Kislak Center
for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

 Digital Humanities Inquiries


The Kislak Center supports Digital Humanities projects through the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) and through the Vitale Special Collections Digital Media Lab (Vitale 2). If you have a project idea and you would like to consult with Vitale 2, please contact Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services, at dorp@upenn.edu.

 

 Special Collections Digital Media Lab (Vitale 2)


What is the Mission of the Lab?
The Vitale Special Collections Digital Media Lab (Vitale 2) will provide technology and staff resources for Digital Humanities projects involving cultural heritage materials.
This service is intended for:
- the Penn Community, especially faculty members, SIMS fellows, and graduate students who are involved in projects
  that could benefit from the advanced technology and training available through Vitale 2.
- Individuals or organizations that may want to partner with Penn scholars in collaborative digital humanities projects.

How does Vitale 2 follow its mission?
By supporting relevant digital humanities projects:
- Helps turn research undertaken in the Kislak Center into digital product
- Provides training for creating digital humanities projects, for classes and through one on one supervision
- Provides courses and workshops on current digital humanities topics
- Supports Digital Humanities Forum seed projects where appropriate
- Provides a venue for long term support of sponsored DH projects generated by Library staff, Penn faculty and grad students
- Provides masterclasses in DH by visiting experts

How are projects selected for support?
Each project must be submitted for approval to the Vitale 2 staff. Projects can come from anywhere, but we are particularly interested in:
- Projects suggested by or currently under development by Penn faculty
- Projects generated by the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS)
- Digital Humanities Forum seed projects
- Projects directed to Vitale 2 from WIC
- Projects suggested by Kislak Center curatorial staff

Approval will be based on:
- The degree to which the project is based on unique content. Projects involving special collections content at Penn will be prioritized.
- The expected outcome of the project. Priority will be given to open access projects.
- The amount and type of technology resources required
- The amount and type of Vitale 2 staff involvement required

If you have a project idea and you would like to consult with Vitale 2, please contact Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services, at dorp@upenn.edu.

How is the Lab Staffed?
Vitale 2 staff will be expected to help facilitate projects and assist scholars in their work. This can include assistance with hardware and software and suggestions of resources or approaches, but the actual work on the project will be done by the scholars involved. Staffing will be provided initially by the Curator, Digital Research Services, a Web Developer, and the Programmer for Special Collections Digital Content (starting July 9).

Availability
Beginning on September 1, the Lab will be open for walk-in consultation Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00pm. At other times it will be open by appointment, depending on staff availability and projects' requirements.

How are projects delivered and published?
Any type of web hosting of results of a project will have to be evaluated based on the ability of the Library to host the project and the intended life span of the project.