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Advanced Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

The proliferation and accessibility of massive online databases of textual, visual and aural resources have brought new complexity to the study of history, languages, civilizations, and human activities. More than ever before, advanced computational systems, tools and techniques are required to visualize, display, analyze, manage and preserve digital resources.

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Images by Trey Ratcliff displayed on Stallion at TACC's first Digital Arts Showcase: "Exploring Creativity in Digital Space."

TACC staff collaborate with researchers from colleges at the University of Texas at Austin – including the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Communications, Architecture, Social work, McCombs School of Business and the LBJ School of Public Affairs – to discover new ways that advanced computing may be applied in these areas.

We work with researchers at all levels of technology expertise, from beginner to the most advanced, and provide access to systems, technical support, training, and other services associated with advanced computing and visualization technologies.

For more information, contact Rob Turknett.

Featured Collaborations

Institute for Classical Archaeology (ICA)
The Institute for Classical Archaeology at The University of Texas at Austin is using TACC's storage resource Corral to manage, preserve and disseminate two dynamic datasets to the wider academic community and the public: an intensive field survey of ancient sites in the territory of Metaponto in South Italy and excavations in an area of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine city of Chersonesos in Crimea (Ukraine). These spatial and contextual datasets also contain extensive data produced in the course of specialist research into forensic anthropology and ancient agriculture and technology. For more information, visit ICA.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
The task of the archivist has grown exponentially more difficult with the proliferation of digital materials. For the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), this problem is especially acute. NARA turned to TACC's digital archivists and data experts to explore new solutions to this pressing problem.. In the context of big data, collaborations like the one between NARA and TACC are very important; the solutions they produce may form the basis for the archiving systems of the future. For more information, visit NARA.

Blanton Museum of Art
TACC has begun a collaboration with the Blanton Museum of Art to explore archival methods for digital art. This emerging area of research is crucial to capturing the metadata and technological specifications of works of art in a rapidly changing environment.

School of Architecture
TACC is working with the School of Architecture on several projects, including the construction of a render farm that will allow students and faculty to create photorealistic renderings of their 3D models in a fraction of the time that it would take on a single computer. We are also making plans to host architectural exhibitions and student reviews in the Visualization Lab.

Learning Technology Center, College of Education
The ability to analyze and visualize large datasets is a skill that is becoming increasingly important as technology allows us to capture more and more data digitally. TACC is working with the College of Education to construct a new visualization lab in the Learning Technology Center that will be used to teach students how to model, visualize and analyze data across a number of domains.

Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies, Department of English
Computational search and analysis techniques have made it possible to explore literature in entirely new ways. TACC is partnering with the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) to develop tools to discover how prescriptivism – society's rules for correct language use – influences English language usage over time.