The Digital Humanities Incubator is a server, run and supported by ITS Research Computing, intended to support digital humanities projects at UNC-Chapel Hill. The DHI is a server that can be configured with the software for use in your digital humanities research. Using the DHI for your digital humanities project is a way to jumpstart your project work, instead of having to arrange for hosting.

 

Get an Account

Accounts on the Digital Humanities Incubator (DHI) are available to researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill who are working on a digital humanities project. To request an account email research@unc.edu with your name and a brief description of your project.

Please review the Use Policies governing use of the DHI. Users not working on digital humanities projects will not be given accounts on the incubator.

Connect to the Incubator

Login access is only available via ssh. Users unfamiliar with command line operations can use a graphical SSH/SFTP client like FileZilla (Windows, OS X) or Fugu (OS X).

Off-campus access to the DHI is available, but you must be connected to the campus VPN. See http://help.unc.edu/2502 for instructions on how to use the VPN.

Host Name
eruditio.its.unc.edu
User Name
(your ONYEN)
Password
(your ONYEN password)

Purpose

The Digital Humanities Incubator server (hereafter DHI) is intended to support project-based technological explorations of the digital humanities space. The DHI is a server that can be configured with the software for use in your digital humanities research. Using the DHI for your digital humanities project is a way to jumpstart your project work, instead of having to arrange for hosting.

The DHI is also available to host software for digital humanities events being hosted or sponsored by UNC faculty or staff. Event software hosting requires at least six weeks notice and is subject to approval. See the Event Support tab for more information.

Limitations

While the DHI is configured with software used to host many popular web services, it is not intended to serve as a replacement for departmental web infrastructure. The following items may not be hosted on the DHI:

  • Course, personal or departmental web pages unrelated to project(s) being developed on the DHI
  • Databases, search indices and/or other data infrastructure services that do not support a digital humanities project being developed on the DHI
  • Any files not being served by an active DHI project (i.e. no personal or departmental archiving)

Available Software

LAMP (Linux OS/Apache web server/MySQL database/PHP scripting) stack. Installation of other software will be handled on a case-by-case basis. All software installations must comply with policies outlined in this document and will have lead times negotiated between Research Computing and the requesting party. See the Software tab for a complete list of installed software.

Storage

50 GB of storage will be allocated free of charge for each requesting faculty member. Faculty members requiring more than 50 GB of storage may purchase storage at the rate of $60 per year per 100 GB. Research Computing cannot pro-rate for increments smaller than 100 GB. Storage rates are subject to change; please talk with Research Computing before embarking on extensive budget planning. Current storage rates are available at http://finance.unc.edu/images/stories/committee/lst_indept_fee_chgs.xls

Server Access

Access to the DHI is available via SSH only. Users unfamiliar with command line operations can use a graphical SSH/SFTP client like FileZilla (Windows, OS X) or Fugu (OS X).

Off-campus access to the DHI is available, but you must be connected to the campus VPN. See http://help.unc.edu/2502 for details on the VPN.

Server Availability

Research Computing will make reasonable efforts to ensure server uptime, but makes no commitment to 24×7 availability. The Humanities Research Associate will provide support to users of the DHI during normal business hours.

Programming Support

The Humanities Research Associate is available to consult on software development, and can provide some development services on a time available basis. Larger projects will need to secure their own software development resources.

Policy Updates

Use of the DHI is governed by the most current version of this document, which will always be available at this location.

Getting Started

To get started, send an email to research@unc.edu with a general description of your project, including software and storage requirements, if known. Only users with Onyens may use the DHI.

Updated November 28, 2012

Here’s what is installed on the incubator right now. Need something else? Email research@unc.edu and Research Computing will get back to you right away.

Web & Servlet Support

Databases

Scripting Languages

GIS

JavaScript libraries

Updated August 17, 2011

The Digital Humanities Incubator server (DHI) is available to host software for use in digital humanities related events hosted or sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty or staff.

Getting Started

To get started, send an email to research@unc.edu with the following information:

  • Name, date, location and brief description of event
  • Approximate number of people at event
  • Organization(s) or people coordinating event, including a technology contact person
  • Software for use in event
  • General description of software’s role in event
  • Estimated disk space needed for software and data

Schedule Requirements

  1. Six-plus weeks before event: Work plan development and mutual sign-off between Research Computing and technology contact person.
  2. Four weeks before event: Software installation and configuration begins. Technology contact person tests at mutually agreed upon stages.
  3. Two weeks before event: Technology contact person sign off.
  4. One week before event: No further changes may be made to software.
  5. Day of event: Research Computing will perform a final test.
  6. After the event: unless other arrangements are made, Research Computing will uninstall software and delete content uploaded to service 30 days after the event ends. In cases where arrangements are made to host software longer, it is the technology contact person’s responsibility to test the software regularly and report issues.

Need some specialized applications to work on your project? Try a virtual machine, hosted on Research Computing’s Virtual Computing Lab. Check out the list of virtual machines below. If you are interested in trying a VM that you don’t see on the list, email research@unc.edu and Research Computing will get back to you right away.

To use a virtual machine:

  1. Visit https://vcl.unc.edu.
  2. Log in using your Onyen and password.
  3. Click “New Reservation.”
  4. Choose the machine that you want from the list.
  5. Click “Create Reservation,” and then follow the instructions to connect to the machine.

Windows and Mac computers will need the Remote Desktop Client to connect to the VCL.

OCR

  • ABBYY Fine Reader

Data Analysis

  • Atlas.ti
  • Data Science Toolkit
  • Matlab
  • R
  • SAS
  • STATA

GIS

  • ArcGIS 9
  • ArcGIS 10
  • Data Science Toolkit

Updated January 4, 2012