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Frank Matero and John Hinchman’s website detailing the industrial landscape of the Pennsylvania Slate Belt, a 22-square-mile expanse of quarries, towns, transportation networks, and industrial wreckage, serves as a historical preservation tool via digital humanities.
In her new role, Redrobe will oversee the Center's public programs, and the research work of 29 faculty, graduate, and post-doctoral fellows, and oversee Penn Global collaboration with the Perry World House.
The histories of more than 1,500 properties in a storied Philadelphia neighborhood are now accessible on the new website, “Preserving Society Hill.” Working with digital-humanities specialists in the Price Lab and the Libraries, PennDesign’s Francesca Ammon created an interactive map to document this innovative case study in urban renewal.
Leveraging the University’s expertise with technology and rare centuries-old manuscripts, Penn Libraries is digitizing and cataloging medieval and early modern texts from 15 Philadelphia-area institutions. The three-year project is known as BiblioPhilly.
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.
The Price Lab for Digital Humanities and the Penn Libraries hosted HILT, an annual national training institute that brings together professionals from a number of disciplines.
Penn Libraries is collaborating with the Council on Library Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in offering three grants to digitize materials and collections for the global public to access.
The minor, spearheaded by the Price Lab for Digital Humanities, includes courses from a broad range of departments, from Anthropology to Religious Studies.
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.
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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.
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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.”
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