Digital Scholarship Seminar: Digital Scholarship Projects

1:00pm - 2:00pm EST November 12, 2010

Seminar organizers encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others interested in digital scholarship, digital humanities, and related projects to attend this seminar in institutional teams, if possible. (Times EST)
Program Description
Although many digital scholarship projects are housed at large research institutions, some offer opportunities for engagement by faculty, staff, and students at small liberal arts colleges. In this seminar, representatives from three such projects will share their work and how others can get involved. Projects and speakers include:
  • The History Engine, Scott Nesbit, Associate Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond. The History Engine is a project that gives students the opportunity to practice the craft of history by researching, writing, and publishing what we call “episodes”—concise micro-histories about small moments in American history. Collected together on the History Engine site, the result is an ever-growing history archive that paints a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history. 

  • Hypercities, Todd Presner, Director, Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Digital Humanities, UCLA. Hypercities is a collaborative research and educational platform for traveling back in time to explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. HyperCities Geo-Scribe, a project proposal by the HyperCities team, has been selected to receive one of the first Google Digital Humanities Research Awards. Geo-Scribe will be an extension to HyperCities, a mark-up tool that brings together books and maps in a collaborative
    authoring environment for exploring the spatial dimensions of literature.

  • Sophie, Holly Willis, Director of Academic Programs, Institute for Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California. Sophie is open-source software for writing, reading, and visualizing rich-media documents in an interactive, networked environment. The program emerged from the desire to create an easy-to-use application that would allow authors to combine text, images, video, and sound quickly and simply, but with precision and sophistication. Sophie’s users are interested in creating robust, elegant, networked texts and multimedia works without having programming knowledge or training in the use of more complex and costly tools, such as Flash.


Please register by sending an e-mail to by November 5, 2010. Registration is free; however, space is limited. 


For more information about this event or the Digital Scholarship Seminar Series, please contact Rebecca Davis at