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Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY 14623-5698)
Jean-Louis Bigourdan
PR-50192-14
Understanding Moisture Equilibrium for Humanities Collections: A New Path to Sustainable Humidity Control

Research into new ways of managing environmental conditions in collection spaces that could significantly reduce energy costs while providing safe environments for books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and other paper-based humanities materials. The Image Permanence Institute would study moisture equilibration rates for paper-based library materials and test new ways of managing relative humidity that could reduce the risks to collections from the most damaging conditions of summer humidity and winter dryness.

Project fields: Arts, Other
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $350,000
Grant period: 4/1/2014 – 3/31/2017

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712)
Tanya E. Clement
PR-50200-14
High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship Research and Development with Repositories

The development of software that uses machine learning to help users automate descriptive metadata for spoken-word sound collections.

Project fields: Social Sciences, Other
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $250,000
Grant period: 7/1/2014 – 12/31/2015

Sanskrit Library (Providence, RI 02906-4629)
Peter M. Scharf
PR-50178-13
Developing automated text-image alignment to enhance access to heritage manuscript images

Development of software to produce the partial transcription of Sanskrit manuscripts for human validation. The project would also integrate the manuscripts in a digital library to extend the use of lexical resources and linguistic tools for full-text searching and analysis.

The proposed project aims to enhance access to primary cultural heritage materials of India by developing human-validated automated text-image alignment techniques in order to provide access to digital images via related machine-readable texts, lexical resources, linguistic software, and a sophisticated search interface. Digital images of manuscripts written in Sanskrit, one of the world's richest culture-bearing languages, will be integrated into a digital library of Sanskrit. This integration will allow generalized information extraction and search techniques to reach enormous reservoirs of Sanskrit manuscripts. Integrating primary cultural materials with the Sanskrit Library will thus enable broad use of Indic collections for research and education where Indic materials are grossly underrepresented. The result will be extendable to the collections of Sanskrit manuscripts housed in American libraries and throughout the world and to archives of scanned Sanskrit books.

Project fields: Asian Languages
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $280,000
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Oya Rieger
PR-50182-13
Preservation & Access Framework for Digital Art Objects

The development of a methodological framework for the preservation of digital media artwork, using the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art as a test bed.

Cornell University Library (CUL) is requesting funding to develop a technical framework and associated tools to facilitate enduring access to interactive digital media art with a focus on artworks stored on hard drive, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM. CUL’s Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art will provide the test bed for the study. This collection, recognized as one of the most prominent of its kind in the world, contains thousands of artworks and encompasses a wide variety of formats. We seek funding from NEH of $284,550 for a two-year project. CUL will cost share 42.5% of the total project costs of $495,077. CUL will collaborate with AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, and the project will have an advisory board composed on international leaders in curation, arts, and preservation. The key principle of the project is to leverage existing standards, best practices, and technologies, and to focus on moving theory into practice in a working archival environment.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $300,000
Grant period: 2/1/2013 – 2/28/2015

Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, CA 94107-2406)
Moriah Ulinskas
PR-50188-13
Quality Control Tools for Video Preservation

The development of a suite of open-source, quality-control software tools that will ensure accurate and efficient assessment of video media integrity throughout the archival digitization process.

To aid in the nation's efforts to preserve its video history, the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) requests $350,000 over two years to develop an open source and freely available software "toolkit" to help perform sophisticated quality control on video digitization workflows. BAVC, in partnership with the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) and independent consultant Dave Rice, will create Quality Control Tools for Video Preservation (QC Tools), a suite of open source software tools that will ensure accurate and efficient assessment of media integrity throughout the archival digitization process.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $320,000
Grant period: 1/1/2013 – 1/31/2015

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53706-1314)
Vance L. Kepley
PR-50141-12
Investigation of Cellulose Nitrate Motion Picture Film Chemical Decomposition & Associated Fire Risk

The testing of cellulose nitrate film stock with the goal to create guidelines for the handling and long-term storage of this flammable medium on which much of the 20th century's still and moving image humanities content is stored.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $200,000
Grant period: 1/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston, MA 02135-2016)
Karen Cariani
PR-50155-12
WGBH Open Source Digital Asset Management System for Media Preservation

The development of a comprehensive, open-source digital asset management system for moving image and audio humanities collections.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $250,000
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 1/31/2015

Wheaton College (Norton, MA 02766-2322)
Michael D. C. Drout
PR-50112-11
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Lexomic Tools and Methods for Textual Analysis: Providing Deep Access to Digitized Texts

Development of computational tools and documentation for applying advanced statistical methods to textual and literary problems. The tools and methods would be demonstrated using material from a variety of languages and time periods, including Old English, medieval Latin, and the 20th-century Harlem Renaissance.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $135,895
Grant period: 4/1/2011 – 8/31/2013

University of South Carolina Research Foundation (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Gregory James Wilsbacher
PR-50122-11
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An Open Source Application for Image-Based Digital Reproduction of Optical Film Sound

Creating a one-pass system to capture accurately both image and sound in digital scanning. In particular, historians would benefit from the availability of this open-source software tool, since film constitutes a vital primary souce for research on the 20th century.

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $300,000
Grant period: 4/1/2011 – 9/30/2013

Educopia Institute (Atlanta, GA 30309-3578)
Katherine Elizabeth Skinner
PR-50134-11
Distributed Preservation of Born-Digital and Digitized Newspaper Collections

The study, documentation, and modeling of distributed digital preservation frameworks to preserve digitized and born-digital newspaper collections.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $300,000
Grant period: 8/1/2011 – 4/30/2014

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22904-4195)
Daniel V. Pitti
PR-50080-10
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Enhancing Access to Contextual Information on Individuals, Families, and Corporate Bodies for Archival Collections

The development of an automated tool for deriving contextual information from archival finding aids, enhancing the information by matching it with established authority records, and enabling links to multiple primary and secondary humanities sources.

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $363,221
Grant period: 5/1/2010 – 4/30/2013

Funding details
Original grant (2010) $348,221
Supplement (2011) $15,000

Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY 14623-5698)
Jean-Louis Bigourdan
PR-50087-10
Methodologies for Sustainable HVAC Operation in Collection Environments

Investigation of the impact on paper-based collections of short-term fluctuations in environmental conditions resulting from the dynamic management, through temporary setbacks and shutoffs, of climate control systems. A guide would be published to help cultural institutions design and evaluate sustainable approaches to managing collection environments that achieve energy savings and long-term preservation of humanities collections.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $399,926
Grant period: 5/1/2010 – 4/30/2014

Indiana University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN 46202)
David J. Bodenhamer
PR-50088-10
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New Tools for the Humanities: Visualizing Complex Spatial Data

The development of a prototype tool to explore and to visualize geospatial data in the humanities using as a test bed a preexisting interactive Web mapping site on religious adherence in the United States in the 20th century.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $224,575
Grant period: 5/1/2010 – 10/31/2012

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory R. Crane
PR-50013-08
The Dynamic Lexicon: Cyberinfrastructure and the Automatic Analysis of Historical Languages

Research on methods to generate a dynamic lexicon for a text corpus in a digital library. Using Greek and Latin texts, the project would investigate processes to enumerate possible senses for the words being defined and provide detailed syntactic information and statistical data about their use in a corpus.

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Project fields: Classical Languages
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $284,999
Grant period: 1/1/2008 – 12/31/2011

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Daniel J. Cohen
PR-50019-08
Text-Mining and Analysis Tools for Historical Research

Research, development, and testing of tools designed to locate documents in large digital corpora, extract information, and analyze large-scale patterns across texts.

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Project fields: History, General
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $300,000
Grant period: 6/1/2008 – 5/31/2011

Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0001)
Patrick Juola
PR-50020-08
A Machine-Aided Back-of-the-Book Indexing System

Development and evaluation of a prototype system for helping indexers, including authors and publishers, produce traditional back-of-the-book indexes.

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $131,465
Grant period: 7/1/2008 – 6/30/2012

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94720-1501)
Deborah Winthrop Anderson
PR-50004-07
Universal Scripts Project

Incorporation into the Unicode standard of 15 historical and minority language scripts.

Project fields: Languages, General
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $269,200
Grant period: 1/1/2007 – 9/30/2009

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10018)
Evelyn Frangakis
PR-50010-07
Developing Data Models and Best Practices for Diagnosis and Improvement of Preservation Environments

A joint project of the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) to determine best practices for monitoring, evaluating, and optimizing environmental storage conditions in cultural repositories.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $350,000
Grant period: 1/1/2007 – 12/31/2008

University of Maine, Orono (Orono, ME 04469-0001)
Jon Cooper Ippolito
PR-50011-07
Forging the Future: New Tools for Variable Media Preservation

The development of a new metadata standard and three complementary tools for the cataloging and preservation of born-digital and ephemeral artworks.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Preservation and Access Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amount awarded: $307,691
Grant period: 1/1/2007 – 12/31/2009

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