Digital Humanities

Almanac

Almanac Archive

Description: Dr. Lindsey Eckert has been examining and recording the notes people have been making over the centuries in physical library copies of almanacs. The goal of the Almanac Archive is to create a searchable, digital corpus of high-resolution images from these annotated almanacs to encourage research questions about the relationship between historical events, individuals’ everyday lives, and the materiality of Romantic-era interfaces for tracking time. For this project, this SIF team was heavily involved in the requirement analysis, user experience design and usability concerns and road map of the product through meetings and deliberations. They made design decisions as to which platform to use, XAMPP or .NET., and we explored implementation feasibility of the database design provided by Dr. Eckert.


Thomas-Hoccleve

Hoccleve Archive

Description: The Hoccleve Archive team is working to create a digital variorum/critical edition of the works of the Middle English poet, Thomas Hoccleve, especially his magnum opus, the many thousand line long Regiment of Princes, which survives in over 40 contemporary manuscripts. The history of Hocclevean textual scholarship ranges from late Medieval and early Modern scribal and manuscript communicative technologies, through the era of early print and into the 1980’s, when Hoccleve’s poems were the subject of a very early digital-humanities. The team aims to preserve these. Hoccleve’s last project was never completed, but it generated a large corpus of electronic material, which the team houses and is working to make available both as an archival resource and as a tool for the third aspect of the project, which is to create a digital pedagogy platform that will allow students and teachers to help build a critical edition.

The Hoccleve Archive is a digital database that contains more information and where you can see the web design and formatting we performed throughout the semester. The Hoccleve Archive will be launching its new website by Spring 2015 semester’s end. Among its features will be a digital edition of approximately three dozen poems from the original medieval manuscripts, and several digital humanities projects related to Hoccleve.

Contact:
Robin Wharton

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3D Modeling

Description: A number of projects engage students in creating 3D digital models of real-world objects. In one course, for example, students in Dr. Robin Wharton’s expository composition class contributed to the Phoenix Project as part of a semester-long interdisciplinary examination of material culture. Using Agisoft’s Photoscan, students generated 3D models of historical artifacts excavated during the construction of the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail lines. They then drew upon their experience with the objects and their independent research to compose detailed essays explaining what each object is, how it appears to the senses, and what occurrence of events could have led the object to Georgia State University. Student work from the course was presented in Spring of 2015 at the Southern American Studies Association biennial conference in Atlanta and the Computer Applications in Archaeology conference in Siena, Italy.

Contact:
Robin Wharton

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After Malcolm

Description: A joint project of Dr. Abbas Barzegar of Georgia State University and Dr. Bilal King of Morehouse College, After Malcolm is a resource for researchers, educators, and civic groups to explore Atlanta’s unique history of African American Muslim experiences. The After Malcolm website, built with SIF help, contains a series of archival materials and oral histories documenting Atlanta’s Muslim community.

Contact:
Abbas Barzegar

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