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Training areas might include:

  • Programming (e.g. Java, Perl, PHP)
  • eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
  • Text-Encoding Initiative (TEI) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Document Type Definitions (DTD): TEI: Consortium which created and maintains text-encoding standard for the representation of texts. EAD: XML standard for encoding archival finding aids.
  • XML-related technologies (XSLT for HTML display)
  • Relational databases
  • MySQL
  • 3D computer modeling
  • DOM (Document Object Model)

Resources for training might include:

  • CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowships in Scholarly Information Resources
  • NINES summer workshop for faculty
  • NINES summer fellowship program for training of project directors and editors
  • University of Victoria’s Humanities Computing Summer Institute in the Digital Humanities
  • Virginia’s MA in Digital Humanities program

Ultimately training should be provided at UB, either in stand-alone courses or as part of certificate or degree programs. In the short term, resources may be available via training grants administered by SUNY or the UUP.

Support In order to promote the development of digital competencies for humanities scholars, the DHI will phase in support in the following categories:

  • Opportunity listings: lists of grants, conferences, training opportunities, calls for papers
  • Grants: travel grants, training grants, research grants, curriculum-development grants
  • Assistance in seeking external funding: identifying grant and gift opportunities, writing grant proposals (including budget requests), seeking/navigating university approval for submission (knowledge of university requirements re cost sharing, indirect costs, deadlines)
  • Fellowships: Faculty fellowships (UB faculty), fellowships for graduate students, dissertation/thesis fellowships, early-career faculty fellowships. Fellows might receive different levels/types of support: office space, consulting, support for a graduate research assistant, use of computer equipment and software, technical support, teaching release, training, external-funding assistance, etc.
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Conference/event/speaker series support
  • Visiting scholar support
  • Technology—web site; wiki; listserv; software: XML editing and publishing, imaging, 3D modeling; ftp site; servers.
  • Facilities/Equipment—?
  • Postdoctoral training programs
  • Project consultation/guidance
  • Technical support—or links to appropriate tech support on campus (we have to decide what we support versus what the digital library center, CIT, etc supports…or whether we’re more of a “bridge-building” service)
  • Digital publishing
  • Facilitate partnerships with libraries, publishers, scholarly organizations etc. working in the digital humanities
  • Provide a forum for discussions re humanities and technology
  • Hosting digital humanities projects (servers)
  • Project management
  • Publishing of digital scholarship
  • Support for development of humanities computing tools? (What sort of support needed? What sort of support can we offer?)
  • Assist in collaborating with other institutions?
  • Something re general familiarity, knowledge, experience with current best practices, standards, initiatives (digital-object repositories), movements (open-access movement) etc. in digital-humanities work
  • Support for development of advanced humanities computing tools?
  • Ties to the international digital humanities community
  • Support for participating in massive digitizing efforts? What sort of support can we offer for digital preservation, migration and access issues?
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