The Centre for Digital Humanities Research was successful in its recent bid for a Major Equipment Grant to upgrade its Digital Humanities Lab with state-of-the art technology to support a range of humanities scholarship across the university.
The focus of the upgrade is a new DH Suite consisting of a high-performance computing unit (NVIDIA DGX Station); 4K HD (ultra high definition) screens, and essential software tools, both Open Source (freely available, such as Blazegraph, used in Linked Data projects) and proprietary (requiring a licence, e.g. Autodesk 3ds max, for VR (virtual reality) environments). The renewed DH Lab will support, diversify, and enrich practice-led collections-based interdisciplinary research in the Centre, including Indigenous outreach, heritage and art history, music, literary history and archaeology. It responds to the demand for innovative and ambitious research projects that can utilise the large-scale digitization processes completed by cultural heritage and memory institutions (the National Library of Australia’s Trove database, HathiTrust Digital Library, or the 1.5 million artworks made available by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example). The renewed Lab and DH Suite will be used for teaching and research, and will be available to support the work of researchers across the College of Arts and Social Sciences, and the ANU more broadly.