Ed's digital scholarship began with the pioneering Valley of the Shadow project at the dawn of the World Wide Web. Revealing the histories of two communities—one north, one south—in the Civil War, this Lincoln Prize-winning digital archive fueled Ed's Bancroft Prize- and Beveridge Award-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies. More recently, he spearheaded the development of guidelines for the professional evaluation of digital scholarship adopted by the American Historical Association, criteria that explain how digital innovation should be counted when universities make decisions about hiring and tenure. The following projects present Ed's most notable and recent digital scholarship.
The Digital Scholarship Lab
The Digital Scholarship Lab develops innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond. It seeks to reach a wide audience by developing projects that integrate thoughtful interpretation in the humanities and social sciences with innovations in new media.
NPR: "Interactive redlining map zooms in on America's history of discrimination."
New York Times: "...a stunning data visualization project."
MarketWatch: "...the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab created this detailed reminder of America’s colorful history as a nation of immigrants.”
American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.
Chronicle of Higher Education: "American Panorama uses digital tools to remap history."
Wired: “…these maps have depth. Adding layers of technology and interactivity to an otherwise daunting trove of data helps us make connections we might otherwise miss... You’re looking at history with a very powerful magnifying glass in hand—and that’s a very cool thing.”
The Valley of the Shadow:
Two Communities in the Civil War
The Valley Project details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the era of Reconstruction. In this digital archive you may explore thousands of original letters and diaries, newspapers and speeches, census and church records, left by men and women in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Giving voice to hundreds of individual people, the Valley Project tells forgotten stories of life during the era of the Civil War.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has provided generous funding to the Valley of the Shadow. Click here to learn about NEH support for the project and how the Valley fits into Ed’s broader work.
Selected articles and essays in Digital History
"Future Lab: An Applied Experiment in Digital Scholarship," artselectronic, September 9, 2014
"The Future of Scholarship," adapted from remarks offered on the acceptance of the Boyer Award at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Spring 2014
"A More-Radical Online Revolution," Chronicle of Higher Education, February 4, 2014
"Does Digital Scholarship Have a Future?" EDUCAUSE Review, August 5, 2013
Keynote Address at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education Summit, 2012
"Lincoln's America 2.0," Journal of American History, September 2009
"Doing Scholarship on the Web: 10 Years of Triumphs and a Disappointment," Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2004
"The Pasts and Futures of Digital History," Virginia Center for Digital History, 1999
Selected press on Ed's Digital Scholarship
"American Panorama Project named as one of the Chronicle of Higher Education's nine tech innovators for 2016," University of Richmond, April 11, 2016
"Guidelines for the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians," American Historical Association, June 2015