Computational Resources on Campus

In addition to its own staff and resources, the Forum for Digital Culture draws upon a wide range of computational resources and services in other units of the University of Chicago.

The staff of the Forum for Digital Culture teach students and support faculty research projects using the Forum’s own computational research platforms. They also draw on the computational resources available in other units of the University of Chicago in the various centers, labs, and technical support organizations listed below.

Center for Digital Scholarship

The Center for Digital Scholarship is located in the Joseph Regenstein Library. Its staff assist faculty and students to find existing digital resources and to create new ones by digitizing paper documents.

Center for Spatial Data Science

The Center for Spatial Data Science in the Division of Social Sciences develops state-of-the-art methods for geospatial analysis; implements them through open source software tools; applies them to policy-relevant research in the social sciences; and disseminates them through education and support to a growing worldwide community of over 330,000 spatial analysts.

CHIME Studios

The CHIME Studios (Chicago Integrated Media Experimental Studios) in the Department of Music is a vital creative space for electronic music and its integration with other media.

Computer Science Instructional Laboratory

The Computer Science Instructional Laboratory is located in the John Crerar Library. It provides students, faculty, and university affiliates with a variety of computing services ranging from hardware support to computer software and mini-course lessons.

Digital Library Development Center

The Digital Library Development Center is located in the Joseph Regenstein Library. It works with the Library staff and others on campus to enable discovery of the Library’s information resources, build digital collections, and ensure their persistence and usability over time.

Digital Media Archive

The Digital Media Archive holds some 2,100 language collections across 270 languages. Many of these collections are freely available for research use and others can be made available by arrangement.

Digital Media Workshop

The Digital Media Workshop is open to students and faculty interested in digital media across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago. Presentations and discussions in this workshop span theoretical scholarship, scientific inquiry, and artistic practice, making it a highly interdisciplinary site for engaging the political, aesthetic, social, cultural, and technical dimensions of digital media across their many formats.

Humanities Computing

Humanities Computing provides technology services, user support, and computing resources to meet the academic and administrative needs of the Division of the Humanities. Its staff provide desktop support for the departments and centers of the Division.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services is the central organization that manages the University of Chicago’s network, email, websites, and many other IT systems and services.

Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center

The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center is located in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. It supports the arts at the University of Chicago by providing AV equipment, production space, software, and technical training.

Karen Landahl Center for Linguistics Research

The Karen Landahl Center for Linguistics Research in the Department of Linguistics offers state-of-the-art facilities that provide a convenient meeting place for faculty, students, and research associates interested in the nature of language. It is housed in the Social Sciences Research Building and is home to the following research and teaching laboratories:

    • Chicago Language Modeling Laboratory for the computational implementation of linguistic models and the discovery of learning algorithms for those models
    • Phonology Laboratory for teaching and investigation of phonological typology as well as the variation and change of sound systems
    • Language Processing Laboratory for experimental syntax, experimental semantics and pragmatics, and psycholinguistics
    • Sign Language Linguistics Laboratory for analyzing linguistic data from sign languages and gestures
    • Language in Time and Space Research Group for research on under-described languages in fieldwork settings, focusing on cross-linguistic analysis, diversity, variation and change, language contact, the language and cognition interface, and how cultural and geographic features might be reflected in language use and discourse

Media Arts, Data, and Design Center

The Media Arts, Data, and Design Center is a 20,000-square-foot collaborative space for inquiry and experimentation on the ground floor of the John Crerar Library. It supports research and design activities by faculty, students, staff, and community partners using cutting-edge technology. Within this center are:

    • Hack Arts Lab, an open-access digital fabrication, prototyping, and visualization facility
    • Weston Game Lab, which offers resources for the study, play, and development of analog, electronic, virtual, and online games

Research Computing Center

The Research Computing Center provides resources and training for high-performance computing, data storage, and data visualization. The Kathleen A. Zar Room on the ground floor of the John Crerar Library houses the Research Computing Center’s Data Visualization Lab, which provides advanced data visualization technology, instructional sessions, symposiums, and workshops.

Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resources Center in the Department of Art History provides imaging support for students and instructors in the Division of the Humanities. It facilitates the classroom use of art historical tools and materials, including  high-quality images.

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