Metadata Offer New Knowledge (MONK)

MONK was a digital environment designed to help humanities scholars discover and analyze patterns in the texts they study. The MONK project was generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, from 2007-2009. InCommon integration was supported from 2009 - 2013 by the CIC Library Directors.

All code produced by the project is open source and is available for download. Public domain TEI texts (with MONK-added enhanced markup) that were used during the project are also available for download. Downloads (code and TEI) can be found at Be advised that newer versions of both code and TEI texts may be available elsewhere. The MONK download page provides a static snapshot of code and data as of the end of the active development phase of the project (2010).

The MONK Workbench is no longer available (as of the fall of 2013), but select algorithms from the Workbench and alternate plain text (OCR'd) digital instances of some of the works included in MONK are available via the HathiTrust Research Center Portal. Once you create an account on the HTRC Portal, you can log in and use the MONKmatch workset, or create and analyze your own workset.

The MONK project also maintained a wiki which included project documentation and a number reports and meeting summaries. A portion of the wiki has been preserved and is available for browsing from


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University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
in conslutation with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
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Last updated: 13 August 2014 by mcf.