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HD-50420-08

American Association for State and Local History (Nashville, TN 37212-4342)
Matthew S. Gibson (Project Director: April 2008 to July 2012)
Online Encyclopedia Best Practices and Standards

The development of best practices for the production of geographically-based online humanities encyclopedias.

Best practices and Standards for Online Encyclopedias will facilitate long-term planning among geographically based digital encyclopedias and document best practices in content/technical standards for the development of shared innovations in digital encyclopedia projects across the U.S. The project focuses on a summit meeting on technology and content practice in digital encyclopedias, which will produce a guide of best practices for content and technical standards and a roadmap to technological innovation. Project goals are to gather data about the digital encyclopedia community and its needs; to collaboratively publish a white paper on standards and technology; to utilize AASLH's Internet Digital Encyclopedia Alliance (IDEA) committee to maintain and support those standards; and to promote humanities-based, online reference works as authoritative sources for public research.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2008 – 3/31/2012

Funding details:
Original grant (2008) $25,000
Supplement (2010) $10,000