Associate Director, STG, Computing and Information Services
Interim Co-Director, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia
The Scholarly Technology Group (STG) is part of Computing and Information Services at Brown University founded in 1994. In the last two years STG has developed a greater emphasis on advanced consulting within Brown University, working with faculty who want to learn about and use technology in their research and publication. STG relies on an annual grants program to determine how it will apportion the majority of its time and efforts among the faculty. Successful applicants receive project management, consulting and implementation from STG staff. One of our chief challenges is designing projects that are portable and can be maintained over the long term. Our other significant challenge as STG’s structure evolves is the question of how to sustain our own research into humanities computing methodologies so that we can provide cutting-edge consulting to faculty for whom this is not their area of specialization.
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia (IATH) has become an international leader in the innovative application of advanced technologies to humanities research and publication. Annually, the Institute awards a two-year fellowship to a humanities scholar at the University of Virginia to work collaboratively with Institute faculty and staff in designing and developing projects that facilitate computer-assisted research and analysis of the human record, and the publication and dissemination of findings and results. In its second decade, IATH looks forward to expanding its mission to include national and perhaps international fellowships in arts and humanities research and scholarly communication.
This briefing will explain how IATH and STG are structured, what we have learned about supporting successful humanities research projects, and what directions we see for groups like these in the future.