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Congratulations to I-CHASS on their latest NEH grant award!!

Congratulations to I-CHASS on their latest NEH grant award!!

I-CHASS, one of our most active institutions, is directed by one of HASTAC's founding members and Steering Committee member, Dr. Kevin Franklin. Kudos to all of you at I-CHASS!

Urbana, IL, Sept. 7, 2011 /I-CHASS Newswire/--- The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at the University of South Carolina have collaborated to win a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institutes for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities (IATDH) grant award in the amount of $259,588.00 to support a project called the Humanities High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HpC).


HpC will engage humanities scholars in a year-long collaboration with computing specialists in order to: 1) receive a comprehensive education in four computational concentrations; 2) receive instruction in digital humanities project design and management; 3) obtain hands-on experience with a variety of technical platforms; 4) work with experts to outline pilot explorations in at least one area of computational concentration; and 5) join a year-long virtual community where scholars will support their peers in authoring digital humanities projects.


HpC represents an investment (structural, computational, and resource-based) in developing a model that will provide technical support, access to high performance computing, and products and services associated with digital technologies to humanities scholars with all levels of expertise—from beginner to the most advanced.
Participants will join with computing specialists at I-CHASS, CDH and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to be educated in growing areas of digital technology (Image Analytics, Social Networking, Mobile Applications, Augmented Reality, and Serious Gaming).  After the training workshops, the community will discuss these technologies and develop their applications for humanities research via a virtual community as well as envision long-term technological goals for their projects. HpC will facilitate two five-day-long residencies as well as one two-day long conference for forty-five humanities scholars and ten computing specialists. An open call for participation in the HpC program will be released in the near future.


This is the second NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities (IATDH) grant award for the program Humanities High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HpC). The first award in 2009 for $249,997.00 leveraged advance cyberinfrastructure facilities to support three interdisciplinary humanities research groups.  The topics each group explored were globalizing medieval studies, developing three-dimensional (3D) history spaces, and constructing a multimedia repository for faculty and students of digital/new media. The three humanities research teams worked to develop their projects with computer scientist and engineers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC).

For additional Information please contact:  Michael Simeone, Assistant Director, I-CHASS, mpsimeon@gmail.com

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