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Organization name: University of Richmond
Key words: Visualizing Emancipation (ANY of these words -- matching substrings)
Division or office: Digital Humanities*
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HD-51083-10

University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)
Edward L. Ayers (Project Director: March 2010 to present)
Scott Nesbit (Co Project Director: March 2010 to present)

Landscapes of the American Past: Visualizing Emancipation

The development of a digital atlas seeking to demonstrate how the spread of emancipation of enslaved people occurred during the US Civil War.

The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond proposes Landscapes of the American Past,an online atlas of American history, as a tool for organizing and interpreting a part of the outpouring of digital materials over the past twenty years and as a tool for thinking spatially about the past. In the start-up period, we will produce "Landscapes of Emancipation," the first detailed map of emancipation yet published, and answer questions about when, where, and how emancipation emerged from the Civil War. In doing so, we will also address a question of increasing interest in the digital humanities: how can we produce maps that rely on and support open resources while at the same time creating effective and elegant visualizations that convey scholarly arguments? We will publish our findings online as a mapping application, in peer-reviewed essays, as freely accessible data and metadata, and in a white paper addressing the methodology of visualizing historical arguments.

[White paper]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$48,155 (approved)
$48,155 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 2/29/2012


HD-50442-08

University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)
Andrew J. Torget (Project Director: April 2008 to present)

Visualizing the Past: Tools and Techniques for Understanding Historical Processes

A two-day workshop on issues relating to visualization and historical processes and the first steps toward the creation of new tools for overcoming obstacles to data visualization work.

The University of Richmond requests a Level I Digital Humanities Start-Up grant to bring together experts for investigations about how to overcome limitations that prevent most humanities scholars from taking advantage of visualization techniques in their research. The grant will fund a two-day workshop where invited scholars will discuss current work on visualizing historical processes, and together consider: (1) How can we harness emerging cyber-infrastructure tools and interoperability standards to explore, visualize, and analyze spatial and temporal components of distributed digital archives to better understand historical events and processes? (2) How can user-friendly tools or web sites be created to allow scholars and researchers to animate spatial and temporal data housed on different systems across the Internet? The grant will also fund initial experiments toward creating new tools for overcoming obstacles to data visualization work. Results will be presented as a white paper.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$19,942 (approved)
$19,942 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2008 – 9/30/2009