boston virginI am an Associate Professor of Information Science in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. I combine concerns and strategies from information science, documentation, and literary studies to investigate interesting and complex documents at the micro and macro levels. I am interested in the ontology and defining features of documents, and the ways in which different genres and types of documents manifest those features.

I build and use digital models and a variety of digital and computational tools and strategies in my documentary investigations.

In recent years some of the documents I have examined closely include: the the works of Victorian poet Algernon Charles Swinburne; the alchemical writings of Isaac Newton; Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (Rvf); the Christian Bible and Christian iconography; and comic books and graphic novels.

research projects

swinburne project graphicThe Swinburne Project is a digital collection devoted to the life and work of Victorian poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. The Project serves as a platform for digital humanities explorations.
petrarchive graphicThe Petrarchive is a digital edition of Petrarch’s songbook, the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (Rvf).
chymistry of isaac newton graphicThe Chymistry of Isaac Newton is a digital edition of the alchemical writings of Isaac Newton, of which only a fraction has been previously edited and published.


Z657 Digital Humanities

In Z657 Digital Humanities, we explore digital and computer-assisted research in the humanities. Through a combination of reading, exploration, and lab work, we will examine a number of themes, tools, technologies, and projects relevant to digital humanities research.

Z652 Digital Libraries

In Z652 Digital Librares we cover trends, issues, tools, technologies, and standards related to the development of modern digital libraries and digital library systems.

Z656 Information Technology Standardization

Topic: Advanced XML: Electronic Publishing Standards and Systems

Z656 covers XML and related technologies—particularly XPath and XSLT—used to query, manipulate, transform, analyze, and publish XML documents and data. Due to the emphasis on XSLT, an XML-based programming language, this course fulfills the programming requirement for the MIS degree.

S672 Comics and Graphic Novels for Youth

In this section of Z672, we explore comic books and graphic novels for youth (from beginning readers to young adults) in the context of youth librarianship and visual and textual literacy. We explore the history, conventions, grammar, media, and technology of comics, graphic novels, and other textual/graphic objects.