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Striving to Make Digital Humanities More Accessible: An Introduction to the Digital Innovation Lab

Striving to Make Digital Humanities More Accessible: An Introduction to the Digital Innovation Lab
Pam Lach
Associate Director, Digital Innovation Lab
University of North Carolina

Friday, October 31
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Watson Library 455

Abstract
Launched in Fall 2011, the Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an interdisciplinary, collaborative hub for digital humanities. The DIL values digital humanities as public goods, and strives to make its projects and tools as accessible as possible. This talk will provide an introduction to the Lab’s work in project and tool development and pedagogic innovation, as well as efforts to support data-driven uses of large digital collections. The talk will also highlight DH Press, a WordPress-based data visualization toolkit, which the DIL has been developing since 2012. 

Biography
Pam Lach is the Associate Director of the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a PhD from UNC in U.S. Cultural History with an emphasis on gender and film history (2007), and a MS in Information Science from the UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (2012). Pam is interested in how new and emerging technologies can support and redefine scholarship and pedagogy in the humanities and hopes to bridge the divide between technology and humanists. Among her many duties, she oversees DIL staff and project work, and is the Project Manager for DH Press, a WordPress-based digital humanities visualization toolkit. 



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