2014 Faculty & Staff Grant Awardees

Mapping Spatial Representations of Economic Practices

Project Director: Craig Borowiak, Haverford College

“Mapping Spatial Representations and Economic Practices” will support the development of two GIS focused projects: mapping solidarity economies and “Troubled Waters: Tracing Waste in the Delaware River.”  The first project builds on an ongoing project involves research on the spatial configuration and social and economic impacts of the solidarity economy in Philadelphia. The second, “Troubled Waters: Tracing Waste in the Delaware River,” involves the use of a software called Neatline (tied to Omeka) to map connections between global commodity production and waste flows in the Delaware River.


Historical Urban Spaces through Digital Lenses: Research and Presentation

Project Director: Jeffrey Cohen, Bryn Mawr College

This project involves digital research and presentation on historic urban spaces in two contexts: among TDH-funded students building and feeding a public-facing research database, and in an associated class, City 306, with an overlapping membership that developed and exercised participants’ abilities to employ such digital and archival documents to find and tell the stories of evolving urban environments from the past. The database, now in the process of being amplified and illustrated, required digital photography of archival documents, data parsing, and integration into new input and searchable interfaces that will connect users to tens of thousands of 19th-century fire insurance surveys, most with manuscript floor plans.  The class took on variously framed exercises in webbed presentation that aimed to connect such resources engagingly as richly sourced histories and visually annotated documents about places in Philadelphia, Boston, and beyond.


Quaker Journals and Haudenousane, Stockbridge, and Brotherton Interactions

Project Director: Christopher Densmore, Swarthmore College 

Among the holdings of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College are a number of unpublished manuscript journals as well as journals appearing in 19th century Quaker publications of the extensive involvement of Quakers with Native Americans in what is now New York State. Throughout the summer, a student intern will complete the transcriptions, research the subjects and, through TEI or similar tools, bring out  the more subtle topical and thematic information in the texts.


Walter Benjamin on Lancaster Avenue

Project Director: Andrew Friedman, Haverford College

This grant will support the development of “Walter Benjamin on Lancaster,” a course to be taught in Fall of 2015 which mixes a readings seminar in the work of the German-Jewish philosopher and critical theorist Walter Benjamin with a collective, ongoing historical research project on Lancaster Avenue, indexing the arrival of an American modernity on the street that runs past the Haverford campus, connecting Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA. The class culminates in a collective project of digital scholarship, based in semester-long student-faculty collaboration in archival research on Lancaster Avenue.


Ticha : A digital text explorer for Colonial Zapotec

Project Director: Brook Lillehaugen, Haverford College

The development of “Ticha: a digital text explorer for Colonial Zapotec” will provide readers with an online tool to explore many interlinked layers of these texts, including images of the original documents, transcriptions, translations into English and modern Spanish, linguistic analysis, and commentary. Ticha incorporates XML output from FLEx (a linguistic database) with TEI, serving to connect compatible encoding practices of distinct academic fields. A web-based interface makes this information available to a broad audience.


Digital Rome: Visualizing Ancient Roman Urbanism in North Africa

Project Director: Tom Morton, Swarthmore College

Digital Rome will have four foci: an examination of Roman architecture and  urbanism, delving into the complexities of North Africa during the Roman Empire, critical discussions regarding the use of digital modeling in architectural and urban studies, and the actual digital modeling of the Roman cities. In part, this grant supports student digital liaisons for the Fall 2014 course “Digital Rome.” The digital liaisons will help student teams in and out of the classroom, especially with SketchUp, the free, digital modeling software that will be used in class.


The DCC Vocabulary Bridge and Learning Game

Project Director: Bret Mulligan, Haverford College

This grant will support the development of two linked digital resources for learning Classical Latin and Greek. The first, “The Bridge,” is a web-based interface that would allow users to generate customized vocabulary lists from the public-access vocabulary database. Users would be able to select a prepared vocabulary list, a text, or sub-set of a text or their textbook, and then exclude vocabulary from a textbook, from other texts, parts of speech, etc. The second, an Android/iOS/Web game that would help students master the prepared Latin and/or Greek vocabulary sets or customized lists created using the “Bridge.”


‘Re-excavating Carthage’: Digitization and Online Publication of the White Fathers’ Archives

Project Director: Alicia Walker, Bryn Mawr College

‘Re-excavating Carthage’: Digitization and Online Publication of the White Fathers’ Archives will support the research and documentation at the archive of the Missionaries of Africa (also known as the White Fathers) in Rome, Italy, during the summer 2014, in order to digitize, catalog, and ultimately publish online an archive of approximately 2,500 unpublished photographs and 5,000 folios of letters, excavation notes, diaries, and other textual materials documenting the seminal archaeological work conducted by Father Alfred-Louis Delattre and the White Fathers in Carthage, Tunisia from 1875 to 1956.


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