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HAA-258602-18

Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA 17325-1483)
Jonathan D. Amith (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Documenting the Ethnobiology of Mexico and Central America: A Digital Portal for Collaborative Research

The further development of a database and web portal that would aggregate indigenous linguistic information relevant to Mesoamerican flora and fauna.

This project will develop a web portal, Documenting the Ethnobiology of Mexico and Central America, designed to forge an innovative web-based environment for multidisciplinary and multiethnic collaboration among anthropologists and linguists studying traditional ecological knowledge; biologists interested in collections mostly from poorly explored areas; and Indigenous communities and scholars who want to document and preserve traditional knowledge of local flora and fauna. This project will expand Symbiota, a widely used open source content management system for curating specimen- and observation-based biodiversity data, for use by humanities scholars and professionals by developing standards for tagging ethnobiological data, data that crosses thresholds separating the humanities, social science and natural science. By making available research on native nomenclature, classification, and use of flora and fauna, it will disseminate material key to understanding the cultural history of Indigenous Mexican populations.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Comparative Languages; Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$74,875 (approved)
$74,875 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019