3 December 2015


Duke University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services department works closely with faculty, students, and library colleagues to pursue new approaches to research, teaching, and publishing. Following are a few of the collaborations we’ve undertaken, to support scholars engaged in creating, using, and disseminating scholarly materials in a wide range of digital media.

Project Vox
Seed funding from Humanities Writ Large (2014 and 2015) enabled the creation of Project Vox – an online resource and international initiative to reincorporate the writings of early modern women into the philosophical canon. Currently the team seeks to increase, assess, and improve incorporation of the Project Vox site and resources into philosophy research and instruction; document processes for soliciting, vetting, and crediting content published through the site; and publish content to the site that makes the writings of these women more accessible to a broad audience. Project team members from the Libraries included Liz Milewicz (head of Digital Scholarship Services), Will Shaw (Digital Humanities Technology Consultant), and Cheryl Thomas (Librarian for Philosophy).

Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-Building through Film
Erika Weinthal (Nicholas School of the Environment professor) and Liz Milewicz (Duke University Libraries’ department head for Digital Scholarship Services) led a two-year Bass Connections in Energy project to digitize, describe, and create educational materials from a decade of environmental assessments conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Their cross-disciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students created a descriptive inventory of the films that UNEP can use to better reference and use this assessment footage, as well as short films that promote understanding of the role that energy resource management plays in reducing conflict, protecting the environment, and ensuring human health and safety.

Fantasy Collecting
The Fantasy Collecting game brought together Katie Jentleson, a doctoral student in Duke’s art, art history and visual studies department, and Will Shaw, Duke University Libraries’ digital humanities technology consultant, to create a digital, pedagogical game that helps students discover how market interactions inform the value of artwork.


Rivalrous Masculinities Course & Exhibit
Professor of German Ann Marie Rasmussen and doctoral students Steffen Kaupp and Christian Straubhaar colloborated on the Rivalrous Masculinities course, which exposes how ideas of masculinity are socially and historically constructed. Undergraduate students in this course, who represented both Duke and partnering German universities, colllected images of masculinity over time and created the Rivalrous Masculinities virtual exhibit using the open source tool Omeka. Support for Omeka was provided by Duke University Libraries’ Will Shaw (digital humanities technology consultant) and Michael Daul (digital projects department programmer).