Lisa Spiro, Director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University's Fondren Library, overviews digital humanities developments in 2008 in two postings:
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Interview with Brett Bobley, Director of the Office of the Digital Humanities of the National Endowment for the HumanitiesPosted in Digital Humanities on February 2nd, 2009
Here's an excerpt:
If I had to predict some interesting things for the future in the area of access, I'd sum it up in one word: scale. Big, massive, scale. That's what digitization brings—access to far, far more cultural heritage materials than you could ever access before. If you're a scholar of, say, 19th century British literature, how does your work change when, for the first time, you have every book from your era at your fingertips? Far more books than you could ever read in your lifetime. How does this scale change things? How might quantitative tech-based methodologies like data mining help you to better understand a giant corpus? Help you zero in on issues?
The Joint Information Systems Committee, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council have announced The Digging into Data Challenge.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
The Digging into Data Challenge encourages humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis, challenging scholars to develop international partnerships and explore vast digital resources, including electronic repositories of books, newspapers, and photographs to identify new opportunities for scholarship.
Applicants will form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. Winning teams will receive grants from two or more of the funding agencies and, one year later, will be invited to present their work at a special conference. These teams, which may be composed of scholars and scientists, will be asked to demonstrate how data mining and data analysis tools currently used in the sciences can improve humanities and social science scholarship. The hope of this competition is that these projects will serve as exemplars to the field and encourage new, international partnerships among scholars, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians, and others. . . .
In order to apply, interested applicants must first submit a letter of intent by March 15, 2009. Final applications will be due July 15, 2009.
The Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research version 1.4.0 has been released.
Here's an excerpt from the home page:
Developed in partnership with humanities scholars, SEASR enhances the use of digital materials by helping scholars uncover hidden information and connections. SEASR supports the study of assets from small patterns drawn from a single text or chunk of text to broader entity categories and relations across a million words or a million books. SEASR will support numerical, categorical, text, and audio-based analysis and will continue to evolve to include processing of images and other multimedia data formats.
Gerry Bayne has made available podcast interviews with selected participants at the Coalition for Networked Information's Fall 2008 Task Force Meeting.
Here are three of podcasts of special interest:
JISC and the National Endowment for the Humanities have announced that they will fund a new group of transatlantic digitization grants. The call will be issued in mid-December, with an early March 2009 closing date for applications.
Promoting Digital Scholarship: Formulating Research Challenges in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computation White PapersPosted in Digital Humanities on December 5th, 2008
White papers used in the Promoting Digital Scholarship: Formulating Research Challenges in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computation symposium are now available.
A draft of a symposium summary is also available.
The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities has announced the availability of 2009 Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowships. The fellowship is:
Intended for students whose dissertations engage the intersections between new media and the traditional concerns of the Arts and Humanities, the Winnemore Fellowship will provide a stipend of $9,570, plus full benefits and tuition remission up to five credits.
Here's a brief selection:
- Australian Women’s Archives Project 2.0—Next Generation Infrastructure for Women's Studies
- Data Grid Storage for Digital Libraries and Archives Based on iRODS
- Lessons from the Institute for Data Intensive Science and Engineering
- A Summary of the Outputs of the ARCHER Project
- Transforming the Study of Australian Literature through a Collaborative eResearch Environment
Kevin Franklin, Executive Director of The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science, has announced the creation of a new metablog (i.e., blog of blogs) called Planet Digital Humanities, Arts and Social Science (Planet DHASS).
DigitalKoans is among the blogs chosen for inclusion in Planet DHASS.
Dan Cohen, Director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, has blogged a two-part report on Rutgers' Digital Humanities and the Disciplines Symposium.
Scholarly Communication Institute 6: Humanities Research Centers, University of Virginia, July 13-15, 2008Posted in Digital Humanities on September 30th, 2008
Here's an excerpt:
In SCI 6, participants undertook an exploration of humanities research centers and their potential to advance technology-enabled scholarship. . . .
SCI 6 was designed to determine what collaborative actions a group of humanities centers might undertake that would promote technology-enabled scholarly communication. Though we are particularly interested in how new technologies can advance scholarship, the goal of this meeting was to engage centers organized in a variety of models and with differing orientations towards technology. . . .
A wide spectrum of research centers were represented at this institute: local, campus-based centers that serve all humanities and social science faculty; discipline-specific centers; a national center of excellence that formed around a rich collection of rare primary-source materials; a digital humanities center housed within an academic department; a digital humanities center that constitutes an academic department; a campus-based center that supports experimental work in digital humanities; and an international institute that relies on digital technologies to share multilingual resources and maintain an international network of collaborators. Also represented were several centers still in the development phase with explicit plans to focus on new technologies.