Geotemporal Storytelling with Neatline

1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT October 18, 2012

We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians and others from the NITLE Network interested in mapping, timelines, and archival collections to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EDT)

Neatline, a new suite of plugins for the Omeka framework, makes it possible to create interactive displays of archival materials by plotting objects, events, people, and ideas on maps and timelines. (Omeka is a tool for online collections and exhibitions that is popular among digital humanists.) Developed by the Scholars’ Lab with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, Neatline is designed to support a hand-crafted, “small-data” approach to geospatial work in the humanities: instead of algorithmically visualizing large datasets, Neatline provides a flexible toolkit for sketching out ideas and telling stories. David McClure and Jeremy Boggs, members of the Neatline development team at the Scholars’ Lab, will demo the software, discuss some of the theoretical decisions that shaped the project, and explore some possible intellectual and pedagogical applications for the software.

Participants interested in joining an informal learning cohort to further explore this tool are invited to join the Neatline Learning Cohort.

  • David McClure, web applications specialist on the Scholars’ Lab R&D team. Mr. McClure graduated from Yale University with a degree in the Humanities in 2009, and prior to joining the SLab, worked as an independent web developer and communications consultant in San Francisco, New York, and Madison Wisconsin. Mr. McClure is working on the Omeka + Neatline project and pursuing research projects that explore the idea that software can be used as a tool to inform, extend, and advance traditional lines of inquiry in literary theory and aesthetics. (Twitter: @clured | Web: | Email: david.
  • Jeremy Boggs, design architect for Digital Research and Scholarship in the Scholars’ Lab, at the University of Virginia Library. Mr. Boggs is A.B.D. in History at George Mason University; his dissertation, entitled “The Designing Historian,” explores design as a methodology for doing digital history. His other research interests include the history of design, the history of technology, and social/cultural history. (Twitter: @clioweb | Web: | Email:
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Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this event’s hashtag: #neatline.


Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)


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