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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.

Against the Current - A Scalar Course Project

Against the Current - A Scalar Course Project

This anthology was created by the members of Tajah Ebram’s Junior Research Seminar, "Radical Black Feminisms: Writing the Carceral State", at the University of Pennsylvania. The experience of this course was largely defined by the autobiographies of Angela Davis and Assata Shakur as well as anthologies like the New York Panther 21’s Look For Me in the Whirlwind (1971) and Revolutionary Mothering: Love On The Front Lines (2016). As a class, we studied these anthologies in depth to understand the power of the anthologizing form. 

The Japanese Archaeological Collection at the University of Pennsylvania - An Omeka Course Project

The Japanese Archaeological Collection at the University of Pennsylvania - An Omeka Course Project

This class integrates the Japanese archaeological artifacts (188 items) and drawings (16 sheets) that were given to the Penn Museum at the World’s Columbian Exposition of1893 as a gift from the Tokyo National Museum/Meiji Government. It is clear from the collection that the Tokyo National Museum, supported by the Meiji Government, carefully chose representative artifacts collected from all over Japan that would show the world a high level of sophistication in Japanese prehistoric materials. These items are composed primarily of intact pots representing the Japanese prehistoric periods, large ceramic sherds bearing elaborate surface decorations, elaborately manufactured stone tools, large drawings of major archaeological artifacts and sites in Japan, and rich ceremonial and ritual paraphernalia.

Monument Lab - A Philadelphia Community Project

Monument Lab - A Philadelphia Community Digital Asset & Data Management Project

This custom-built plugin for ResourceSpace, a digital asset management system, allows users to display their uploaded images and other files on an interactive map. The map is built using the Leaflet Javascript library by Summer Digital Scholarship Interns. The plugin has been implemented for Monument Lab, a public community project designed to allow the citizens of Philadelphia to propose what an appropriate monument is for the city.

Check out the code here.

A Monument to Climate Change - A Scalar Course Project

A Monument to Climate Change - A Scalar Course Project

This project takes Lenape teachings, embodied by the statue of Teedyuscung, and considers how they are related to scientific understandings of the environment.  Although Indigenous and scientific knowledge systems are quite different, the class discovered interesting intersections where the two systems speak eloquently to one another. The course project was created using Scalar.

Digging Deeper - Embedding TimelineJS in Weebly

Digging Deeper - Embedding TimelineJS in Weebly

TimelineJS can be embedded anywhere that you can write or paste HTML! Check out a course project that built a digital exhibit in Weebly, including embedded Timelines!

Make Your Own Timeline

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Workshops

Digital Research Skills Workshop Series - Running Now!!!

This series includes:

  • Introduction to Command Line for Digital Research Projects
  • Introduction to Git and Github for Humanities and Social Science Research Projects
  • Topic Modeling with Lexis Nexis Data
  • Introduction to ArcGIS
  • Prepping for your Summer Research Project

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

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

Text Analysis

Workshops in this series will introduce participants to computational text analysis. 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.

Mapping

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.

General

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

Guides

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

 

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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, including Omeka and Scalar. In cooperation with the Price Lab, the DS team also assists the development of new teaching and research projects in Digital Humanities.

Consultations

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

Intern with Us!

 

Become a member of the Digital Scholarship team! DS interns will work together with Digital Scholarship staff to build digital projects requested by Penn faculty, students, and researchers. Past projects include Python/Django web applications and databases for faculty research projects, custom PHP templates, plugins, and themes for Content Management Systems such as Omeka and Scalar, and web-mapping projects. Check out our projects page to learn more about what we do.

All interns receive training in command line, Git, and the languages necessary to complete their projects!

Students of any program and background are encouraged to apply! We do not require a CS background, but we do require an interest in learning!

Digital Scholarship Summer Internship

The DS Summer Internship allows students to train and work in a team environment. Students work for 35 hrs/week, Mon-Fri on large scale development and design projects. Hiring for these positions begins in April. To apply, email Sasha Renninger or Scott Enderle.

Digital Scholarship Academic Year Internship & Workstudy Positions

The DS Academic Year Internship allows students to work directly with a DS team staff member to support course-integrated projects and long-term design and development. Students work on average 8-10 hrs/wk with a maximum of 20 hrs/week. Scheduling is flexible, but must overlap with the assigned staff member. Hiring for these positions begins in August and December. To apply, email Sasha Renninger or Scott Enderle.

Contact Us


Sasha Renninger
Digital Humanities Specialist
sashafr@upenn.edu

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
enderlej@upenn.edu

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