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Digital Humanities

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Centers and Initiatives

Digital Humanities at Duke connects researchers Doing DH at Duke.

Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics is a place where scholars and various publics – local, national, and global – can interact and intersect to generate greater exchange between the university and the broader world. The Forum organizes programs at Duke and in Durham, curates a dynamic digital space for sharing research and commentary, and hosts working groups and residencies.

Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) aims to encourage and enable serious humanistic inquiry, and to promote a heightened awareness of the centrality of the humanities to the quality of human life, social interaction, and scholarship in all fields. FHI is built on a fundamentally collaborative model fitting Duke’s emphasis on facilitating interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Through an array of innovative programs, FHI seeks to encourage the conversations, partnerships, and collaborations that are continually stimulating creative and fresh humanistic research, writing, and teaching at Duke.

Humanities Futures is a multi-faceted exploration of the states and directions of the humanities, in light of the interdisciplinary developments of recent decades. Supported by a general grant from the Mellon Foundation, Humanities Futures is a 3.5-year FHI initiative running from Fall 2014 through Fall 2017.

Humanities Writ Large is a 5-year FHI initiative (supported by the Mellon Foundation) aiming to redefine the role of the humanities in undergraduate education. This initiative is made up of a series of related components including Undergraduate Research, Emerging Humanities Networks, Humanities Labs, Visiting Faculty Fellows, Bridge Appointments for New Faculty, Library and Technology, Assessment and Evaluation.

Duke Digital Humanities Initiatives Guide provides information about new ways to engage in and learn about the use of technology in humanities scholarship. 

Social Sciences Research Institute brings together researchers with interests in problems that cross the various social and behavioral sciences, including problems that connect with the humanities and natural sciences. They promote multidisciplinary collaboration among scholars as they work on important social issues that are challenging to address fully from within any given discipline.

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Labs and Research Groups

Humanities Labs are multi-year programs designed around a theme and intended to drive change and innovation in our undergraduate humanities curriculum through new courses and student research opportunities. A defining characteristic of a humanities lab is the team physically sharing a space and technology (digital, cartographic, etc.), creating a knowledge production environment typically associated with the sciences. Humanities Labs are supported by FHI and Humanities Writ Large.

Global Brazil Lab aims to generate new conversations between the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences by including students in research focused on Brazilian arts, social movements, and natural environment. The Global Brazil Lab offers students and faculty from across Duke a unique opportunity to participate in collaborative and independent research with visiting Brazilian scholars, artists, and activists.

Haiti Lab was founded in 2010 as FHI’s inaugural Humanities Lab. The Lab’s term at FHI concluded in 2013, but through the support of Duke’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, it continues to offer public events and to serve as a focal point for scholars and students working in Haitian Studies. The Haiti Lab merged research, education, and practical applications of innovative thinking for Haiti’s disaster recovery and for the expansion of Haitian studies in the U.S. and Haiti.

Story Lab is based on a conviction that there is an urgent need to talk about, reflect on, and critically engage with the phenomenon of storytelling. Story Lab offers a dynamic space for exploring what it means to make story, embody story, analyze story, talk story, and live story through a richly interwoven program of research, creative expression, course work, and civic engagement involving faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge provides an arena in which PhD and MFA students involved in the humanities and interpretive social sciences can learn about new digital scholarship, engage with its challenges, and see its promise for their own research and professional lives within or outside the university.

Media Arts + Sciences Labs are interdisciplinary labs and research groups that serve as teaching and research centers where students and faculty can integrate multi-modal inquiry, computational design, data analysis and new media art, with scholarly investigation in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences.

Dig@Lab investigates how information is shaped, elaborated, stored and then culturally transmitted by different societies, with a focus on ancient civilizations. The Dig@Lab team looks for new interpretations at the intersection of archaeology, cybernetics, heritage, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, art and history.

DiVE (Duke immersive Virtual Reality) is a research and education facility dedicated to exploring techniques of immersion and interaction. The DiVE is a 3m x 3m x 3m room in which the walls, ceiling, and floor are used as screens for projecting computer graphics, and it includes head and hand tracking so that users can interact with virtual objects. Researchers at the DiVE welcome collaborations with scholars from all disciplines.

S-1 Speculative Sensation Lab uses biometric and environmental sensing technologies to expand our access to sensory experience beyond the five senses. The S-1 research team’s work is informed by the premise that digital technologies have opened new vistas for accessing and conceptualizing our robust embodied contact with the sensory environments in which we live.

Visualization and Interactive Systems Group promotes the use of visualization and virtual reality technologies for improved understanding of scientific data and human cognition through education and training programs, the creation and management of visualization facilities and advanced visualization research.

Wired! applies cultural and historical visualization technologies and methods to the study of material culture, art, architectural, and urban history. Through a collaborative, laboratory approach, Wired! asks new questions and expands upon emerging lines of inquiry about material culture in man-made environments. Wired! has created digital laboratories for teaching and projects at Duke’s Smith Warehouse and at Venice International University on the island of San Servolo.

Innovation Co-Lab is a creativity incubator, focused on exploring how new and emerging technologies can fundamentally reshape the research, academic, and service missions of the university. Duke students of all backgrounds, interests, and skill-sets are encouraged to participate.

Support and Collaboration

Data and Visualization Services provides consulting services and instruction that support data-driven research. The Data Visualization Services team offers support in data sources, data management, data visualization, geographic information systems, financial data, and statistical software.

Digital Scholarship Services collaborates with researchers in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, at any level of study, to plan and build digital research projects. The Digital Scholarship Services team encourages learning and experimentation in digital scholarship through exploratory projects, hands-on instruction, consultations on technical matters and project management, graduate student internships, and resources and programming in The Edge/Murthy Digital Studio.

DukeSpace is the Libraries’ open access repository for the scholarly output of faculty, students, and the greater Duke research community. DukeSpace enhances access, storage, and preservation of scholarship.

Research Computing provides cluster computing services and offers storage, a protected computing environment for researchers using sensitive data, and well-tailored virtual machines of various configuration. Research Computing also offers wide-ranging education and training opportunities to the Duke community and seeks in its activities to bring researchers together who apply computational and quantitative methods to every field represented in the University’s faculty.

Research Toolkits (Beta) is a web-based service from OIT that allows researchers to request virtual machines (VMs) and data storage for research projects. The VMs and storage are provided for one semester, and can be renewed at the end of the term.

Collaborative Spaces and Computer Labs

Brandaleone Lab for Data and Visualization Services provides research computing for projects involving data analytics, data visualization, digital mapping and statistics, and is open nearly 24/7 for the Duke community.

The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration brings together resources and expertise to help Duke researchers innovate, in a space that invites discovery, experimenting, and collaboration. The Edge is equipped with tools and workspaces for digital scholarship, reservable rooms for project teams, expanded technology and training facilities, and programming that encourages connection among the disciplines.

Multimedia Project Studio (MPS) is a computer lab specializing in tools for the production of multimedia and graphic content open to Duke students, faculty and staff. MPS has specially trained student staff who provide walk-in support for multimedia projects and also offers 1-on-1 training appointments with TechTutors.

Discussion Groups and Blogs

Munch & Mull - Digital scholarship discussion group provides a space for informally discussing digital tools, methods, issues, and trends and considering how librarians are and can be involved in ways that promote scholarship. Subscribe to the M&M listserv to get information on weekly discussion topics and meeting reminders. All are welcome to attend.

Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog helps keep the Duke community informed about developments in scholarly communications, including the application of copyright law and its exceptions to teaching and research. The blog is regularly updated with information about developing issues, policy debates and proposed solutions. Subscribe here to get alerts whenever something new is posted.

The Spark is a blog curated by the students and staff of the Multimedia Project Studio (MPS) at Duke. The Spark is a resource for helpful tips, tutorials, specific concerns of the lab, and general inspiration.

Visualization Friday Forum is a forum for faculty, staff and students from across the university (and beyond Duke) to share their research involving the development and/or application of visualization methodologies. The goal of this seminar series is to build an interdisciplinary community of visualization experts whose combined knowledge can facilitate research and promote innovation. All are welcome to attend.