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Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115-2214)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)
Meshack Owino (Co Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

Curating Kisumu: Adapting Mobile Humanities Interpretation in East Africa

A collaborative venture between Cleveland State University's Center for Public History + Digital Humanities and Maseno University in Kenya to explore how to use the Curatescape mobile framework, which allows for mobile interpretation of historical and cultural sites, in Kenya.

The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities (CPHDH) at Cleveland State University and Maseno University in Kenya seek NEH Level II Start-Up funding for Curating Kisumu to extend best practices for mobile interpretation to the developing world. CPHDH will explore how to use the Curatescape mobile interpretive framework to facilitate interchange between the humanities and pressing needs in East Africa. Faculty and students on both sides of the Atlantic will conduct collaborative research. Our team will also explore how to modify Curatescape to enable bilingual user inputs on the administrative backend and to allow the richest possible experience for users who use still-prevalent feature phones. Our team will develop an educational exchange to create content; develop, implement, and test an app that we adapt thoughtfully to local needs and technical constraints; and collaboratively identify a set of recommendations for overcoming barriers to mobile curation in Africa.

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Project fields:
African History; Public History

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,494 (approved)
$59,301 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 12/31/2015