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Digital Humanities

This guide provides information about using digital technologies to ask and answer humanistic questions.

About Digital Humanities

More a set of methodologies than a discipline, digital humanities (sometimes called DH) involves using digital technologies to ask and answer humanistic questions as well as developing humanistic approaches to technology. As it is common for DH projects to involve cross-discipline collaboration and multi-modal practices, this guide uses a capacious definition of DH which includes both traditional humanities disciplines, as well as the humanistic social sciences.

This page is a guide to the Digital Humanities resources at the Penn Libraries and beyond.  You can use it to delve into DH methods and conversations or to give yourself a crash-course in DH.

In addition to exploring these collected resources, we hope that you take advantage of what Penn has to offer through worskhops, training opportunities, technological support, and other events and discussions.

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Price Lab for Digital Humanities
The Price Lab support digital humanities work at Penn through events and support for training and project incubation. 

DigitalPenn
DigitalPenn includes digitized collections and online exhibits as well as information about creating and using digitized content.

Word Lab
Word Lab is a computational text analysis research group. It meets each week to discuss projects, share methods and findings, read literature in the field, and explore new scholarship and tools.

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City Plans: Philadelphia 1945-1990
Uses: Omeka
The Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Histories, Plans and Futures creates a web presentation of the full content of 86 neighborhood planning surveys prepared and published by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission between 1946 and 1990. 

Sailing the British Empire: The Voyages of the Clarence, 1858-73
Uses: ScalarCartoStoryMap JS
Illustrates the ship's log kept by Joseph Watson, master of the Clarence, in 1864-65, and a few other items from Watson's long career at sea (including a painting of another command, the Prince of Wales). 

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