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We expect an academic field to be defined either by its object of study or by its methodology. Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses many kinds of content; it is a space of experimentation in which new methods are being deployed. According to one definition, Digital Humanities is the future of our cultural heritage. The ways in which we archive, search and access the records of the past are being transformed in the Information Age. Digital Humanities is the interdisciplinary field that seeks both to shape these transformations and to study their effects.

Interested in developing a project?

Come talk with us! You can drop by without an appointment to ask questions, pitch ideas or find out ways to get involved with CDH activities. We also run a series of Future Knowledge lectures and informal lunch-time talks on Digital Humanities research on campus called the Digital Brown Bag. 

Whether you are faculty, staff or a student, the following is a quick sketch of the typical pattern of project development, from start to finish.

Typically, such a collaboration begins with a meeting between you (project partner or Principal Investigator) and our faculty and staff. At this meeting, we all brainstorm and try to envision what the project can be and how we might work with you on it. The outcome of such a meeting is often that we help you plan the stages of development of the project. We will also offer to write technical language necessary to describe the project, for instance for use in project proposal documents.

Next, on the basis of this preliminary planning, we typically will build small-scale projects or build prototype efforts for the partner. Depending on size and complexity, we may be able to build such modest projects or prototype models for free, but sometimes it will cost a few thousand dollars. (We will also give you advice about ways to find such funding.) If a project is modest in ambition, this stage may represent its full flowering.

More ambitious projects might involve multiple researchers or programmers paid over a period of months or even years. When this is the case, the prototype project that we build is used as a kind of proof of concept by the partner (Principal Investigator) to seek significantly larger grant funding from national agencies like the National Endowment for the Humanities, sometimes ranging from $150,000-$300,000. Find out more by contacting us as described above.