New York Times article

MITH’s Associate Director in The New York Times

The New York Times recently ran a long article interviewing Matthew Kirschenbaum on his upcoming book, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing (Harvard University Press, 2013). A follow-up piece in the Times’ Arts Beat blog covered the early word processing authors who have contacted Kirschenbaum (several staking their claim in the chronicle of literary word processing) since the first article ran on December 25.

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A Literary History of Word Processing
Who Word Processed First? Professor’s History Has Writers Staking Their Claim

Bill Bly

MITH Receives Bill Bly Collection

MITH has received a major collection of electronic literature and vintage computer hardware from pioneering hypertext author Bill Bly. Bly’s generous donation includes a rich archive of materials from the early literary hypertext movement, and joins the existing Deena Larsen Collection also housed at MITH.

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Don’t Miss Our Digital Dialogues Kick-Off!

February 7: Julia Flanders, Director, Women Writers Project at Brown University; Small TEI Projects on a Large Scale: TAPAS
February 14: Melanie Kill, Assistant Professor, Department of English at the University of Maryland; Knowledge and Meaning in the Information Age: A Humanist Perspective on Wikipedia

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Resident Fellow Launches Black Gotham Digital Archive

We are pleased to announce the launch of English Professor Carla Peterson’s Black Gotham Digital Archive. This project seeks to link an interactive website, smart phones, and the geographical spaces of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn to create a deeper understanding of nineteenth-century black New York.

MITH’s Gender Mixer

MITH and the Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio hosted a discussion in early December for women and others interested in integrating digital humanities with such fields as gender and sexuality studies, critical race, disability, and/or other theories of difference. Students, faculty and staff came together to explore digital humanities, digital cultures, and difference. This spring, MITH and the WSMS will be hosting a series of local events, discussions, and lectures highlighting the theoretical, intellectual, and socio-cultural possibilities of critical theories of difference in response to this first Gender Mixer. Check out the Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio on Facebook and the @UMD_MITH twitter feed for upcoming events.

Bit Curator

MITH Partners with UNC SILS on Digital Forensics Project

MITH joins the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) to lead BitCurator. Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this project will develop a system for professionals who manage collections to incorporate the functionality of digital forensics tools and methods into their work.

Linking Digital Scholarship Across the Atlantic

Twice this fall Grant Dickie, Web Programmer, travelled to Germany to attend bootcamps hosted by InterEdition. InterEdition raises the awareness of
interoperability as a major driver for tool and data sustainability in the field of digital scholarship. Grant attended as a Domain Expert on behalf of his work for the Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE). Grant posts about his trips on the MITH blog (see links below).

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Bootcamp Day 1
Bootcamp Day 2
Bootcamp Day 2 Cont’d
Bootcamp Days 3 + 4
Bootcamp Day 5


THATCamp Games Hacks, Educates & Programs

MITH sponsored the THATCamp Games unconference at the University of Maryland on January 20-22, 2012. Various workshops focused on analog and digital game design tools, game studies, and the use of games such as ARGs in the classroom. MITH broke out some of its retro video game collection for a reception that preceded the participant-run unconference sessions.

A Dive into the World of Games

Preserving Virtual Worlds 2 is an ongoing project funded by the IMLS that builds on previous work of the Preserving Virtual Worlds project. Within the diverse group of research partners, including University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland and Stanford University have partnered to review Harpoon, a pen and paper tabletop game designed by Larry Bond in 1981 (later digitized). In an effort to dig into the game, the team is navigating through hundreds of documents, spreadsheets, design sketches, and playtest reports outlining each aspect of the game’s creation.

Encoding Shelley’s Handwriting

The Shelley-Godwin Archive is currently encoding the manuscript for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, based on the transcription provided by Charles Robinson. He, and other editors of the Bodleian Shelley Manuscripts and Manuscripts of the Younger Romantics, will provide original files to the project team and assist with corrections to printed transcriptions. Textual scholars and students alike will be particularly interested in the collaborative relationship between Mary and Percy in the text. Our encoding schema will distinguish between Mary’s and Percy’s hand, allowing one to search for specific contributions from each Shelley.

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Announcing Bamboo DiRT

Project Bamboo is seeking support for a second phase of Mellon-funded development, which will continue to build an infrastructure to support the exploration and curation of texts from a range of large-scale digital collections including the HathiTrust, the Perseus Digital Library, and the Text Creation Partnership. Bamboo has also collaborated with the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki to develop Bamboo DiRT, a rich directory of resources for digital research to which we encourage you to add content.