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UVa Community Tools

A Digital Ecology of Online Software for Research and Learning at UVa

The UVa Community Tools are software applications chosen to support innovation, creativity, and efficiency in our research and learning activities at UVa. They are adapted for the specific needs of academic work and are linked to constitute a digital ecology of dynamically interconnected collections and services.

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Audio-Video (2)

Collaboration (5)

Language Learning (1)

Places (1)

Reference (2)

Texts (3)

Visualizations (1)

Websites (3)

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Page: Blackboard Collaborate — Blackboard Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate Live!) facilitates real-time online meetings, trainings, and classes for your project groups, research teams, and academic courses
Page: Confluence (SHANTI Wiki) — UVa maintains its own Confluence server for use by all members of the university community. Anybody interested in creating websites for the purpose of teaching, learning, research and outreach will find this platform ideal for Web-based Collaboration and Knowledge Management.
Page: Drupal — Drupal is a flexible, feature-rich and powerful open source platform for building content-driven websites and user communities. Drupal can be used for a variety of academic purposes, from virtual research environments to digital collections projects.
Page: Fathom — Fathom allows you to create and visualize networks of people, projects, and resources. It can be used as a a stand-alone application or as an information resource for other web tools.
Page: JIRA — For advanced project management needs, SHANTI advocates the use of JIRA, an web-based system that provides issue tracking and project management facilities.
Page: Juxta — Juxta is an open-source cross-platform tool for comparing and collating multiple variations of a single textual work. The software allows users to set any of the variations as the base text, to add or remove versions, to switch the base text at will, and to annotate Juxta-revealed comparisons and save the results.
Page: Kaltura - UVa's AV Solution — UVa has built a comprehensive suite of solutions for audio-video management based upon the Kaltura video platform. Kaltura supports collaborative editing and management of video, audio and other media for the Web. With Kaltura, users can easily upload, share, and edit video individually or in groups and collaboratively manage a wide range of digital media projects.
Page: Knowledge Maps — Knowledge Maps are a powerful new SHANTI technology for creating annotated, multilingual, and hierarchical "maps" of subjects of knowledge.
Page: MIST-UVaCollab — The Minimal Interface to Sakai Tools (MIST) is a new interface to UVaCollab. UVaCollab is the centrally-supported online collaboration and learning environment (CLE) at the University of Virginia.
Page: NowComment — NowComment® is a web-based tool that facilitates discussions, commenting on and annotation of digital text. Using NowComment, groups can have focused conversations about particular paragraphs and even specific sentences in a document. Analyze, brainstorm, debate, and otherwise engage with whatever documents merit your group's close scrutiny and critical thinking.
Page: Omeka — Omeka is a web-based, web-publishing platform for collections-based research that allows users to easily build and maintain virtual archives of images and other media.
Page: Social Commons — The Social Commons Project uses Drupal to offer a way for groups at UVa to easily communicate with each other and share resources. In contrast to the UVaCollab system, this provides a user-friendly and self-contained way for groups to visualize themselves and their interactions.
Page: UVa Mediabase — Mediabase {color:#000000}is a robust infrastructure for the creation of audio-video collections - metadata, editing, compression, classification into collections, browsing and searching, including rich annotated and timecoded transcripts.{color}
Page: UVa Places Platform — SHANTI is working together with the UVa Library's Scholars' Lab to produce a UVa Places Platform for online creation, management, analysis, and publication of place-related scholarly resources.
Page: VisualEyes — VisualEyes is a web-based authoring tool developed at the University of Virginia to weave images, maps, charts, video and data into highly interactive and compelling dynamic visualizations, and to provide seamless access to other web applications such as Google Earth. VisualEyes enables users to present selected primary source materials and research findings while encouraging active inquiry and hands-on learning among general and targeted audiences. It communicates through the use of dynamic displays - or “visualizations” - that organize and present meaningful information in both traditional and multimedia formats, such as audio-video, animation, charts, maps, data, and interactive timelines.
Page: WordPress (SHANTI Pages) — WordPress allows you to quickly and easily create interactive, collaborative and rich media websites for a variety of purposes, from individual professional portfolios to group project sites.
Page: Zotero — Zotero is a is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work---in the web browser itself.
SHANTI working with the UVa Library, the Advanced Technology Group from ITS, and other UVa partners, developed the Community Tools initiative to support the academic community at UVa. We welcome your Questions and Feedback.

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