Welcome to Digital Mappa 1.0

Digital Humanities workspaces, editions, scholarship,
collaborations & publications for the rest of us


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What is Digital Mappa? (the short take)

A. If you’re not already affiliated with a DM server, then you can set up your own instance of it (some assembly required).

B. Start making your own digital humanities workspaces, collaborations, projects and open access scholarly publications for collections of images and texts – if you can click, type, copy & paste, then you can use DM.


Digital Mappa (DM for short) is a freely available online environment for creating projects out of digital images and texts. The premise of DM is simple and powerful: 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 publish this work to others or the public as you wish. And you should be able to do this with little technical expertise.

Within DM, if you can point, click, drag, copy, paste and type, you basically have the technological ability to produce your own sophisticated digital scholarship, editions and projects. DM can be used to create your own personal workspace, a collaborative research space, a pedagogical space for your students, or a public publishing platform. It can be used to produce traditional scholarship that also takes advantage of being digital.


firstLink together moments on images and texts, as specific as you want

first2Create multiple annotations and links on a single highlight

first3Annotations and links are bi-directional, so you can travel back and for between them

first4Present and work across multiple documents at the same time


To learn more about DM and what it can do for you, 1) take a look at our showcase projects page to get started exploring and imagining, and then 2) you can play around in the DM Sandbox, where you can make your own temporary test project.

When you are ready to begin making your own permanent projects in DM, take a look at our requirements page to learn more about what you’ll need to get going! And if you are interested in the history of DM, then check out our history page for the whole story and other credits.

Please Note: DM 1.0 is very much a beta version – it’s a working draft of basic features and functionality of the resource, and so it’s limited in some ways and a stepping stone to the full version of DM that will be released next year, as DM 2.0.

As a beta version, DM 1.0 is also really designed only for smaller scale projects of less than a dozen objects or primary texts – but you’ll be able to scale up your projects in DM 2.0, which will provide ways to manage and organize larger collections and sub-collections.


Digital Mappa has been made possible with the generous support of: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, the British Library, Drew University, UW-Madison’s Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, UW-Madison’s English Department.

It is also dedicated to every institution that is making its digital holdings freely available to all – the next generation of Humanities scholarship cannot happen without you.

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