In geography, size matters. On maps, large always wins over small. We’re human. We’re wired to quickly spot patterns and make visual comparisons. See Tufte, Edward. Picture a map of your own state. How does it compare in size to the states next door, the largest states, the smallest, or Texas? I recently joined with…. More.
Earlier this year Professor Megan Marlatt from the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art began work with her students to create a jumbo outdoor mural titled “Hello Pluto, Good-bye Kitty” based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat“. The mural design covered a large suburban parking lot. From street level, viewers see…. More.
With classes over and finals behind us, let’s look back on the Spring 2012 semester with a spatial eye. Yes, January-May was a very mappy time in the Scholars’ Lab! Workshops From January through April twice every week my colleague Chris Gist and I welcomed faculty, staff, and students to our free “no experience required”…. More.
I’m very pleased to share a guest post by UVa Classics professor Jenny Strauss Clay, describing a new project we’ve undertaken at the Scholars’ Lab. We’re excited not only at the opportunity to use GIS techniques to test Professor Clay’s theories about the relation of ancient geography to mnemonic devices and poetic form, but also…. More.
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.
Every November on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week the world celebrates GIS Day. On that day in Charlottesville the geospatial community gathers in the Scholars’ Lab for mappy goodness. And cake. In 2010 we threw open the Scholars’ Lab doors for folks to present geospatial lightning talks. We were impressed by the breadth of…. More.
One good thing about living in this age is instant access to information. What could be better than that? Maps! The USGS has up-to-the-minute maps for earthquakes all over the world. For the latest Virginia events click here. You can find their main earthquake page here. The USGS also has a crowd-sourced program – called Do You…. More.
Background Did you know that Charlottesville once had streetcars? Since moving to town, I’ve heard tales of the once-thriving transportation system that connected Fry’s Spring, UVa and downtown. It wasn’t until an inquiry came in from a student looking for GIS data for the system that I investigated it. I first found the following 1890 map which…. More.
Mr. Jefferson ended his best-known sentence with “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The only thing missing was maps. In the Scholars’ Lab, we’re all about the spatial goodness. Inspired by Kansas State University’s Seven Deadly Sins maps, we set about converting the qualities of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness into…. More.
Over the past two years, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library has hosted an Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship. Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of “Spatial Humanities,” a community-driven resource for place-based digital scholarship: http://spatial.scholarslab.org/ This site responds to needs…. More.
- Digital Humanities
- Experimental Humanities
- Geospatial and Temporal
- Grad Student Research
- Research and Development
- Visualization and Data Mining
- Neighborhoods of San Francisco
- Podcast: Open Access Week Speaker – Gail McMillan
- Better :focus
- GIS Day 2013
- Tongue-tied in CSS
- Role Journals, Texts, Pedagogy, and Pragmatism
- Sticky Situations: Lessons in Group Cohesion
- Two Ivanhoes, One Direction
- Stephen Covey intervenes in wire-framing Ivanhoe
- Thinking Through Doing While Losing My Marbles