Projects

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Modern Ways of Knowing: Monitoring Trees in the Cloud

A collaborative mapping effort to further integrate the University’s tree collection into ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems). A tree inventory database consists of information such as tree location, height, diameter, condition, and hazards. It can be leveraged to monitor trends, enhance maintenance flows, and engage the community.
By : Maxwell Sheldon | Oct 2, 2020
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Architectural Biometrics

Architectural Biometrics is an interdisciplinary project at the University of Rochester. In this project, we use lidar scanning along with computer vision and image processing technologies to address humanistic concerns in architectural
By : joshr | Jan 30, 2020
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Tokkan Kozo

Joanne Bernardi, Professor of Japanese and Film and Media Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
By : joshr | Jul 10, 2019
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Mediate

Joel Burges, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies
By : joshr | Jun 26, 2019
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Sekuru’s Stories

Sekuru’s Stories is a public digital humanities project featuring the renowned Zimbabwean mbira player, oral historian, and ritual specialist Sekuru Tute Chigamba. Bringing Sekuru Chigamba’s oral narratives, or nhoroondo, together with musical transcriptions,
By : Emily Sherwood | Jan 2, 2019
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LSF-ASL Website and App

Guillame Chastel, Senior Lecturer, American Sign Language (ASL) Langue des Signes Française (LSF) Program
By : Emily Sherwood | Oct 5, 2018
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Viewing the Temple of Jupiter

Elizabeth Colantoni, Associate Professor of Classics, Department of Religion and Classics
By : Emily Sherwood | Oct 5, 2018
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Classical Mechanics

Douglas Cline, Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy
By : Emily Sherwood | Oct 4, 2018
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Hunt-Lenox Globe in 3D

Gregory Heyworth, Associate Professor of English and Textual Science, Director, Lazarus Project
By : joshr | Aug 23, 2018
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The Ward Project

Bob Minckley, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology
By : Emily Sherwood | May 15, 2018
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Rochester, NY Voices of LGBT History

River Campus Libraries and the Out Alliance
By : Emily Sherwood | May 3, 2018
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Reenvisioning Japan

Re-Envisioning Japan: Japan as Destination in 20th Century Visual and Material Culture (REJ) is an online critical archive of tourism, travel, and educational ephemera that documents changing images of Japan and its
By : joshr | Jul 2, 2017
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Sibley Watson Digital Archive

When family documents are scattered in multiple repositories over many decades, it becomes a scholarly challenge to assess the scope of materials available and to create critical narratives which are complete and
By : Joe Easterly | May 26, 2017
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In The Field

In The Field (prototype) brings networking among social scientists into the 21st century. Our goal was to create and maintain an interactive website that will enable political scientists – and, ultimately, all
By : Blair Tinker | May 26, 2017
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Once Upon a Plaque in China

Created by students in the course “HIS142: Traditional China”, students created digital plaques (imagine an engraved “Golden Plaque” like the Pioneer Plaque that was launched into space by NASA in 1972), and
By : Joe Easterly | Jan 5, 2016
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Virtual St. George’s

Virtual St. George’s will combine the historical precision of a community study across twelve generations (1612-1900) with 3D renderings of the townscape at various key years (1620, 1660, 1700, 1775, 1812, 1865)
By : joshr | Jul 2, 2015
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Seward Family Digital Archive

The Seward Family Digital Archive draws on manuscripts, letters, and other materials housed in the William Henry Seward Papers, the largest and most frequently cited manuscript collection in Rare Books, Special Collections,
By : joshr | Jul 2, 2015
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Bragdon Train Station

Our project uses the digital environment to re-create both the structure and the experience of a building that no longer exists:  the main railroad station In Rochester between 1914 and 1963.  The
By : joshr | Jul 2, 2015

The Digital Scholarship Lab at River Campus Libraries specializes in the creation of digital tools and resources; provides support for web-based scholarly initiatives; and partners with faculty on their digital research projects.

Services

Digital Scholar
“Digital Scholar” is a hosted web platform powered by Reclaim Hosting that facilitates quick and easy deployment of digital scholarship projects. Applications available include WordPress, Scalar, Omeka, mediawiki, and Drupal, to name a few.
RCL on Git
Access plugins and other code developed by the Digital Scholarship Lab and River Campus Libraries on our GitHub repository.

Lab Notes

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Modern Ways of Knowing: Monitoring Trees in the Cloud

A collaborative mapping effort to further integrate the University’s tree collection into ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems). A tree inventory database consists of information such as tree location, height, diameter, condition, and hazards. It can be leveraged to monitor trends, enhance maintenance flows, and engage the community.
By : Maxwell Sheldon | Oct 2, 2020
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Teaching Writing with Comic Books

Multimodal composition is core to the first-year writing curriculum at the University of Rochester. Alongside term papers, students create short movies, interactive websites, comic strips, and more. Comic Life (comiclife.com) is a
By : Joe Easterly | Jan 15, 2020
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DigITaL: Digital Ideas for Teaching & Learning

DigITaL is an interactive and educational portal where instructors can share and access reviews, tutorials, and other materials related to bringing new technologies into the classroom, for use in their own teaching.
By : Joe Easterly | Jan 15, 2020
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Presenting on Mediate at ACH

ACH and Mediate The Association for Computers in the Humanities (ACH) Conference took place at the Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, PA, July 32-26, 2019. While this conference might seem out of
By : Tiamat Fox | Oct 31, 2019
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Imaging Ancient Roman Tablets

Supporting Research In the fall of 2018, I was part of a small research team, comprised of Classics Professor Nicholas Gresens, undergrads Elise Lia, ’20, and Shaim Mahir, ’21, that traveled to
By : LisaWright | Oct 28, 2019
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Digital Pedagogy Workshop 2019

Thoughtful Pedagogy, Innovative Projects The digital pedagogy workshop series began in August 2018 as a means to cultivate a learning community around digital pedagogy among the University of Rochester faculty and staff
By : Joe Easterly | Oct 25, 2019
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Tokkan Kozo

Joanne Bernardi, Professor of Japanese and Film and Media Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
By : joshr | Jul 10, 2019
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Library Consortium Receives Grant to Support Data and Digital Literacy

Ninety percent of the world’s data is only two years old, and the tools, methods, and platforms to explore and use it are continually evolving. The overwhelming pace at which information and
By : Matthew Cook | Jul 10, 2019
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Dynamic Maps Using CSV, Google Earth, KML and ArcGIS Online

In Fall 2018, Professor Molly Ball’s History 252: Immigration in the Americas students developed original research based on archival and primary sources to explore how Rochester’s own immigrant history can not only
By : Blair Tinker | Apr 29, 2019
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Digitizing on a Big Scale: the NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt

At the occasion of the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation collaborated with the Digital Scholarship Lab to create a new digital reproduction of the University of
By : Clara Auclair | Feb 22, 2019
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Visualizing Sea Levels- GIS Class Exercise

The Digital Scholarship Lab collaborated with professor Carmala Garzione (Earth and Environmental Sciences) to create an exercise for her sedimentology course to examine sea level change’s impact on geologic formation. The goals
By : Blair Tinker | Jan 2, 2019
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Identifying What You See

One of the most interesting parts of working in digitization at a large institution is the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of materials from different eras. My day to day
By : LisaWright | Oct 5, 2018
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Hunt-Lenox Globe in 3D

Gregory Heyworth, Associate Professor of English and Textual Science, Director, Lazarus Project
By : joshr | Aug 23, 2018
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Digital Pedagogy Workshop

Digital Pedagogy On August 9th and 10th, Stu Jordan (Faculty Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) and Emily Sherwood (Director, Digital Scholarship Lab) co-facilitated the Digital Pedagogy Workshop aimed at
By : Emily Sherwood | Aug 13, 2018
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Medieval and Early Modern Seals Under a New Light

The Digitization Lab discusses the use of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to reveal details in seals from medieval and early modern manuscripts housed in RBSCP.
By : LisaWright | Jul 20, 2018
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Public Art & Omeka

This past spring, Kim Hoffman & I were invited by the Memorial Art Gallery to lead a workshop on teaching with Omeka in high schools. In the months leading up to this
By : Joe Easterly | Jul 12, 2018
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RCL Mini-Digital Scholarship Institute

ARL DSI The past few years, members of the Digital Scholarship Lab have helped teach classes at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Digital Scholarship Institute. The institute aims to introduce library
By : Emily Sherwood | Jun 5, 2018
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Upgrading the Digitization Lab

In May 2017, to meet the demands for modern digital preservation standards, the River Campus Libraries and the Digital Scholarship Lab invested in a new digitization system. The University, advised by Lisa Wright, Digitization Specialist, and
By : Clara Auclair | May 15, 2018
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Today On the Print Bed in the DSL

Today on our Cube printer, we are making a 3D print of the statue of Minerva located in the Great Hall of Rush Rhees Library. The print was generated from a 3D
By : LisaWright | Jan 22, 2016