Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having the tools to aggregate and mine them.
Jason Rhody is the director of the Digital Culture program, which focuses on scholarly communication, digital methods, and issues of ethics and transparency in social science research. Previously, he served as senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where he helped create the Office of Digital Humanities (ODH). In that role, he developed and managed multiple grant programs that enabled scholars, librarians, and archivists to harness emerging technologies to advance humanities research, encourage humanistic inquiry of digital culture, and foster collaboration across international and disciplinary boundaries. Jason received his PhD in English from the University of Maryland, and his scholarly research interests include book and interface design in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, narrative theory, game and software studies, and digital humanities. Prior to joining NEH in 2003, he was a founding employee of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), where he managed and advised digital humanities projects while teaching courses in literature and digital media.