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4Humanities home page

Role: Co-founder and coordinator (with Geoffrey Rockwell and Melissa Terras).
4Humanities is a site created by the international community of digital humanities scholars and educators to assist in advocacy for the humanities. As a platform, 4Humanities stages the efforts of humanities advocates to reach out to the public. It solicits well-reasoned or creative demonstrations, examples, testimonials, arguments, opinion pieces, open letters, press releases, print posters, video “advertisements,” write-in campaigns, social-media campaigns, short films, and other innovative forms of humanities advocacy, along with accessibly-written scholarly works grounding the whole in research or reflection about the state of the humanities. As a resource, 4Humanities provides humanities advocates with a stockpile of digital tools, collaboration methods, royalty-free designs and images, best practices, new-media expertise, and customizable newsfeeds of issues and events relevant to the state of the humanities in any local or national context. (Also see 4Humanities local chapters, including the 4Humanities@UCSB local chapter, co-directors Claudio Fogu and Alan Liu.)

Suggested Citation: 4Humanities – Advocating for the Humanities. Home page. Retrieved [Date of access, e.g., 19 April 2011]. <>


RoSE home page

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Role: Project Lead.
White Paper for NEH: “Friending the Humanities Knowledge Base: Exploring Bibliography as Social Network in RoSE” (PDF)

Created in its first stage as an outcome of the Transliteracies Project, RoSE completed a second stage of development under a NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant (Level II) [Grant number: HD-51433-11]. RoSE is a Web-based knowledge-exploration system that fuses a social-computing model to humanities bibliographical resources to allow users to explore the present and past of the human record as one “social network.” Stocked with initial information data-mined from YAGO and Project Gutenberg (with plans for data-mining the SNAC Project), RoSE provides profile pages about persons and documents, keywords and other data, and visualizations that help users see the relationships between people and documents. Uniquely, it also allows users (humanities students, scholars, and research groups) to add “thickly described” metadata on top of standard bibliographical data. This facilitates a social-network-like sense of active, dynamic interrelation with the objects of research.

Suggested Citation: RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment). Home page. Transliteracies Project, University of California. Retrieved [Date of access, e.g., 19 April 2011]. <>


Transliteracies home page URL:
Role: Principal Investigator.
Funded as a University of California Multicampus Research Group for 2005-2010, Transliteracies studies and plans for innovations in online reading from the perspectives of the computer sciences, social sciences, humanities (including the history of the book field), and new media art. Project participants include faculty from seven University of California campuses and several other universities. Current deliverables include: Transliteracies Research Clearinghouse.
Suggested Citation: Transliteracies Project (Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading). Home page. University of California. Retrieved [Date of access, e.g., 27 September 2006]. <>


Transcriptions home pageURL:”
Role: Director and Principal Investigator.
Transcriptions is a curricular development and research project in the UC Santa Barbara English department started with a NEH Teaching with Technology grant in 1998. Project faculty and graduate students create courses and research materials related to:

  • The social, political, economic, and cultural contexts that now make “information” so powerful;
  • The equivalent contexts that have always made literature itself an “information technology,” including the cultures of orality, manuscript, print, etc.

Transcriptions also includes an undergraduate curricular track for English majors: the Literature and Culture of Information Specialization (

Suggested Citation: Transcriptions Project (Literature and the Culture of Information). Home page. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved [Date of access, e.g., 27 September 2006]. <>