Interdisciplinary Data Humanities Initiative

Interdisplinary Data Humanities Initiative

Humanities data can take many forms, including images, music, poetry, short stories, and more. Data humanities is the study of data that comes from ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, history, archaeology, anthropology, human geography, law, religion, and art.

We at the RCC hope to cultivate a research environment that makes advanced computational data tools available for researchers on campus in all fields of study.

The goal of the initiative is to foster more humanities data driven research. Through collaboration with the FSU Libraries Department, the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium, and various departments, we hope to provide support to individual projects, installation and maintenance of humanities software, and Digital Humanities educational materials for learning about RCC services.

IDHI Components

As part of the Interdisciplinary Data Humanities Initiative, the Research Computing Center is engaging the University in three ways:

  1. We shall be providing direct support to pilot projects that exemplify the type of work we are looking to foster by granting access to High Performance Computing to research in the Humanities.
  2. We will provide support installing, maintaining, and educating researchers in different software platforms that are designed with the humanities community as their target audience. By doing this, we will create a foundation from which student-led and independent projects can emerge with the use of our tools. We hope that the tools and platforms allow researchers to incorporate them seamlessly into their already established curriculum.
  3. We shall establish a learning environment of the Digital Humanities, both for high performance computing (HPC) and non-HPC projects. To this end, we will provide workshops, learning materials, and related software that may be of use to the general student body and our faculty members.

Additional Software

These are software packages that we have either found useful on some projects or that will be installed in our systems in the future.


Knight Lab Tools




Notable Research

Assoc Professor Will Hanley in the FSU History Department is researching how to make historical materials more accessible. One of his ongoing projects is the digitization of Egypt's oldest daily newsletter, The Egyption Gazette.