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.” — http://www.neatline.org
Happy archiving :)