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Digital Scholarship

We expand the capacity of researchers at Penn to create and share new kinds of scholarship.

Data Management and Planning

Organizing, storing, and keeping track of research materials and data is a growing area of concentration in the Digital Scholarship group.

Developing Methods, Projects, and Digital Humanities

From consultation to collaboration, we will work with you to make decisions about new methods and approaches.

Open Access & Publishing

Whether you want to make your previously published materials more discoverable or start your own publication, the Digital Scholarship Team is here to support you in your endeavors.

About the Digital Scholarship Group

The Digital Scholarship group, formed in Spring 2016, includes seven full-time library staff members, three project-focused short-term staff members, student workers, and a connected network of collaborators in the Penn Libraries and around campus. Our primary activities are designed to support new scholarly creation through data curation and management; develop and engage with new methods for digital research projects, including the digital humanities; and explore new publishing models, especially open access publishing.

Our 2016-2018 goals

  • Build a research data management and curation program
  • Make library collections more consistently usable as data
  • Develop and nurture a network of collaborators in support of digital scholarly creation
  • Establish sustainable workflows, training, and documentation for digital research projects
  • Expand and promote programs for digital open access publishing
  • Expand the library’s capacity to engage in new methodological practices
Learn about our goals and projects

Examples of Digital Scholarship

Screenshot of Penn Museum foreign language toolkit in Omeka. Image features French archival material

MEAD logo from ScholarlyCommons

screenshot from Upenn Digital Scholarship: City Plans: Philadelphia

screenshot from Ur Online: Explore the Ancient City of Ur

People


Laurie Allen

Laurie Allen

Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship
laallen@upenn.edu

Laurie likes Philadelphia and mapping and is happy to talk about any idea or project.


Sasha Renninger

Digital Humanities Specialist
sashafr@upenn.edu
Sasha specializes in web development, data management, and coding for the humanities, contact her for questions and advice about the digital components of your coursework and research.


Scott Enderle​

Digital Humanities Specialist
enderlej@sas.upenn.edu
Scott specializes in statistical text analysis, machine learning, and data visualization. Contact him with questions about using new technologies and large collections of data for humanities research and teaching.



Sarah Wipperman

Sarah Wipperman

Scholarly Communications and Digital Repository Librarian
swipp at upenn dot edu

Sarah specialized in author rights, publishing, and how/where to share scholarly work. She may also be contacted with questions on copyright, fair use, and for a consultation on adding materials to ScholarlyCommons.


Margaret Janz

Scholarly Communications and Data Curation Librarian
mjanz@upenn.edu
Margaret specializes in organizing, documenting, and saving data; contact her for questions about data management planning.


Kenny Whitebloom

Digital Scholarly Publishing Librarian
kenwhi@upenn.edu

Kenny manages the operations of ScholarlyCommons, a repository for the scholarly output of researchers at Penn. He specializes in digital publishing and open access. Contact Kenny if you’re interested in contributing to ScholarlyCommons, or if you would like to find out more.


Learn about the Digital Scholarship Fellows

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The Digital Scholarship Fellowship is a year-long collaborative program for undergraduates that integrates digital tools, theory, and methods. No prior experience is needed to apply--this fellowship is primarily a learning experience for enthusiastic and driven scholars. The eight students selected to become DS fellows will participate in biweekly workshops that run throughout the year, on topics such as web design; project and information management; data analysis; accessibility; and digital tools for text analysis. They will also work together to develop and build a digital scholarship project of their own.

At the end of the academic year, each fellow will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship related to digital scholarship in the Philadelphia area.

Read more about the program