Tri-Co DH Faculty-Staff 2014 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.
Makey Makey Workshop + Digital Studies Consultation
Project Directors: Rachel Buurma, Bob Rehak, + Tim Burke, Swarthmore College
Engaging students from the Tri-Co, Professor Mark Sample, Director Digital Studies at Davidson College, will facilitate a “Critical Making” Makey-Makey session. The session will include a “hands-on” component as well as a theoretical follow-up discussion led by Swarthmore’s Student Digital Studies Group. Professor Sample will also be consulting with those interested at Swarthmore and the Tri-Co on the topic of Digital Studies.
Five Cities: Digital Research and Presentation
Project Director: Jeffrey Cohen, Bryn Mawr College
“Five Cities: Digital Research and Presentation” embraces projects collectively focused on the physical evolution of five cities, Boston, Hamburg, Dublin, Paris, and Philadelphia. Each involves deep research in primary sources, aims to enhance the visibility of such primary document collections, and will take the final form of richly documented public presentations — both on the web and through exhibitions that offer transparently sourced visual and textual evidence of the these episodes of urban growth over time.
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Among the holdings of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College are a number of unpublished manuscript journals as well as journals appearing in 19th century Quaker publications of the extensive involvement of Quakers with Native Americans in what is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 America
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.