I am totally geeked to share a new development out of the Scholar’s Lab at University of Virginia (which I also tweet about semi-frequently) called Neatline –> (Github code here) which was just released yesterday! It’s freely downloadable and can be used in conjunction with Omeka (ala George Mason University), one of the best open-source collection management platforms out there!

Rather than try and do a better job explaining what it all is and means for archives & scholarship everywhere, I’ve included Neatline’s own description of the product (or rather, the process). Check out the site to watch some demos, see examples of how it can be used, download plug-ins, or play with the sandbox version right on the web!

“Neatline is a geotemporal exhibit-builder that allows you to create beautiful, complex maps and narrative sequences from collections of archives and artifacts, and to connect your maps and narratives with timelines that are more-than-usually sensitive to ambiguity and nuance. In other words, Neatline lets you make hand-crafted, interactive stories as interpretive expressions of an archival or cultural heritage collection.” —

Happy archiving :)


Center for History and New Media

Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Screenshot from the Collecting + Exhibiting Page. CHNM has developed remarkable tools for data curation & beautifully archived exhibits

Just spent 3 hours discussing web tools for digital archives & libraries in school today – #ohyeah. Especially mindblowing are projects at the CHNM, which you can access here. The page on Collecting + Exhibiting and Research + Tools are worth the time (especially Omeka). Other super resources that were shared include:

  • Tagasauris – uses software to determine which meaning a user intended for sites with crowd-sourced tagging (i.e. user tags ‘chicken’: do they mean chicken noodle soup, farm chickens, the chicken dance, or chicken-crossing-the-road jokes).
  • Hiroshima Archive Project – self-described as “a pluralistic digital archive that tells the reality of Hiroshima atomic bomb.”
  • Zotero – a personal research assistant – helps you collect, organize, cite, and share research sources.
  • VoiceThread – multimedia slide show experience with new ways for leaving comments and collaborating among peers.
  • Etherpad –  Collaborative online document writing – Google used the source code to build Google Documents.