Every day, hundreds of millions of commuters weave more than 4 million threads connecting more than 70,000 Census tracts in the contiguous United States. These threads provide evidence for a new functional geography of the continent—based not on state or city lines, but on megaregions of vast areas connected by deep economic ties. By subjecting these connections to an algorithm which detects natural groupings in large data sets, we can define a mosaic structure of regions which cut interestingly across our familiar map of the country. Looking at the US in this new way helps us to reorient ourselves in terms of the ways that people are spatially connected in the twenty-first century.
This website offers virtual access to a premier collection of 4,000 curated and cataloged historic depictions amassed by Rodolfo Lanciani (1845–1929), a pioneer in the systematic, modern study of the city of Rome. The project is a collaboration of Dartmouth College, University of Oregon, Stanford University and Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte in Italy, which houses the images.
Since its declassification in 1996, Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery, collected from 1960-1972 as part the world’s first spy satellite program, has proven to be an extraordinarily powerful resource for archaeology and other disciplines. Because the imagery pre-dates the dramatic land use changes that have come with urban expansion, industrialization, and agricultural intensification in recent decades, it preserves a view of countless archaeological sites and other landscape features that have been destroyed or obscured by modern development. Furthermore, because CORONA offers the only source for global-scale, historic, high-resolution imagery, it is a critical tool in studies of environmental, land use, and urban transformation. Since 2009, The CORONA Atlas Project has worked to develop new methods for correcting spatial distortions found in raw imagery, and to provide processed imagery to researchers through a user-friendly online database. With CORONA imagery currently available on the Atlas for most of the Middle East, our ongoing NEH-funded effort is expanding the CORONA Atlas to other parts of the world including eastern China, South and Central Asia, and Eastern Europe, as well building an online, open-access tool for correction of imagery from other parts of the world.
Remix the Manuscript is an ongoing experiment in how digital technologies affect access and understanding of material culture. As people invent new tools and interfaces–and earlier ones become obsolete–the very nature of archives keeps changing. And so does what we think we know about the past.
The Dartmouth Vietnam Project brings together members of the Dartmouth community to conduct, record, and preserve oral histories about the Vietnam War era (1950-1975). Its online archive of interviews is a joint collaboration between current Dartmouth students and older members of the Dartmouth community who have volunteered to share their stories and memories of the war and its impact on American society.
The John Milton Reading Room is an online edition of the complete poetry and selected prose of John Milton, with introductions, research guides, and hyperlinked annotations. Begun in 1997, the Milton Reading Room fulfills about 6,000 requests for pages each day from more than 75 countries.
ACTION (Audio-visual Cinematic Toolbox for Interaction, Organization, and Navigation), is an open source platform that supports the computational analysis of film and other audiovisual materials. Funded by a NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant, the ACTION toolkit includes features extraction, multi-feature pattern analysis. and machine learning tools. These tools include color features, motion features, structural segmentations, […]
Mapping Rome is a collaborative research project of historians, art historians, geographers and digital designers centered around Dartmouth College, the University of Oregon and Stanford University. We aim to create a website and mobile application, which will serve as an encyclopedic platform comprised of multi-layered historic maps replete with dynamic features keyed to a timeline, vetted annotations, patrons, artists, relevant bibliography, historic and photographic images and other data.
Using a combination of methods from empirical musicology, mathematics, neuroscience, and engineering, the Bregman Research Studio investigates Brain, Music, and Auditory Representational Space (BMARS) and the nature of audio-visual experience.
Metadata Games is a digital gaming platform for gathering data on photo, audio, and moving image artifacts. The platform entices players to visit archives and explore humanities content while contributing to vital records. Metadata Games is free and open source software (FOSS) developed by Tiltfactor, Dartmouth College‘s socially conscious game design laboratory, with funding from […]
The Occom Circle is a freely accessible, digital edition of documents by and about Samson Occom (1727-1792) housed in Dartmouth College. Occom was a Mohegan Indian, Presbyterian minister and missionary, intertribal leader, public intellectual, and important Indian writer. Dartmouth’s archives hold a wealth of primary materials pertaining to Occom and his circle, which included Eleazar […]
Dante Lab is an online application that allows students and scholars of the Divine Comedy to read and compare up to four text editions from the site’s database simultaneously. The objective of Dante Lab is to create a virtual workspace that accounts for the needs of both students and novices to the poem, as well […]
The Media Ecology Project (MEP) is a digital lab at Dartmouth College directed by Prof. Mark Williams that enables researcher access to archival moving image collections and contribution of critical analysis back to the archival and research communities. MEP enables new research capacities toward the critical understanding of historical media and facilitates expanded research context […]