Journal incubator

The Lethbridge Journal Incubator is a pilot project hosted by the University of Lethbridge Library under the direction of Daniel Paul O’Donnell and supported by the University of Lethbridge School of Graduate Study.

The goal of the incubator is to address the issue of the sustainability of scholarly communication in an open access, digital age by aligning it with the educational and research missions of the University.In this way, the production of scholarly communication, which is often understood as a cost centre that draws resources away from a host university’s core missions, is itself transformed into a sustainable, high-impact resource that applies largely existing funding in ways that significantly increase the research and teaching capacity of the institution.

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Visionary Cross Project

The “Visionary Cross” is an international, cross-disciplinary project directed by Catherine Karkov of the University of Leeds, Daniel Paul O’Donnell of the University of Lethbridge (Principal Investigator), Roberto Rosselli Del Turco of the Università degli studi di Torino, with James Graham (Multimedia, University of Lethbridge) and Wendy Osborn (Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Lethbridge).

The goal of this project is to draw together a number of recent developments in the Digital Humanities and use them to produce an innovative and intellectually significant study of a key group of Anglo-Saxon texts and monuments. Read the rest of this entry »


Rejigging my online presence

The last time I did some serious work about my online presence was six years ago, or so. At the time I replaced my old static professional websites (pre-2004 and 2004-2006) with a new site built using a Textpattern CMS install. Read the rest of this entry »


A Grad Student’s Experience at the Scanning of the Ruthwell Cross

I have been urged to share my experiences as a graduate student of this past trip to do the 3D scanning of the Ruthwell cross. At the time I was putting it off to be honest, as the early mornings and late nights made writing anything cohesive a bit of a struggle. But now that […]

Ruthwell aftermath

Back from the Ruthwell Cross scanning week, and what an amazing experience that was! First of all, thanks to Dan’s work organizing the preliminary set up (scaffolding, bubble wrapping, making room for all the tech gear we brought in, etc.) everything was ready for the scan when we arrived. And everything went incredibly smooth, too: [...]

Second day data

Thursday was the second day of scanning and photography (pictures of the scanning work can be found here). On Wednesday, we finished the top 1.5 metres or so of the cross from the 2 metre lift. On Thursday morning, the team from Solway construction came and removed the top level of scaffolding and we scanned [...]

Some preliminary results

The results of the first day’s scanning are starting to come in. Some amazing photography and the first preliminary 3D point clouds to check we were getting it all. Hopefully we’ll be able to post some screen shots tonight or tomorrow (see below for some comments on the video) This evening we went back after [...]

First day scanning

We’re about to start the first day scanning. Yesterday the scaffolding went up (pictures available from our flikr account), and Matteo, Marco, Roberto, and I went up for a quick recce. First finding: there’s some pencil annotations on the top of the cross piece. The top was too dusty to read them reliably yet, but [...]

Yii Basic Steps [1]

This is just a reminder to myself about setting up a Yii install. There are much more detailed examples on the web.

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Plans roaring ahead for Visionary Cross scanning

The preparation is coming together for the scanning of the Ruthwell Cross… and it involves some skills they never taught me in gradschool! Thanks to Paul Beaton of Historic Scotland and Anne Baxter of the University of Lethbridge, I’ve had a crash course in project and site management and what it means to be working [...]
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