Featured Projects

Tri-Co DH Faculty-Staff 2015 Grant Awardees


Implementation of Linked Open Data for Bryn Mawr Classical Review: Next Steps

Project Director: Camilla MacKay, Bryn Mawr College

This grant is to support participation in the LODLAM (Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums) Summit 2015 in Sydney. With a first grant, we hired a consultant and a programmer, who enabled publication of schema.org structured metadata in each BMCR review using existing elements, thus both modifying the ambition of the first proposal but also fulfilling its terms by implementing a simple form of linked data. Schema.org mark-up is used by search engines like Google and Yahoo!, thus increasing the discoverability of BMCR reviews. Next steps are to expand the linkable metadata in BMCR reviews, by, for example, identifying books by OCLC identifiers (OCLC WorldCat provides linked bibliographic data for books in its union catalog). The LODLAM Summit, now in its third year, is an interactive and partipatory meeting where programmers, librarians, archivists, and museum professionals work together on actionable items to forward linked data in libraries, archives, and museums; BMCR, with over 10,000 reviews of books, all with TEI-encoded metadata, will be, I believe, an excellent project to bring to this community.

Text Encoding (TEI):  A Long-term Digital Project Strategy

Project Directors: Patricia O’Donnell & Christopher Densmore, Swarthmore College

This project was proposed by Friends Historical Library. It includes two initiatives. The first is a public lecture by Julia Flanders who has led the Women Writers Project at Brown and Northeastern Universities since 1993. She will speak at Swarthmore on April 23rd on the use of TEI as part of a long-term digital project strategy in the Digital Humanities, using the Women Writers Project as a case study. The second is an in-depth consultation with Ms. Flanders and her Project Manager, Sarah Connell, on FHL’s Indian Journals project. The latter is a continuation of a Trico Digital Humanities funded program to encode eighteen original journals which document Quaker and Native American contact in upstate New York from 1793 to 1810.

Education in Our Barrios Project

Project Director: Edwin Mayorga, Swarthmore College

The Education in our Barrios Project, #BarrioEdProj, is a digital, critical participatory action research (D+CPAR) study of Philadelphia Latino core communities, educational reform, related social policies, and the restructuring of cities. This study brings together TriCo students and Philadelphia-area youth as a research collaborative to conduct participatory research for social change. Rooted in critical, participatory action research (CPAR) and digital social science (DSS), co-researchers will be exposed to a variety of research and community engagement skills, including archival research, interviews, observations, community survey, digital storytelling, WordPress site building, and social media for research and civic engagement. #BarrioEdProj will be an ongoing effort, but this semester we will be focused on recruiting co-researchers, building our relationships with partnering communities, and providing a series of D+CPAR workshops for TriCo students participating in the project. The end goal for this term is to organize a D+CPAR summer institute for ALL of the participants in our research collaborative. For more info find us at @barrioedproj or barrioedproj@gmail.com

Ticha: A Digital Text Explorer for Colonial Zapotec — Interfaces

Project Director: Brook Lillehaugen, Haverford College

Ticha project background: The Zapotec are one of the major civilizations of Mesoamerica with cultural traditions distinct from the better-known Nahua (Aztec) and Maya. However, our understanding of the Zapotec people during Mexican colonial times is heavily based on primary sources written by non-Zapotec individuals despite the existence of at least 400 manuscripts written in Valley Zapotec between 1565 and 1750.  These Zapotec-language documents provide insight into the ethnic diversity, religious history, and familial, social, and economic structures of Mexico, but are used by only a small handful of experts, due in part to difficulty in accessing the texts and the complexity of understanding the language.  The Ticha project addresses this problem through an online digital text explorer (http://ticha.haverford.edu) that allows a user to access and explore many interlinked layers of the Colonial Zapotec texts, including images of the original documents, transcriptions, modern Spanish normalizations, linguistic analysis, and commentary.  Goals for the “Interfaces” phase.  The two goals of this phase are:  (1) to bring the core Ticha team together in person at Haverford College in April 2015 and (2) to implement a Spanish language interface for the current Ticha website.

Bryn Mawr’s Poissy Processional: A Digital Reader and Exhibition

Project Directors: Marianne Hansen & Nava Streiter, Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr Special Collections is building a website that will bring its latest medieval manuscript to a wider audience. The website will have two related functions. It will provide a complete digitization of the manuscript along with a full transcription of its Latin texts, and embedded sound files. At the same time, it will offer a focused digital exhibition that will animate the book by relating it to the contexts of late Gothic manuscript traditions, life and ritual in French medieval convents, and the structure, notation, and performance of medieval chant liturgies. The website will be accessible to an audience of young scholars and will be designed to be relevant to the courses of professors in the Tri-Co and beyond who are teaching about medieval texts, objects, and music. It will provide students an opportunity for intimate virtual engagement with a medieval manuscript that has been carefully mediated and contextualized for their benefit. We hope it will also inspire local students to visit the physical manuscript in Special Collections.

Between Mary and Carey: Transcribing the Correspondence of Mary Garrett and M. Carey Thomas

Project Director: Evan McGonagill, Bryn Mawr College

With the help of the Tri-Co Digital Humanities Initiative, The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education will hire a student to help build a pilot website for transcription of the letters written between M. Carey Thomas, the first dean and second president of Bryn Mawr College, and her lifelong friend and romantic partner Mary Garrett. Their extensive correspondence chronicles Thomas and Garrett’s evolving relationship from the years of their young adulthood through Thomas’s eventual rise to the presidency of Bryn Mawr, a career in which Garrett played no small role. Digital access to the corpus is currently extremely limited: this project will expand availability to researchers by digitizing the letters and inviting the public to take part in their transcription, an undertaking which will eventually result in a digitized and textually searchable collection of materials.

Investigating Digital Formats and Publication of Senior Projects

Project Directors: Jody Cohen, Anne Dalke, & Ann Dixon, Bryn Mawr College

Two Bryn Mawr seniors, their faculty advisers, and a webmaster are collaborating to create and extend public platform alternatives to display culminating work. We are seeking to develop modes that are less linear than conventional formats, and that will also enable students to highlight the four years of work each of them has done on the website, Serendip Studio. The resulting formats, processes and best practices will be available to future students doing independent study or senior thesis/project work.

Archiving Overseas U.S. Military Bases

Project Director: Victoria Reyes, Bryn Mawr College

This grant supports the initial phase in the development and creation of a web-based interface that will hold digitized archives related to overseas U.S. military bases and their legacies. In my collection, I have U.S. and Philippine legal court cases, government reports, and treaties related to the former U.S. Subic Bay Naval Base, the former U.S. Clark Air Force Base, and the current Subic Bay Freeport Zone in the Philippines. Throughout the semester, a student research assistant will organize and catalog the documents for easier accessibility and visibility when the website goes live, while also maintaining blog posts documenting her experiences.  Although the current focus of this grant is on former U.S. bases in the Philippines, the larger research project is aimed at these phenomena more broadly. The end goal is to provide researchers, faculty, and students interested in the complex and varied experiences of the U.S. military abroad access to relevant digitized archives.

What year is this?  Islamic state making, temporality, and place.

Project Director: Deborah Harrold, Haverford College

This project examines a visual aspect of contemporary jihadi groups: historic reenactment.  We see evidence of self-conscious connection not only to the earliest years of Islamic expansion but also to the anti-colonial rebellions of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  These rebellions are presented in youtube videos that contain historical images, footage from feature films, and parts of BBC or Al-Jazeera documentaries.  Many make explicit connections between the anti-colonial rebellions and today’s jihadi movements.  The grant will support a student research assistant who will help collect and analyze these videos.

Activating Bryn Mawr College’s Michaelis Collection of 19th- and 20th-century optical display devices

Project Director: Brian Wallace

Bryn Mawr College Special Collections will create a digital catalog for and hybrid digital/haptic interactive modules on selected stereoscopes, panoramas, zoetropes, and other optical devices in the Michaelis Collection (part of the College’s Art and Artifact Collection) and then prototype, test, and refine best-practice presentation procedures and interdisciplinary curricular components in the course of working with TriCo faculty and students in classroom settings. Project outcomes: a substantially improved catalog with multiple and diverse references and links to resources in the humanities;a group of objects housed in a manner that encourages examination and manipulation and ensures security and longevity; a body of increased (and increasingly interdisciplinary) interpretive activity surrounding this subset of the College’s holdings.


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