As a young student at Oxford, Franklin J. Hildy, found himself returning to school after a six-week tour of Europe only to realize that he had often been within proximity of a historic theatre, but had inadvertently bypassed it without knowing it was there. In an effort to provide a comprehensive study to historic theatres where there was none, Hildy, now Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre at the University of Maryland, started collecting information in the early 80s. . . . Continue Reading
It’s a privilege and thrill to be returning this week to teach for a second time
at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. My course, which I’m
co-teaching with Naomi Nelson (Director of Special Collections at
Duke) is on Born-Digital Materials. That may sound strange, but RBS
has had the vision to recognize that the same intimate knowledge of
the materiality of books and printed matter we associate with the
School’s mission is also essential to the digital artifacts of the
computer age. . . . Continue Reading
The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Guiliano as Assistant Director. As Assistant Director, Jennifer will help initiate and manage MITH’s grant projects, work with our Fellows, and supervise our development team of programmers, web designers, graduate students, and interns.
Jennifer currently serves as Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at University of South Carolina, as well as Research Assistant Professor in USC’s Department of History. . . . Continue Reading
We are pleased to announce that MITH has been awarded an Amazon Web Services research grant for $7,500 to support our use of cloud computing services over the next two years. We are currently using Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances to perform natural language processing tasks on large text corpora, including a collection of approximately 117,000 books from the HathiTrust that spans four centuries and several languages. . . . Continue Reading
The University of Maryland Libraries and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities are very pleased to announce the joint appointment of Trevor Muñoz as an Assistant Dean of the Libraries for Digital Humanities Research and an Associate Director of MITH.
Trevor Muñoz holds an MA (with distinction) in Digital Humanities from King’s College, London, and has just completed his MS in Library and Information Science, with a concentration in Data Curation, from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign—the number-one Masters programs in each of their respective fields. . . . Continue Reading
The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) continues to produce groundbreaking work in the performing arts. We are pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Access to Artistic Excellence program of the National Endowment for the Arts to build Music Theater Online: 1866-1923.
Music Theater Online (MTO) will continue work begun under an NEH-funded Digital Humanities Startup grant, by providing free, online access to twelve historic musicals. . . . Continue Reading
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, also titled The Modern Prometheus, stands as one of the most widely read novels of the Romantic era since its publication in 1818. No more so than now may Frankenstein be called the modern Prometheus, or rather, the digital Prometheus (bringing intellectual fire without the unpleasant ending).
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is excited to announce that, due to a generous grant of $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Frankenstein, along with other works of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft, will be digitized as part of the Shelley-Godwin Archive. . . . Continue Reading
We are delighted to congratulate MITH Associate Director, Matthew Kirschenbaum on his recent selection as a Guggenheim Fellow for 2011. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships are “intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Matt has received the fellowship for his work, “Track Changes: Authorship, Archives, and Literary Culture after Word Processing.”
Please join MITH and the MITH Community in congratulating Matt on this prestigious award, which marks his successful work in digital humanities, electronic literature, virtual worlds, serious games and simulations, textual studies, and postmodern/experimental literature. . . . Continue Reading
The following remarks are a slightly modified version of a presentation made by MITH Director, Neil Fraistat, for the TILTS Symposium Roundtable: “WHAT IS DIGITAL HUMANITIES?” In order to open conversation on this topic, Fraistat draws together quotations from some of the most recent statements on the subject and articulates a set of questions through which it might be thoughtfully explored. . . . Continue Reading
Work led by MITH on a Mellon-funded symposium and CLIR report on Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections has been recognized by the Library of Congress in its year-end roundup of Top Ten Digital Preservation Developments in 2010! (Also mentioned is our work on the Preserving Virtual Worlds project, which was a short-listed finalist for the prestigious Digital Preservation Coalition Award.)
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MITH is pleased to announce the availability of Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections, a new CLIR report emerging from a Mellon-sponsored workshop held last spring at the University of Maryland and led by MITH’s own Matt Kirschenbaum.
The report was written by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Richard Ovenden, and Gabriela Redwine, with research assistance from Rachel Donahue. . . . Continue Reading
Applications for MITH’s Spring 2011 Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowship are now being accepted. 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.
Nominees will be evaluated on three main criteria: (1) The potential contribution of the dissertation to the Digital Humanities; (2) The quality of the student’s work; (3) The likelihood of the student successfully completing the dissertation. . . . Continue Reading