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Digging into Humanities Data: Fostering Collaboration and Innovation in the Humanities

How do Computer Science and other Sciences collaborate to the advance of Humanities? Jason Rhody, a Senior Program Officer at the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be at the CCSL to discuss the long relationship with computing throughout the funding organization's 50 years, culminating with the creation of the Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) in 2008. The Office has been responsible for generating research and development funding for new approaches to humanities questions through programs like the Start-Up Grants, creating infrastructure for use by scholars and scientists, and developing opportunities for collaboration across disciplines, as with the international Digging into Data Challenge. During this talk, he will provide examples of recent discoveries from projects that draw on data sets both large and small--from millions of newspapers to hundreds of scans of the world's mummies--while fostering collaborative work across the sciences and humanities.

Title: Digging into Humanities Data: Fostering Collaboration and Innovation in the Humanities

Date: October 24th, 2014

Time: 14:00h

Venue: Jacy Monteiro room, Building B at IME/USP

Speaker: Jason Rhody

Bio: Jason Rhody is a Senior Program Officer in the Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) of the USA, where he facilitates the development and funding of projects that harness emerging technologies to advance humanities research, encourage humanistic inquiry of digital culture, and foster collaboration across international and disciplinary boundaries. He has developed joint grant programs with international partners, such as the United Kingdom and Germany, and continues to cultivate shared initiatives with other funding organizations. Jason received his PhD in English from the University of Maryland, and his scholarly research interests include book and interface design in 20th and 21st century literature, narrative theory, and game studies. Prior to joining NEH in 2003, he managed and advised digital humanities projects at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and taught courses in literature and digital media.