The University of North Carolina Scholarly Communications Working Group

May 2012 Topic

April 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Title: Digital Humanities as Public Goods: An Introduction to the Digital Innovation Lab
Speaker: Pam Lach, PhD
Where: *Davis Library, Rm 219
When: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, noon

Digital technologies are transforming the nature of humanities research and scholarship. Digital humanities produce scholarship that is more accessible to more people than ever before, all the while transforming citizens into potential citizen-archivists, citizen-curators, and citizen-scholars. The Digital Innovation Lab, launched in October of 2007, is a virtual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary unit which seeks to leverage technology and “big data” to create projects, processes, and tools that can be used and repurposed by others—scholars and students, cultural heritage organizations, and community-based groups—in the creation of their own meaningful digital public humanities projects. Thus, the lab strives to create digital humanities that are “public goods.”

Pam Lach is manager of the Digital Innovation Lab (, which was launched in October 2011. She holds a PhD in U.S. History from UNC (2007) and is currently finishing her MS in Information Science at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science. She is also Project Manager for Main Street, Carolina, a digital history toolkit developed with the Carolina Digital Library and Archives (CDLA).

*Note the change in location for this month! To get to Davis 219, go up the steps to the second floor of Davis, and the room’s straight ahead, past the computer labs and the study space, to the left of the microforms service desk.