Prospect: A Lens on Campus History

This week we are celebrating the debut of the first public project created using Prospect: “Names in Brick and Stone: Histories from the University’s Built Landscape.” This project engages with and contributes to ongoing discussions about how history is embedded in the built-environment of the UNC campus.

This produced by the students in History/American Studies 671: Introduction to Public History taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2015 by Dr. Anne Mitchell Whisnant and assisted by American Studies Graduate Research Assistant Charlotte Fryar. It thus provides an excellent demonstration not only of public history but of the use of digital technologies for student work and classroom participation.

Besides providing visualizations that end-users can casually explore, the exhibit currently has four different associated Perspectives that provide specific interpretative lenses on this material.

The Digital Innovation Lab is proud to have played a supporting role in this important work.

Video of Presentation about Prospect

Dr. Michael Newton, the Technical Lead in the Digital Innovation Lab and the architect/developer of Prospect, delivered a presentation about this new data visualization collaboratory, with a brief demonstration of its features, at the UNC Chapel Hill Data Visualization Showcase at the Davis Library on November 12, 2015.

You can see a video recording of this presentation online here.

Debut of Prospect Nears

Within weeks the UNC Digital Innovation Lab will release a beta version of Prospect, its open-source, next-generation data curation and visualization collaboratory. Although Prospect has been designed and implemented to support the needs of humanities scholars in particular, its powerful curation and visualization features can deal with data belonging to a wide variety of domains.

Gallery The Prospect website will contain information, resources and training materials to support the use of our exciting new digital platform.