Mar 01 2013
- Digital Scholarship Lab
- NOAA: Images, Visualizing Data, Marine Geology & Geophysics Division
Based at the University of Richmond, the Digital Scholarship Lab develops “innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond.” On the website, visitors can learn about ongoing projects, publications, and the Lab’s team of dedicated professionals. The Projects section is quite remarkable, as it contains seven unique projects, including Visualizing Emancipation, Hidden Patterns of the Civil War, and Mining the Dispatch. This last project is fantastic, exploring “the dramatic and often traumatic changes in the social and political life of Civil War Richmond” through the articles of the Richmond Daily Dispatch. There are also several Mini-Projects, which include a meditati on on Pac-Man and the fascinating Americans in Paris. The Publications and Presentations area includes links to presentations given by staff members, along with commentaries and the like. The site is rounded out by the News area and an About area which provides details on the staff.
The National Geophysical Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a wide range of educational materials designed for oceanographers, private industry partners, and a range of other users. This particular corner of the site brings together dozens of resources that deal with seafloor topography, sediment thickness, natural hazards, and unique animated dives to ocean floor features. This last collection is quite remarkable, as it allows visitors to dive into the Mariana and Puerto Rico Trenches in a way that would be impossible without some rather expensive equipment. Moving along, t he Crustal Age of the Ocean Floor area is an absolute wonder, featuring high-quality images of the earth’s tectonic plates. Additionally, the Globes and Global Relief Images area includes short videos of rotating relief globes, along with a very cool global relief origami piece that can be printed out as a type of decoration or class project. The site is rounded out by a link to the Natural Hazards Image Database, which contains thousands of photographs documenting the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 8, February 22, 2013]