IDHMC Projects

We sponsor faculty projects and also conduct some projects of our own that are connected to the strengths of the faculty and resources available at Texas A&M University.

If you are a scholar interested in formulating a project, you may be interested in the training opportunities we support, such as the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute, as well as our Summer Technical Hours program — please contact the IDHMC office for more information (idhmc [at] tamu [dot] edu).

18thConnect

A digital “aggregator,” 18thConnect gathers together information about and links to the best primary and secondary texts that are available in digital form, either freely available on the Web or available by subscription. The digital scholarly resources in the field of eighteenth-century studies that are all searchable here, together, in one place, come from libraries, companies like Gale, and scholars themselves. 18thConnect is a digital research environment, and users can search, collect, discuss, tag, and remix search returns and content within the 18thConnect Community and/or Exhibit Builder. 18thConnect is also a peer-reviewing organization, under the organizing umbrella of the ARC organization, and all scholar-produced materials aggregated by 18thConnect are peer-reviewed by the 18thC Editorial Boards.

Advanced Research Consortium

The Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) is an organization that oversees and supports several period-specific and thematic digital research environments. For more information about ARC, see the website here.

BigDIVA

BigDIVA (Big Data Infrastructure Visualization Application) is a dynamic environment for browsing, searching, and interacting with the ARC (Advanced Research Consortium) catalog.This interface allows users to view all their search results at once rather than paging through endless lists of returns and hoping the search engine has put the most relevant items towards the top.

Cobre

Cobre is a robust image comparison environment, presenting versions of texts in filmstrip view along side each other and collating these images of different texts while allowing users to adjust the collation.

Cobre was originally created for Primeros Libros, but has been modified for the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP) to add the following features:

  • Add the possibility for transcription of pages on the Annotations window;
  • Make editable specific items of the metadata format on the Book Overview page, adding Dublin Core font categories;
  • Make it easier for people to manually transcribe pages for particular (“local”) editions and then share those transcriptions with other editions.

Digital Acting Parts

In the early modern period, rather than having access to a full-text play, actors learned their lines using “Actors’ parts,” hastily handwritten documents that provided them with only their cues and lines. Traditionally, today’s actors learn their lines from full-text plays, without any computer assistance. Digital Acting Parts (DAP) is an online environment that both mimics and enhances the early modern acting experience in order to facilitate actors learning their lines. DAP is the first project to give users an interactive experience with an early-modern-inspired “actor’s part,” which encourages both active reading and memorization, in turn leading to a better understanding of the texts themselves.

Digital Donne

DigitalDonne and the Donne Variorum are among the first Digital Humanities projects created by Texas A&M University faculty, students, and staff. The DigitalDonne resources contains interactive digital editions of Donne's poems, multiple manuscripts, editions of prose works, and more coming soon. The IDHMC is partnering with the Donne team to host these digital editions in a new, sustainable edition building software, and this instance of the DigitalDonne is coming soon. The current DigitalDonne project can be seen here.

Digital Humanities Certificate Program

This transcripted certificate offers masters or doctoral students at Texas A&M who intend to practice in an academic environment, museum, or other cultural institution the opportunity to acquire knowledge of digital tools, theories, and methodologies and to become competent in conducting digital practice activities. The Digital Humanities Certificate provides a basic introduction to the development and application of information technology in the context of research and practice in the humanities. For more information, please see the Certificate website.

IDHMC @ ASECS

The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, 18thConnect, and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies come together to organize a workshop at the annual ASECS conference on creating a digital edition using 18thConnect, Typewright, and digital edition software and tools available on the web. For more information, please see the IDHMC @ ASECS site.

Network for New Media, Religion, and Digital Culture Studies

The Network for New Media, Religion, and Digital Culture Studies, is designed for scholars, students and those interested in exploring topics and questions emerging at the intersections of religion, the internet and new, social and mobile media. The Network offers an interactive space for researchers and others wishing to learn more about this growing research area to share related resources and highlight news items as well as events. Users can engage with key research sources and information integral to this dynamic field. Scholars can also apply to join the network and contribute to the collaborative spaces on the site.

Programming for Humanists at TAMU

Programming4Humanists is a two-semester course sequence designed to introduce participants to methodologies, coding, and programming languages associated with the Digital Humanities. We focus on creation, editing, and searchability of digital archives, but also introduce students to data mining and statistical analysis. For more information on course offerings and registration, please see our website.

Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal

Syriaca.org is a collaborative research project publishling online reference works concerning the culture, history, and literature of Syriac communities from antiquity to the present. The online publications of Syriaca.org serve a broad scholarly audience including students of Middle Eastern studies, classics, medieval history, religious studies, biblical studies, and linguistics. In addition, Syriaca.org exists to provide Syriac heritage communities and the interested general public with access to scholarly information.

The Cervantes Project

The Cervantes Project, established in 1995 by Director Eduardo Urbina, is the collaborative effort of a team of scholars and software designers to bring together bibliographic, textual, and visual information about the work of Cervantes into an interactive digital edition environment. The IDHMC is currently working with the Cervantes project team to support the migration of the Cervantes content and digital variorum editions to a supported and sustainable platform.

The Early Modern OCR Project

The Early Modern OCR Project is an effort, on the one hand, to make access to texts more transparent and, on the other, to preserve a literary cultural heritage. The printing process in the hand-press period (roughly 1475-1800), while systematized to a certain extent, nonetheless produced texts with fluctuating baselines, mixed fonts, and varied concentrations of ink (among many other variables). Combining these factors with the poor quality of the images in which many of these books have been preserved (in EEBO and, to a lesser extent, ECCO), creates a problem for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software that is trying to translate the images of these pages into archive-able, mineable texts. By using innovative applications of OCR technology and crowd-sourced corrections, eMOP will solve this OCR problem.

TypeWright

TypeWright is a tool for correcting the text-version of a document made up of page images. These text-versions are crucially necessary: they are what enables full-text searching, datamining, preserving, and curating texts of historical importance. Right now, the text running behind the page images of these texts has been mechanically typed, leaving behind errors that need to be corrected by human eyes and hands. TypeWright is a tool supported and maintained by 18thConnect.