News (including past and current news items)
Funding Awards for 2010-2011
Small research project awards
|Project name||Lead researcher|
|Full C-Color Depression: Encountering the FSA Kodachromes||Bruce Jackson|
|Travel support for DH summer institute||Nicholas Morris|
|MSA conference program for mobile devices||Ronan Crowley|
|Using digital object identifiers to standardize information in an open access environment||Christopher Hollister|
|Digital Poetics e-Festival||Loss Glazier|
|Utrecht collaboration and Camillo 2.0 participation||Sarah Bay-Cheng|
|Choreographic Lineage||Melanie Aceto|
Working group awards
|Project name||Coordinating faculty member|
|Serious play and the Cravens Collection||Peter Biehl|
|Textual analysis||Neil Coffee|
|Becoming Poetics||Ming Qian Ma|
Textual Analysis Working Group presentations
The Textual Analysis Working Group will hold three events in Spring
• Thursday, April 1, 4:00 PM, NSC 222: Features,
Frequency, and Fusion:
Improving Stylistic Analysis for Poetry, Dr. Walter Scheirer,
University of Colorado at
• Friday, April 16, 2:00 PM, Goetz Library (MFAC 320): Digital
Vellum: reading and editing electronic texts, Professor Neel Smith,
College of the Holy Cross.
• Friday, April 23, 3:00 PM, 830 Clemens: Lucan’s
Vergil and Dionysiac Inscriptions: Results from the Textual Analysis
Working Group. (Poster.)
DHIB/IEMA Lecture by Professor Maurizio Forte
The Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo (DHIB) and Institute for
European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA), University at Buffalo,
present a lecture by Professor Maurizio Forte, University of
California, Merced, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts,
Director Virtual Heritage Lab: “What happens to the Past? A Virtual
Heritage Perspective.” Monday, March 29, 2010 in MFAC 355,
12-1 pm. For further information, please visit the IEMA website
or contact Dr. Peter F. Biehl.
Becoming Poetics on-line journal
The first issue of Becoming
Poetics has been published online.
features ten contributions by UB faculty members and graduate students
that explore and speculate on the various aspects of the future of
poetics. The journal can be accessed by members of the UB
community from anywhere on campus.
Uncrowned Queens Project launch
Digital Literacy Project
launched on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Frank E.
Merriweather Library on Jefferson and Utica Streets in Buffalo. The
launch is free and open to the public.
Office of Digital Humanities visit postponed
The visit from Jason
Rhody, Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the
Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, will be postponed due to poor
weather conditions on the East Coast. An updated schedule
posted as soon as possible.
For more information, contact:
Talk by Robin Boast, University of Cambridge
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge will
give a talk entitled “An Uncoordinated Response: Interpreting
Archaeological Collections in a Post-colonial World” on Monday,
December 14 from 12:30–1:30 PM in Clemens
Since its rise as a discipline in the 19th century, archaeology has
been a multidisciplinary practice. The multidisciplinarity and
hybridity of archaeological practice and its resulting archive has
increased throughout the 20th century, and the development of this
hybridity has lead to what today we could call a truly
transdisciplinary discipline. However, archaeological interpretation,
whether positivist or pragmatic, either through method or discourse,
has correspondingly sought an epistemic authority—an
calibrate, unify and coordinate this hybridity. This presentation will
begin by addressing this mismatch between the hybridity, and often
incommensurability, of archaeology’s transdisciplinary
productions, and the commensurable and coordinated rendering of this
archive particularly to the public. I will argue that the
transdisciplinarity of archaeology is a necessary strength and that its
hybridity should be performed in interpretation. Ultimately, however,
this presentation will explore what a hybrid and uncoordinated
interpretive space might look like and why existing digital
collaboration services actively support such an interpretive approach.
Applications are invited for digital project funding from the DHIB for
the academic year 2008–2009. Guidelines available on our wiki.
Lecture on Open Source
On January 29th, 2009, the DHIB will welcome Louis
Suárez-Potts to campus where he will
present a lecture entitled The what, why and how (not to
mention who) of Open Source — and why it is important.
Suárez-Potts is “community manager” at Sun
Microsystems for the open-source project OpenOffice.org,
where he manages community and product development strategy. The lead
and co-lead of several projects and the primary spokesperson and
representative of OpenOffice.org, Suárez-Potts also
the project regarding OpenDocument format (ODF) matters, and is on the
OASIS ODF Adoption Technical Committee and is a member of the ODF
Alliance. He speaks frequently on the ODF, OpenOffice.org, education
and open source, and community development throughout the world.
Suárez-Potts is currently working on several articles
open source development and education.
Over the past decade or so, he has written
articles and given interviews
on the topic of open source computing, community building, and cultural
studies. From 1995-1999, he was editor and researcher with the Mark Twain
where he documented many of Mark Twain’s more than 15,000 signature
letters and manuscripts, producing finding aids and informational
guides to be used both by the editors and visiting scholars, and helped
to research and curate exhibitions of Twain’s work and to initiate a
program presenting lectures on Twain to professional and
nonprofessional audiences. Suárez-Potts lives in Toronto and
received his PhD from U.C. Berkeley.
The lecture will take place on Thursday January 29th
at 2:00 pm in Clemens 120.
DHIB Inaugural Symposium
The keynote address and round table discussion will be live streamed. In order to view the stream, you must have RealPlayer installed on your computer. This feed will be available 15 minutes prior to the event and 10-15 minutes afterwards.
Click here to launch RealPlayer and watch the keynote address.
To participate in the discussion via iChat or AIM, send your question to the AIM screen name amerune between 4:30 and 5:20.
September 19th, 2009, the College of Arts and Sciences held an
inaugural symposium to mark the opening of the Digital Humanities
Initiative at Buffalo (see News
for details). Video of the keynote address and the slide show from the
reception are available there too.
2008 Fall business meeting
Members of DHIB convened on Monday, November 17th to review
proposals for governance, membership categories, and funding
opportunities for the coming year. Details and applications to follow
on the DHIB wiki.
The College of Arts and Sciences of the University at Buffalo
celebrated the launching of its Digital Humanities Initiative with an inaugural
symposium on Friday September 19th, 2008 at
the Center for the Arts.
The keynote address was delivered by Katherine
Hayles. The afternoon seminar and discussion
were led by Gregory
Crane (background reading:
“ePhilology: when the books talk to their readers”) and Stephen
Ramsay (background reading: Book chapter
entitled “Algorithmic Criticism” and blog post based
on MLA/2006 talk). The roundtable discussion following Kate
Hayles’ keynote address was led by Debra Burhans
and Dave Pape.
The video stream is available here.
(You’ll need to download the RealPlayer
to be able to watch.) Click here
to watch the PowerPoint slides which were shown during the reception.
- January 8-10 2008: TEI/XML
Humanities Data: Tools for Annotation and Access (April 1st, 3:30-5:00,
930 Clemens Hall)
- Carolyn O’Meara, Department of
Linguistics: “Introducing the Northeastern North American
Indigenous Languages Archive”The Northeastern North American Indigenous Languages
(NNAILA) is a new digital language archive housed at the University at
Buffalo within the University Library system. NNAILA is currently in
its pilot phase, with a focus on digitizing materials from Onondaga, an
Iroquoian language spoken in parts of central New York and in the area
near Brantford, Ontario. The archive’s primary goals are to preserve
recordings of indigenous languages of Northeastern America and to make
the data in those recordings accessible to the academic community and
to the indigenous communities whose languages are represented in the
archive’s collections. In order to facilitate access to the
archive’s resources by Onondaga community members, especially
language teachers and their students, we are developing a web-based
toolkit which will allow users to construct and annotate personal
digital collections of materials from the archive.
- Justin S. Leitgeb, Department of Romance
Languages and Literatures: “TEI Rails: A
Collaborative, Web-Based System for Preparing and Presenting XML
Documents in the Humanities“TEI Rails is a web-based content management system for
documents encoded in [http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml TEI]. The program,
released as Free Software under the
[http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html GPL], includes advanced features
for XML-based content collaboration and annotation. This presentation
will provide an overview of the TEI Rails system and demonstrate some
of its advanced features including support for document versioning,
cloning, and semi-automated annotation of content.
English Literature Encoding (April 29th, 3:30 – 4:30, 306 Clemens Hall)
- Ronan Crowley, Department
of English. ‘to be wound up for an afterenactment
by a Magnificent Transformation’:
Encoding Joyce’s Draft Material.This presentation showcases some actual XML-encodings of
material for the fifteenth episode of Ulysses, “Circe,” and proposes
some XSLT transformations of the data.
DHIB and steering committee meetings
- January 22 2008: meeting of interested participants in a
digital humanities intiative, 12:00 to 1:30 pm, 904 Clemens Hall
- February 19 2008: meeting of DHI steering committee, 3:00
to 4:00 pm, 904 Clemens Hall
- March 4 2008: Meeting of DHI steering committee, 3:30 to
5:00 pm, 904 Clemens Hall
- April 17 2008: Meeting with campus IT and Library
leadership to discuss
digital humanities support modelsa>, 12:30 – 1:30, 904
Clemens Hall (minutes)
- May 12 2008: Meeting
of DHIB Steering Committee (1) to plan the fall event and (2)
to review the semester’s work and set goals for the coming year.