Recently, while browsing the Internet, I stumbled across the website of a very interesting research unit at the University of Virginia. The name of the unit is the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and their goal, according to the website, is “to explore and develop information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research.” I was curious as to what exactly this meant, and how they were going about achieving this goal.
In order to understand what exactly it means “to develop information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research,” it helps to take a closer look at the mission of the program. IATH’s central mission is to provide scholars in the humanities with the time, the tools and the techniques to document and interpret the human record in electronic form.
The IATH is helping researchers of the humanities find ways to preserve and share their research through technological mediums. Obviously the biggest medium for this is the Internet, so it is not a surprise to see that many (if not all) of the programs supported by the IATH focus on online exhibits.
What all of this means: you are only a few clicks away from top-quality humanities research covering a wide spectrum of topics. If you are interested in the history of slavery in the United States, there is a fascinating collection called “Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture” that includes old newspaper articles, songs, illustrations and much more.
IATH’s central mission is to provide scholars in the humanities with the time, the tools and the techniques to document and interpret the human record in electronic form.
Or perhaps you are interested in the history of Rome, in which case you would likely find a lot of value in the Rome Reborn project. This project is a digital re-creation of ancient Rome that allows anyone to roam the streets of ancient Rome by using the Google Earth application (which is a free download.)
Written by: Drew C.