Laying New Lines for Digital Humanities Scholars

Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, Indiana University Bloomington (IUB)

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Founded 2007
Suzanne Lodato, Co-Director

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 IU Bloomington’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) founded the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) in 2007. OVPR supports research and creative activity across the IUB campus and actively encourages collaboration between campus units. From the earliest days of planning IDAH, OVPR leadership sought support from several campus units – IU Libraries, the Digital Library Program of IU Libraries, University Information Technology Services (UITS), and UITS’s Advanced Visualization Lab – in staffing and providing resources for the unit. The Libraries provide office and conference room space, UITS pays for new equipment purchases, and the Digital Library Program and Advanced Visualization Lab contribute staff time. IDAH is physically located in Wells Library, IU Libraries’ main building.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 IDAH’s core staff originally worked for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis (EVIA, http://www.eviada.org/) project. They joined IDAH in 2008, initially devoting most of their efforts to completing the work for the grant project, which ended in late 2009. As the EVIA work wound down, they began to take on several grant-supported campus humanities projects. As of this writing, IDAH participates in eight active projects and provides occasional maintenance for EVIA.[1] In addition, IDAH staff provide support for faculty fellows who are developing digital arts and humanities projects with the intention of seeking external funding.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Partially because of its roots in the EVIA project, IDAH focuses on developing digital audio and video resources. This work is supported by IU’s superior technology infrastructure and staffing, as well as widespread interest in sound and moving image resources at IU Bloomington. The Archives of Traditional Music, one of the campus sponsors of the EVIA project, is internationally known for its sound and moving image holdings. A recent internal study showed that IU Bloomington owns and is responsible for more than 560,000 audio and video recordings and reels of motion picture film stored on the campus, 44 percent of which are unique or rare. The campus leadership is planning a major project to digitize these holdings, store the digital files, and make them available for researchers, teachers, and students. As this effort moves forward, IDAH’s programmers will be called upon to develop software tools that will enable users to access, segment, and annotate these digital files.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Organizational structure:

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  2. Co-Director (Half-time, non-tenure track academic staff): Provides strategic leadership and direction. Co-manages all IDAH activities and promotes digital arts and humanities on and outside the campus. Manages IDAH’s budget. Initiates and writes grant applications.
  3. Co-Director (Half-time; faculty; position is currently vacant): Co-manages all IDAH activities and promotes digital arts and humanities on and outside the campus.

    Direct reports:

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    2. Associate Director (Full-time, non-tenure track academic staff): Manages day-to-day office activities. Supervises graduate students. Some project management duties. Assists with grant application production

      9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 Direct reports

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      2. Graduate Assistant (Half time): General office duties
      3. Graduate Assistant (Hourly): Supports grant-funded project
  4. Manager, Systems Development (Full-time, professional staff): Manages systems analysts and serves as chief architect and designer for all of IDAH’s software development. Consults with faculty fellows to help them develop digital projects.

    Direct reports

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    2. Systems analysts (Full-time, professional staff): Software development.
  5. Other:
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    2. Faculty Fellows (Faculty): working on digital projects with assistance by staff from IDAH, the Digital Library Program, and the Advanced Visualization Lab.
    3. Contributing staff:
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      2. Director of Library Technologies and Digital Libraries (Digital Library Program, IU Libraries)
      3. Associate Director for Digital Library Content and Services (Digital Library Program, IU Libraries)
      4. Manager (IU Advanced Visualization Lab)

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 The projects in which IDAH currently participates are: Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories, Departments of Germanic Studies and History; Jewish Studies Program; Bamboo, IU Libraries; Central American and Mexican Video Archive and Cultural and Linguistic Archive of Mesoamerica, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; The Chymistry of Isaac Newton, Department of History and Philosophy of Science; Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis, Archives of Traditional Music; Ethnomusicology Multimedia, Indiana University Press in partnership with Temple University Press and Kent State University Press; Mapping Antislavery, Department of History; and Sound Directions, Archives of Traditional Music .

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Source: http://mcpress.media-commons.org/offthetracks/part-two-position-descriptions-at-established-and-emerging-digital-humanities-centers/institute-for-digital-arts-and-humanities-indiana-university-bloomington-iub/