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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61801-3620)
Mara R. Wade (Project Director: October 2008 to present)

Emblematica Online: Emblem Digitization, The German Emblem Database, and The OpenEmblem Portal

The digitization of emblem book collections at University of Illinois (UI) and the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB); the development of a central OpenEmblem Portal; and the creation of an extensive database of interoperable metadata.

This proposal requests funding to present emblem books in a digital environment and to develop a portal for a key genre of Renaissance texts and images. Emblematica Online will fulfill its goals through its three constituent activities: 1) Emblem Digitization: the complete digitization of two premiere emblem collections of world-wide prominence; 2) The German Emblem Databases: the creation of extensive metadata with broad functionality for the German emblems of both institutions in mirror websites; and 3) The OpenEmblem Portal: the development of the portal as an open access research site incorporating book-level metadata from emblem digitization projects worldwide and emblem-level metadata from Illinois and the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB). The OpenEmblem Portal hosted at Illinois will have a mirror portal at the HAB.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$175,033 (approved)
$175,032 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2009 – 12/31/2012