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Digital Mappa has been made possible by 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, and UW-Madison’s English Department. The project is dedicated to every institution that is making its digital holdings freely available to all – the next generation of Humanities scholarship cannot happen without you.

What is DM?: an open-access DH platform for your own workspaces, projects, collaborations, and scholarly publications

The premise of DM is simple: if you have a collection of digital images and texts, then you should be able to create a project where you can link together specific moments on these images and texts, annotate these moments as much as you want, generate searchable content, collaborate with your friends, and publish your work online for others to see and share.
Oh, and you should be able to do all of this with as little technical expertise as possible.


Mark up your image and text documents with highlights you can then annotate and link together. Identify discreet moments on images and texts with highlight tools including dots, lines, rectangles, circles, polygons, text tags, and multiple color options.


Develop your projects and publications with an unlimited number of annotations on individual highlights and entire images and texts. Highlights and entire documents can host an unlimited number of annotations, and annotations themselves can include additional layers of annotations.


Once you've marked up your text and image documents with highlights and annotations, you can create links between individual highlights and entire documents, and your links are bi-directional, so you and other viewers can travel back and forth between highlights.

3 tools + You =


Three kinds of tools, entire digital worlds of possible networks and connections with which to build and develop your own DH projects and publications.

Okay, you're interested, so how does it work?