The following is a list of on-going and past projects with which members of the Princeton Digital Humanities Initiative have been involved. The Syriac Reference Portal 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 serve a broad scholarly audience including students of Middle Eastern studies, classics, medieval history, religious studies, biblical studies, and linguistics. In addition, exists to provide Syriac heritage communities and the interested general public with access to scholarly information about Syriac cultures and their histories.

ABC Books

abcbooksThe Digital Humanities Initiative and the Cotsen Children’s Library is working with Professor Bill Gleason on an archive of TEI-encoded alphabet books.

The Digital Fauvel at Princeton

As an early multimedia object combining poetry, music, and images, Le Roman de Fauvel presents itself as a useful case study in computer-aided human-manuscript interaction. We are forming a team of people interested in working on an imaginative digitization of Fauvel. We welcome faculty and students from from humanities, computer science, HCI, literature, French, medieval studies, and all other departments.
The Digital Fauvel at Princeton

The Princeton Prosody Archive

prosodyUsing digital media to historicize the technology of reading a poem, the Princeton Prosody Archive is a full-text searchable database of over 10,000 digitized records on the teaching of poetry as both a popular and highly specialized genre between 1750–1923.

The Blue Mountain Project

blue-mountainDrawing on Princeton University’s exceptional collections and curatorial and academic expertise, the Blue Mountain Project is a digital thematic research collection of art, music and literary periodicals published between 1848, the year of the European Revolutions, and 1923 – a functional boundary for works presumed to be in the public domain.
The Blue Mountain Project


phono-postThe Phono-Post online audio-visual archive represents the first systematic attempt to document an astonishingly important yet surprisingly neglected moment in media history: the practice of sending individually recorded audio messages as acoustic letters via the mail. The product of a multi-year research project directed by Prof. Thomas Y. Levin (Princeton University) at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, and generously funded by the Einstein Foundation (Berlin), the ongoing endeavor is both amassing and making available to scholars a vast archive of these highly fragile, rapidly disappearing and unique multi-media artefacts.

1913: The Year in French Modernism

19132013 marks the one hundredth anniversary from 1913, an annus mirabilis for French Modernism, with the publication of Du côté de chez Swann, Alcools, La Prose du Transsibérien, the creation of the first ready-made by Marcel Duchamp, or the premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps. The International Conference “1913: The Year of French Modernism” and accompanying exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum seized the opportunity of the centennial in order to capture a moment of vibrant creativity in France and a crucial moment for the quickly emerging modernism throughout the world.
1913: The Year of French Modernism

Iran Social Science Data Portal

iran_data_portalOnce completed, the Iran Social Science Data Portal will be an English– and Persian-language internet portal that hosts social science data on Iran, including socioeconomic data, electoral data, information on political parties, and translations of selected laws. It aims to provide a service to journalists, academics, policymakers, and others interested in analyzing political and socioeconomic developments in contemporary Iran. The project is funded by a grant of the Social Science Research Council.

Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone di pensieri

leopardiA semantic structuring project on Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone di pensieri. A presentation on which can be found here.

Princeton University Sefer Hasidim Database


The Princeton University Sefer Hasidim Database includes fourteen manuscripts containing

different versions of Sefer Hasidim and its fragments. here you can read and compare manuscripts.

The Avkat Archaeological Project


The Avkat Archaeological Project (AAP), which “seeks to integrate traditional archaeological su

rvey work with other disciplines, including geomorphology and palynology, into a 100% digital project exploiting the full capacities of modern technology. The project will exploit the use of GIS to enhance our understanding of the past and incorporate large datasets both of a traditional archaeological as well as non-archaeological nature — large volumes of text, climatic and palynlogical data, and vegetational and geological classifications derived from multispectral satellite imagery.” A poster displayed at the January 2012 American Institute of Archaeology meeting can be found here. (John Haldon)

The Princeton Geniza Project


The NES Princeton Geniza Project has been in existence for a quarter of a century. It is an Internet-based full-text searchable database of original historical documents, in Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and mostly Judaeo-Arabic, which were found in the latter half of the 19th century in a storage room of a medieval synagogue in Old Cairo. PGP currently contains over 4200 documents. It has formed the basis for teaching, research, and training of scholars in the uses of the Cairo Geniza for the social, political, and economic history of Jews in the medieval Islamic world, the history of Jewish-Muslim relations, and general Islamic economic and social history.

Namibia-Angola Aerial Photographs


Beyond Words: Environmental History, Digitization, and GIS, a talk given by Associate

Professor of History Emmanuel Kreike, in collaboration with members of the GIS lab and Educational Technology Center. Combines “GIS and digitization to tie together qualitative and quantitative information, notably individual old photographs, archival documents, household survey data, and even oral interviews to their geographic origin. In some instances, the finely detailed GIS images permitted Kreike to identify the exact location of old photographs. Far more than simply a geographic filing system, the result is an exciting new methodology that permits vivid and finely detailed comparisons through time for the whole Namibia-Angola border region.” Slides from his presentation available here. See also audio from the talk.

Reassembling the Thera Frescoes


Reassembling the Thera Frescoes: Automated Digitization and Matching of Fragments. “We are engaged in a project to assist archaeologists and conservators by digitizing excavated fragments and using computer algorithms to automatically propose matches on the basis of 3D edge profile, color, and other cues. An intuitive user interface will allow conservators to see and evaluate matches on the basis of any or all of the above criteria. We hope to greatly reduce the time that is currently spent manually testing large numbers of fragments against each other in the search for matches.” (Szymon Rusinkiewicz)

The New Colossus


Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus,” an interactive poem annotated by Esther Schor in advance of her Lazarus biography, published in 2006. Completed in 2011, this project was done in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication.

The Classical Historiography for Chinese History


The Classical Historiography for Chinese History pulls together materials of interest to anyone doing research in Chinese history (broadly defined) but with a focus on the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasty (1644–1911).

Index of Christian Art


Index of Christian Art, a collection of “works of art produced without geographical limitations from early apostolic times up to A.D. 1550.” (Colum Hourihane)

Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts


Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts, a cataloguing and digitization project. (Don Skemer)

APIS Project


The APIS Project (Advanced Papyrological Information System), a consortium involving various American and European institutions with important holdings of ancient papyri. The “Princeton University Library Papyrus Homepage” can be found at (Don Skemer)

Princeton Theological Seminary Digital Collections


Princeton Theological Seminary’s new Digital Collections site (Clifford Anderson)

Princeton Dante Project


Princeton Dante Project, which “combines a traditional approach to the study of Dante’s Comedy with new techniques of compiling and consulting data, images, and sound.”

Charette Project


The internationally recognized Charrette Project, a hypertext archive of the Old French poetry of Chretien de Troyes, was developed for the late Professor Karl Uitti of Romance Languages. Humanities Computing Research Support built a web database, entitled Figura, to allow an international team of scholars to annotate the 7000 line Charrette narrative, which recounts the Arthurian legend of Sir Lancelot, for its rich rhetorical figures.

Shahnama Project


The Shahnama Project is a hypertext archive of the the Persian Shahnama, or “Book of Kings.” Based on Firestone’s Garrett manuscript collection, the archive presents rich images of folios along with links to a translation of the narrative and an iconographic index of the miniatures contained in the folios. The project was conceived of by the late Professor Jerome Clinton of Near Eastern Studies.

Music from the Land of the Jaguar


Music from the Land of the Jaguar is online and gallery-based interactive presentation that illustrates an exhibition of musical instruments from the major cultures of the ancient Americas.

The Excavation of Balis, Syria


The Excavation at Balis, Syria: As part of a cooperative project undertaken by the Syrian Directorate of Antiquities and Princeton University in 1996, excavations have been carried out in the ruins of Balis, situated on the right bank of the Euphrates river in northern Syria, 100km west of Aleppo.