The Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts (CIRCA) at the University of Alberta fosters the development of new computing methodologies and new computer-based resources for research and teaching in the humanities and advances the state of humanities research computing at the University of Alberta. CIRCA supports a number of research collaboratories, including The Experimental Reading Workshop which focuses on innovations in analysis, display and reception of text through technology. The Text Mining the Novel project fits nicely with the research of this collaboratory which includes CIRCA Scholars Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair. CIRCA is happy to support TMtN with access to its research studio, and in any other appropriate way.
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln advances interdisciplinary, collaborative research, and offers forums,
workshops and research fellowships for faculty and students in the area of digital scholarship. It currently includes 14 faculty representing four different departments on campus. It offers a life-changing experience for students and faculty alike, leading to new ways of thinking about the humanities. Through the CDRH, faculty and students create research sites and tools that push our understanding of history, literatures, languages, and culture.
Compute Canada is leading the creation of a powerful national HPC platform for research. This national platform integrates High Performance Computing (HPC) resources at six partner consortia across the country to create a dynamic computational resource. Compute Canada integrates high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and academic research facilities around the country. These integrated resources represent close to a petaflop of computing capability and online and long term storage with rapid access and retrieval over Canada’s national, provincial and territorial high-performance networks. Working in collaboration, Compute Canada and the university-based regional HPC consortia provide for overall architecture and planning, software integration, operations and management, and coordination of user support for the national HPC platform. As a national organization, Compute Canada coordinates and promotes the use of HPC in Canadian research and works to ensure that Canadian researchers have the computational facilities and expert services necessary to advance scientific knowledge and innovation. High Performance Computing (HPC) is redefining the way research is done. As a consequence, research in all disciplines is delivering new knowledge and innovation, resulting in wealth creation, social advantage and well-being for all Canadians. Compute Canada’s goal is to build on the significant successes achieved to date and to address the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
Gale Digital Collections, part of Cengage Learning, is a leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. For more than 40 years, Gale has filmed and digitized the most important and rare primary source collections from around the globe, building a collection that includes 130 million pages of primary source content over a 608 year date range, from 1400 to 2008. With the help of its advisory boards and partner institutions, Gale has built world-class digital collections and made them accessible online to scholars and researchers, who previously would have had to devote years to locating, visiting and reviewing physical documents in distant locations. Gale makes these works available 24/7, offering instant access to centuries of primary sources and opening up new opportunities for original research. Digital image capture is conducted in secure, clean environments, and original documents are handled with extreme care. The images are made available through a sophisticated user interface and research platform called “Agile.” Partnerships with universities are now making the underlying full texts available to researchers for the first time.
HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) enables computational access for nonprofit and educational users to published works in the public domain and, in the future, on limited terms to works in-copyright from the HathiTrust. The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge. Leveraging data storage and computational infrastructure at Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the HTRC will provision a secure computational and data environment for scholars to perform research using the HathiTrust Digital Library. The center will break new ground in the areas of text mining and non-consumptive research, allowing scholars to fully utilize content of the HathiTrust Library while preventing intellectual property misuse within the confines of current U.S. copyright law.
Humanities Digital Workshop (HWD) at Washington University provides
infrastructure and technology support for long-term digital projects undertaken by faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences. The HDW is currently home to eleven major investigations, ranging from Peter Kastor’s Creating a Federal Government, which explores the functional realities of governance during the early American republic, to Joseph Loewenstein’s multi-institutional digital edition of Edmund Spenser’s works. As the focal point for the digital humanities research on campus, the HDW also works closely with other units, such as Digital Library Services and GIS@Wustl to facilitate projects that benefit from data collection and analysis or electronic publication as well as to offer workshops on various topics to members of the campus community. Although the HDW staff has a wide range of capabilities, they have developed unique expertise in the fields of 1) TEI-encoding, 2) the design, management, and implementation of relational databases, and 3) quantitative text analysis. The HDW also provides summer and semester-long fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in faculty research projects and thereby gain exposure to digital humanities work on campus and at large.
Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M serves the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Architecture, Education, and Computer Science/Engineering at TAMU. Our goal is to foster collaboration among various disciplines, and, in doing so, cultivate inter-institutional and international relationships that make possible new kinds of humanities research. Texas A&M recently received a $734,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make machine readable 45 million pages of data. By partnering with Gale and Proquest, the IDHMC will combine open source OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software and book history in order to improve the accuracy of OCR for early modern (1473-1800) texts. The Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP) aims to publish an open source OCR workflow, improve the visibility of early modern texts by making them fully searchable, and form a community of scholars and institutions interested in the digital preservation of these texts. The IDHMC is also currently in the process of building a Humanities Visualization Space, which builds on Dr. Laura Mandell’s work with visualization, narrative, and poetry, and will allow us to visualize output from eMOP and our other signature project: the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC). ARC, the umbrella organization for NINES, 18thConnect (also housed at the IDHMC), and MESA, currently lives on IDHMC servers and contains 1.5 million searchable metadata records, 50 million document pages, and 2.5 billion indexed words. The IDHMC’s collaborative relationships with proprietary data organizations (Gale, Proquest, JSTOR), historical organizations and collections (JISC, British Library), and inter-disciplinary, international collaborators and scholars have allowed us to create a unique knowledge environment at an international scale.
Institute for Computing Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) is a partnership of the University of Illinois, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and the Illinois Informatics Institute. It helps researchers in the humanities and social sciences apply high performance computing to their research questions, both by providing expert guidance and by facilitating access to the computing resources themselves. I-CHASS can provide access to local resources at Illinois,
including the Taub cluster, which Ted Underwood has used to map genres in 460,000 English-language volumes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. If researchers encounter problems that are especially computation-intensive, I-CHASS staff can facilitate applications to XSEDE for computing time on the network of supercomputers maintained by the (US) National Science Foundation. I-CHASS staff can also help researchers solve problems of data management associated with large-scale text analysis.
Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta is a major endowed research institute based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. KIAS will facilitate transformational interdisciplinary and comparative research at the highest level nationally and internationally, guided by the ideals set forth by the founding benefactors, and the purpose of research and learning at the University of Alberta, articulated by President Henry Marshall Tory in 1908: “the Uplifting of the Whole People.”
metaLab at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University is a research and teaching unit at Harvard University dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities. Our institutional home is the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Our physical home is the Graduate School of Design. metaLAB is founded on the belief that many of the key research challenges and opportunities of our era — fundamental questions regarding experience in a connected world, democracy and social justice, the boundaries between nature and culture—transcend divisions between the arts, humanities and sciences; between the academy, industry, and the public sphere; between theoretical and applied knowledge. metaLAB serves as an institutional hub for Harvard’s digital art, design, and humanities communities while actively collaborating with partners both locally and worldwide. metaLab is: an open space for experimentation, project development and information sharing; a community of scholars, artists, designers, journalists, technologists, architects, and students engaged in team-based experiments that merge research, teaching, publication, social action, and the use and development of digital tools; a place that seeks to expand the compass, reach, impact and public presence of the arts and the humanities on campus and in the world; a catalyst for innovation and a project incubator, crossing school boundaries, interacting with the Harvard libraries, museums, and archives, as well as with external partners (universities, cultural institutions, foundations, NGOs, corporations, public media, community groups); and serves as an e-publishing lab dedicated to modeling the print-plus and post-print publishing genres of the new millennium.
Literary Lab at Stanford University is a research unit located within the Department of
English with close ties to the departments of History and Languages, Literatures, and
Cultures. The lab seeks to create a unique research environment to discuss, design, and
pursue literary research of a digital and quantitative nature and is open to all students and
faculty at Stanford. Members of the lab engage in a variety of projects, ranging from
dissertation chapters to individual and group publications, lectures, courses, conference
panels, and even short books. Our research takes the form of a group “experiment” and extends over a period of one or two years. Current research projects range from the “Taxonomy of Titles in the 18th Century Literary Marketplace Project” to multi-institutional projects that cross disciplinary and national barriers, such as our project on the World Bank: “The World according to the Bank: policy and style in the World Bank reports, 1946-2012,” a collaboration between the Lab and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. As a primary member of the umbrella organization CESTA [the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis] the Lab was recently a recipient of grant totaling $778,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the project “Crowdsourcing for Humanities Research” which seeks to explore the utility of crowd-tagged text to create geographically rich metadata for digital analyses of nineteenth-century novels. We have also received $160,000 from the Wallenberg foundation to support undergraduate and graduate training through student participation in its various projects.