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The College of Arts and Sciences of the University at Buffalo
created its Digital Humanities Initiative in January 2008. It is
affiliated with the College’s Humanities Institute.
The DHIB functions as an applied think-tank for the humanities and
related areas. It is designed to serve as an intellectual hub for
scholars involved in innovative research and instruction at the
intersection of the humanities, computing, and other emerging digital
technologies and to provide an environment in which faculty are
encouraged to experiment and develop digital solutions to challenges in
research and instruction, or to experiment with digital technologies
that may lead to new applications and project challenges.
At the local level, the DHIB serves in part to coordinate the
multiple sites of excellence in digital technology, computing sciences,
and humanities research already developed at UB in order to provide
efficient management of shared resources, especially hardware,
software, and technological expertise. This platform for shared
information and cutting edge research across disciplines in turn
grounds communication among members at the DHIB’s regular meetings,
roundtables, and workshops. The DHIB will also sponsor conferences and
lectures to bring in outstanding international practitioners of digital
Humanities scholarship and provide training in new digital technologies
for members of the DHIB.
At the national and international level, the DHIB will serve as a
leader in the development, application and interpretation of research
in the Humanities and related areas. The outstanding collections in the
UB Libraries will bring affiliated scholars to the Initiative, and the
cutting edge research of UB faculty will draw postdoctoral fellows and
scholars to participate actively in the DHIB community.
The DHIB is led by a Steering Committee consisting of local humanities faculty.