The Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research (SEASR), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides a research and development environment capable of powering leading-edge digital humanities initiatives.
SEASR fosters collaboration by empowering scholars to share data and research in virtual work environments. This eases scholars’ access to digital research materials, which currently are stored in a variety of incompatible formats. Developed in partnership with humanities scholars, SEASR enhances the use of digital materials by helping scholars uncover hidden information and connections.
SEASR supports the study of assets from small patterns drawn from a single text or chunk of text to broader entity categories and relations across a million words or a million books. SEASR will support numerical, categorical, text, and audio-based analysis and will continue to evolve to include processing of images and other multimedia data formats. SEASR seeks humanists who are interested in participating in the development and application of this new information technology.
SEASR is designed to enable digital humanities developers to rapidly design, build, and share software applications that support research and collaboration.
Developers can tailor applications to fit scholars’ research objectives. For example, developers can change the visualization landscapes that provide views of analytics results, insert new analytics that support linguistic analysis, or adjust steps in the work process so researchers can validate results from their queries.
Developers can even integrate components from other programming environments. Digital Humanities Experts, Scholars, and Developers are enthusiatically encouraged to participate and to contribute ideas, knowledge, and works to the expanding SEASR repository of components and applications.
If you would like to help shape the development of SEASR or to adapt SEASR for your research project, please contact us.