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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:

  • Intro to Text Analysis and Tools for Statistical Text Analysis 

    Workshops in this series will introduce participants to computational text analysis, using tools such as Voyant, AntConc, 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. Starting with basic word frequency counts and concordances, we will progress to more complex statistical tools including 

  • Intro to Omeka

    Omeka is a web platform that makes it easy to create online exhibits. This workshop will show you how researchers, classes, and organizations have used Omeka to share their work. We will discuss when you might want to use Omeka instead of similar tools like Wordpress, and we will show you how to get started if you decide that Omeka is right for you.

  • Intro to Digital Scholarship

    Participants will be introduced to the four main foci of digital scholarship at the Penn Libraries: mapping, digital publishing, data storage & management, and text analysis. The workshop will cover a brief summary of each topic, including what types of analysis and services the topic includes when and why a researcher should consider incorporating this topic into their work. Participants will be exposed to a selection of tools supported by the library for each topic, including examples of past Penn projects which used these tools. Using the information offered in this workshop, participants should be able to make informed decisions about including digital tools and methods in their own work.


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

Example Projects

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

Uses: Omeka
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.

Cat's Crade: A World Connected by String
Uses: Story Maps by Esri, ArcGIS OnlineStoryMap JS
A project created by Penn Digital Scholarship high school Interns to explore the history of string figures in the Penn Museum collections.

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: Scalar, Carto, StoryMap JS
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).