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Explore the Mandala Collections

Mandala Collections are scholarly repositories of Texts, Audio-video, Images, Bibliographies (Sources), and Visualizations (Visuals), all of which are interconnected through their common use of Knowledge map nodes, which can be Places, Subjects, or Terms.

Hosted at the University of Virginia, these resources and scholarship support research, teaching, collaboration, and publication. Explore the collections through searching and browsing with keywords, subjects, and places.

Special features include multilingual, time-coded, and searchable transcripts for audio-video, interactive videos interwoven with other resources, diverse visualizations such as charts, maps, timelines, and network visualizations, and the ability to easily view information about any place or subject cited in an asset’s description, or see all the other assets associated with that place or subject.

The underlying management system allows any UVA faculty, student, or staff to easily upload or create new Mandala assets and collections, including new places and subjects. Mandala technology aims to be accessible to beginners, but offer easy ways to scale up to very advanced features and functionality.

Getting Started

  • First, create a collection and add content to it using one of the Mandala applications, such as Audio-Video, Images, Visuals, Sources, or Texts, all of which can be accessed with your UVA computing credentials.
  • Next, catalog and connect content together by creating keyword relationships from the Knowledge Maps glossary of key-phrases from Subjects, Places, and Terms.
  • Finally, explore your collections in portals that show all of your content, as well as the content of others, and focus your exploration by searching for the Knowledge Map terms that interest you.
  • Mandala's online help & tutorials are in the UVA Knowledge Base
  • If you feel intrigued and would like personal guidance to get started, don’t hesitate to contact SHANTI to get a free consultation.