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The dh+CU Symposium on Future Directions and accompanying workshop was held on August 22-23, 2013 as a part of the Libraries' Digital Humanities Task Force's exploration of Digital Humanities activities and needs on campus.
The goal of the Digital Humanities Symposium is to generate momentum for a rapidly growing and increasingly important area of study by facilitating transformative and cross-disciplinary digital research. We hope to foster new collaborative relationships at an event that will convene guests comprising CU faculty, librarians, IT professionals, and other administrative and support staff, and three invited digital humanities experts from outside institutions. The symposium will kick off with an expert panel on the future of Digital Humanities in higher education, followed by CU presenters showcasing their own digital humanities research projects. There will be ample opportunity for all participants to participate in discussion, particularly during the open session at the end of the day.
We hope these discussions will lead to a greater understanding of the needs of digital humanities researchers, as well as to many fruitful partnerships among participants. Faculty with an interest in incorporating digital humanities into their research will have the opportunity to share tools and methodologies and also to identify areas for collaboration, with one another and with campus librarians and IT professionals. It also will allow participants to discover in what ways the campus support structure might be improved to better serve current and future research needs in this area.
During the workshop on the second day, the Libraries’ Task Force and a small group of campus partners will discuss avenues for technical and research assistance in the digital humanities, informed by the previous day’s presentations and conversations. The outside experts will share their candid assessment of faculty needs and offer models for how the Libraries and campus can support existing and future digital humanities efforts. These experts and campus research and technology support specialists will discuss goals for building a more formal digital humanities structure and how these goals can be reached collaboratively. The discussions of the second day will inform a plan for integrated digital humanities support on the CU Boulder campus and shape the Task Force’s plan for how the Libraries can support digital humanities research on campus.