Archive of Ritual, Healing, and Transformation

Project Description: David Shorter is exploring how to publish cultural heritage material in a way that is respectful and empowering of the cultures that created it.

Principal Investigator: Prof. David Shorter, World Arts and Cultures

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Evidence Locker

Project Description: Evidence Locker is a web application under development at CDH to help students learn critical reading and writing skills.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dave Shepard, CDH and Dr. Chris Mott, English


Yoruba Architectural Reconstruction

Project Description: Prof. Steven Nelson is experimenting with the 3D modeling of Yoruba house posts in their original environment, in order to improve our understanding of Yoruba architecture and the built environment.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Steven Nelson, Art History

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Mapping Indigenous L.A.

Project Description: Mapping Indigenous L.A. is building a website where members of the native communities in the greater Los Angeles area can tell their stories, by marking and describing important places and events on maps of the area.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Maylei Blackwell, Chicano/a Studies; Prof. Mishuana Goeman, Gender Studies and Native American Studies; and Dr. Wendy Teeter, Fowler Museum at UCLA

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Tweet Reader

Project Description: Dr. Dave Shepard and Jun Wan are exploring Twitter messages about major disasters to help improve scholars' understanding of how to interpret massive social media datasets.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dave Shepard, CDH

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Genocide, Testimony, and the Digital Archive

Project Description: Prof. Presner and his students are using database queries and network visualization to explore testimonies of genocide, as well as the ethics and challenges of preserving this knowledge for the future.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Todd Presner, Germanic

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Hebrew e-Workbook Public Pilot

Project Description: Dr. Nancy Ezer's Hebrew e-Workbook pilot will evaluate the possibility of allowing other Hebrew programs to share the learning resources currently available only to UCLA students.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nancy Ezer

LA in the Sixties

LA in the Sixties

Project Description: LA in the Sixties uses digital maps to explore and teach about racial contestation and musical development in 1960s-era Los Angeles.

Principal Investigator: Rosaleen Rhee, Musicology

Engaging Punk Project

Engaging Punk

Project Description: Engaging Punk seeks to create a more effective listening guide for Music History classes on the punk music genre, to improve student understanding and appreciation of this genre.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Jessica Schwartz, Musicology


Diversifying the Classics

Project Description: Diversifying the Classics is creating new digital editions of classic Spanish comedias to help bring this rich theatrical tradition to a modern audience.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Barbara Fuchs, Spanish & Portuguese/English/Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies

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Burton Holmes Digital Archive

Project Description: The Burton Holmes Collection website publishes digital copies of Burton Holmes’ hand-painted glass slides, showing photographs of locations throughout the world from between 1887 and 1937. While the site currently focuses on the Russo-Japanese War and Holmes’ travels through Italy, it will gradually grow to include all 16,000 slides in UCLA’s possession.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Steven Nelson, Art History

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Immersive Humanities Viewer

Project Description: The Immersive Humanities Viewer is an experimental web viewer for three-dimensional models of historical objects that allows users to tag them with rich cultural data, and to see annotations that others have provided.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dave Shepard, CDH, and Prof. Willeke Wendrich, NELC

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Mickey Katz Digital Library

Project Description: The Mickey Katz Digital Library uses digital artifacts from the life of the ground-breaking musician to illustrate both his career, and his impact on modern Jewish culture.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Mark Kligman, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Metadata for African Art

Project Description: CDH and Prof. Nelson are testing the value of ArtStor's Shared Shelf to help UCLA Art History program better teach students about metadata and research.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Steven Nelson, Art History

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Project Description: Sicalipsis is a virtual museum or Wunderkammer thathouses erotica and popular culture produced and/or consumed in early Twentieth CenturySpain. is a companion to the scholarly monograph, Cultures of theErotic.

Principal Investigator: Maite Zubiaurre (Spanish and Portuguese)


Augustan Rome

Project Description: The first Roman Emperor, Augustus, allegedly claimed to have transformed Rome from brick to marble. Explorations of this statement have previously examined literary sources,archaeological evidence, and two-dimensional maps.

Principal Investigator: Diane Favro (Architecture)



Project Description: WorldLiterature@UCLA originates in the desire to document translational networks of literature in the intersection of conventional humanistic methods and digital technologies.

Principal Investigator: Prof. David Kim (Germanic)


World’s Columbian Exposition

Project Description: The Columbian Exposition model builds on the Urban Simulation Team’s experiencewith contemporary urban environments and cultural heritage sites. The World’s ColumbianExposition of 1893 is a perfect test case for the educational applications of interactive computermodels. The exposition was a milestone for American architecture and urban planning.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Lisa M. Snyder



Project Description: VSiM facilitates the real-time exploration of highly detailed, three-dimensionalcomputer models in both formal and informal educational settings.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott Friedman, Dr. Lisa M. Snyder, Dr. Elaine Sullivan, Eduardo Poyart, Franklin Fang, and XinLi Cai.


Event Pulse

Project Description: “Event Pulse” is a digital humanities research project that brings together socialmedia data and broadcast news data in order to discover, track, visualize, and analyze theunderlying forces of world events and the multiple ways they are represented through themedia.

Principal Investigator: Todd Presner (Digital Humanities) Francis Steen (Communication Studies) David Shepard (Center for Digital Humanities) Yoh Kawano (Institute for Digital Research and Education) Jonathan Solichin (Digital Humanities minor)


Seeing Sunset

Project Description: Learning Los Angeles is a joint project of the Los Angeles: The Cluster class and the UCLA Library to create an online textbook for that class. It is led by Prof. Jan Reiff and has been supported by the Office of Instructional Development, the Vice Chancellor forResearch and the University Library.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Jan Reiff



Project Description: RomeLab is a multi-disciplinary research group whose work uses the physical and virtual city of Rome as a point of departure to study the interrelationship between historical phenomena and the spaces and places of the ancient city.

Principal Investigator: Johanson, Christopher


Andean Narratives

Project Description: As part of the UCLA Digital Humanities program’s capstone course, students and a faculty member collaborated on a web based project that offers more insight into the collection of Andean ceramics at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Over the course of the project, they experimented with different digital tools that allowed them to create and analyze different data visualizations.

Principal Investigator: Posner, Miriam


LA Aqueduct Digital Platform

Project Description: In partnership with Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio, UCLA Library Special Collections developed the Los Angeles Aqueduct Digital Platform in commemoration of the Aqueduct’s centennial, November 5, 2013. The platform provides access to digitized archival resources from UCLA Library Special Collections, including photographs, documents, maps, and pamphlets.

Principal Investigator: Prof Cuellar, Jillian


Digital Karnak

Project Description: The Digital Karnak Project aims to make the site of Karnak more accessible to students and instructors in the English-speaking world. The features of this website have been designed to provide college classrooms (and the interested public) with easily accessible, up-to-date, expert material relating to the temple precinct.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Diane Favro


Far From Moscow

Project Description: A database of new music, poetry, and regional songwriting from more than 3,000 independent artists in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Principal Investigator: Prof. David Macfadyen


Reverse Engineering History: Structural Analysis of the Lighthouse at Alexandria

Project Description: More than 2,000 years ago the ancient Pharos Lighthouse towered 129 meters over Alexandria, equivalent to a 35 story modern building. Compared to earlier lighthouses, the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world represented a significant leap in architectural design, engineering and construction technology.

Principal Investigator: Prof Diane Favro


Mapping Danish Population Change and the Railroads, 1860-1920

Project Description: An ongoing challenge for many historical GIS projects is the aggregation of data from disparate sources. In our project, we aim to bring together sources describing changes in infrastructure, population, and farming methods from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century in Denmark.

Principal Investigator: Prof Tim Tangherlini

Urkesh: The Digital Invention of an Ancient Site

Urkesh: The Digital Invention of an Ancient Site

Project Description: The long-term goal of Professor Emeritus Giorgio Buccellati is to update his original archaeological database using current standards, while still maintaining its integrity as an argument about the nature of publishing archaeological data.

Principal Investigator: Professor Emeritus Giorgio Buccellati, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archeology

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Multimodal Communication

Project Description: Dr. Leigh Harris from UCLA’s Writing Programs is exploring solutions with CDH to enable media-rich writing projects for her Fall English 3 class. Ideally, students would be able to embed online videos on the page, and restrict the portion of those videos that plays back based on the arguments that they are making.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Leigh Harris, UCLA's Writing Programs

Mapping Literary L.A.

Mapping Literary L.A.

Project Description: The goal of this project is to contribute to the design and mock-up of a Mapping Literary Los Angeles website.

Principal Investigator: Kelly Miller and Doug Worsham, UCLA Library


Korean/Korean American Online Folklore Archive

Project Description: The goal is to develop a more sophisticated search and display interface, that will allow the Korean/Korean American Online Folklore Archive to move from being mainly an instructional tool for students in Professor Tangherlini's two Korean folklore/ethnography classes, to being a key resource for students not only in these classes, but any class that engages the traditions of individuals of diverse ethnic heritage across Southern California.

Principal Investigator: Professor Timothy R. Tangherlini, Department of Scandinavian


Keys to Voice Studies

Project Description: A project, led by Professor Nina Eidsheim from UCLA's Department of Musicology, to build a website for the Keys to Voice Studies multi-campus research group.

Principal Investigator: Professor Nina Eidsheim from UCLA's Department of Musicology


East Asian Studies Macroscope

Project Description: A Mellon-funded initiative to create an integrated set of computational tools for the analysis of digitized East Asian Studies corpora. The first phase of this project has worked towards developing a statistical analysis tool with a network visualization port.

Principal Investigator: Professors Jack Chen, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and Tim Tangherlini, Department of Scandinavian


Digital Mapping and Visualization of UCLA Service Learning

Project Description: This project aims to help UCLA's Center for Community Learning develop a geospatial display of their students' service learning in the Los Angeles region.

Principal Investigator: Professor Elizabeth Goodhue, UCLA's Center for Community Learning

A Statistical Analysis of Canaanite Akkadian Texts

A Statistical Analysis of Canaanite Akkadian Texts

Project Description: The goal of this project is to provide hard data to clarify a debate on the linguistic characteristics of verbs in the corpus of the Amarna Letters. Using a digital copy of the Amarna corpus, Alice Mandell, graduate student from NELC, will tag each of the verbs with annotations describing specific characteristics, and then run reports on each of those characteristics to provide the data for her argument on the language patterns of the verbs.

Principal Investigator: Alice Mandell, Ph.D. Student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

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UCLA Encylopedia of Egyptology

Project Description: The UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology is an international cooperative project to provide high-quality, peer-reviewed information on ancient Egypt. It is a resource in development and will grow steadily.

Principal Investigator: Professor Willeke Wendrich, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


Online Encyclopedia of African Music

Project Description: With the cooperation of CDH, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, and the UCLA Digital Library, Professor Jesse Ruskin from the Department of Ethnomusicology is working to develop a website that presents the work of musicologist Darius L. Thieme, whose pioneering fieldwork during the 1960s represents one of the most extensive documentations yet of Nigerian traditional music.

Principal Investigator: Professor Jesse Ruskin, Department of Ethnomusicology


Visual Resources Collection for Teaching and Learning

Project Description: Prof. Steven Nelson (Art History) is collaborating with CDH on a one-year pilot of Artstor's Shared Shelf platform, to determine whether it is the right home for the digital images from the Art History department's Visual Resources Collection.

Principal Investigator: Professor Steven Nelson, Department of Art History

Paris-Past and Present

Paris: Past and Present

Project Description: Professor Meredith Cohen's goal is to build a highly accurate 3D model of high medieval Paris (AD 1100-1300), to support both instruction and research. The model would provide transparent access to the underlying data and be easy to update, wiki-style, as additional data became available.

Principal Investigator: Professor Meredith Cohen, Department of Art History

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Digital Anatolia

Project Description: This project pushes the boundaries of multimedia argumentation by offering a rapid, 4-D map-based approach to studying and exploring archaeological sites at an urban scale in a digital laboratory.

Principal Investigator: Professor Christopher Johanson, Department of Classics

Ancient Egyptian Coffins Project

Ancient Egyptian Coffins Project

Project Description: The goal of this project is to migrate Prof. Cooney's personal database of images and meta data pertaining to Ancient Egyptian Coffins into the UCLA Digital Library and to develop new staff and end-user interfaces so that the collection may be open to research and further input from other institutions.

Principal Investigator: Professor Kara Cooney, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

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A Sense of Place

Project Description: A project to explore the relationship between space and narrative. We examine all aspects of this question, but will especially focus on the relationship between space and imaginary narratives or places, as represented by digital maps.

Principal Investigator: Dr. John Lynch, UCLA Center for Digital Humanities

American Labor Who’s Who

American Labor Who’s Who Database

Project Description: This project aims to convert scanned pages of a 1925 directory of trade union, immigrant rights and radical activists into a research and teaching database.

Principal Investigator: Professor Toby Higbie, Department of History


CSANA/UCLA Celtic Studies On-Line Bibliography Project

Project Description: The Celtic Studies On-line Bibliography Project is the only ongoing bibliography of Celtic studies that attempts to cover all aspects of Celtic studies (language, literature, history, culture) and work on and in all the Celtic languages (ancient and modern). The Bibliography's being online adds immeasurably to its utility and accessibility for students and scholars alike.

Principal Investigator: Professor Joseph F. Nagy, Department of English and Karen Burgess, Assistant Director, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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