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We believe that faculty in the humanities and social sciences do not have to master sophisticated digital production skills in order to collaborate in the creation of digital public goods or to realize the “game-changing” potential of digital technologies for their own research and teaching.  But they do need to work in collaboration with and learn from digital technology specialists who can help faculty realize their aims in a digital environment.  Thus, the Lab aims to serve as an intellectual and technological broker and change agent in several respects, linking faculty with innovative ideas with

  1. programmer/developers who can design innovative digital tools for their realization;
  2. other collaborators;
  3. external partners who might help develop and use their projects;
  4. internal and external sources of support.

All of the work of the DIL is conducted through interdisciplinary, trans-domain collaborations across campus and around the world.  Our collaborations involve scholars, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students from multiple disciplinary perspectives, data and technology specialists, UNC centers and institutes, other university digital humanities programs, and cultural heritage organizations.  Since 2011 DIL projects, programs, operations, and activities have involved cooperation and collaboration with the Department of American Studies, SILS, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University Library, ibiblio, ITS, OASIS, RENCI, N.C. Digital Heritage Center, N.C. Humanities Council, N.C. Civic Engagement Consortium, National Humanities CenterSouthern Oral History Program, Levine Museum of the New South, UNC-Greensboro Public History Program, Preservation Durham, New Hanover County Public Library, University of Nottingham, N.C. State University, and the University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab.

Over the next five years, a priority for our collaborations will be to support the goals of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative.

We are always looking for partnerships for developing public digital humanities project, as our resources allow. Please consult our collaboration opportunities for more information.