First, we support specific research and pedagogical projects that harness new media in the work of the humanities. These projects arise within many departments, but they share common needs for infrastructure (hardware, software, and expertise). We provide that infrastructure; we nurture promising projects, reaching across disciplines to build collaborations that will meet the needs of each new idea, developing prototypes that will help to make projects fundable and helping scholars write grant proposals to take them further.
Second, we reach out to USC faculty, keeping them in touch with fast-paced changes in technology that affect their research and teaching. This is the way we plant the seeds for new projects, and it is the way we hope to change the culture of research and teaching in the humanities at USC.
Third, we support curriculum development. A growing university needs new courses–and faculty to design and teach them–in order to give aspiring students from a whole range of academic disciplines the skills they will need to take their fields of study forward in the new age.
We are building websites, creating research databases, developing digital tools that perform specific tasks, creating educational games, and hosting institutes that train participants to make use of the resources afforded by new media. We also organize the annual Future Knowledge lecture series, bringing top digital humanities scholars from across the country to the University to talk about what they're doing.