The Lazarus Project
The Lazarus Project is a multispectral imaging initiative based out of the University of Rochester. I work as the graduate student coordinator. We help recover burned, faded or otherwise damaged documents. In 2014, I began working with the group by creating a web presence for the Lazarus Project. Later that year, I moved down to Mississippi to begin my PhD and learn multispectral imaging first hand. Since then I have worked with almost all aspects of the project from coordinating to image processing to material handling and image display. My PhD dissertation focuses on one document, the Vercelli Mappa Mundi, which we recovered through Lazarus.
Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization, and Education is a collaboration of university researchers and students with the goal of extending the corpus of mankind’s cultural heritage. Most participants are based at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, but the group also includes colleagues in Washington DC, Colorado, and Hawaii. R-CHIVE is leveraging the long history of innovation in imaging and of excellence in the humanities in Rochester to recover inscriptions from manuscripts and maps that had been erased or otherwise damaged. Since the group’s founding in 2016, I have worked with Tania Kleynhans of the Rochester Institute of Technology to coordinate this inter-university cultural heritage imaging initiative. We have helped organize two conferences on cultural heritage imaging so far. R-CHIVE brings together experts in a variety of different cultural heritage imaging fields to solve challenges.
The William Blake Archive
The William Blake Archive began in 1996 to digitally combine literary and textual resources associated with William Blake. Graduate students and faculty at both University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Rochester contribute to the archive. The University of Rochester component is led by Dr. Morris Eaves. I started working with the project in the fall of 2018. In the spring of 2019, I will work with the Blake Archive as part of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Digital Humanities. We hope to recover faded material from the Four Zoas manuscripts.
Digital St. George and Digital Elmina
I was a research assistant working with Dr. Mike Jarvis as part of the Andrew W. Mellon fellowship in digital humanities in fall of 2017. I assisted with photogrammetric 3D reconstruction of St. George, Bermuda and Elmina Castle, Ghana. I worked with Agisoft to create three dimensional models of individual rooms or buildings which could then be integrated into a larger model. I also assisted with the creation of a website for the undergraduate courses working on these sites, and helped to lay the foundation for a larger digital presence for Digital Elmina.
Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project
In 2013-2014, I worked with Dr. Kyle Roberts at Loyola University Chicago as the graduate student coordinator on the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project. This digital humanities project seeks to uncover the history of acquisition and use of Loyola University Chicago’s original library books. At the time that I worked on the project, it utilized social media to crowdsource information, display images, and interact with those interested in book history. This public facing DH project project used community involvement to uncover more about the past of Chicago’s Jesuit university.
Xavier Digital Manuscript Project
In 2011, I worked with Xavier University to digitize two fourteenth century french manuscript bibles. I collaborated with the university’s rare books librarian to create a digital display for these documents. The project sought to raise awareness and access to these medieval manuscripts held in the university’s special collections.
A collaborative resource compiled with Chris Rouse , Tobias Hrynick and Dr. John Wyatt Greenlee in the summer of 2020. This digital bibliography brings together sources discussing medieval mappa mundi.