Maps, Timelines, and Archives: Using Neatline to Plot Digital Collections in Space and Time

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Time: 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: Room 205, Second Floor Gorgas Library
Cost: $0 

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Neatline is a suite of tools that makes it possible to create rich, interpretive views of archival collections by plotting objects, events, documents, people, and concepts on interactive maps and timelines: neatline.org. Developed by the Scholars' Lab at the UVa library with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, Neatline is built as a collection of mix-and-match plugins for Omeka, a digital archive-building framework that provides a powerful, open-source platform for content management and web publication. Lead developer David McClure will demo the software and describe some of the decisions that led the team to focus on hand-crafted, "small-data" visualization instead of the large-scale, algorithmic methods that have traditionally characterized geospatial work in the humanities.

Web Applications Specialist on the Scholars' Lab R&D team, David McClure graduated from Yale University with a degree in the Humanities in 2009 and worked as an independent web developer and communications consultant in San Francisco, New York, and Madison, Wisconsin, before joining the Scholars' Lab. David is working on the Omeka + Neatline project and pursuing research projects that explore the idea that software can be used as a tool to advance traditional lines of study in literary theory and aesthetics.

Contact Info: Franky Abbott, (205) 348-0767,

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