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UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201)
Marissa Katherine Lopez (Project Director: June 2020 to November 2022)
Kelley Arlene Kreitz (Co Project Director: October 2020 to November 2022)

HAA-277190-21
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$31,529 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021

Pursuing the Potential of Digital Mapping in Latinx Studies

A two-day workshop and support network to build capacity in digital mapping methods for scholars in Latinx Studies.

We request a Level 1 grant for a two-day workshop at UCLA on August 12-13, 2021. Latinx Studies is built on understanding how spatial struggles shape racial, ethnic, and national identity. As Latinx Studies scholars increasingly use digital mapping in their research and teaching, we will bring scholars, GIS experts, and public and academic research librarians together to: 1) provide technical training to help participants build skills and advance their individual projects; and 2) plan a support network to facilitate the creation of shared data repositories, partnerships with libraries, training and mentoring opportunities, and an online hub of best practices and teaching materials. The workshop will draw on UCLA’s extensive resources and expertise in GIS research. In line with the “A More Perfect Union” initiative, this project will advance digital mapping as a method of increasing understanding of the enduring presence of people of Latin American descent in the history of our nation.

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Andrew Kissel (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
John Shull (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Krzysztof Rechowicz (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)

HAA-277270-21
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$85,161 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021

Philosophical Thought Experiments in Virtual Reality

The development and testing of virtual reality-based philosophical thought experiments for both classroom teaching and research.

Philosophers present hypothetical scenarios called “thought experiments” to analyze philosophical concepts. This project modifies, extends, and disseminates ongoing work to develop VR scenarios based on the popular “trolley problem” thought experiment, a hypothetical dilemma involving a choice between five deaths and one death. By presenting thought experiments in VR (instead of written presentations), we can address previous concerns that thought experiments are too abstract to be of much use in theorizing, research, and education, and that they do not accurately reflect widespread philosophical beliefs. The scenarios will be disseminated, along with a pilot study data set, via an online and modifiable repository for VR thought experiments. The project will conclude with a symposium to discuss challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for humanities-based research using VR and to promote the use of and ongoing additions to the repository.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
David Mimno (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Melanie Walsh (Co Project Director: December 2020 to present)

HAA-277275-21
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$46,074 (approved)
$39,998 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021

BERT for Humanists: Anticipating the Reception of Contemporary NLP in Digital Humanities

The development of an open-source toolkit and workshop series that will begin to address these fundamental barriers to the adoption of BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers) by humanities scholars interested in large-scale text analysis.

We propose to study the potential impact of a new paradigm in natural language processing for humanities research. Contextual embedding methods like BERT have become central to contemporary NLP by offering a high-level numeric representation of individual word tokens in their context. We expect that humanists will start to be increasingly interested in using BERT-like methods, but based on our experience with similar waves in topic modeling and word embeddings there is a lot that we don’t yet know. The applications, tools, protocols, and mental models that humanists will find compelling are almost certainly different from those familiar or expected by NLP researcher. We will bring together researchers with experience at the intersection of NLP and humanities to identify both potential use cases as well as potential obstacles. Using these insights we will develop initial case studies, tools, and training materials.

West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown, WV 26506-6201)
Danielle Emerling (Project Director: July 2020 to present)

PW-277585-21
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$59,115 (approved)
$59,115 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2022

The American Congress Digital Archives Portal Project

A multi-institutional planning project to develop an online portal that would aggregate the personal papers of former members of the United States Congress.

The American Congress Digital Archives Portal Project proposes to digitize and aggregate congressional archives in an online portal that will expand access to collections and increase research value by providing context and linkages among them. Congressional archives are rich resources documenting the history of the legislative branch and illuminating multiple narratives about America’s social, cultural, and political development. The portal would provide scholars with significantly improved access to geographically dispersed collections and provide the general public and teachers access to civically important documents about Congress and public policy. With the expertise of congressional scholars, archivists, and technologists, this Foundations project will establish best practices for contributing materials and provide scope for a larger project by prioritizing materials to be digitized. A prototype digital portal will provide a model for future collaboration and digital practice.

Allegheny College (Meadville, PA 16335-3902)
Xiaoling Shi (Project Director: January 2021 to present)

HAA-280982-21
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Media coverage]

Totals:
$48,356 (approved)
$48,355 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

An Engaging Digital Curriculum for Intermediate Chinese Language and Culture

Convening a three-day meeting bringing together Chinese language scholars, instructors, and digital technologists to design a free online curriculum for teaching Chinese language in a cultural context. 

Our proposed curriculum intends to advance a pedagogical shift in language teaching by taking up opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 to explore ways to improve communicative competence and develop critical cultural awareness. Three characteristics are: creating an immersive learning environment by pulling in rich resources from the online world; engaging learners by utilizing online engagement tools/platforms and social media; developing critical cultural awareness by taking advantage of the immersion and engagement created. It will serve as a model for curriculum design not only for other less commonly taught languages, but also for language and culture teaching as a whole. A Level 1 grant will enable Allegheny College to convene a conference to collect comments and feedback on experiments and innovations made in classrooms and revise them accordingly. The project will culminate with a white paper and a website delineating if, why, and how the digital curriculum will achieve its goals.

Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115-2214)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: January 2020 to September 2020)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Erin Bell (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)

HAA-271574-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products][Media coverage]

Totals:
$79,568 (approved)
$79,510 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 6/30/2022

PlacePress: A WordPress Plugin for Publishing Location-based Tours and Stories

The development, testing, and release of PlacePress, a plugin for WordPress, for designing and launching digital public humanities projects. 

We seek a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to develop PlacePress, a WordPress plugin that enables humanities scholars, content experts, or organizations to create and share interpretive location-based tours and stories easily, affordably, and sustainably using the world's most ubiquitous content management system. The project will generate three use cases in collaboration with institutional partners in support of ongoing public humanities initiatives, as well as usability testing with a focus group drawn from identified target users.

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)
Thomas Leslie Herron (Project Director: January 2020 to present)

HAA-271718-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$93,121 (approved)
$86,740 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 6/30/2022

Castle to Classrooms: Developing an Irish Castle in Virtual Reality

The design and testing of teaching modules built in virtual reality for an existing 3-D digital model of Kilcolman Castle, Ireland, home of English poet, Edmund Spencer.

This Level II "Prototype" grant will adapt into Virtual Reality a digital 3-D model of an Irish castle for teaching purposes. Kilcolman Castle, now in ruins, was the adopted home of the early modern English poet and administrator Edmond Spenser (1552-1559). Spencer's career and famous writings, which often focus in controversial ways on his life as a plantation settler in Ireland, make the castle a fascinating subject of study. This grant will focus on Spenser's castle and writings through innovative undergraduate and high school teaching modules in history, architecture, archaeology, Irish studies and English literature. These modules with VR applications will highlight the artistic accomplishments of Spenser as well as the cultural diversity of the castle and its surroundings. Spenser's activity in Ireland is a crucial element in our understanding of the historic impact of colonial imperialism. The project will educate and appeal to both students and the general public alike.

University of Missouri, Kansas City (Kansas City, MO 64110-2235)
Viviana L Grieco (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Praveen Rao (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)

HAA-271747-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$85,808 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021

A Knowledge Graph for Managing and Analyzing Spanish American Notary Records

The development of methods to make it easier for scholars to research historical records, with a focus on 17th century notary records from Argentina. 

We propose to develop a software tool that will enable scholars to expeditiously read and analyze seventeenth century Spanish American notary records and quickly find relevant content in these document collections. Since these records were written in a type of script that was intentionally cryptic, it takes years of training in Spanish American paleography to become proficient in reading and analyzing them. Digital collections contain large amounts of information that can be modeled as a knowledge graph by applying deep learning and knowledge management techniques. The development of such a tool will make notarial scripts accessible to a larger community of researchers without requiring extensive paleography training. By modeling the content in the notary records as a knowledge graph, graph queries will facilitate the identification of legal formulae that characterize types of notarized documents and allow researchers to more efficiently mine the information relevant to their projects.

Arizona Board of Regents (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Eleni Hasaki (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Diane Harris Cline (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)

HAA-271803-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$49,946 (approved)
$43,743 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021

Social Networks of Athenian Potters (SNAP): Networks, Tradition and Innovation in Communities of Artists

The development of methods to study communities of potters in Ancient Greece to better understand the role that individuals played and how artistic ideas were transmitted over space and time.  

With a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Level I Grant, our team will produce a network-based model for studying communities of potters in ancient Greece. Our project, Social Networks of Athenian Potters (SNAP), employs Social Network Analysis (SNA) to map for the first time in a relational database the ties among potters in Archaic and Classical Athens (600-400 BCE). The social network graphs (sociograms) and their digital platform offer an innovative approach to explore artists’ roles based on their position and how communities of potters are structured in periods of traditional practice versus experimentation. Our goals for the 12-month grant period are to: 1) complete all data collection to populate existing database and data formatting for Social Network Analysis for the Athenian potters; 2) disseminate our preliminary results through a project website, a workshop, and an open-access publication; and 3) plan its digital platform for our relational database.

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Lynn S. Dodd (Project Director: January 2020 to May 2022)
Sabina Zonno (Co Project Director: May 2020 to May 2022)

HAA-271827-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$45,069 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 9/30/2021

Using Virtual Reality to Explore 15th Century Illuminated Manuscripts

The creation of a virtual reality experience of a 15th-century illuminated manuscript to allow users to engage with the content of the manuscript and also gain an appreciation for handling rare materials.

In this Level I proposal, we will build a virtual experience of a 15th century illuminated manuscript that is held in USC's Special Collections and place the model in a virtual version of a convent room similar to that in which it was originally used. This unique experience will allow participants to not only explore the manuscript by holding it rather than viewing it in a glass case, but also have the opportunity to learn about the consequences physical use of an object may have for its preservation. Additionally, the virtual version provides an opportunity for the participant to see the details and textures of the manuscript, the parchment, the binding, the ink, the gilding, and the painting at an extraordinary level of detail that cannot be achieved except in the virtual realm.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Beverly Nadeen Perkins (Project Director: January 2020 to December 2021)
Rebecca West (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

PF-271921-20
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Preservation and Access

[White paper]

Totals:
$48,933 (approved)
$48,933 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2021

Preserving Collections at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Planning for storage spaces at all six of the center’s collecting units, resulting in recommended improvements that would maximize preservation environment, space efficiency, and access to collections by staff and the public. Center staff would work with a consulting conservator, architect, and engineer to develop the plan.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West requests a planning grant to seek professional guidance for addressing collections preservation issues in the Center's existing storage and work areas. Recommendations from outside consultants will result in a Master Preservation Plan that will make efficient use of available storage spaces. A team of consultants will work with select Center staff to evaluate vault space, workstations, and storage areas that serve staff, professional researchers, and the public.

Newport Restoration Foundation (Newport, RI 02840-2932)
Erik Greenberg (Project Director: January 2020 to present)

PF-271930-20
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Preservation and Access

[White paper]

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 1/31/2022

Assessment and proposals for improving care of the Whitehorne House Museum Collections

A planning project to improve climate control, security, and collections storage at Whitehorne House Museum, a Federal-period building on the National Register of Historical Places dedicated to the history and artistry of eighteenth-century Newport furniture. Pairing existing data regularly gathered through current systems and staff observations with an extensive onsite review from a team of expert consultants in a variety of fields, the applicant would develop a plan to recommend more efficient and sustainable preservation practices in order to balance the needs of the collection with more sustainable energy use.

Newport Restoration Foundation requests a $50,000 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to research and develop a plan that will serve as a road map to improve the climate control, security, and collections storage systems at its Whitehorne House Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. Working with an integrated team of outside consultants, we will create a planning document that will make suggestions about the best systems for addressing the museum’s current challenges in climate control, security, and collections storage in an historic building that faces its own preservation needs. The creation of this plan must also help us develop and articulate our preservation plan for the Samuel Whitehorne House itself, a Federal Period building on lower Thames Street that is, simultaneously, a significant historical artifact in its own right (listed on the National Register of Historical Places), and houses our museum and its historically significant collection.

VENTURA CO MUSEUM RESEARCH LIBRARY (Ventura, CA 93001-2607)
Deya Terrafranca (Project Director: January 2020 to October 2022)

PF-271956-20
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Preservation and Access

[White paper]

Totals:
$44,476 (approved)
$44,476 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 6/30/2021

Collections Evaluation and Disaster Plan

The development of a comprehensive preventive conservation and disaster response plan to protect the museum’s collections, which document the county’s social, political, and economic development from the 1850s to the 1970s, as well as the region’s archaeological past and its contemporary arts and culture.

This project will result in a Disaster Response Plan that includes a review schedule and can be updated on a regular basis. The assessment should also provide an analysis of vulnerabilities to the collection and a recommendation of practical measures to address those risks. Staff will work collaboratively with the consultant to identify risks, create a formal plan, and locate potential training opportunities.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Kara Tucina Olidge (Project Director: January 2020 to May 2022)

PF-272010-20
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Preservation and Access

[White paper]

Totals:
$49,754 (approved)
$49,219 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 10/31/2021

Planning for an Improved and Sustainable Collections Environment at the Amistad Research Center

A planning project to develop recommendations for improving the storage environment at the Amistad Research Center (ARC), an independent archives and manuscripts repository located at Tulane University with extensive holdings on the history of African Americans from the 1780s to the present.

The Amistad Research Center (ARC) seeks to develop a master preservation and conservation plan for infrastructure and systems associated with collection storage at its main facility of Tilton Memorial Hall on the campus of its partner organization, Tulane University. This project will entail collaboration between Center staff and board with conservation experts and Tulane University planning and facilities personnel to document and prioritize conservation and preservation needs to 1) create a strategic plan outlining next steps for a comprehensive implementation plan based on best practices, and 2) develop a projected budget and identify funding sources to address action steps within the strategic plan. The project is guided by ARC’s Collection Development and Management Policies which outline ARC’s primary responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for all collections and works in its custody.

Wing Luke Memorial Foundation (Seattle, WA 98104-2948)
Rahul Gupta (Project Director: February 2020 to present)
Charlene Mano Shen (Co Project Director: August 2020 to present)

BH-272383-20
Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$190,564 (approved)
$189,654 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022

From Immigrants to Citizens: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest

Two one-week workshops for 72 school teachers about the history and culture of Asian Pacific American immigrants in the Pacific Northwest.

The Wing Luke Memorial Foundation (dba Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience) seeks funding to present our popular Landmark workshops, "From Immigrants to Citizens: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest". Building on the success of our 2014, 2016, and 2019 workshops, we propose 2 week-long sessions in summer 2021 led by our 2019 team of Education staff in partnership with preeminent scholars and veteran K-12 educators. The long history of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in the Northwest provides a wealth of landmark sites and historical materials on which to base K-12 professional development training about APA immigrant histories and the many cultures that shaped our nation. The need for training is clear based on the continued lack of published curriculum and persistent under-resourcing of materials and training for K-12 teachers on APA history. In 2021, we will build on our existing program to include newly available sites/materials.

JSTOR (New York, NY 10006-1819)
Nathan Kelber (Project Director: March 2020 to present)

HT-272566-20
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$248,518 (approved)
$214,465 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022

The Text Analysis Pedagogy (TAP) Institute

A series of workshops, to be hosted at the University of Virginia and the University of Arizona, on approaches for teaching computational text analysis.

These summer institutes will support access to community support, technical infrastructure, and educational resources for teaching and learning text analysis based on open content and infrastructure. This two-year Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant will result in teacher development and the creation of a series of open educational resources that are intended to support the larger educational community of practice.

Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL 61801-3620)
William Underwood (Project Director: May 2019 to October 2022)

PR-268817-20
Research and Development
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$73,122 (approved)
$73,122 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2020 – 5/31/2021

Broadening Access to Text Analysis by Describing Uncertainty

A Tier I project to study errors and paratextual noise in optically transcribed digital library texts, and the consequences of these errors on historical and humanistic conclusions measuring trends across time.

The noise associated with digital transcription has become an important obstacle to humanistic research. While the errors in digital texts are easily observed, the downstream effects of error on scholarship are far from clear. Consequential problems for the humanities often spring less from the average level of error in a collection than from the uneven distribution of noise across different periods, genres, and social strata. Uncertainty about this problem undermines confidence in research and discourages some scholars from using digital libraries at all. To address these problems, we will 1) Create paired libraries of clean, manually transcribed volumes and optically-transcribed versions of the same volumes, with or without paratext. 2) Conduct parallel experiments in these corpora to empirically measure the distortions affecting scholarship. 3) Construct a map of error and share resources that help scholars estimate levels of uncertainty in their work.

Unicode Consortium (Mountain View, CA 94043-3941)
Gabrielle Vail (Project Director: June 2019 to present)

HAA-268887-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$99,990 (approved)
$99,990 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 7/31/2021

Classic Maya Text Repository: An open-access collaborative platform for research and annotation of encoded hieroglyphic texts

The development of an open-access, online collaborative platform and repository of Maya hieroglyphic texts for use by scholars and descendent communities. This project contributes to the longer-term endeavor to expand the international Unicode Standard repertoire to include the Maya script.

Our Level II project seeks to annotate Classic period (ca. 250-900 CE) Maya hieroglyphic texts from the Northern lowlands, Central Peten, and Western regions and make them accessible for study online. Using an open-access online platform for annotating ancient documents (READ), texts from the Postclassic Maya codices (ca. 1250 – 1519 CE) that were digitally rendered during the project’s previous phase will be published in digital form for public use. Concurrently, select Classic period inscriptions will be encoded and annotated using READ, resulting in a repository of digitally encoded Maya hieroglyphic texts. These texts form an important part of the dataset of Maya literature extending from the second century BCE through the colonial, republican, and more recent periods—an almost unbroken record spanning two millennia. Through these tools, online users have the ability to examine, query, manage, edit, annotate, and render Maya texts in ways not previously imaginable.

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL 62026-0001)
Jessica DeSpain (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Emily J. Rau (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Melissa J. Homestead (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)

Participating institutions:
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL) - Applicant/Recipient
Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE) - Participating Institution

HAA-268984-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$45,267 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 7/31/2022

Society for the Study of American Women Writers Recovery Hub

A series of planning activities to create a network of scholars (or “hub”) to surface works by women writers through digital methods and also provide support, mentorship, and peer-review services for women in the digital humanities.

The project team is seeking a Level I Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to plan a digital recovery hub that will operate as a network of scholars grounded in diverse feminist methods under the umbrella of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW). The hub will provide a much-needed resource for project consultation and technical assistance for scholars engaged in the recovery of the works of American women writers from all periods. The hub's broader goals are to: 1) reinvigorate the value of digital scholarship as a recovery method by extending traditional editing projects with network mapping, spatial analysis, and the distant reading of massive datasets; 2) provide support for projects at a variety of levels; 3) act as a feminist peer reviewing body for in-process work; and 4) build a community of use to help recovery projects reach broader audiences by interfacing with SSAWW’s membership and journal Legacy.

Marshall University Research Corporation (Huntington, WV 25701-2218)
David J. Trowbridge (Project Director: June 2019 to present)

HAA-269019-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products][Media coverage]

Totals:
$128,559 (approved)
$128,559 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 7/31/2021

Accessibility in Digital Humanities: Making Clio Available to All

A collaboration between Marshall University and the American Foundation for the Blind to develop enhanced accessibility features and related user documentation for the Clio project, a platform that allows educators and cultural institutions to design mobile tours for exploring local history and culture.

Our team of humanities scholars and developers will work with the American Foundation for the Blind to make Clio accessible. The team will share lessons learned and hopes to become a model for other public-facing digital humanities projects.

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Allyssa Anne Guzman (Project Director: June 2019 to present)

HAA-269051-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$303,277 (approved)
$291,477 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 7/31/2022

Enabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record

Enabling multilingual citizen contributions to an existing open-source platform for transcribing and translating historical documents and adding these contributions to the archival record.

This project seeks $302,477 in support to enhance FromThePage (FtP), an open-source platform for the collaborative transcription, translation, and indexing of texts, with the intent to enable multilingual citizen contributions to DH activities (Part 1) and reuse these citizen contributions in the archival record (Part 2). The expected outcomes include platform restructuring to enable multilingual versions of FtP, a Spanish and Portuguese translation of the interface and user guides, enhanced support for object metadata and faceted browsing, additional export options to facilitate the use of machine-readable textual outputs in other digital scholarship tools, and workflows to incorporate citizen contributions into the archival and digital asset management system record.

University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Heather Marie Richards-Rissetto (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Karin Michelle Dalziel (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)

HAA-269061-20
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2021

Revitalizing and Enhancing the Open Source 3D WebGIS of the MayaArch3D Project

Planning for the revitalization of the MayaArch3D project and documentation for using 3D WebGIS data in digital scholarship.

This level I project revitalizes and enhances the 3D WebGIS component of the MayaArch3D Project, which integrates 3D models of cities, terrain, and objects with associated, geo-referenced data for humanities scholarship. First, we will review the existing code of the 3D WebGIS. Second, we will define concrete steps to (1) make the system more customizable and extensible (2) add functionality for dynamic interchange of 3D models (3) develop a friendlier UX (User Experience), and (4) revamp the infrastructure to store and call up 3D models from an open source repository. Broader project outcomes enhance the humanities in several ways: (1) documentation for a customizable open source 3D WebGIS (2) 3D WebGIS for data management and preservation for cultural heritage, (3) 3D WebGIS to foster scholarly collaboration , and (4) contribute to 3D digital data preservation and access by designing infrastructure in collaboration with libraries.

University Of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-3067)
Nicolas Kanellos (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

PW-269218-20
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper]

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 8/31/2021

Survey of Small Historical Societies, Libraries and Museums for Hispanic Materials and Their Management, Phase 2

The planning and development of an online directory of libraries, archives, and museums containing sources on Hispanic history and culture in the United States, from the colonial era through 1960, with a focus on small institutions in the South and Southeast.

The University of Houston seeks support for a Foundations-level project to identify and develop institution-level descriptions for small cultural heritage repositories in order to assess their Hispanic/Latino holdings and the conditions in which they are held, and to inform the interested community of the existence of these holdings. The proposed survey will be the basis for creating a guide to these materials and will represent a first step in making them accessible as well as improving the conditions in which they are held. The Survey of Small Historical Societies, Libraries and Museums for Hispanic Materials and Their Management, Phase 2 will constitute an entirely free database accessible through the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage website of the University of Houston.

University of Maine, Orono (Orono, ME 04473-1513)
Jacob Albert (Project Director: July 2019 to October 2022)

PW-269238-20
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Media coverage]

Totals:
$59,994 (approved)
$59,994 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 10/31/2021

Franco American Portal Project: Building an Open Access Discovery Tool for Franco American Collections

A multi-institutional planning project to develop an online portal for access to archival sources on Franco American history and culture.  The project team would also plan for digitizing Franco American sources at partner institutions and would explore linking other library and archival collections to the portal.

The Franco American Portal Project is a five-university collaboration to build a primary source discovery tool for Franco American collections. Sponsored by the University of Maine and in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Assumption College, and St. Anselm College, this project seeks to create a single, bilingual, culturally conscientious, searchable portal to archival materials concerning the French Canadian diaspora in the United States. Funds will be used to create a portal that links to the five partners' in-scope archival collections; foster teamwork and partner collaboration; support outreach to solicit in-scope materials from other institutions in the United States and Canada; and develop a digitization plan for growing content for the portal.

Society of Architectural Historians (NFP) (Chicago, IL 60610-2144)
Pauline A. Saliga (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

PW-269319-20
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$59,982 (approved)
$56,381 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 6/30/2022

Foundations Project: A Collaboration Between SAH and the UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara to Preserve At-Risk 35mm Slide Collections

A survey of at-risk 35mm slide collections of the built environment in the United States and abroad created from the 1960s to the mid-1990s held by members and partner institutions of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), along with a pilot project to create a consortium of institutions that would house the digitized and physical collections; develop guidelines for prioritizing digitization, long-term storage and disposal; and create a framework for using fellowships and internships to assist with digitizing the slides and creating finding aids.

This project's first goal is the identification of at-risk 35mm slide collections focused on the built environment. Previous investigation through the SAH has recognized the levels of risk and identified measures to preserve material of high significance.  The second goal is ensuring the documentation, processing, and ultimate widespread sharing of these assets in recognition of their positive impact on the Humanities.

Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK 73019-3003)
Raina Heaton (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

PW-269366-20
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper]

Totals:
$49,495 (approved)
$49,495 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2021

Collaboration and development for digital access to the Native American Languages Collection

Planning for the creation of online access to Native American language holdings at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, at the University of Oklahoma.  Planning would entail a series of workshops for tribal community members, linguists, archivists, and technology developers in order to share user needs and best practices in the design of language repositories.

The Native American Languages collection at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma is seeking funding for a collaborative project to plan the development of an online platform for the collection. The website will provide unprecedented access to the collection by allowing users to view and download materials directly, rather than the current system which requires people to visit the collection in person. This type of access fulfills our mission to make those materials that are meant to be shared as available as possible to Native peoples, researchers, and the greater public. We propose to hold a series of workshops designed to get input from NAL stakeholders (Native communities, linguists, educators), archiving professionals, and developers to create a user-oriented interface that will best serve the needs of our community of users. Information gathered from the workshops will be used to produce detailed mock-ups of the site.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT 06105-3243)
Briann G. Greenfield (Project Director: July 2019 to August 2021)
Amy Hufnagel (Project Director: August 2021 to May 2022)

PW-269425-20
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper]

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 10/31/2021

Planning to Digitize the Collections

A planning and pilot project to establish priorities for digitizing the Stowe Center’s archival holdings and artifact collections related to Harriet Beecher Stowe, her family, and the Nook Farm neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut.  The project would seek advice from focus groups of scholars, teachers, and students; digitize and create metadata for 100 objects; develop and test workflows; and collaborate with state-wide digital platforms to ensure the collections reach a wide audience.

The collection at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is made up of more than 13,000 published works, 195,000 manuscripts, 12,000 images, 5,000 graphic materials, and 8,500 artifacts which illustrate illustrate important themes in 19th-century U.S. history and can be studied across several disciplines.  The digitization project grew out of the Stowe Center’s desire to meet the expectations of today’s researchers for access to digital resources, update content and metadata to reflect contemporary standards, and bridge collections to programmatic needs more fully realizing our mission. This project comes at the right time for the museum – having successfully completed an NEH-funded interior renovation and reinterpretation of the Stowe House in 2017, the Stowe Center is poised with new leadership to undertake planning for collections digitization as an institutional priority.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX 78539-2909)
Katherine O'Donnell Christoffersen (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

PW-269430-20
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products][Media coverage]

Totals:
$59,975 (approved)
$59,975 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 8/31/2021

Bilingual Voices in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands: Technology-Enhanced Transcription and Community Engaged Scholarship

A project to evaluate transcription tools and methods and develop a preservation plan for two sociolinguistic corpora documenting contemporary language practices of Spanish/English bilingual speakers in South Texas and southern Arizona.

Linguists at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and the University of Arizona (UA) have collected over 157 hours of audio-recorded interviews with Spanish/English bilinguals documenting language varieties along the U.S./Mexico border. However, due to the time-consuming nature of manual transcription, many of these interviews have not yet been transcribed, limiting access to this valuable collection. This project pilots technologically-enhanced transcription methodologies, such as speech recognition and time alignment, to speed and streamline the transcription process. It also pilots a sustainable, community-based approach to the transcription of interviews by undergraduate and graduate students in research internship courses. This assessment, outcomes and findings of this project will guide other scholars seeking to develop their own community-based sociolinguistic corpora.

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3380)
Donald Bradford Hunt (Project Director: August 2019 to October 2022)

RJ-269490-19
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)
Research Programs

[White paper]

Totals:
$20,361 (approved)
$20,361 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 10/31/2020

Assessing and Improving Fellowship Programs: A Meeting of Fellowship Leaders at the Newberry Library

A focused, two-day meeting of senior leaders of fellowship programs in the humanities in Chicago from October 16-17, 2019, to both discuss shared challenges and best practices related to support of individual researchers and produce a white paper summarizing the conclusions of the meeting.

University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001)
Rebecca Salzer (Project Director: June 2018 to present)

HAA-263773-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products][Media coverage]

Totals:
$49,142 (approved)
$43,933 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2020

Creating National Access to Digital Dance Resources

A three-day workshop for dance scholars, archivists, librarians, and media specialists on approaches to researching and teaching with digitized collections of dance resources.

Film and video technologies have revolutionized dance education and scholarship by serving as a text for what has historically been an oral tradition; allowing preservation and analysis of dance work. While digital video makes recording dance easier, archives of recorded dance have not been made available online for education and research, and dance scholars face significant geographical and financial barriers to access. Our project brings together dance scholars, archivists, and educators for a three-day symposium during which attendees will explore expansion and aggregation of existing online dance resources along with design of a new pilot resource. The symposium’s results will be disseminated and support for its blueprint actively sought through publication of a white paper, presentations at national conferences, and at open sharing events throughout the United States.

University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA 30602-1589)
Steven Soper (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Barry Godfrey (Co Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Heather Ann Thompson (Co Project Director: November 2018 to present)

HAA-263774-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$39,219 (approved)
$39,219 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2020

Historical Profiles of American Incarceration

A project to research and assess the state of archival records of American incarceration before 1970, leading to a two-day workshop for historians and data experts to plan for the creation of a digital archive to facilitate new scholarship across numerous humanities disciplines.

The digitization of American prison records now makes it possible to conduct large-scale analysis of incarceration in the United States, from the early nineteenth century to the present. This opportunity could not be timelier: for the past decade, scholars and policymakers have debated the causes and consequences of the phenomenon of “mass incarceration” in the United States. A new digital history of incarceration in the US before the 1970s, by revealing broad geographical and sociological patterns, the impact of historical contingencies, and the human face of individual prisoners’ lives, can make a significant contribution to our understanding of this issue. For this Level I application, we will employ a research assistant to assess existing digital sources on the history of criminal justice in the United States, and then gather for a two-day workshop to plan the creation of a new database and website.

Brandeis University (Waltham, MA 02453-2700)
Karen Desmond (Project Director: June 2018 to present)

HAA-263800-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$46,799 (approved)
$42,479 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2019 – 12/31/2020

Measuring Polyphony: An Online Music Editor for Late Medieval Polyphony

The development of a prototype of an online music editor to help scholars and students analyze medieval music manuscripts. The project would also convene a workshop for medieval studies scholars, musicologists, and technical specialists to evaluate the prototype.

The development of an online music editor will allow a variety of modern readers (students and experts, musicologists, music theorists, those interested in the history of music notation, counterpoint, medieval palaeography and/or manuscript studies) to access and contribute transcriptions of music directly linked to digital images of the medieval manuscripts, and to learn about the original notation. A two-day workshop will bring together the leading experts in music encoding and medieval musicology to evaluate the prototype editor and to devise plans for its further development and rollout. This tool will offer new possibilities for the analysis and interpretation of late medieval music. In a broader humanities context, the project investigates how modeling the meanings of notational signs can lead to new understandings of the interaction between the sign and the signified, and of the relationship between notational style and changes in musical style across time and place.

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
J.B. Shank (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Benjamin Wiggins (Co Project Director: November 2018 to present)

HAA-263807-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$95,220 (approved)
$95,220 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Building a Digital Portal for Exploring Bernard and Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the World

The development of an online, open-access portal bringing together the multiple editions of The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World, an important Enlightenment volume about world religions and customs.

The project team will build an open-source online portal to facilitate the study of the transformative Enlightenment blockbuster, The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World. Despite the massive influence of its numerous and variable lavishly illustrated editions, its unstable print history has deterred scholarly study of the work, not least because its many variants are strewn all over the globe. Our portal will allow digitized copies of diverse editions from disparate repositories to be accessed in a single virtual space, permitting searching and comparative inter-textual study of word and image across multiple versions and in conjunction with other books from the era. It will also serve as a model for other comparative projects based on curated aggregations of texts, images, and collections in a way that avoids copyright problems and prohibitive costs.

University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA 30602-1589)
Scott Nesbit (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Alisea Williams McLeod (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

Participating institutions:
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA) - Applicant/Recipient
Rust College (Holly Springs, MS) - Participating Institution

HAA-263818-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$39,021 (approved)
$28,376 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019

Freedom's Movement: Mapping African American Space in War and Reconstruction

The planning for future integration of three independent digital projects focused on African Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction through convening a meeting of scholars, genealogists, and technical experts to create a blueprint for next stages of collaboration.

“Freedom’s Movements” brings together three extant projects--(1) Visualizing Emancipation, (2) African American Civil War Soldiers, and (3) Last Road to Freedom. Project Directors for this grant began collaborations in 2015, each project director providing feedback and their expertise in extending the work of the other projects, driven by the complementary nature of their work. By 2017, it became clear that a partnership between these projects could be beneficial. This Level I proposal is the first fruit of that more robust partnership.

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum (Chicago, IL 60605-2403)
Samantha Blickhan (Project Director: June 2018 to May 2022)
Laura Trouille (Co Project Director: November 2018 to May 2022)

HAA-263825-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$178,961 (approved)
$178,103 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Advancing Access to Transcribed Text in Citizen Humanities

Extending Zooniverse.org’s online platform to allow individual crowdsourcing project teams to review, compare, and edit transcriptions, and to work directly with raw text data generated from community transcription projects.

Advancing Access to Transcribed Text in Citizen Humanities will build off of existing methods used by Zooniverse.org for online crowdsourced transcription of handwritten documents. The Zooniverse team has noted that humanities researchers frequently require additional support when working with the results of text-transcription crowdsourcing projects, particularly for review and analysis of data. In this proposal, we request a Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, which will facilitate the creation of an online viewer and editor which will allow researchers to work with the raw and aggregated text data from Zooniverse transcription projects (including the ability to review and edit transcriptions) before uploading them into their Content Management Systems to be presented to the public.

Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA 30314-3776)
Aaron Michael Carter-Enyi (Project Director: June 2018 to October 2022)

HAA-263831-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$129,873 (approved)
$129,856 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Algorithmic Thinking, Analysis and Visualization in Music (ATAVizM)

The creation of an improved, open source method for visualizing patterns and themes in music and the development of course modules for undergraduate students at HBCUs.

Innovations in music visualization render new possibilities for understanding music. One example is Wattenberg’s Shape of Song, a defunct web app. The arc diagram visualization technique for Shape of Song is brilliant, but ultimately the project did not live up to its potential because of a poor understanding of how composers develop musical themes, a central object of inquiry for music theorists. Algorithmic Thinking, Analysis and Visualization in Music (ATAVizM), identifies and implements major improvements over Shape of Song: (1) pattern recognition based on heuristics from music theory, (2) theme identification by users integrated into the application, and (3) visualization enhancements that make arc diagrams utilitarian for research and teaching. The team will also design and implement a course module at Emory, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the University of Georgia.

Montpelier Foundation (Orange, VA 22960-0551)
Mary Furlong Minkoff (Project Director: June 2018 to February 2022)
Elizabeth Ladner (Co Project Director: November 2018 to February 2022)

HAA-263835-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products][Media coverage]

Totals:
$39,968 (approved)
$37,555 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019

Montpelier Digital Collections Project

The planning of an online collections platform that will aggregate four distinct collections held by James Madison’s Montpelier, the historic house and surrounding area administered by The Montpelier Foundation. The project team will convene a three-day workshop of leading digital cultural heritage professionals, scholars in American history and culture, and descendants of Montpelier’s enslaved families.

This project will bring together leading humanities scholars, museum professionals, digital heritage experts, and members of the public in a 2 ½-day workshop to design an online, publicly accessible digital library that integrates four collections: architecture/historic preservation, archaeology, archives, and decorative arts. The digital library will be created for the collections at James Madison’s Montpelier in partnership with Michigan State University’s MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, and designed to be easily adapted by other institutions. The workshop will consist of 1½ days of presentations by leaders in the digital humanities, followed by a day of of breakout sessions and group discussions. The workshop will result in a white paper synthesizing the findings and recommendations of participants that will be shared on multiple websites and by social media.

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
David Smith (Project Director: June 2018 to October 2022)

HAA-263837-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,224 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 6/30/2021

Improving Optical Character Recognition and Tracking Reader Annotations in Printed Books by Collating and Transcribing Multiple Exemplars

Further research in enhanced optical character recognition techniques for historical print books and automatic discoverability of handwritten marginalia drawing upon the collections of the Internet Archive.

Most past digitization projects have focused on transcribing documents individually. With the availability of library-scale digital collections, we propose a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (Level II) to develop computational image and language models to discover multiple copies and editions of similar texts and to correct each text using these comparable witnesses. We provide evidence that this collational transcription system can significantly improve optical character recognition on historical books. We also propose to use these collated editions to discover annotated passages in large digitized book collections. This approach will therefore not only mitigate the errors that reader annotations introduce into the OCR process but will also produce the first automatically generated database of handwritten annotations, Ichneumon. Methods and software developed by this project will thus benefit future research on automatic collation, book history, and historical reading practices.

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Susanne Paulus (Project Director: June 2018 to August 2022)

PR-263935-19
Research and Development
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$70,363 (approved)
$42,339 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Far from Home: Exploring the application of non-destructive XRF clay analysis for the provenience study of cuneiform tablets

A study of the applicability of geochemical clay analyses, including portable energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), for establishing the provenance of cuneiform tablets held by the Oriental Institute (OI) of the University of Chicago.

Unprovenanced clay tablets with cuneiform writing from the Near East present a legal, ethical, and scholarly challenge for cultural heritage preservation, museum collections, and scholars. The goal of this project is to prove that chemical clay analysis employing X-ray fluorescence and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy is a viable method to determine the provenance of those antique objects.

Arizona Board of Regents (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Marek R. Rychlik (Project Director: June 2018 to May 2022)

PR-263939-19
Research and Development
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$71,161 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2020

Development of Image-to-text Conversion for Pashto and Traditional Chinese

The development of optical character recognition (OCR) technology and a software prototype for an open-source global language and culture databank for Pashto and Traditional Chinese.

The proposed NEH Research and Development Tier 1 project will provide a foundation for a large-scale, open source, global language and culture data bank for Pashto and Traditional Chinese. The Tier 1 activities include: fundamental research, building a software prototype and formulating a plan for Tier 2. The most important outcome of the Tier 1 phase will be software implementing new optical character recognition (OCR) technology for the two languages. The expected outcome of the entire project will be improved access and preservation of documents in Pashto and Traditional Chinese, collectively representing the cultural heritage of hundreds of millions of people, which will have a major impact on research in the humanities.

MIPoPS (Seattle, WA 98104-1822)
Rachel Price (Project Director: June 2018 to present)

PR-263944-19
Research and Development
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$191,835 (approved)
$191,835 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2022

DV Rescue

The development of procedures and tools designed for the preservation of Digital Video (DV) recordings, a highly fragile format used widely in the mid-1990s through 2000s, documenting local heritage, oral histories, arts performances and a variety of other cultural events and activities.

Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) is requesting supporting funds via a Tier II National Endowment for the Humanities Research and Development grant for a project, titled DV Rescue. [The project will] develop procedures and tools that will support migrating data from DV tapes into digital files suitable for long-term preservation. This will fill an urgent need for DV tape transfer tools that can rescue content from at-risk digital videotape formats. The DV Rescue project will entail two years of work to develop open source and freely available software, user research and testing, and create documentation to help define and perform comprehensive, automated, and easy-to-use data migration techniques. MIPoPS will collaborate with RiceCapades, a consulting and development company. They will also work with eight institutions currently collecting DV videotape to conduct research, define preservation workflows, establish standards and develop the most impactful tools f

Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ 07043-1624)
Dawn Marie Hayes (Project Director: July 2018 to February 2022)

PW-263985-19
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products][Media coverage]

Totals:
$49,783 (approved)
$49,721 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2021

Documenting the Past, Triaging the Present and Assessing the Future: A Prototype for Sicily's Norman Heritage, ca. 1061-1194

The planning and development of an online database that would aggregate information on the historic buildings and monuments of Sicily’s Norman period, dating from 1061 to 1194.  This pilot phase would focus on the 147 monasteries that are known to have been built in this period.  The resource would disseminate three types of information: historical and site-specific data for all of the monasteries, photographic and video documentation of the 52 that survive, and any related genealogical data.

The Norman Sicily Project (NSP) digitally registers, maps and analyzes the monuments erected during the island's Norman period (ca. 1061-1194), arguably the most auspicious years in its long history. In so doing, it provides new understandings of the complex society that produced them. The project accomplishes this by joining history and earth science in a collaboration made broadly accessible by digital technologies. This application is in support of a pilot project to ensure that the best technological foundation is in place for the NSP's future development. The primary grant product will be a prototype offering access to an entire class of monuments - the society's monasteries - including images, geographic location, onomastic information, chronological data, types of attestation, gender, order, administrative rank, mother houses, dependencies, founders, dates of field visits, seismic region information and sustainability data. These data will be made freely available to the public.

Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA 24450-2116)
Michelle D. Brock (Project Director: July 2018 to present)

PW-264004-19
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$49,959 (approved)
$49,959 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 12/31/2020

Mapping the Scottish Reformation

A collaborative planning project to develop a database documenting the lives of members of the Scottish clergy from 1560 to 1689, based on manuscripts held at the National Records of Scotland.

A digital prosopography that traces the careers of two centuries of Scottish clerics, Mapping the Scottish Reformation (MSR) will be one of the largest databases of Protestant thinkers, theologians, and preachers in the world. Built with data from manuscripts held at the National Records of Scotland (NRS), this is the first project to ever comprehensively chart the growth, movement, and networks of the Scottish clergy between 1560 and 1689. For scholars and students of this era, such a resource will provide crucial framing for inquiries into religious beliefs, political conflicts, and institutional change. For those interested in family history on both sides of the Atlantic, MSR will provide unprecedented information on individuals whose outsized archival footprints make them critical figures for genealogical research. We are requesting an NEH HCRR Foundations Grant to support the essential pilot phase of this multi-stage project.

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
Karen Mary Davalos (Project Director: July 2018 to present)

PW-264041-19
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2021

Rhizomes of Mexican American Art since 1848: An Online Portal

A planning project to develop a digital portal to information and archival sources on Mexican American art.  The activities would lay the groundwork for establishing future partnerships with small institutions and for building a database for Mexican American art nationwide.

The University of Minnesota, The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, and the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) seek an NEH HCRR Foundations grant to undertake planning efforts for an online portal, Rhizomes of Mexican Art since 1848, that will aggregate Mexican American art and related documentation from existing digital collections across the nation. Art attributed to Mexican heritage artists living in the United States is a rich aesthetic tradition that enhances how humanities scholars think about American art, history, and culture. Co-PDs Davalos and Cortez with a team of scholars and technical specialists will convene online and in-person to produce three Foundations-level outcomes: 1) a protocol by which relevant content from small-budget institutions feed into Rhizomes; 2) a curated search strategy, new metadata, and controlled vocabularies; and 3) submission of proposals for adoption of new metadata schema by the Getty Research Institute and the NMMA.

ARCE (Alexandria , VA 22314-1555)
Michelle McMahon (Project Director: July 2018 to May 2019)
Louise Bertini (Project Director: May 2019 to April 2020)
Yasmin El Shazly (Project Director: April 2020 to present)

PW-264060-19
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2021

Sharing 7,000 Years of Egyptian Culture with the American Research Center in Egypt's Open Access Conservation Archive

Planning for a digital archive documenting conservation and preservation work over the last 25 years at 85 historic Egyptian sites dating as early as the sixth millennium BCE, including the creation of collection management policies and manuals. The project would also support pilot work to digitize and make available archival reports, photographs, and born-digital materials for three sites: Shunet al Zebib, a third-millennium BCE mudbrick funerary complex at Abydos in Upper Egypt; the Red Monastery, a fifth-century Coptic monastery near Souhag in Upper Egypt; and the Mosque of Aslam al-Silahdar, a fourteenth-century mosque in the center of Cairo.

Covering the full breadth of 7,000 years of Egyptian history, ARCE stewards a singular archive documenting 85 projects with a concentration of materials on lost or inaccessible sites throughout Egypt. ARCE bears a responsibility to preserve this archive and share its contents. With a two-year Foundations grant, we will create and approve critical collections management policies and manuals and publish a pilot digital archive of three collections. Embedded in the planning and pilot phases are points for testing, feedback and adjustment, with guidance from a multidisciplinary advisory board and input from public audiences and other stakeholders. Publication of ARCE's materials will allow free access for educators, students and the American and Egyptian public to a wide range of digitized resources. Integrated with ARCE's website, the conservation archive will contribute to more comprehensive public understanding of cultural heritage sites in Egypt.

Trustees of Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA 50112-2227)
Fredo Rivera (Project Director: July 2018 to present)

PW-264190-19
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper]

Totals:
$49,937 (approved)
$49,937 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2021

Haitian Art – A Digital Crossroads

Planning for a database of the Haitian art collection at the Waterloo Center of the Arts (WCA) in Waterloo, Iowa, which holds more than 1,500 works of art. The project would also support planning for the creation of the Haitian Arts Collaborative, a digital interface for Haitian art collections across the globe, including the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the Haitian Cultural Art Alliance in Miami, Florida.

This project will complete two major tasks: First, to plan the digitization of the Haitian art collection at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, Iowa - the largest Haitian art collection in the United States. Secondly, we will plan an interface for considering diverse collections of Haitian art. Through the creation of these two public digital venues we hope to expand the field of Haitian art history and bring awareness to collections of Haitian art.

Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Jesse P. Karlsberg (Project Director: July 2018 to March 2021)

PW-264219-19
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$58,230 (approved)
$58,230 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020

Sounding Spirit Digital Library: Sacred Music from the Southern Diaspora, 1850-1925

A planning project to develop a digital library that would include books of vernacular Protestant music from the southern region of the United States published between 1850 and 1925.

Sounding Spirit is a planned digital library enabling access to hundreds of influential books of vernacular Protestant music of the southern United States diaspora from 1850 to 1925. Anchored at Emory Universitys Center for Digital Scholarship, this Foundations grant application draws together four institutions with outstanding collections of these materials and diverse digitization workflows and digital repositories: Emorys Pitts Theology Library, the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. We seek to 1.) launch a pilot site featuring twenty volumes, 2.) document processes for digitization and portal ingest that meet diverse institutional needs, 3.) draft a list of 500 to 700 volumes for a planned expanded portal, 4.) share our findings to enable comparable work elsewhere, and 5.) formalize an ongoing partnership among collaborators.

University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288)
John McLeod (Project Director: September 2018 to present)

HZ-265135-19
Humanities Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$130,472 (approved)
$95,633 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 12/31/2020

Recovering an Important Body of Work in German Studies: Reissuing the UNC Studies in Germanic Languages & Literatures Series

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 123 books in German Studies from the UNC Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures series.

In 1953, UNC Press and the UNC Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures started the UNC Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures series. Over the next fifty years, the series published 127 monographs, anthologies, and critical editions. The series strove for breadth in its coverage of scholarship in the Germanic languages, covering an array of topics including medieval and modern literature, theater, linguistics, philology, onomastics, and the history of ideas. Despite the impact the books made in the field, the series was discontinued in 2004. With this project, these two partners, joined by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library, will reissue the series in print and open access digital editions, making these books discoverable and accessible to a new generation of German studies scholars and students.

Ball State University (Muncie, IN 47306-1022)
James John Connolly (Project Director: January 2019 to June 2022)

HAA-266457-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$49,900 (approved)
$29,941 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Library Circulation Histories Workshop

A workshop on Library Circulation Histories to be hosted by Ball State University's Center for Middletown Studies. The workshop will bring together representatives from eleven library and reading history digital projects along with additional scholars and digital humanities developers to investigate making historical library circulation data more accessible for humanities research.

Ball State University's (BSU) Center for Middletown Studies, in conjunction with BSU's Digital Scholarship Lab, seeks a Level I Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support the Library Circulation Histories Workshop, to be held March 6-7, 2020. The project period will run from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. The aim of the Workshop is to make historical library circulation data more accessible and more analytically powerful. The Workshop assembles scholars and developers representing eleven (or more) library and reading history projects to share insights and develop new strategies or increasing the value for these already powerful research tools. Topics addressed will include the use of computational text analysis, network analysis, ethical issues, and data aggregation. The Workshop will result in published articles in a special issue/section of one or more journals, an online video recording of the conference, and a white paper on best practices.

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27695-7003)
David R. Ambaras (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Kate Linette McDonald (Co Project Director: July 2019 to present)

HAA-266465-19
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$99,995 (approved)
$99,995 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Using Scalar to Deep-Map Modern East Asian History

The further development of the Bodies and Structures series on East Asian history and geospatial studies. As part of the project, the Scalar publishing platform would be improved to allow for the incorporation of additional spatial visualizations.

Cartographic maps visualize only a small part of the historical relationships and experiences that constitute spatial history. Yet they remain the mainstay of digital spatial history projects. Bodies and Structures captures the multivocality of spatial history. Built in the open-source platform Scalar, the site enables scholars and students to analyze the historical, multivocal nature of space and place in East Asia and beyond. We are applying for a Level II grant for September 2019-August 2021 to greatly enhance the site’s utility for teaching and research in modern East Asian history and the spatial humanities. During this period, we will enhance Scalar’s capacity for analytical visualizations and user-directed engagement; add twelve modules to expand the project’s geo-historical scope and provide new disciplinary perspectives; and use the new Scalar tools to design new maps and visualizations that locate the modules in the site’s new spatial historical environment.