[Humanist] 26.751 how to plan a digital humanities centre

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 5 08:07:41 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 751.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:10:41 +0000
        From: Michael Fraser <mike.fraser at it.ox.ac.uk>
        Subject: Re:  26.743 how to plan a digital humanities centre
        In-Reply-To: <20130202091645.B23B110CD at digitalhumanities.org>

On 02/02/13 09:16, Humanist Discussion Group, Willard in particular, wrote:

> Consider the fates of the  non-academic centres at Bergen, Oxford,
 > Toronto and Rutgers-Princeton, i.e. CETH, for example. (How many of
 > us here recognise what great things once happened at those places in
 > our field?)

I would just note that the institutionalising of digital humanities need 
not always be from a 'centre'. Whilst it is true that Oxford's 
Humanities Computing Unit evolved, a number of years ago, into a 
broader-based set of services for research support within the University 
(though retaining staff and expertise at the time), the University of 
Oxford remains a significant and one of the largest participants in 
digital humanities research and engagement, embedded within a broad 
range of subjects and in partnership with key academic support services 
(but 'owned' by the Humanities Division). The de-centralised nature of 
the activity is, for example, gathered together virtually via 
 http://digital.humanities.ox.ac.uk/ . Of course, it is possible that to 
get to this level of integration, you first need a 'centre' (you 
certainly need champions amongst senior members)...


Dr Michael Fraser | Director of Infrastructure Services | IT Services | 
University of Oxford

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