Common Questions
Create Maps
Interactive Maps
GIS Maps
Static Maps
Digital Collections
Digital Archiving
Annotating Described
Annotating Texts
Annotating Images
Annotating Video
Encoding Text
Visualize Data
Thinking About Data
Designing For Data
Swarthmore-specific options
Mine Datasets
AntCon 3.2.1
Stanford Natual Language Processing Group
Natural Language Toolkit
Visual Text
Corpus clean-up
Swat Specific
Physical to Digital
What is this?
Create a Website
Wordpress, Drupal
Bryn Mawr Specific
Haverford Specific
Swat Specific


Digital Exhibits and Websites 

Digital exhibits and other web-based projects are a great way to give new forms of expression to scholarship, create more interactivity with your content or data, and engage a wider audience.  There are many ways to bring your research and scholarship to the web. 

Content Management Systems (CMSs) allow you to focus on your content and make simple design decisions that do not require extensive knowledge of HTML or web programming languages.  We support many widely-used CMSs including Omeka, Wordpress, and Drupal, and can help you choose the most appropriate platform for your project.  We can also help customize these tools to change the look and feel of your site or to provide added functionality.

If you are a faculty member and wish for your students to create web-based projects, we can set up a course site for you.  Through a CMS-driven course site, you can give your students varying levels of user permissions and access to site settings.  Past course sites are located on our Projects page.

HTML templates can provide another means of bringing your content to the web.  This requires more technical knowledge than a CMS, but also allows for greater flexibility of design and navigation.  Many open-source templates are available on the web at places like, but we can also work with you to find themes or templates that suit your project.  Bootstrap, a widely-used web framework, is also a very useful tool that is highly "skinnable" and customizable.  For any of these tools, we will provide technical assistance, training, or consultation as needed.

Other Useful Resources

Omeka Documentation - Getting Started and Frequently Requested Recipes

This is a list of officially supported Omeka Plugins

These instructions, devised by Rose Abernathy, allow the user to create a collection of objects in Omeka from existing objects in Triptych, the Tricollege's digital archive.

Planning an Exhibit in Omeka from Jen Rajchel and the Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education

Wordpress is an ideal platform for textual content that is updated frequently or features blog posts, collaborative authoring, or user comments.  It is simple, powerful, flexible, and extensible.  It is also strongly supported by the open-source community.  Because of this, many plugins are available to help easily customize your site.

  • See our list of useful Wordpress plugins for digital scholarship work.
  • Bit By Bit, a Wordpress-based resource developed for Dr. Steven Lindell's History of Mechanized Thought course, features required readings, resources pages, powerpoint slides, and lab materials.
  • Static map: a simple map for a print essay or a web site
    • A simple but effective approach is to use an existing map and manipulating it in Adobe Photoshop.  For example:
      1. Find a digitized historical map fromor from the 
      2. Follow the steps outlined in this series of videos by Haverford student Shahzeen Nasim to crop, adjust, and edit your map in Photoshop.
      3. To learn more about using Photoshop to create maps, contact Corey Chao of Instructional Technology.

Credits: For her thesis "Burning Down the House: the Destruction of Pennsylvania Hall, the Construction of Identity, and the Crisis of Abolition in Antebellum Philadelphia," Rosalie Hooper'12 included an edited map from the David Rumsey Collection to highlight important locations in Philadelphia. The map was edited in Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Shahzeen Nasim.

  • Interactive: a map that is clickable and responsive to user input
    • Google Fusion Tables (you must use a non-Haverford Gmail account) provide a simple way to visualize data that's stored in a Google Spreadsheet and displayed on a Google Map.
    • TileMill and GeoCommons are open-source tools that help you create beautiful interactive maps from your data set.
    • This Research Guide contains a wealth of information on mapping tools.
    • If you're not sure of what tool to use, contact us for more information.

Credits: For the Solidarity Economy mapping initiative, Professor Craig Borowiak's interactive map illustrates the breadth of the solidarity economy in the Philadelphia region.

  • GIS: Map complex data and find geographic relationships
  • The library supports the use of ESRI ArcGIS software for Geographical analysis and more complex mapping.
    • ArcGIS is installed on all of the public library computers
    • Contact us to learn more about mapping projects

Credits: Mapping Microfinance, led by Economics professor Shannon Mudd, is a collaborative project between the student-run Microfinance Consulting Club and the Digital Scholarship team that uses GIS software to map locations of microfinance institutions.

Collections of Images, Documents, Etc... More Coming Soon!!

Of Images

  • For use in class
    •  the Trico's digital image repository, provides access to images that are part of the Tricollege Visual Repository.  For more information on creating a collection in Tripix, contactor.
  • Guidelines for digitizing your images: ***link***
  • For my own research
    • Portfolio
    • Flickr
    • Seeorfor more information on organizing digital images

Of documents

Dspace contains journal collections, college archives, etc. Full text searchable.


Tryptich has manuscript collections.
Of other objects

Dspace can hold data sets, images, sound files, etc. We will help with cataloguing and describing..

  • TimelineJS is an open source JavaScript tool that can display spreadsheet data on an interactive clickable timeline.
    • This research guide contains tips and tricks for using TimelineJS and TimeMapper to create beautiful and interactive timelines and maps.
    • Working with a simple google doc, you can create a timeline like the one featured on the Bit by Bit website.

While excel charts are not always ideal, they are simple to make and can serve many purposes.

Add clarity and beauty to your data by using visualization tools supported by Digital Scholarship

    • Tableau Public is a free tool that is great for posting charts, maps, and infographics to the web

TEI is a "set of Guidelines which specify encoding methods for machine-readable texts, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. Since 1994, the TEI Guidelines have been widely used by libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars to present texts for online research, teaching, and preservation." We would love to work with faculty and students on encoding Texts in TEI, or on analyzing encoded texts to help discover new ways of exploring works of literature.

  • TEI By Example is an excellent and comprehensive resource complete with tutorials, examples, and exercises.
  • Oxford University has thousands of encoded texts available for download.
  • TaPOR provides a number of cool tools for visualizing encoded texts.

Google Ngram Viewer is a tool that charts the yearly count of selected letter combinations, words, or phrases from a corpus of books digitized by Google.  It is extremely easy to use, allowing for multiple search terms and phrases as well as adjustable time ranges.  It is very effective in tracing the prominence of selected words in print culture from the nineteenth century to the present.

Culturomic User Guide from Harvard provides help in using the tool for scholarship.

The Library can create and host a Wiki for you as a collaborative commonplace book, a place to write and share articles, etc...

  • Wordpress is a free open-source platform for blogging and web publishing that also provides means for collaborative authorship.  We can work with you to design, create, host, and support your Wordpress site(s) while you retain full control over content and publishing. 
  • Pressbooks is an easy and beautiful way to make ebooks that are exportable in many formats.
  • Apple's iBooks Author is another powerful tool for creating beautiful interactive digital publications.
    • Some examples of iBooks:
      • Digital Scholarship @HaverfordCollege (.iba, .pdf), a collection of interviews with Professors Shannon Mudd, Richard Freedman, Bret Mulligan, Assistant Director of Tri-co DH Jen Rajchel, and DS librarians Laurie Allen and Mike Zarafonetis. Authored by Shahzeen Nasim.
      • Digital Arts and Humanities: Scholarly Reflections
        • An electronic edition comprised of a selection of scholarly reflections from doctoral candidates on the Digital Arts & Humanities Ph.D. programme, which is part of the Digital Academy at University College Cork, Ireland. Released in May 2012, the project contains essays on a wide range of fields, from music technology to digital history. Compiled by James Sullivan. The collection is available in .iba and .pdf.

Where to Print Posters

Technical Instructions
File types: The easiest file format is PDF, though JPG is fine for ppt posters. If you would like to use a different file format, please ask us.
Resolution: 150dpi provides a good balance between file size and print quality. Posters printed at higher resolutions are often too large, cause printing problems and can tie up the print server. The default on Photoshop and other software is 72dpi, which is the standard for the screen, but printing at that resolution will result in a very pixelated image. If you are using image downloaded from the internet, make sure they are at least 150dpi at their final size.
Fonts: Use standard fonts like Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, and Verdana. Serif fonts are typically easier to read in print, while san-serif is preferred for digital visuals. If you use a non-standard font, we recommend rasterizing the text in case we don't have your font installed on our workstations.
    --For large posters, titles should be in a sans-serif font, 72-120
    --Subtitles and the rest of the type should be in a clear serif font 48-80

Examples and advice for research posters
Haverford College Communications’ Media Guide
Making an Academic Research Poster with PowerPoint - Youtube video
Designing Conference Posters
Bates College Poster Making 101
Photoshop Tutorial for Poster Design

Other Resources
Haverford College’s On-Campus Events Promotion Protocols & Procedures
Cornell Center of Materials Research’s Scientific Poster Design

Photoshop 8 1/2 x 11 poster template (download and Open with... Photoshop)
40x40 inch blank ppt slide