Sample Project

Screenshot of digital manuscript archive

Livingstone Online, Directed by Adrian S. Wisnicki and Megan Ward

Livingstone online is a digital museum and library that provides access to explorer and imperialist David Livingstone’s documents, including 15,000 manuscript images and 780 transcriptions. It enables users to compare differences between similar documents, to see lost texts with spectral imagining technology, and to read these documents, both in Livingstone’s hand and in modern transcription.


Sample Texts and Datasets


  • Omeka: an open source tool for the creation of image-based, museum-quality digital exhibits
    • NOTE: To set up an Omeka instance at Tufts, contact Annie Swafford, Digital Humanities Specialist, and Chris Barbour, Curator of Rare Books & Humanities Collections Librarian.
  • Mukurtu: a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded way.
  • Scalar: a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to make digital editions or write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.
  • Ed: a Jekyll theme designed for textual editors based on minimal computing principles, and focused on legibility, durability, ease and flexibility.
  • Heurist: a research-driven data management system allows any confident researcher or data manager to design, create, manage, analyse and publish their own richly-structured database(s) within hours, through a simple web interface, without the need of programmers or consultants. It’s produced by the University of Sydney.
  • Oxygen XML Editor: an XML editor for easy creation and editing of TEI files for digital editions.
  • TEI Critical Apparatus Toolbox: a tool for people preparing a natively digital TEI critical edition
  • Versioning Machine 5.0: a framework and an interface for displaying multiple versions of text encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines.