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The Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo (DHIB) aims to be an integral part of the wider University at Buffalo community. As such, it expects that the products of research sponsored by DHIB will be made accessible to this community and that the majority of the events it hosts will be open both to the university community and to the communities the university serves. At the same time, DHIB recognizes that in order to function effectively, its resources must be carefully directed to digital humanities projects closely aligned with its mission. It, therefore, recognizes four categories of membership, full, student, visiting, and affiliate, and accords those holding memberships important privileges, in particular with respect to access to DHIB funds and use of DHIB resources to gain external funding.

Only University at Buffalo regular tenure-line faculty in the humanities and related areas (including those holding tenure lines in the libraries) are eligible for full membership. Eligible faculty become full members by a decision of the existing full members of the DHIB in accordance with the DHIB Bylaws. Full members are expected to actively participate in DHIB activities and in the management of DHIB in appropriate ways, including serving on DHIB committees and assisting in the organization of DHIB events. Full members applying for outside funding for digital humanities projects will be obligated to allocate a portion of any funding they receive to DHIB to assist in its operations. During the initial phases of the DHIB, full members will be given preference for receiving funding from the DHIB for their projects. Ultimately, full membership may become a strict prerequisite to being funded.

Graduate students at the University at Buffalo working in the humanities and related areas are eligible to become student members. Eligible students may apply to the Director of the DHIB to become student members. While students members cannot be directly funded by DHIB, they may participate in its governance.

Scholars not affiliated with the University at Buffalo with research interests in the digital humanities may apply to the Director of the DHIB to become visiting members for a limited term. Under normal circumstances, it will be expected that visiting members will either collaborate with full members or will be making use of digital humanities resources available at the University at Buffalo. Visiting members will be given appropriate access to DHIB resources, including computing facilities and office space, if available.

Scholars not affiliated at the University at Buffalo working with full members on digital humanities projects may apply to the Director of the DHIB to become affiliate members. Affiliate membership is intended to facilitate collaborative efforts between University at Buffalo researchers and researchers at other institutions, in particular with respect to gaining external funding. The presence of an affiliate member in DHIB from a given institution will normally be seen as a prerequisite to establishing a formal affiliation between the DHIB and that institution.

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