Palladio is a research tool for examining data across time and space. It allows for the identification of patterns, clusters, and trends within data that may be difficult for an individual researcher interacting with the data to see. Palladio serves as a means of enhancing (not replacing) traditional qualitative humanities research methods. Data can be mapped, graphed to show network relationships, viewed and faceted as an interactive gallery, and more. Palladio comes out of Stanford University’s Humanities + Design research lab.
I’m enrolled in an Introduction to Digital Humanities course through Library Juice Academy. One of my assignments this week requires an examination of Palladio (as well as a similar tool, Google Fusion Tables). Palladio peaked my interest. My initial introduction and interaction with Palladio came through the very helpful Getting Started With Palladio tutorial by Miriam Posner. This tutorial provides clear, easy to follow instructions for uploading data into Palladio and beginning to work with the data tools- definitely check it out.
After completing the Posner’s tutorial I got inspired to apply Palladio to some data we have access to through DPS projects. I took a few minutes to aggregate data from a couple of different spreadsheets around the Dorr Letters Project. My data looks like this:
In less than a minute I was able to create this visualization graphing the “to” and “from” fields:
And this map showing the origination location for each item of correspondence:
I’ll continue to play with Palladio and update this post accordingly.
Palladio is a research tool for examining data across time and space. It allows for the identification of patterns, clusters,... MORE
What does the past mean to you? What comes to your mind when you think of Rhode Island history? These questions are at the heart of the #ReCollectingRI project, an effort of the Rhode Island Historical Society to engage all Rhode Islanders with our past.
Here at the Phillips Memorial Library one of our digital collections presents a very interesting glimpse into Rhode Island history. For that reason, we share our Dorr Letters to #ReCollectingRI.
The Dorr Letters web site currently presents 60 letters written to and from Thomas Wilson Dorr around the time of the Dorr Rebellion in 1842. The letters present an important glimpse into how this critical event unfolded. You can view the original manuscripts on the site, or read their transcriptions. The site also provides contextual information about many of the important peoples and places that show up in the letters.
I’ve got some great news for those who have been following the Dorr Letters site project. We’ve just finalized the encoding for 30 more letters, uploaded them to the Dorr Letters site, and updated some of the code to allow for faceting not only by date, but now by collection and author!
We’ve added more entries for the contextual “ography” popup content, and squashed a bunch of bugs and glitches!
Do you remember awhile back we posted a sneak peek at some of the upcoming features of the Dorr Letters site? If you don’t, no worries, check it out here. Well, we have finally gone live with those changes!
The Dorr Letters project site now includes:
Contextual, informative popups for most persons, places, and organizations within the letters
Working date facets, you can now filter letters by the date they were written
Working formatting templates, the plain text now mirrors some of the formatting of the actual letters.
Happy New Year from the Digital Publishing Services Team! For us, the new year has meant welcoming a new team member – Stephen Mattos. Stephen has extensive digitization experience and photography skills. Most recently, Stephen worked at Roger Williams University where he was the Digital Imaging Specialist in the Architecture Library. He focused on the digitization and archiving of their slide collection. We welcome Stephen and look forward to working with him.
There are lots of exciting projects on our horizon for Spring 2014, including:
The Dorr Letters site will be looking a bit differently in the coming weeks. We’ve been at work creating and implementing some new content that will be weaved into each letter. The goal is to allow users the ability to click on the name of a person, place, or organization and be served a quick morsel of information about that person/place/organization. We’re currently working on setting up this workflow for all three information types as well as filling out the content behind the curtains so that none of the popups come up empty!
Just recently, Digital Publishing Services finished a semester long endeavor to put together a website with the purpose of sharing both the digital transcriptions and the original scans of the Dorr letters. The site is built on XTF (eXtensible Text Framework), which is a free, open source platform that provides a super customizable framework for working with the transforming and display of TEI (and many other encoding languages). The beauty of XTF lies within it’s text indexer tool, it automatically creates an index of your documents which then allows for search-ability across the entire collection, or within each document. XTF can be a bit daunting to learn for a newcomer as there are very many moving parts, that said I’d still recommend it, there are a number of helpful tutorials and documentation and the XTF community is strong and usually quick to help. If you’re working with XTF I’d suggest joining the XTF User List on Google groups immediately!
At present the project includes digital transcriptions of thirty letters from the Dorr Correspondence files in the Sidney S. Rider Collection at the John Hay Library (Brown University), the James Fowler Simmons Papers at the Library of Congress, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, and one letter from the private collection of Richard Slaney. These letters illustrate aspects of race, reform, antislavery and proslavery politics, and, of course, the Dorr Rebellion.
To see our XTF implementation in action, visit the Dorr Letters project page. You can browse or search through the Dorr letters. Once on a letter page you can then click “view page #” to see the original scan of that page. There also exists an option to view the raw TEI.
The letters were selected, edited, and transcribed from the original manuscripts by Dr. Erik J. Chaput and Russell DeSimone, with the assistance of Dr. Edward E. Andrews.
The letters were encoded by the Phillips Memorial Library + Commons Digital Publishing Services team including Deborah Angelo, Mark Caprio, Rachel Golub, Christiane Marie Landry, Marc Mestre, and Hailie Posey.
Also, be sure to visit the Dorr Rebellion project page to learn more about the Dorr Rebellion. The site was recently updated with lesson plans created specifically for interaction with the Dorr Letters site. We will be doing some more updating to the site later this summer, so be sure to check back in.