The James River 3D visualization, created by Nate Ayers, will be playing at the Community Projects section at InLight.
“Hidden Patterns of the Civil War” collects a number of interrelated projects on the sectional crisis, slavery, and emancipation during the Civil War era, with a particular emphasis on the histories of the city of Richmond and the state of Virginia. Grouped as “texts” and “maps,” these projects use digital tools and digital media to uncover and represent patterns that are not easy to find when we look at particular pieces of evidence in isolation and only become evident when we visualize a wealth of evidence in graphs, maps, and models. Revealing patterns in text and across time and space, many of these visualizations are intriguing and surprising, offering us new insights into this dramatic era of intense social, political, and military conflict.
An article by DSL Director Robert K. Nelson, “Of Monsters, Men—and Topic Modeling,” appeared in the New York Times Disunion blog series. The article uses the topic model developed for “Mining the Dispatch” to explore the strategies used in the Richmond Daily Dispatch to motivate southern men to join the Confederate army where they engaged in the morally challenging task of killing other men and where they risked losing their own lives.
Secession: Virginia and the Crisis of Union, 1861 explores a topic of broad interest as the sesquicentennial of the Civil War approaches: How did the decision to secede–and start the bloodiest conflict in US history–come about?
The Digital Scholarship Lab’s Hidden Patterns of the Civil War was featured on O’Reilly’s Radar April 27, 2011. Audrey Watters interviewed DSL Associate Director Scott Nesbit about the Lab’s participation in Civil War Data 150, a project linking data across institutions.
DSL projects featured in an essay on the New York Times site.
This project investigates how the myriad discourses of migration and globalization have become manifest graphically across social spaces and street graphics in the contemporary American South.
The Richmond Times Dispatch featured “Mining the Dispatch” in one of their articles commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
“Hidden Patterns of the Civil War” collects a number of interrelated projects on the sectional crisis, slavery, and emancipation during the Civil War era, with a particular emphasis on the histories of the city of Richmond and the state of Virginia.