Initiative for Open Abstracts

The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, infrastructure organizations, librarians, researchers and other interested parties to advocate and promote the unrestricted availability of the abstracts of the world’s scholarly publications, particularly journal articles and book chapters, in trusted repositories where they are open and machine-accessible. I4OA calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their published works, and where possible to submit them to Crossref.


Hyphenopoly is a JavaScript library for providing robust hyphenation in HTML, especially while hyphenation remains patchily supported by web browsers, especially across multiple languages. Hyphenopoly provides hyphenation dictionaries and algorithms derived from Francis M Liang’s classic TeX hyphenation algorithm. Hyphenopoly can be dropped in to any website. Hyphenopoly supercedes an earlier JS system Hyphenator.


MiKTeX (pronounced mick-tech) is an up-to-date implementation of TeX/LaTeX and related programs.

TeX is a typesetting system written by Donald Ervin Knuth who says that it is intended for the creation of beautiful books – and especially for books that contain a lot of mathematics.

It is very easy to install MiKTeX on Windows. The MiKTeX Setup Wizard guides you through the installation process. You don’t have to be a computer expert. On a Mac, you can use the Drag’n’Drop installer to install MiKTeX.

A complete set of additions (programs, styles, fonts, …) are available to help you typeset your documents.


Prism is a tool for collective interpretation, an experiment in crowd-sourcing and visualizing many readings of a set of common texts. As part of our project to make crowd-sourcing more meaningful and less mechanical, users interact subjectively with a text, highlighting it in accordance with certain interpretive categories, such as sound, sense, and modernism, to produce an aggregate visualization of all other users’ markings that shows points of analytical agreement or disagreement.

The basic workflow is simple:

  1. Play in the sandbox on our introductory text to practice using the highlighting functionality.
  2. After creating an account, choose a text to highlight.
  3. The highlighting page automatically starts with the first category selected. Simply click and drag over the desired text to change its color. To switch categories, simple click on the desired category. Click on the eraser tool and then click and drag over text to undo any unwanted highlights.
  4. When done, click the submit button to see a visualization.
  5. To switch to the visualization for a different category, simply click on a different category.

Prism is an ideal tool for research and pedagogy alike; students can highlight a text and discuss their markings in class, and scholars can see how the world at large views these texts.

Scholars’ Lab

Scholars’ Lab is the UVA Library’s community lab for the practice of experimental scholarship in all disciplines, informed by digital humanities, spatial technologies, and cultural heritage approaches.

We offer mentoring, collaboration, and a safe and supportive community experience for anyone curious about learning to push disciplinary and methodological boundaries through new approaches. We’re foremost a space for learning together—about anything—by trying stuff. Think of us as friends and colleagues who can help you teach yourself new ways of approaching your interests.

We are an internationally recognized scholarly team, with strengths including:

  • the digital humanities (as a founding member of Centernet, an international network of digital humanities centers)
  • GIS, mapping, & other spatial technologies
  • cultural heritage informatics (including photogrammetry, scanning, and modeling of artifacts and historic architecture; and exploring virtual reality and augmented reality approaches to this data)
  • pedagogy, training, & mentorship in the digital humanities and spatial technologies, practiced with our ~60 formally supported students each year (plus additional, informal support of students via consultation & public programming)
  • research & development (e.g. programming and design)
  • makerspaces and making as scholarship
  • librarianship (e.g. expert consultation for experimental scholarly projects)

A Humanist’s Cookbook for Natural Language Processing in Python

initial release of an open educational resource. – A Humanist’s Cookbook for Natural Language Processing in Python.

The project is presented as a series of notebooks, a series of Python 3 recipes for common problems and issues associated with preparing data for text analysis and natural language processing. The target audience is students—intermediate programmers who have begun to learn their way around Python but who need a little help pulling the pieces together to get something done.

The project has two main goals:

  • Present code blocks for common problems.
  • Contextualize those blocks with humanists in mind.

Brandon Walsh and Rebecca Draughon. “A Humanist’s Cookbook For Natural Language Processing In Python”. Published September 10, 2020.

Kialo Edu

A unique tool for teaching critical thinking

Kialo Edu is a custom version of Kialo (, the world’s largest argument mapping and debate site, specifically designed for classroom use. Its clear, visually compelling format makes it easy to follow the logical structure of a discussion and facilitates thoughtful collaboration. Kialo’s mission is to promote well-reasoned discussion online, and to that end, Kialo is free for educators to use.