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New NEH Office of Digital Humanities

This week, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced thecreation of a new Office of Digital Humanities, a permanent newdivision within NEH, and headed by Brett Bobley. This is a very exciting development and we're thrilled that Brett will be at the helm of this new enterprise. The url for the Office of Digital Humanities website is: http://www.neh.gov/ODH/ODHHome/tabid/36/Default.aspx

 

And here is a reblog of the initial page from the ODH website and Brett's welcoming remarks. CONGRATULATIONS, NEH! And congratulations to Brett:

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Reblogged from http://www.neh.gov/ODH/ODHHome/tabid/36/Default.aspx

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A Supercomputer Takes Humanities Scholars Into the 21st Century

"We are offering one million hours of high-performance computing,"
said Brett Bobley, director of the endowment's new Office of Digital
Humanities.

That is one million hours, doled out in chunks of 100,000 to
500,000, that can be used for such research efforts as analyzing
records of the U.S. Census to trace subtle economic and social shifts,
or examining centuries of texts to discover the origins of a single
linguistic concept.

"It's tremendously exciting," said Vernon Burton, a historian and
director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social
Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "I think it
has the potential to move forward the basic boundaries of human
knowledge."

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http://chronicle.com/free/2008/04/2580n.htm

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