News (including past and current news items)

Funding Awards for 2010-2011

Small research project awards

Project name Lead researcher
Serverfarming Georg Rafaildis
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
a.Version Bridget Schumacher
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
Colorado Springs.

• 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
has been published online.
This issue
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

The Uncrowned
Queens Institute
Digital Literacy Project

will be
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
will be
posted as soon as possible.
For more information, contact:

Talk by Robin Boast, University of Cambridge

Robin Boast,
Deputy Director
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
authority to
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.

Grant-writing workshop

The DHIB will host a grant-writing workshop led by Carole
Ann Fabian
on Monday, June 1st, from
9:30 to 1:00 pm in Clemens 120
. RSVP to
by Friday May 29th.

Funding opportunity

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
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
for the open-source project,
where he manages community and product development strategy. The lead
and co-lead of several projects and the primary spokesperson and
representative of, 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,, 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.

Greg Crane and Steve Ramsay
Greg Crane and Steve Ramsay

Seminar participants

Greg Crane and Steve Ramsay
Greg Crane and Steve Ramsay

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.

Inaugural symposium

The College of Arts and Sciences of the University at Buffalo
celebrated the launching of its Digital Humanities Initiative with an inaugural
on Friday September 19th, 2008 at
the Center for the Arts.
The keynote address was delivered by Katherine
. The afternoon seminar and discussion
were led by Gregory
(background reading:
“ePhilology: when the books talk to their readers”
) and Stephen
(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.

Training workshops

Work-in-progress presentations

Humanities Data: Tools for Annotation and Access (April 1st, 3:30-5:00,
930 Clemens Hall)



English Literature Encoding (April 29th, 3:30 – 4:30, 306 Clemens Hall)

DHIB and steering committee meetings