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Mandala is a suite of digital tools for storing, organizing, and publishing collections of scholarly content. Each asset in the suite can be catalogued with Knowledge Map terms, which allow assets to be indexed, searched, and interrelated across the entire Mandala suite. KMap terms, in effect, are special labels or tags in a hierarchical tree context. There are two types of Knowledge Map terms: subjects and places

Mandala lets scholars create and manage a variety of types of scholarly content in a sophisticated way without the necessity of building a collection from scratch.  Its indexing and search functionality does the work of locating and collating similar assets across a wide variety of management tools. 

To get started with creating collections in Mandala:

1. Create your resources in the separate Audio-VideoTextsVisualsSources, and Images tools. 
2. Connect each resource with Knowledge Map subjects and places.



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If you have questions about getting started with Mandala or would like to discuss a potential Mandala project, please contact Courtney Floyd, Associate Director of Learning Technologies and Digital Humanities, at  

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Check out this guide to: Copyright, Fair Use, and Mandala



Start in Mandala Audio-Video Visuals Texts Images Sources Subjects and Places Glossary

Mandala Tool Guides

Subjects and Places in Mandala
Subjects and Places are the two categories that make up a Knowledge Map. A Knowledge Map is a collection of media related to a common subject and place. For example, Lhasa is related to 10 places, two subjects, 715 images, and 592 audio-video. A Knowledge Map makes it easy for users to explore a related topic across different types of media without having to stray from the source.



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Poetry Project Walkthrough
Here’s an example of a project in Mandala for research or teaching. The Knowledge Base editors have collected a series of poetry readings and performances from open-source databases like PennSound. To enhance the collection, they've added lesson plans, biographies, and data visualizations. The final set of resources contains: 

All of these resources are connected by Knowledge Maps, which are taxonomies or ontologies of terms. Knowledge Maps let you group different types of media by tagging each resource.   

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Class Collection Walkthrough
Here's a real-life example of Audio-Video in the classroom:

Dr. Jongmin Lee uses Audio-Video to display his student's video theses. 

First, he makes a class collection and adds his students. His students then upload their videos. The workflow function lets him flag submissions for editing. 

This guide walks you through his process. 

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Crowdsourced Timeline Walkthrough
This guide helps you create a collaborative, student-crowdsourced timeline in Mandala Visuals.

John Alexander used this timeline for the course he co-taught with Walt Heinecke "Documenting UVA's Future." This course, inspired by the ouster and reinstatement of UVA President Teresa Sullivan, documented the event using oral histories.

Since many students were not in Charlottesville for the ouster, John Alexander helped them make a collaborative timeline of the proceedings in class, which included links to primary sources. This helped them understand the flow of information surrounding the ouster. Afterward, he shared the timeline with his students, so that they could reference it throughout the semester.

To make a crowdsourced timeline: 

  1. Create a Google Spreadsheet
  2. Enter your data 

  3. Format your spreadsheet 
  4. Log in to Visuals
  5. Create a new visualization
  6. Invite student contributions in class

  7. Add the visualization to UVaCollab



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