The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities


IATH's goal is to explore and expand the potential of information technology as a tool for humanities research. To that end, we provide our Fellows with consulting, technical support, applications programming, and networked publishing facilities. We also cultivate partnerships and participate in humanities computing initiatives with libraries, publishers, information technology companies, scholarly organizations, and others interested in the intersection of computers and cultural heritage. To find out who supports our work (or how you might) see our credits page

Some examples of our work with scholars in various disciplines:

British and American Literature:

The Rossetti Archive: Jerome McGann, English
A freely available collection of all of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's poetry, prose, and painting. Funded by the Getty Grant Fund and others.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture: Steve Railton, English
A collection of sources for and responses to one of the most important novels in 19th-century America. Recently awarded a second-place eLincoln Prize.

Art, Archaeology and Architecture:

The Pompeii Forum Project: John Dobbins, Art; Kirk Martini, Architecture and Engineering
An interdisciplinary collaborative research venture aimed at understanding the reconstruction of the Forum at Pompeii, before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 C.E.. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Virginia, and private contributors.

The Salisbury Cathedral Project: Marion Roberts, Art
An archive of color photographs designed for teachers, students and scholars to supplement visually books and articles published on the cathedral and town of Salisbury. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, through IATH's "Supporting Digital Scholarship" project.

History and Religious Studies:

The Valley of the Shadow: Ed Ayers, History
A hypermedia archive of thousands of sources for the period before, during, and after the Civil War for Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and others. Recipient of the first place eLincoln Prize.

Witchcraft in Salem Village: Ben Ray, Religious Studies
A thematic research archive of documents, maps and other records of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692, designed to provide accurate information about these events, as well as information on other aspects of the history of Danvers (formerly Salem Village), Massachusetts. Supported by the Electronic Text Center, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, Special Collections Department, and the Geospatial and Statistical Data Center at the University of Virginia, in conjunction with the Boston Public Library, Danvers Archival Center, Peabody and Essex Museum, Massachusetts Archives, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Read Ben Ray's discussion of the project with William Ferris, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

If you would like to find out how you or your company might contribute to our work, please contact Regina Carlson, the Institute's development officer, at rbc2z@virginia.edu, or John Unsworth, the Institute's Director, at jmu2m@virginia.edu.


Related strategic partnerships and curricular projects within the University:

"Supporting Digital Scholarship": John Unsworth and Thornton Staples
A three-year project with the library's Digital Library Research and Development Group and others, intended to investigate technical and policy issues involved in the collection and preservation, by libraries, of born-digital scholarship. Funded by the Mellon Foundation and the University of Virginia.

"A Digital Imprint at the University Press": John Unsworth and Nancy Essig
A two-year project with the University Press of Virginia, faculty in the Darden School, and others, intended to investigate business models, editorial processes, and other publishing issues in the context of born-digital scholarship.

Master's Degree in Digital Humanities: John Unsworth and Johanna Drucker
A new MA associated with the Media Studies program: it should enroll its first students in the fall of 2002.