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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


Girmay Misgna

Girmay Misgna

Mapping & Spatial Data Librarian
Girmay supports faculty and students who are engaging with spatial methods, bringing deep technical expertise in both GIS and platform development to that work.

Scott Enderle​

Digital Humanities Specialist
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.

Emily Esten

Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator


Margaret Janz

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

Kenny Whitebloom

Digital Scholarly Publishing Librarian

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.


Jennifer Garcon

Bollinger Fellow in Public and Community Data Curation

Jennifer helps to develop and expand sustainable models for the care of vulnerable collections of data.