Project Description: Humanities Research Computing Facilitation/Incubation
In partnership with humanities research faculty at Rice with digital projects at various stages of development, we will test a paradigm of research computing facilitation. Diverging from the paradigm of “jump-start” grants which award money to researchers, we will award researchers dedicated time from CRC developers in order to “incubate” their projects. The experiment’s goal is to test whether, by allowing humanities researchers to black-box more of the technical and project-management dimensions of their work, we will be able to iterate solutions to their specific problems faster, and allow them to stress-test these more effectively by remaining more in their role as subject-area experts.
John received his B. A. in English Literature from Bates College with a minor in mathematics in 2006. He earned his Ph. D. in English Literature at Brown University in 2015, focusing on British Romantic artists' and scientists' shared aesthetic concerns regarding the problem of abstraction. He now acts as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Research Computing at Rice University, where he helps humanists make the most of Rice’s research computing infrastructure, and co-teaches workshops on the subject with Clinton Heider, the CRC’s other facilitator. John also conducts his own research in experimental remediations of historical data, usually as the humanist in multidisciplinary teams. Sometimes he updates his blog.