University of Wisconsin–Madison

UW Digital Mappa


Digital Mappa (DM for short) is a freely available and open-source online environment for the collection and curation 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, and make this work public and searchable with no technological fuss or expertise. DM can be used to create you own personal workspace, as a collaborative research space, as a pedagogical space for your students, or as a public publishing platform. Once it’s set up (which will require a system admin who knows what their doing), the amount to technical expertise you’ll need to have is largely limited to pointing, clicking, copying, pasting and typing. If you can do that, you can create your own digital scholarship, editions and projects in DM.

With generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a multiyear UW2020 grant, DM 1.0 has been under development at UW-Madison for the past two years. We have now set up a DM 1.0 server here at UW-Madison, and the resource is now available on a limited basis for use by UW system faculty, staff and students.


Any student, staff or faculty member at the University of Wisconsin can request to use DM for scholarly research, publication, or use in the classroom.  If you’d like to get started, please email the DM team with a rough idea of what you want to do, so they can set up a meeting with you to talk about your project:


To get started with DM, take some time to learn about how DM works, and what it can do. Explore projects already available (below), and check out for a complete guide to how it all works. There is also the DM Forum, where discussion threads address a host of questions and issues around DM.

Then, if you think you’ve got a project that might work well in DM, you can email the DM team with a rough idea of what you want to do, and they can set up a meeting with you to talk about your project:


• Check out available DM projects (below) for a sense of what DM can do

• Consult the to learn more about how DM works

• If you have an idea for a research or classroom use for DM, contact


To get a sense of what DM can do, here is a growing list of some other DM projects already published or currently in development. Projects with links are available for public viewing.

Note: This DM 1.0 is a beta version of the resource, and works best on Chrome browsers. It also has some issues with touchscreen laptops. We are currently working on DM 2.0 (under development for a release later this year), which will resolve such issues.

Current DM@UW Projects

Old English Poetry in Facsimile: a resource collating available digital facsimiles and transcriptions of Old English poetry (Martin Foys, English Department)

• Tams-Witmark Collection: a curated selection of musical theater promptbooks, part scores, stage manager guides, and libretti from UW’s Tams-Whitmark collection (Sarah Marty, Theatre Arts, UW-Whitewater)

• George Moses Horton Project: an edition of the newly-discovered manuscript essay by the nineteenth-century enslaved African American poet George Moses Horton (Jonathan Senchyne, iSchool)

• English Manor and Court Records: a digital edition of the 14th-century Wilburton Manorial Records held at UW Memorial Library’s Special Collections (Heather Wacha, iSchool)

• Ezra Pound and the Music of Beowulf: a digital critical edition of an essay of Ezra Pound that blends poetics and medievalism, “The Music of Beowulf,” alongside related archival material. (Maxwell Gray, English Department)

Other Projects Using DM – the following projects at the University of Pennsylvania’s Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies are already largely completed and publicly available:

Virtual Mappa: an annotated collection of early medieval maps of the world, produced in collaboration with the British Library

Medieval Belltokens: an experimental, bilingual edition of a medieval text that survives in both Latin and Old English

Four Anglo-Carolingian Minitexts: a study of a set of four short medieval texts found in the back of a tenth-century English manuscript


Please Note:
DM Projects that have not been authorized to be developed at UW will be routinely scrubbed from the server. Make sure to send an email to to get authorization before starting any work on a project