A Sneak Peek at the Simpson Center’s Collaboration Space!

Construction is currently under way to transform three small offices into a 375 square-foot flexible, multidisciplinary collaboration space at the Simpson Center!

The new space will be a hybrid: part digital scholarship lab and part space for scholarly discussion. Flexibility is the key concept behind this space. By selecting furniture and equipment that is easily stored, stacked, folded, and moved, this space will be a dynamic meeting space for a variety of small engagements and activities.

By developing this collaboration space, the Simpson Center moves one step closer toward launching the Digital Humanities Commons, a summer fellowship program for UW faculty and graduate students. Anticipated to begin in 2014, the Commons will encourage innovative and experimental research both inspired by new technologies and about new methods of research and forms of communication. The Center is in the final stages of raising funds to match a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant to support this important initiative.

Future Digital Humanities Commons fellows will have a physical space in which to explore and use digital technologies and exchange knowledge.

Additionally, the space is designed to function as a collaborative studio for projects funded by the Simpson Center’s Executive Board. It is intended to provide informal meeting space for Graduate Interest Groups, as well as research groups holding intimate film screenings and discussions, among other types of activities.

Current plans for the space include two workstations with both PC and Mac computers and software. Large-format scanners, printers, audio speakers, an LCD presentation screen with teleconferencing capabilities, and mobile whiteboards are just a few of the tools that will be available for scholarly use.

The Simpson Center anticipates the collaboration space will be completed by this summer. It will be available by reservation only.

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