Digital Humanities initiatives at the University of Minnesota

Digital Humanities 2.0
Institute for Advanced Study
A collaborative organized to investigate and create ways of advancing humanities research by means of digitization and Web 2.0 technologies.
Presentation videos are archived at Established in 2011.

The Ojibwe People's Dictionary
Department of American Indian Studies in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society
A searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers, illustrated with materials in the Ojibwe collections of the Minnesota Historical Society.
URL: Published in 2012.

Ancient Lives: Crowdsourcing papyrology
Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and Department of Physics and Astronomy in collaboration with the Ancient Lives Project, University of Oxford
Crowdsourcing techniques used to decipher half a million ancient fragments of Greek-inscribed papyrus recovered more than a century ago from Oxyrhynchus, Egypt. Supervised by professors Nita Krevans and Philip H. Sellew (Classical and Near Eastern Studies) and Lucy Fortson (Physics and Astronomy), in cooperation with Ancient Lives, a project administered by the University of Oxford. For details see Kirsten Weir, "You, too, can translate ancient documents".

University of Minnesota Press
▪ Electronic Meditations: a book series that explores the humanistic and social implications of new technologies.
URL: Established in 1999.
Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold. Leading figures in the digital humanities explore the field's rapid revolution.
URL:; see also Published in 2012.

Charles Babbage Institute: Center for the History of Information Technology
College of Science and Engineering and University of Minnesota Libraries
An archival and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information technology and promoting and conducting research in the field.
URL: Established as the International Charles Babbage Society in 1978; relocated to the University of Minnesota in 1980.

GroupLens Research
College of Science and Engineering
A research lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, conducting research in recommender systems, online communities, mobile and ubiquitous technologies, digital libraries, and local geographic information systems.
URL: Established as NetPerceptions in 1996.

Minnesota Population Center
An interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research, serving more than 80 faculty members and research scientists at eight colleges and institutes. A leading developer and disseminator of demographic data, MPC also serves a broader audience of some 50,000 demographic researchers worldwide.
URL: Established in 2000.

A five year intercollegiate project funded by the Office of the Vice-President for Research to support the spatial sciences and creative activities working with geospatial data.
URL: Established in 2011.

Immigration History Research Center
College of Liberal Arts
Founded in 1965, the IHRC promotes research on international migration with a special emphasis on immigrant and refugee life in the U.S.
Sheeko: Somali Youth Stories. Video interviews by and about Somali youth.
URL: Established in 2011.
Minnesota 2.0. A digital archive documenting how 1.5- and 2nd-generation Mexican, Somali, and Hmong youth use social networking sites to express their emerging sense of identity and social connections.
URL: Established in 2010.
Digitizing Immigrant Letters. Letters from the IHRC collections that were written between 1850 and 1970 both by immigrants and to immigrants in languages other than English.
URL: Established in 2010.

Visualizing Ancient Greek Rhetoric
Interactive Visualization Lab
Stereoscopic, full-scale visual representations of sites of ancient oratory.

Digital Content Library
College of Liberal Arts and College of Design
More than 200,000 learning objects from many different disciplines in image, video, and audio formats.

Minnesota Digital Library
A collaborative project to archive digitized records of photographs, maps, journals, documents, letters, and works of art, which draws on libraries, archives, historical societies and museums across Minnesota.
URL: Established in 2001.

Digital Conservancy
University of Minnesota Libraries
Open access to scholarly and administrative works produced by or about the University of Minnesota.

Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group
University of Minnesota Libraries
URL: Established in 2012.

The University of Minnesota Libraries is a charter member of HathiTrust, the large academic repository of digitized books and journals.
URL: Established in 2008.

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