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IATH (Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities)

IATH Director Worthy Martin Director: Worthy Martin (Computer Science Department)

Supported by: The UVA Library

Staffed by: A six-person team of full-time technical experts

Major current activities:

  • A resident fellowship program providing humanities researchers with consulting, technical support, applications development, and networked publishing facilities

  • Cultivating partnerships and participating in humanities computing initiatives with libraries, publishers, information technology companies, scholarly organizations, and others

  • Employing student researchers as collaborators on fellowship projects

IATH Scholarly and Technical Communications Officer Sarah WellsUsers: Fellowships available by application to UVA faculty and, in some cases, independent scholars.

Strengths: Developing larger-scale or longer-term faculty projects that need a lot of support from technologists, project managers, and experienced DH innovators. IATH also has a dedicated grant writer and a strong record of securing grants.

What to expect: If selected for a fellowship, you will become part of an intellectual team and IATH will provide a lot of the expertise and labor needed to get a large, technically demanding project started or push it to the next level.

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Scholars’ Lab

Scholars' Lab Head of Student Program Brandon WalshDirector: Alison Booth (English Department), academic director; Amanda Visconti, managing director

Supported by: The UVA Library (with graduate fellowships supported by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences)

Staffed by: a team of thirteen full-time specialists, including groups focused on GIS and 3D technologies


Major current activities:

  • Weekly open office hours during semesters

  • Consultations by appointment

  • Graduate fellowship programs funded by the Library in coordination with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  (Includes Praxis Fellows, DH Fellows, and DH Incubation Fellows.)

  • Digital humanities research and development

  • GIS and spatial data

  • Makerspace focused in humanities and staffed by paid students and Scholars' Lab experts

  • Cultural heritage data 3D modeling, VR/AR, and preservation

  • Interdisciplinary lectures, workshops, and conferences open to any member of the University community

  • Graduate and undergraduate internships

  • Summer course in DH and library research for undergraduate Mellon-funded fellows from HBCUs and Puerto Rico

  • Pedagogical consultation, innovation, and regional collaboration

  • Collaboration with subject specialists and other experts (preservation, copyright, etc.) in the UVA Library

Scholars' Lab GIS Specialist Chris GistUsers: Open to all UVA users.

Strengths: Experience with ethical scholarly design and a focus on social justice; consulting on projects where you need some help with troubleshooting, training, equipment, or professional networking. The Scholars’ Lab is also a leader in public programming, with a rich schedule of talks, classes, and workshops. The Scholars’ Lab is committed to sharing insightful, creative research opportunities with all collaborators on a project.

What to expect: Scholars’ Lab digital humanities experts will help you figure out how to build your own project, providing a friendly, collaborative atmosphere for discovering and using new DH methods and platforms. “We develop people rather than projects,” they often say.

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