20.589 call for participation

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 17:56:15 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 589.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 17:40:10 +0100
         From: Neil Fraistat <fraistat_at_umd.edu>
         Subject: Call for Participation

Call for participation in an international network of digital
humanities centers
Respond to centernet-owner_at_lists.digitalhumanities.org
[please share widely]

If you represent something that you would consider a digital
humanities center, anywhere in the world, we are interested in
including you in a developing network of such centers. The purpose
of this network is cooperative and collaborative action that will
benefit digital humanities and allied fields in general, and centers
as humanities cyberinfrastructure in particular. It comes out of a
meeting hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the
University of Maryland, College Park, April 12-13, 2007 in
Washington, D.C., responding in part to the report of the American
Council of Learned Societies report on Cyberinfrastructure for the
Humanities and Social Sciences, published in 2006.

We leave the definition of "digital humanities" up to you, but we
intend to be inclusive, and we know that there will be cross-over
into the social sciences, media studies, digital arts, and other
related areas. If you think your center is a digital humanities
center, in whole or in part, then we'd be glad to have you as part of
the network. This might include humanities centers with a strong
interest in or focus on digital platforms. The definition of
"center" is only slightly more prescriptive: a center should be
larger than a single project, and it should have some history or
promise of persistence.

Some early initiatives are likely to include

* workshops and training opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
* developing collaborative teams that are, in effect, pre-positioned
to apply for predictable multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary,
multi-national funding opportunities, beginning with an upcoming RFP
that invites applications for supercomputing in the humanities
* exchanging information about tools development, best practices,
organizational strategies, standards efforts, and new digital
collections, through a digital humanities portal

There is no membership fee, and the network is not a constituent of
any other organization, but members should consider contributing some
time or resource to the network.

You may respond to this invitation by sending email to
centernet-owner_at_lists.digitalhumanities.org and if you do respond,
please indicate

* the name of your center, your title with respect to it, and the
center's home institution or organization
* the areas or disciplines in which your center works or has worked
* the number of staff employed by your center

We would also appreciate it if you would answer two other questions:

* what might your center be willing and able to contribute to the
network of centers?
* would you be willing to serve in an organizing role with respect to
the network.

Finally, you might want to have a look at the different types of
centers represented at


and if yours is not there, tell us in what category to list it, and
we'll add it, or if the right category doesn't exist, suggest one.

Thanks very much,

Julia Flanders
Neil Fraistat
Matt Kirschenbaum
Mark Kornbluh
John Unsworth

Neil Fraistat
Professor of English & Director
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
301-405-5896 or 301-314-7111 (fax)
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