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Research Computing Group

at Saint Louis University


The Research Computing Group at Saint Louis University works with partners all around the world, generating well-encoded knowledge, recording academic conversation, and catalyzing human research.

Clara Fides

Our development team established their legacy with the Walter J. Ong, S.J. Center for Digital Humanities before branching out into research software that crosses domains and disciplines. Our oldest active project, TPEN, has been supported and loved for over a decade. We are leaders in interoperable research software, especially for middle-sized organizations who cannot host all their own technology resources, but are large enough to be stewards of their own footprints in history. Our ability to create customized software that follows best practices, conforms to open standards, and accelerates research has distinguished us from large vendors with one-size-fits-all solutions or large institutions with beautiful but walled gardens.

Through transformative and non-destructive annotation, the tools that make up our Rerum ecosystem are designed to be immediately useful to any scholar or developer with many completely open and public services. We connect and interact with universities, libraries, foundations, and individuals across the globe, on a mission of recording and sharing our shared human knowledge.

Work with Us

Almost all of our work is done completely in the open, from the first commit, right here in these repositories. It is all Open Source and we are pleased whenever someone contributes. Even corrceting a typo is a welcome PR. If you are a scholar or organization looking for help, reach out via email and ask your questions or request a meeting. We have worked on grants from public and private foundations and governments across the arts and sciences, as well as subcontracts and just Doing Good. RCG developers play well with other development groups and organizational ITS departments as well, serving as consultants, project designers, team leads, architects, programmers, etc. as needed to fill in the skills.

Work for Us

If you would like to work for us, saving humanity beats most corporate gigs. Your first assignmment is to reach out.

Current Developers

Alumni Technologists

  • Jim Ginther, Associate Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, authored the Electronic Grosseteste and served as PI for the Electonic Norman Anonymous, TPEN, and Tradamus, among others
  • Jon Deering, currently at Apple, created Electronic Norman Anonymous, TPEN transcription, and the Paleographic Glyph Recognition tool
  • Eric Smith, owner at Tarkvara Design, upgraded the TPEN tool and supported the creation of the ambitious Tradamus project, which created an online workspace for the creation of digital critical editions of medieval manuscripts.
  • Han Yan, serving BJC Healthcare, established the first RERUM repository and supported the Tradamus critical edition tool and vHMML Paleography School
  • Donal Hegarty, Director at Ciotóg Creative, supported project development for years, designing many personal solutions for small projects that frequently grew larger, including Newberry Library Paleography

Popular repositories

  1. rerum Public

    Open and free repository for linked open data.

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  3. Java web service for a RERUM compliant digital object repository

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  4. inbox Public

    Rerum Inbox for Linked Data Notifications in IIIF

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  5. TPEN3 Public

    3.0 Release of the transcription tool from the Center for Digital Humanities

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  6. Exploring the sound of Tennyson's poetry (CC BY SA)

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