William and Mary has a rich tradition that is firmly grounded in its heritage of canonical scholarship reflected in its archives, libraries, museums, and collections of artifacts, but it is also a vibrant site for many different kinds of digital humanities work. The Center for Geospatial Analysis continues to diversify its offerings and approaches to engagement with faculty and students around GIS, Media Services in Swem Library has expanded its multimedia digital production facilities with the launch of the Charles W. Reeder Media Center, the Small Hall Makerspace is growing, the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations is developing its research specializations in Geocoding and Data Visualization, documentation for the High Performance Computing clusters is being consolidated, the eLearning Community is active and vibrant, and the emphasis on innovation at The Center for the Liberal Arts is emblematic of the forward-looking nature of the campus as a whole.
The Digital Humanities Ad Hoc Steering committee has been busy at William and Mary! We’ve already hosted a launch event: Digital Humanities and the Liberal Arts, a one-day symposium held in March of 2015 featuring experts from across the region.
Forty-three William and Mary faculty members have already responded to our digital humanities survey, so we are looking forward to our upcoming outreach and networking efforts so we can develop a campus strategic plan for the digital humanities that coincides with the needs and desires of students, faculty, and the campus.