The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is a leading digital humanities center that pursues disciplinary innovation and institutional transformation through applied research, public programming, and educational opportunities. Jointly supported by the University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities and the University of Maryland Libraries, MITH engages in collaborative, interdisciplinary work at the intersection of technology and humanistic inquiry. MITH specializes in text and image analytics for cultural heritage collections, data curation, digital preservation, linked data applications, and data publishing.
Enabling the analysis of cultural heritage collections on a large scale, we create frameworks that allow us to develop new methods and tools for the exploration and visualization of digital materials. Our applied research and practice supports curation and publication of data that contributes to improved methodologies for the organization and stewardship of humanities research. We develop tools for preserving and archiving born-digital artifacts of recent and contemporary cultural heritage. We emphasize explorations of forensic methods and vintage computing. We encourage potential research applications for linked data in the humanities that promotes publishing data in support of scholarly argument.
Founded in 1999, MITH has been committed to sharing our excitement and experience around these areas of research with our campus and the broader community through an intensive program of conferences, lectures, fellowships, workshops, and weekly seminars. We continue to expand our outreach and public engagement through projects focusing on institution-building, curricular transformation, and diversity in the digital humanities.
In MITH’s offices on the lower level of Hornbake Library, there is always fresh coffee, gaming systems, and a stray giraffe or two. MITH provides a creative environment that encourages innovation and testing the boundaries of what constitutes humanities inquiry. We encourage our staff to treat MITH as their second home (not just because some of them walk around in their slippers) and for visitors to kick back and relax in front of our vintage computer collection, or immediately outside in our courtyard garden.
We are always happy to welcome guests (and former staff) to MITH and let them experience for themselves what happens when two literature professors, a librarian, a historian, and a computational linguist get together with some really talented staffers….wait, isn’t that the start of a joke at this year’s Digital Humanities conference?
We invite you to visit MITH in person to experience all the Maryland digital humanities has to offer. You are welcome at any time (except nap time).