Bethany Nowviskie (Associate Director)
Bethany Nowviskie is Director of Digital Research & Scholarship at the University of Virginia Library and President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH). She holds a doctorate in English from the University of Virginia and has taught courses in writing, poetry, bibliography, and new media aesthetics and design. Nowviskie has been a practicing digital humanist since the mid-1990s.
Among her early projects, through IATH and UVA’s SpecLab, are the Rossetti Archive (for which she served as project manager and design editor) and Temporal Modelling. From 2004-2007, as a postdoctoral fellow and later a member of UVA’s research faculty, she developed software and social systems for NINES, the “networked infrastructure for nineteenth-century electronic scholarship.” These included Collex, Juxta, and the Ivanhoe Game. In her current position at UVa Library, Nowviskie directs two NEH- and Library-of-Congress funded projects: the Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship and Neatline.
Nowviskie’s work at the University of Virginia Library includes oversight of the Scholars’ Lab, which combines the services and resources of UVA’s former Etext, GeoStat, and Research Computing Support Centers. The Scholars’ Lab hosts public programs on the impact of new media and methods on scholarship, and also sponsors a graduate fellowship and a new Praxis Program for hands-on methodological training in the digital humanities. Nowviskie additionally manages a “Digital Scholarship R&D” unit, providing consultation, programming support, and infrastructure for innovative work in the humanities and social sciences.
Nowviskie also serves on the steering committees of centerNet, MediaCommons, and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and chairs the MLA‘s Committee on Information Technology. Her own research interests lie in the intersection of algorithmic or procedural method and traditional humanities interpretation. She is currently working on a scholarly edition of A.C. Swinburne’s 1866 Poems and Ballads, and on two small creatures under the age of eight.
She writes at http://nowviskie.org/.