the Salem witch trials of 1692 and a new transcription of the court records, including court records, contemporary books, and record books. Originally an IATH project, Salem Witch Trials has been supported by the Scholars’ Lab […]
A Java-based program for indexing MARC records into Solr indexes. This is the main indexing mechanism for both the Blacklight and Vufind projects.
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 […]
The Falmouth Project
Louis P. Nelson of the UVa Department of Architectural History authored The Falmouth Project, an online geo-spatially accessible archive of information about the historic architecture of Falmouth, Jamaica. The archive includes information on the 764 buildings that fall within the boundaries of the historic district. Every building in the archive has a full PDF survey […]
The Mind is a Metaphor
The Mind is a Metaphor site is a collaboration with Brad Pasanek. The project collects “metaphors and root-images appealed to by the novelists, poets, dramatists, essayists, philosophers, belle-lettrists, preachers, and pamphleteers of the long eighteenth century.” The project took an existing database that was being manually edited through phpMyAdmin and reimagining it as a Ruby on […]
The University of Virginia Art Museum Numismatic Collection
The The University of Virginia Art Museum Numismatic Collection features nearly 600 coins of Greek and Roman origin. The coins were generally acquired in small lots that were purchased or donated from 1987-2001, but larger groups of coins belonging to English hoards were also acquired, including 51 from the Normanby Hoard and 302 from the […]
THL Place Dictionary
The “Places Portal” of the Tibetan and Himalayan Library stems from a long collaboration between the Scholars’ Lab and THL staff. “Places,” which includes a complex gazetteer, is the area of THL where spatial and geographical data is archived and presented, as well as where rich studies of specific places are published.