Laura Mandell, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, here works with two forthcoming “publications,” one virtual, one a bit more solid: today, the advance copy of her Blackwell Manifesto called Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age arrived in the mail, and it rests on a wrack beneath the big screen. Using the big screen available at Texas A&M’s Humanities Visualization space, Mandell is manipulating “BigDIVA,” the Big Data Interactive Visualization Application,” available in beta form at BigDIVA provides a new way of searching the ARC Catalog: ARC contains all the materials currently searchable via,,, and SiRO, and BigDIVA allows for searching through these items in a new way. The single-authored manifesto will be available in June (May in the UK), and the collaboratively authored BigDIVA visualization tool will be formally released in November at North Carolina State University, during a meeting of ARC (the Advanced Research Consortium). Stay tuned!


Announcing forthcoming publications from Director Laura Mandell