In partnership with the Office of Arts and Sciences Information Services (OASIS), Information Technology Services (ITS), and the UNC Libraries, the DIL is developing a Digital Innovation Incubator. The incubator will both address sustainability challenges and drive innovation for humanities and arts projects at UNC-Chapel Hill. Coordinated by the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL), the program will provide support for projects that promote research through emerging digital methodologies. As we develop this program, we will focus on creating relationships, promoting risk-taking, grant facilitation, and curricular integration.
Our first initiative will be the short-term facilitation of projects that feature curricular integration. Projects selected for one-semester incubation will be identify courses wishing to integrate digital innovations into their methodologies and projects. The focus on these activities will be on developing class and student projects to be completed during the semester of incubation. Each semester, the incubator Administration Board will select at least one project for one-semester incubation the following term.
We have also just released a call for proposals for mid- to large-scale projects. Projects selected for two-year incubation will be provided support to help develop the successful submission of external funding requests, the completion of proof-of-concept prototypes, the completion of a version 1.0 release of the proposed project, the release of datasets associated with projects, and the storing and closure or transition toward sustainability of projects. A large aim of the incubator is to provide a two-year development experience for participants; the emphasis will be on learning, experimenting, and making connections during this period.
The Administrative Board will be made up of a core that includes the Director of the DIL and representatives from UNC Libraries, OASIS, and ITS. This group will also identify at least two at-large members from among the faculty who will serve three-year terms. Decisions regarding the selection of projects will be made by the Administrative Board. The Administrative Board will also assess and make adjustments to the incubator program as needed.