The Praxis Program
The Praxis Program realigns graduate methodological training with the demands of the humanities in the digital age.
Our goal is to equip knowledge workers for faculty positions or alternative academic careers at a moment in which new questions can be asked and new systems built. The Praxis Program produces humanities scholars who are as comfortable writing code as they are managing teams and budgets.
Read more about The Praxis Program.
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. Initial test cases will include a set of UVA Special Collections exhibits and a project in collaboration with architectural historian Louis Nelson.
Read more about the plugins under development for the Omeka platform.
Neatline, funded by an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, is a tool for the creation of interlinked timelines and maps as interpretive expressions of the literary or historical content of archival collections. It promotes collaboration by libraries and cultural heritage institutions with scholarly end-users, who will build on standard EAD (Encoded Archival Description) metadata to produce rich, evocative – even theoretical – geospatial and temporal visualizations of the textual content of catalogued letters and manuscripts. Neatline is therefore a geo-temporal framework for fruitful interchange among scholars and the stewards of primary resources. It builds on Omeka, OpenLayers, GeoServer, and SIMILE Timeline, and provides a seamless, out-of-the-box experience for users without deep Web development skills. Adam Soroka and Bethany Nowviskie have conceived Neatline as a contribution to interpretive humanities scholarship in the visual vernacular.
Learn more about our Neatline-related Omeka plugins, or visit the Neatline page.
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 report that includes a summary of the building’s form and materials, a supposition about the building’s date of construction, an assessment of the building’s condition in 2008, and a photograph and approximate footprint.
Visit The Falmouth Project site.
The Spatial Humanities website is a contribution of the Scholars’ Lab to the broad community interested in GIS for humanities inquiry and in place-based digital scholarship. It responds to needs identified in conversation with the 56 participants and 21 faculty members of the NEH-funded Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship (#geoinst) and includes a set of framing essays on the spatial turn across the disciplines by Institute fellow Dr. Jo Guldi (whose collaboration on the website was invaluable); an evolving, crowdsourced catalog of research resources and featured projects and organizations; related feeds from Q&A sites and social media; and a peer-reviewed, occasional publication for “step-by-step” helpsheets and tutorials in humanities GIS.
Visit The Spatial Humanities site.
Geospatial Data Portal
The Geospatial Data Portal is an application for searching and displaying spatial metadata records from a GeoNetwork catalog. Geospatial Data Portal is written in Ruby and is available in both the Sinatra and Ruby on Rails frameworks.
Using Geoserver, dynamic and interactive maps can also be viewed in the Geospatial Data Portal.
The Scholars’ Lab’s work on the Geospatial Data Portal continues in the context of our NEH-funded Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship.
Visit the Geospatial Data Portal site
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.
The Documentary Archive is created under the supervision of Professor Benjamin C. Ray, University of Virginia. The Transcription project is supervised by Professor Bernard Rosenthal, University of Binghamton. Together with a team of scholars, Professor Rosenthal is undertaking a new transcription of the original court records, titled Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt, to be published by Cambridge University Press.
Visit the Salem Witch Trials site.
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 varying difficulty and complexity.
Visit the For Better for Verse site.
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 Rails application with the primary search and browsing interfaces being provided through Solr and its faceting interface. By providing a faceted interface for the metaphors, researchers can quickly narrow search categories to quickly find examples of metaphors in specific literary periods, metaphor categories, genres, nationalities, political leanings of authors, religious views, as well as the gender of the writer.
Visit The Mind is a Metaphor site.
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 Associate Fellow on the merit of this work.
Visit the Collective Biographies of Women project.
A free and open source ruby-on-rails based library discovery interface, recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Explore the UVa implementation.
Read more about Project Blacklight.
The UVa 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 Oliver’s Orchard Hoards. About 450 of the total number of coins are from the Roman Republic or Empire, providing a broad sample of coins from the late 3rd century B.C. to the late 3rd century A.D., particularly from the Crisis of the Third Century–including more than 100 coins from the breakaway Gallic Empire of A.D. 260-274.
Visit The University of Virginia Art Museum Numismatic Collection site.
The Latvian Dainas site is an electronic edition of the 12 volumes of Latviešu tautas dziesmas, edited by Arveds Švābe, Kārlis Straubergs, and Edīte Hauzenberga-Šturma, published by Imanta, Copenhagen, 1952-1956. The editor of the electronic text is Prof. Maruta Lietiņa Ray.
Visit the Latvian Dainas site.
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.
Get the code for EADitor.
Faulkner at Virginia:
An Audio Archive
Professor Stephen Railton, with assistance from the Scholars' Lab and SHANTI, 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.
Visit The Faulkner at Virginia archive.
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.
Visit the THL Place Dictionary.
Raven is a flexible framework for indexing, searching and displaying various data formats. In its preliminary stages, Raven has shown to work with TEI, EAD and VRA as well as other, non-XML formats. The framework aims to provide out of the box “profiles” for different data formats. Profiles will include indexing strategies, view templates and user interface widgets for working with the data in meaningful ways. The modern software stack is all open source. Ruby on Rails provides the application framework while Solr provides the search engine and data store.
Get the code for Raven.