digital humanities initiatives

Sometimes I use this space to list interesting resources and initiatives to do with digital humanities (just in case you do not know about them already):

Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. As Geoffrey Rockwell points out they have a new director (and some very good people including Matthew Kirschenbaum). They call themselves an “applied think tank for the digital humanities”. Their model reminds me somewhat of IATH. I am thinking of things such as the fellowship program. It seems that MITH have a more precise (and possibly stronger internal) research agenda. They indicate pattern recognition as a core theme.

On a day to day basis, MITH functions as an applied think tank for the digital humanities, both in furthering the excellence of its Fellows’ research and in cultivating its own innovative research agendas–currently clustering around the broad theme of pattern recognition. Our work unfolds in a generous physical space, complemented by programs and events that include team-consultations for faculty digital projects, weekly Digital Dialogues (brown bags), frequent visiting speakers, themed Coffeehouse Conversations, courses taught in our seminar room, and ongoing interaction among fellows, students, and staff. Many of our events are open to the public.

Another interesting, more recent initiative is the Digital Humanities Quarterly. Here is a welcome message from the website:

Welcome to Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities. Published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), DHQ is also a community experiment in journal publication, with a commitment to:

experimenting with publication formats and the rhetoric of digital authoring
co-publishing articles with Literary and Linguistic Computing (a well-established print digital humanities journal) in ways that straddle the print/digital divide
using open standards to deliver journal content developing translation services and multilingual reviewing in keeping with the strongly international character of ADHO

DHQ will publish a wide range of peer-reviewed materials, including:
– Scholarly articles
– Editorials and provocative opinion pieces
– Experiments in interactive media
– Reviews of books, web sites, new media art installations, digital humanities systems and tools
– A blog with guest commentators

Finally, I would also like to mention the National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Initative (US-based):

NEH has launched a new digital humanities initiative aimed at supporting projects that utilize or study the impact of digital technology. Digital technologies offer humanists new methods of conducting research, conceptualizing relationships, and presenting scholarship. NEH is interested in fostering the growth of digital humanities and lending support to a wide variety of projects, including those that deploy digital technologies and methods to enhance our understanding of a topic or issue; those that study the impact of digital technology on the humanities–exploring the ways in which it changes how we read, write, think, and learn; and those that digitize important materials thereby increasing the public’s ability to search and access humanities information.

Things are moving!

Next time I will bring up some non-US initiatives.