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Digital Humanities Projects at the Penn Libraries

The Digital Scholarship Team at the Penn Libraries offers a variety of partnership opportunities for students, faculty, and researchers interested in pursuing a digital project. Check out some of our current and past projects below!

Omeka

American Literary Radicals - A Course Project

American Literary Radicals - An Omeka Course Project

Many types of literature appeared radical in the 19th century in the United States:  some texts were politically extreme, some stylistically innovative and others violated literary standards of taste.  Many texts did all three.  This project investigates the connection between innovations in style and content as well as messages that demanded social change.

April Fooled! - An Omeka Pop-Up Exhibit Companion

April Fooled! - An Omeka Pop-Up Exhibit Companion

April Fooled aims to remind students and the public that, while audio, image, and video manipulation is reaching new heights, the phenomenon is not a new one. It also aims to empower viewers by introducing them to tools to identify manipulated images before sharing them.

This site is a companion to a pop-up poster exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, held in April 2018, and curated by Katherine Ahnberg, Patty Guardiola, Samantha Kirk, and Kenny Whitebloom. 

Explore Fisher - A Library Omeka Project

Explore Fisher - A Library Omeka Project

This is your guide to the history of the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously known as the Furness Building (after its architect, Frank Furness) and the University Library, the building is now offically called the Anne and Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library, after the main donors to the building's restoration project in the 1980's.

Penn Libraries Holy Land Digital Image Collections

Penn Libraries Holy Land Digital Image Collections

Thanks to a major gift from Edward Lenkin (C'71, PAR'12), the Penn Libraries acquired in 2009 an outstanding collection of historical photographs of the Holy Land. The Lenkin Family Collection of Photography at the Penn Libraries, as it is now known, comprises over 5,000 original photographs, primarily of Jerusalem and Palestine taken from 1850 to 1937. These photographs serve as primary source materials for teaching and research across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including the history of photography, architecture, regional planning, religious studies, history, and political science.

Anatolian Travelers - A Neatline Course Project

Anatolian Travelers - A Neatline Course Project

The Anatolian Travelers Project aims to map pre-20th century CE travel accounts about western Anatolia (modern Turkey).  We hope to better understand human movement through this landscape prior to the advent of modern transportation technologies.

This site was built as part of a Penn Classics course. Students used Neatline, Neatline Text, and Simile Timeline to embed the text of travel narratives on interactive maps and timelines.

Archive for Ornamental Bodies - A Neatline Course Project

Archive for Ornamental Bodies - A Neatline Course Project

The Archive for Ornamental Bodies is an experiment in the documentation and description of bodies — natural bodies, human bodies, metaphysical bodies, linguistic bodies. The AOB collects bodies of all materials and forms. It is our particular mission, however, to gather bodies characterized by some extravagance or inessentiality, and to confer plentitude on their excess through the medium of language.

This exhibit was curated by the students of a Penn English Department Course.

Centennial Exhibition - A Neatline Library Project

Centennial Exhibition - A Neatline Library Project

This project grew out of an inventory of the Centennial collection in the Perkins Rare Book Room at the Fisher Fine Arts library.  and What We Saw and How We Saw It, the book selected for the basis of this project. The text is a tour guide written for visitors to Memorial Hall, the art gallery of the Centennial. The way the text is written, visitors are guided from gallery to gallery, and are told about the different paintings and artists on exhibit. By recreating the gallery space virtually, we can move through Memorial Hall as visitors in 1876 would have done, experiencing the space and the paintings in the same context. Due to time contraints, only the American section has been covered. But, it is hoped that this project will be continued, so that the full gallery tour will be available.

The Wanamaker Bronze Collection - An Omeka Dissertation Supplement

The Wanamaker Bronze Collection - An Omeka Research Paper Supplement

Welcome to the website for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Wanamaker Bronze Collection. This collection is made up of 454 bronze reproductions of objects primarily from Pompeii and Herculaneum, ranging from small tools to life-size statues and furniture. John Wanamaker (1838–1922), the Philadelphia department store magnate and longtime member of the Museum’s Board of Managers, purchased these bronzes from J. Chiurazzi & Fils for the museum in 1904. Due to their status as reproductions, only a handful of these bronzes are on display. They are presented here in a more complete fashion. On this website, you will find information about the collection’s history; background on the Pompeiian house and the archaeological contexts of the originals; the Wanamaker Bronzes categorized by object type; featured groups of bronzes; bibliography; and contact information, including forms to request objects for class use or individual research.

Schuylkill River and Urban Waters Research Corps Archive - An Omeka Community Archive

Schuylkill River and Urban Waters Research Corps Archive - An Omeka Community Archive

The Schuylkill Corps Archive is an interactive and growing public archive of citizen science and public humanities projects. Together we will discover and document the tidal river's past and present while collaboratively imagining it's future. 

DataRefuge Stories - An Omeka Community Project

DataRefuge Stories - An Omeka Community Project

Data Refuge launched November 2016 in Philadelphia to draw attention to how climate denial endangers federal environmental data. With the help of thousands of civic partners and volunteers, the project has rapidly spread to over fifty cities and towns across the country. Now, Data Refuge is building a storybank to document how data lives in the world – and how it connects people, places, and non-human species. Learn more at datarefuge.org

SAST 208 Doing Research - An Omeka Course Project

SAST 208 Doing Research - An Omeka Course Project

This course combines student research into Penn's manuscript collection with digital exhibit building.

Spanish Language at the Penn Museum - A Penn Museum Omeka Project

Spanish Language at the Penn Museum - A Penn Museum Omeka Project

This site offers a toolkit of teaching aids that Spanish language instructors at Penn can utilize to incorporate Object-Based Learning in to their curriculum.

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.

City Plans - A Penn Libraries Architectural Omeka Archive

City Plans - A Penn Libraries Architectural Omeka Archive

The Omeka project contains an archive of Philadelphia City Plans.

War and Conquest in Medieval Europe - An Omeka Course Project

War and Conquest in Medieval Europe - An Omeka Course Project

War was not only a series of actions, but it also permeated society in a very concrete way through physical objects and material texts. These objects and texts inscribed war in everyday settings and, beyond that, they also reaffirmed both the importance and glory of war. This exhibit examines the remains of the physical life of war. In other words, what were the aesthetics of medieval warfare? What made war appealing and/or beautiful? "The Aesthetics of Medieval Warfare" will treat aesthetics in a large way, not only in terms of beauty but in terms of physical expression more largely.

Here and Over There - An Omeka Course Project

Here and Over There - An Omeka Course Project

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. It does so while drawing in part on objects and materials in the Penn Museum and across Penn’s campus. This site showcases just a sampling of the interesting objects – and stories – that help to tell the narrative of Penn’s engagement in the Middle East.

Art at Penn - An Omeka Course Project

Art at Penn - An Omeka Course Project

Through this website five students within the Fall 2015 course on Digital Art History (under the guidance of Professor Christopher Pastore) attempt to create an easy-to-use online art collection. Each student selected five artworks encompassing a spectrum of mediums, sizes, and locations throughout the University of Pennsylvania's existing art collection.

Haudenosaunee Timeline - An Omeka Course Project

Haudenosaunee Timeline - An Omeka Course Project

Because the Creation Story of the Haudenosaunee has been passed on to generations by oral tradition, the story is different for every retelling. This version of the origin story is based on that of Chief Gibson.

Who Was Alfred Dreyfus? - A Library Special Collections Project

Who Was Alfred Dreyfus? - A Library Special Collections Project

The materials on display here are facsimiles of originals in the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. This exhibition begins with a timeline and cast of characters and then gives a semi-chronological overview of the Dreyfus Affair, focusing on specific themes and individuals central to the Affair. It also examines the Affair from larger perspectives, exploring topics including the role of the military; images and graphics; social media and popular culture; women; the press and public opinion; and patriotism. Justice, truth, and loyalty: all were put to the test during the Dreyfus Affair, and its lessons will resonate with today’s audiences.

Penn Museum Archives Foreign Language Toolkit - A Penn Museum Omeka Project

Penn Museum Archives Foreign Language Toolkit - A Penn Museum Omeka Project

The Penn Museum Archives Foreign Language Toolkit is an ongoing project of the Penn Museum Academic Engagement Department and the Penn Museum Archives. We welcome you to browse these documents and images, which represent only a small fraction of the foreign language materials available for research and study in the Penn Museum Archives. 

The Preface Project - A Library Special Collections Project

The Prefact Project - A Library Special Collections Project

The Preface Project is a multi-modal digital archive exploring the relationships among truth claims, direct address of the reader, and authorial voice in the prefaces of 1760s novels. The archive conceives of prefaces as products of and catalysts for relationality, while weaving together new layers of enmeshment, through curated cataloging and audio, visual, and textual digital reproductions.  Through the proliferation and linking of metadata, through the multimedia presentation of the prefaces, and through the open-access publication of the archived materials, the Preface Project generates new networks, entangling them with the conversations and relations of 1760s prefaces.

Sara Yorke Stevenson - A Library Omeka Project

Sara Yorke Stevenson - A Penn Library Omeka Project

A collection of works about and by Sara Yorke Stevenson.

Scalar

Open Archaeology - Scalar Research Journal

Open Archaeology - A Scalar Research Journal

The goal of the Open Archaeology project is to serve as an interface between the public and the professional archaeology community.  We approach this goal by leveraging new digital technologies to make archaeological data and practice accessible to anyone.  We are also continuously experimenting with new innovations in digital technology to improve the quantity and accuracy of the data we collect and share.


We hope that you will join us in this collaboration.  Please consider volunteering to participate in field or digital work.

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. Most importantly, these writers - majority identifying as radicalized black women, gave us blueprints for converting our lived experience and critical interpretations into an inclusive praxis, one that acknowledges the experiences and oppression of different intersecting identities. The works we studied in class were valuable frameworks as we took to producing our own critical and creative research works as actionable modes of reflection, response and extensions of these readings. Our class anthology collects the voices of our peers in the contemporary movement towards social progress in today's climate of mass incarceration, anti-black violence and violence against women and gender nonconforming people.

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.

Neatline

Anatolian Travelers - A Neatline Course Project

Anatolian Travelers - A Neatline Course Project

The Anatolian Travelers Project aims to map pre-20th century CE travel accounts about western Anatolia (modern Turkey).  We hope to better understand human movement through this landscape prior to the advent of modern transportation technologies.

This site was built as part of a Penn Classics course. Students used NeatlineNeatline Text, and Simile Timeline to embed the text of travel narratives on interactive maps and timelines.

American Literary Radicals - A Course Project

American Literary Radicals - A Neatline Course Project

Many types of literature appeared radical in the 19th century in the United States:  some texts were politically extreme, some stylistically innovative and others violated literary standards of taste.  Many texts did all three.  This project investigates the connection between innovations in style and content as well as messages that demanded social change.

Archive for Ornamental Bodies - A Neatline Course Project

Archive for Ornamental Bodies - A Neatline Course Project

The Archive for Ornamental Bodies is an experiment in the documentation and description of bodies — natural bodies, human bodies, metaphysical bodies, linguistic bodies. The AOB collects bodies of all materials and forms. It is our particular mission, however, to gather bodies characterized by some extravagance or inessentiality, and to confer plentitude on their excess through the medium of language.

This exhibit was curated by the students of a Penn English Department Course.

Centennial Exhibition - A Neatline Library Project

Centennial Exhibition - A Neatline Library Project

This project grew out of an inventory of the Centennial collection in the Perkins Rare Book Room at the Fisher Fine Arts library.  and What We Saw and How We Saw It, the book selected for the basis of this project. The text is a tour guide written for visitors to Memorial Hall, the art gallery of the Centennial. The way the text is written, visitors are guided from gallery to gallery, and are told about the different paintings and artists on exhibit. By recreating the gallery space virtually, we can move through Memorial Hall as visitors in 1876 would have done, experiencing the space and the paintings in the same context. Due to time contraints, only the American section has been covered. But, it is hoped that this project will be continued, so that the full gallery tour will be available.

Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Suite

CsvImportPenn - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Plugin

CsvImportPenn - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Plugin

This plugin allows users to import items from a simple CSV (comma separated values) file, and then map the CSV column data to multiple elements, files, tags, and/or coordinates. Each row in the file represents metadata for a single item. This plugin is useful for exporting data from one database and importing that data into an Omeka site. New in CsvImportPenn! This plugin extends the functionality of Omeka's CsvImport plugin by converting traditional latitude/longitude coordinates into a format that is importable to Neatline.

TimelineJS and StorymapJS

Explore Fisher - A Library TimelineJS Project

Explore Fisher - TimelineJS Embedded in a Penn Libraries Omeka Site

This is your guide to the history of the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously known as the Furness Building (after its architect, Frank Furness) and the University Library, the building is now offically called the Anne and Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library, after the main donors to the building's restoration project in the 1980's.

Make Your Own Timeline

Art at Penn - TimelineJS Embedded in an Omeka Course Site

Art at Penn - TimelineJS Embedded in an Omeka Course Site

TimelineJS can be used as an entry point into a website! Check out how a course in History of Art used TimelineJS in combination with Omeka to explore art around Penn's campus!

Make Your Own Timeline

Haudenosaunee Timeline - Deep Time in TimelineJS

Haudenosaunee Timeline - Deep Time in TimelineJS

While TimelineJS requires that you give each point along your timeline a fixed date, a professor at Penn has come up with a solution for representing "deep time" or "relative time" such as the time when creation stories take place. Click the image to check out his TimelineJS embedded in an Omeka site!

Make Your Own Timeline

Digging Deeper - Embedding TimelineJS in a Weebly Course Project

Digging Deeper - Embedding TimelineJS in a Weebly Course Project

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

A Monument to Climate Change - StoryMapJS Embedded in Scalar

A Monument to Climate Change - StoryMapJS Embedded in Scalar

Explore how students in a Religious Studies course at Penn used StoryMapJS to interweave the narratives of the Lenape creation story and the impact of climate change on Philadelphia.

Make Your Own StoryMap

Story Map by Esri

The Library as a Hub for Digital Scholarship - A Library Outreach Project

The Library as a Hub for Digital Scholarship - A Library Outreach Project

This project, designed by Social Science Librarian Anne Larrivee, demonstrates the power of Story Map by Esri as a presentation tool. This presentation uses the Story Map Cascade template.

Custom Web Applications

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.

Digital Humanities Tool Selector - A Custom Library Django Project

Digital Humanities Tool Selector - A Custom Library Django Project

This web application, built using Django/Python by Summer Digital Scholarship Interns, is designed to be a platform for librarians to build interactive guides to help patrons find the right tool for a project. The project includes extensive documentation on how you can set up your own version of the application to try your hand at building a web app with Django!

Visit the Beta Version Here.

Digging Deeper - Course Project in Weebly

Digging Deeper - A Course Project in Weebly

In the Spring of 2018, the Penn Museum will open a new installation of its important collection of artifacts from the Middle East. The galleries are conceived as a JOURNEY TO THE CITY. Through this lens we tell the emerging story of human society from early villages to the great urban centers of the ancient and medieval world.  Here we invite you to explore one of the most important cross cutting themes presented in the galleries:  Trade and Exchange.  Almost as fundamental to humans as language, all human societies engage in trade and exchange. This website is the product of a curatorial seminar sponsored by the History of Art department at the Univesity of Pennsylvania.  Eleven students, from a variety of interests, joined together to explore trade and exchange across time and space.​

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