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Developing Methods, Projects, and Digital Humanities

The Digital Scholarship team collaborates with colleagues in the library and across campus to create new scholarly methods and in Digital Humanities.

New methods in digital scholarship.



The libraries provide a number of workshops available as a calendar here.

We will also gladly offer on-demand workshops for Text Mining, Mapping, and Digital Exhibits. Workshops we are offering or have offered in the past include:

Text Analysis

Workshops in this series will introduce participants to computational text analysis, using tools such as VoyantAntConc, and the Topic Modeling Tool. These tools can help researchers discover new patterns of language use and thought, to visualize changes in those patterns over time and across spatial boundaries.

Digital Exhibits and Web Design

These workshops will demonstrate a variety of tools and methods for sharing your research and content on the web, including examples of past collaborations between the Libraries and Penn researchers and courses.


Our mapping workshops cover topics ranging from analysis with ArcGIS to Mapping your Data.

Data Management

These workshops explore methods for obtaining, preserving and working with your data.


Want to learn more about what we do? Check out these workshops that discuss all that the digital scholarship team has to offer.


In addition to workshops, Penn Libraries maintains a range of guides to help you get started with digital tools. 

  • Topic Modeling Tool Quick Start Guide

    The Topic Modeling Tool is a graphical interface to MALLET, a popular topic modeling software package. Topic modeling examines batches of documents to find words that appear in the same document frequently. This version of the tool contains updates that allow researchers to integrate their own custom metadata into its output, and to quickly analyze the results with familiar spreadsheet software.

  • Teach with Omeka

    A companion to our Intro to Omeka workshop, this guide contains additional information about support for Omeka at Penn Libraries, as well as links to example projects by teachers and researchers at Penn and elsewhere.



Use New Methods

As new research methods emerge, and new tools are developed for their use, the DS team works with faculty, students and our colleagues in the library and elsewhere to

Start A New Project

We can support your use of many tools and platforms for digital projects, and will be expanding our support for Omeka in the fall of 2016. In cooperation with the Price Lab, the DS team also assists the development of new teaching and research projects in Digital Humanities.


Don't see what you're looking for here? You can request a consultation here:

Contact Us

Sasha Renninger
Digital Humanities Specialist

Specializations: web development, data management, coding for the humanities
Contact me about: the digital components of your coursework and research

Scott Enderle​
Digital Humanities Specialist

Specializations: statistical text analysis, machine learning, data visualization
Contact me about: using new technologies and large collections of data for humanities research and teaching

Here and Over There: Penn, Philadelphia, and the Middle East

This website was created as a project of a curatorial seminar at the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall of 2014. The aim of this project is to explore the historic engagement of the University of Pennsylvania and its faculty, students, and graduates in the Near and Middle East.

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Crade: A World Connected by String

A project created by Penn Digital Scholarship high school Interns to explore the history of string figures in the Penn Museum collections.

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City Plans: Philadelphia 1945-1990

DThe 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.

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Sailing the British Empire: The Voyages of the Clarence, 1858-73

This site was created by Penn course STSC 077 (taught by Ian Petrie). It 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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