Digital Mappa 1.0: A New, User-Friendly Platform for Digital Scholarship

ProfHacker 2018-08-02

April is a busy month, so things tend to get lost in the innumerable number of tabs I have open on my browser, meaning to get to later. Launched in April, Digital Mappa is a “Digital Humanities workspaces, editions, scholarship, collaboration & publications for the rest of us.”

From the press release:

The premise of DM is simple: if you have a collection of digital images and/or texts, you should be able to produce an online resource that links together specific moments on these images and texts together, annotate these moments as much as you want, collaborate with others on this work, have the content you produce be searchable, and make this work available to others as you wish. And you should be able to do this with little technical expertise.

A truly collaborative project, funded and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Council of Library and Information Resources, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, the British Library, UW-Madison’s Department of English and the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture. It gives a really great history of how the project came to be on the main page, tracing the various inspirations and iterations of the platform.

There are examples of how it’s being used, a sandbox to play in, great getting started guides, and supportive forums. It is, however, very much still in beta, as they keep saying on the site, and installation is still a bit of a challenge (ie click install and VOILA!). Digital Mappa 2.0 will be launching sometime in 2019. But for me, this could be the collaborative image annotation tool I’ve been looking for for a while.

Have you used Digital Mappa? How do you see using it?

[Image from Digital Mappa Press Release. ]