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New Tools for Political Scholars

By • Oct 31st, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Google Earth: Platform for Academic Scholarship? This report was included in today’s Wired News from the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, home of William and Mary’s own Rob Nelson, has produced a powerful tool … Continue reading



Expanding Research Through Open Notebook Science

By • Jun 24th, 2008 • Category: Blogs and Wikis, Honors Thesis, Research

IT Conversations | Jon Udell’s Interviews with Innovators | Jean-Claude Bradley He believes that scientific research happens better and faster when the entire process is transparently narrated online. New social tools can have a tremendous impact on teaching, learning and … Continue reading



Tying Up the Loose Ends of Your Digital Identity

By • May 7th, 2008 • Category: Blogs and Wikis, Honors Thesis, Research, Students

re.web – The William & Mary Web Redesign Andy DeSoto, a junior psychology major at William and Mary, has written a guide for students (and faculty) on how to use the new Tribe Voices tool to manage their presence on … Continue reading



Software to Watch: Sophie

By • Apr 30th, 2008 • Category: General Technology, Research

if:book: Sophie Released.
For some time I’ve been watching the development of Sophie, software developed by the Institute for the Future of the Book “for writing and reading rich media documents in a networked environment.’ According to the developers, Sophie’s goal is “to encourage multimedia authoring and, in the process, to redefine the notion of a […]



Surely You Jest: HPC for the Humanities?

By • Apr 23rd, 2008 • Category: General Technology

Humanities High Performance Computing: “”
For the last three weeks I’ve been immersed in the world of HPC–High Performance Computing. HPC is that parallel universe where researchers run programs that take five days of processing, where tiny jobs only require 12-15 processors, where terabyte drives fill up in matters of hours and where shouting at […]



Digital Repository Pilot Project

By • Apr 22nd, 2008 • Category: Students

Over the last semester, we’ve been working with Wayne Graham at the Swem Library and some students and staff at the Charles Center to create a digital repository of honors theses. I just received my first email notification of a submission– an honors thesis by Sara Thomas entitled From Shadwell to Monticello: The Material Culture […]



Harvard Research to Be Free Online

By • Feb 15th, 2008 • Category: General Technology, Research

Harvard Research to Be Free Online – New York Times
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard has voted to create a free digital repository that would include articles and monographs that previously would have been restricted to scholarly journals that charge extraordinarily high prices to very small readerships. The move was described as […]