Digital Humanities

Reclaiming a fragmented history

Digital humanities scholars are orchestrating an epic crowdsourcing effort to sort and transcribe handwriting on thousands of documents discarded hundreds of years ago, known as the Cairo Geniza.

Louisa Shepard

Staff Q&A with Lynn Ransom

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, housed in the Penn Libraries’ Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, is the world’s largest freely available repository of data on manuscripts produced before 1600. The growing collection of more than 225,000 records on approximately 90,000 manuscripts has been compiled from thousands of auction and sales catalogs, inventories, and catalogs from institutional and private collections.

Heather A. Davis

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Want to Change Facebook? Don’t Delete Your Account—Use It for Good

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Sandra González-Bailón and Ph.D. candidate Ashley E. Gorham wrote that the movement to delete Facebook profiles to protest privacy violations is self-defeating. The authors say that a more effective option would be using the site as a tool to deliver a collective demand for democratization.


Chronicle of Higher Education

From Doctoral Study to … Digital Humanities

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Stewart Varner explained that “digital humanities” isn’t technically a field on its own. “But,” said Varner, “it is often treated as such by people who consider themselves digital humanists as well as those who adamantly do not.”