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HZ-234074-16

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Dean Smith (Project Director: 06/10/2015 to present)

Humanities Open Book Program - Cornell University

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 20 classic humanities texts from Cornell University Press in the areas of Slavic Studies, German Studies, and literary criticism.

Cornell University Press seeks $83,635 in funding support for a 12-month effort to make 20 outstanding works of scholarship in foundational disciplines accessible to the world. We will use the funding to: 1) test and refine a methodology for selecting out-of-print titles for the program; 2) gain experience in the digitization, delivery, rights clearance and dissemination of OA monographs in EPUB3.0.1 format; and 3) analyze the results of maximizing the discovery and usage of ebooks across multiple platforms including the Press website, institutional repositories, JSTOR and Project MUSE.

[White paper][Media coverage]

Project fields:
German Literature; Literary Criticism; Russian History

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$83,635 (approved)
$82,235 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


HD-228942-15

University of Florida Board of Trustees (Gainesville, FL 32611-5500)
Sidney Dobrin (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)
Laurie Taylor (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)
Matthew Gitzendanner (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

MassMine: Collecting and Archiving Big Data for Social Media Humanities Researchers

Development of an open-source toolkit and training materials that would allow humanities researchers to collect and analyze large-scale, publicly available data drawn from social media sites.

The MassMine project team representing participants from the Department of English, George A. Smathers Libraries (Libraries), and Research Computing at the University of Florida (UF) requests $60,000 to finish the version 1.0 release, develop a robust training program, and promote the MassMine open source software. MassMine enables researchers to collect their own social media data archives and supports data mining, thus providing free access to big data for academic inquiry. MassMine further supports researchers in creating and defining methods and measures for analyzing cultural and localized trends, and developing humanities research questions and data mining practices. The primary aims of this project are to: 1) refine the MassMine tools to support collection, acquisition, and use of available social media and web data; and, 2) develop a training program and corresponding online resources for supporting the broad use of MassMine by humanities researchers, regardless of experience.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Cultural History; English; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$54,127 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


HD-228783-15

Texas A & M University, College Station (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Timothy Duguid (Project Director: 09/09/2014 to present)

MuSO: Aggregation and Peer Review in Music

A two-day workshop and follow-up activities to develop the Music Scholarship Online (MuSO) project to consider approaches for federating and evaluating digital projects in music.

This Level I project will fund a two-day workshop at Texas A&M University for 15 software engineers, music librarians, music encoding specialists, and music scholars from the U.S., Canada and abroad that will lay the foundation to launch MuSO (Music Scholarship Online). Using the period-specific virtual research environments, or research nodes, of the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) as templates, this workshop will establish methods for aggregating and evaluating digital projects in the fields of music analysis, culture, history and literature. The workshop will address the metadata needs for media such as musical scores and audio recordings, and it will establish a standard and process for peer reviewing the projects that contribute to and participate in MuSO. The funded workshop will therefore produce a list of changes to the ARC metadata guidelines as well as a method for evaluating digital projects in music.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Arts, Other; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,935 (approved)
$29,924 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 5/31/2016


HD-228961-15

WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston, MA 02135-2016)
Ted Sicker (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)

Digital Humanities for Lifelong Learners

A workshop and research study to investigate how best to use WGBH’s archive of humanities programming to create a robust library of cross-disciplinary humanities modules for lifelong learners, emphasizing an audience over the age of 65.

Digital Humanities for Lifelong Learners is a research project that will convene leading thinkers in the fields of lifelong learning, humanities education, public media and humanities archives, and multi-platform interactive technology in a series of in-person and virtual meetings and other activities, including online surveys. The key purpose is to research how best to create a significant library of high quality, digital humanities modules, drawn from WGBH's vast archive and other public media sources, for lifelong learners, especially those aged 65+. An initial day-long meeting, held at WGBH and including all project participants, will set the agenda for this six-month research initiative, resulting in a detailed white paper that addresses audience research findings, humanities content, rights, and distribution issues, and technical and design approaches, and charts next steps for this project, including future funding possibilities.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,994 (approved)
$17,976 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 12/31/2015


PF-230270-15

Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx, NY 10460-1068)
Madeleine Thompson (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Development of the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan

A planning project to provide the first step in relocating the Wildlife Conservation Society’s archival holdings to a new storage facility.  The archive comprises records created over the history of the organization, which began as the New York Zoological Society in 1894.  It contains more than 1200 linear feet of records (documents, publications, printed ephemera, paintings, works on paper, architectural plans, photographs, and negatives) relating to subjects such as the history of zoo and aquarium development; early conservation fieldwork to study wildlife in their natural habitats; and animals in art and architecture.

The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives comprises records created over WCS’s 119-year history.  The Archives is currently undergoing a revitalization led by major improvements to the care of and access to the collections.  Recently, WCS Administration identified a new location for the collections, which offers a far stronger opportunity than the current location to develop a sustainable preservation environment.  The proposed project will result in the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan.  Founded upon preservation strategies balancing effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact, this plan will serve as the crucial first step in the Archives’ relocation to this new space.  By convening an interdisciplinary team to work collaboratively on this plan, the Archives seeks to develop the foundation that will guide the sustainable protection of the WCS Archives’ physical collections and the continued study and enjoyment of these unique collections by future generations.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Cultural History; History of Science; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PW-228244-15

Ohio Historical Society (Columbus, OH 43211-2474)
Jenni Salamon (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I

The development of a plan to construct a statewide digital collection of materials related to Ohio’s contribution to the Great War, which would include diaries, journals, photographs, correspondence, historical artifacts, and posters related to both the soldiers’ and home front experience.
 

The Ohio History Connection (OHC), formerly the Ohio Historical Society, seeks support in the amount of $24,053 for a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundation grant entitled Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive plan to construct a statewide digital collection of World War I (WWI) materials in order to increase access to and use of WWI scholarly and primary resource materials. The final digital collection will also commemorate the upcoming centennial and Ohio’s role in the conflict.

[White paper]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$24,053 (approved)
$24,053 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


PF-230244-15

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538-9124)
Teresa Mitchell (Project Director: 12/02/2014 to present)

The Lac du Flambeau Collections Preservation Master Plan

A planning project to assess the tribal museum’s collections policies, storage environments, building condition, and environmental control systems to ensure sustainable preservation of a unique collection of materials on Ojibwe art, history, and culture, which include ethnographic items, both ceremonial and utilitarian, and an archive of tribal records, manuscripts, and photographs.

The George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI, owned and operated by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, is seeking a planning grant for $50,000 for the development of the LDF Collections Preservation Master Plan. The Museum, a cultural centerpiece since its opening in 1989, has since grown beyond anything the Tribe initially imagined. With a collection three times its original size, we are experiencing challenges with the building envelope, systems and fixtures as they relate to sustainable preservation of the collection, and we have the new challenge of incorporating planning the building of our new Waaswaagoning Cultural Center into preservation planning. The Master Plan, with the oversight of a diverse inter-disciplinary planning committee, will assess the current facility and systems and its capacity to protect our unique collection, and will lay out prioritized action steps for enhancing its sustainable preservation.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$46,229 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PF-230257-15

Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478)
Ellen Censky (Project Director: 12/02/2014 to present)

Milwaukee Public Museum Cultural Collections Master Plan

A planning grant to study environmental conditions and plan for improved storage space for artifact collections pertaining to the history and culture of Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. The collection includes 886,000 archaeological, anthropological, and ethnographic items and 266,000 historical objects (artifacts, decorative arts, numismatics, philatelic items).

The Milwaukee Public Museum will develop a master plan for the collections stored in the basement of the museum’s building. This includes the ethnology and archeology collections, the history collection, the lantern slide collection, as well as the museum’s collection vault. Currently, these collections are in conditions that are subpar, with temperatures that remain consistent but humidity that fluctuates daily and by season. The master plan will establish realistic environmental criteria on a room-by-room basis, determine how collections with similar needs can be co-located, and develop a program for improvements to the basement envelope based on actual environmental needs of specific co-located collections. In addition, the master plan will identify appropriate and space efficient storage units for each area based on actual environmental needs of the specific collections. All of these requirements are consistent with the museum’s Sustainability Policy and Plan.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Anthropology; History, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$37,052 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PW-228243-15

International Foundation for Art Research, Inc. (New York, NY 10110-0002)
Sharon Flescher (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Enhancements to IFAR's Catalogues Raisonnés Database

Planning for enhancements to an existing database for art historical research, and development of a pilot to test usability of the enhancements.  The current database, Catalogues Raisonnés, contains records to about 3,600 published volumes on approximately 2,300 artists, covering all artistic styles from antiquity to the present, and serves scholars and general users.  The proposed enhancements include linking to digital aggregators to view and search on published texts and locate libraries holding the work, and also adding an ontology of artists’ names and relationships that would deepen search capabilities across the database.

Catalogues raisonnés are essential art historical research tools. Recognizing this, IFAR launched a free interactive Catalogue Raisonné Database in December 2008. It is the only online resource devoted to catalogues raisonnés in all media. Now IFAR intends to enhance its usefulness to humanities researchers by taking advantage of online resources not available in 2008. We plan two enhancements: 1) links to bibliographic aggregators, such as WorldCat, Hathi Trust, Google Books, and others, enabling users to: a) view and search the text of a catalogue raisonné, where copyright permits, and b) locate the closest library housing the book, and 2) creating the first-ever, interactive artist ontology, which will add context and clarify complex connections between artists in our Database--and in so doing--transform the Database into a nexus of information on catalogues raisonnés. This request supports the planning phase of the project and will result in a "mini-prototype" and user survey.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


PF-230348-15

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (Utica, NY 13502-4764)
Anna D'Ambrosio (Project Director: 12/04/2014 to present)
Ronald Draper (Co Project Director: 10/01/2015 to present)
Ronald Draper (Co Project Director: 10/01/2015 to present)

Climate Control System Improvements-Planning Phase

A collaborative planning project to assess climate control in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute’s (MWPAI) 1960 Philip Johnson-designed gallery space, and then to upgrade, repair, or adjust the HVAC system accordingly.  The project would culminate in a detailed plan for improvements to the museum’s climate control system and building envelope.

Working with Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute will determine professional standards for climate conditions appropriate for the preservation of the world renowned collection in its Philip Johnson designed Museum of Art building.  Based upon these determinations a study will be conducted by Intelligent Converted Energy (ICE), recognized authorities in the field of sustainable climate control systems, to determine the sources of fluctuations in temperature and humidity in the Museum building.  The study will focus on a wide range of possible improvements to the HVAC system including ductwork, dehumidification/humidification, mixing boxes and controls, as well as possible changes to the building envelope.  ICE will provide a plan for the implementation of these improvements that will provide long term human resource and energy savings and more consistent control of the structure's exhibition space climate.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$38,010 (approved)
$37,015 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PF-230350-15

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA 19103-3721)
David Brigham (Project Director: 12/04/2014 to present)

PAFA Works on Paper and Archives Suite Construction Project

An implementation  project to renovate a dedicated space for the storage of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ works on paper and archival collections, which contain 10,500 objects spanning artists’ studies and finished compositions from the 18th through 21st centuries.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) requests a $350,000 NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Implementation Grant to support the construction of PAFA’s new Works on Paper and Archives suite. The project, beginning in late 2015, will implement recommendations from an NEH SCHC Planning grant (2013-14 project period) that identified the undeveloped fifth floor of PAFA’s 12-story Hamilton Building as an optimal site for storage expansion based on its potential for passive energy savings through location and efficient construction design, as well as resiliency in the event of a disaster. The energy-efficient, purpose-built suite will house three quarters of PAFA’s Collection: 10,500 works on paper and the entire Archives Collection, both currently stored in congested basement-level storage. Adjacent collections care, conservation, and research spaces will improve preservation and access to the collections for research for now and for generations to come.

[White paper]

Project fields:
American Studies; Art History and Criticism; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


PW-228165-15

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Stephen Mielke (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Preserving and Enhancing Access to Non-Commercial Sound Recordings at The Harry Ransom Center

A preservation risk assessment of 13,991 sound recordings from the Harry Ransom Center’s archives documenting 20th-century writers and performers such as John Beecher, Erle Stanley Gardner, Gloria Swanson, David Mamet, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin requests funds to support a $35,132 one-year project to develop and complete a preservation survey of the Center’s archival sound recordings. This survey will establish, enhance, and document preservation digitization priorities, processes, and standards to ensure future access to a significant collection of primary research materials.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$18,900 (approved)
$18,620 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 10/31/2016


PF-230278-15

Tudor Place Foundation, Inc. (Washington, DC 20007-2924)
Jessica Zullinger (Project Director: 12/03/2014 to present)

Designing a New Climate Control System for a National Historic Landmark

A planning project to improve preservation of a collection of 15,000 objects, 5,000 books, and 350 linear feet of archives at the Tudor Place Historic House and historic 1914 Garage, a Washington, D.C. site once owned by the granddaughter of Martha Washington and her husband, a prominent Georgetown merchant.  The house’s collection spans 1650-1983 and includes American and European fine and decorative arts, musical instruments, garden implements, weaponry, a 1919 automobile, and one of the largest public repositories of objects owned by Martha and George Washington.  The project would design an energy- and cost-efficient climate control system to protect the collections.

This planning project takes a holistic approach to designing a sensitive, energy-efficient, and cost-effective HVAC system that will serve the National Historic Landmark house and its collections, and the historic 1914 Garage. Over the last fifteen years, a steady increase in costly failures of the aging mechanical systems have threatened, and continue to threaten, the extensive collection and archive held within this historic structure. Nearly two decades of strategic assessment and planning have led to this point. A great deal is known about our buildings, existing conditions, and future collections care needs; now a team of expert consultants must work with staff to identify and design a system that will respond to the needs and restrictions of the site, collections, limited staff, and budget while following good preservation practice and thinking creatively about sustainability and efficiency.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Architecture; Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$30,590 (approved)
$30,590 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 10/31/2016


PW-228138-15

Moravian Archives, Bethlehem (Bethlehem, PA 18018-2757)
Paul Peucker (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

Eastern West Indies Records Planning Project

A planning project to enable the conservation and digitization of 120 linear feet of archival records documenting the work of Moravian missionaries in the eastern West Indies over the past two centuries, with an emphasis on the history of the region’s enslaved populations.

The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa. (MAB) request a HCRR Foundations grant of $37,982 to assess the records from the Eastern West Indies, held by the Moravian Archives. The goal of the project is 1) prioritization of the material according to its humanities values, resulting in written guidelines for prioritization of treatment and digitization 2) To conduct an item-by-item collection survey of prioritized material, including condition reports, treatment plans and cost estimates 3) To develop a plan for the digitization of the collection and a plan for the long-term digital preservation of the images.

[White paper]

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$37,982 (approved)
$37,982 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 2/29/2016


PW-228174-15

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Fred Heath (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to 04/06/2015)
Lorraine Haricombe (Project Director: 04/06/2015 to present)

Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) Consortium to the 21st Century Project

A planning project to update technical standards and intellectual control for the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO), which contains over 7,200 finding aids describing collections held by cultural heritage institutions in Texas.

The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) consortium based at The University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Libraries, would like to apply for a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations Grant, for the purpose of collaborative planning, assessment and pilot activities. Our TARO Project seeks to enhance intellectual control and solidify our collaborative framework for complex reference. Specifically, our Project would create editorial plans for standardization of existing archival finding aids and updating of EAD best practices documentation, devise strategies for technological and programmatic sustainability, and produce a concrete plan for critical changes to our online reference resources.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$35,204 (approved)
$35,204 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2016


PF-230233-15

New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY 10029-5207)
Lisa O'Sullivan (Project Director: 11/26/2014 to present)

NYAM Old Stacks Sustainable Preservation Environment Project

A planning project to adopt sustainable preservation strategies in the center’s open stacks, housing 19th- and 20th-century medical periodicals and monographs.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2017


PW-228261-15

University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA 92617-3066)
John Renaud (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Piloting Linked Open Data for Artists' Books

A pilot project to create linked open data for a collection of around 500 artists’ books, including works by and about women and contemporary American politics and works produced in Latin American countries.

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks planning support for an incubator project to connect scholars to artists’ books through the use of linked open data (LOD). The pilot project will incorporate expertise from special collections, visual arts, metadata, and information technology into development of a scalable resource for facilitating discovery of artists’ books and increase scholarly attention on these highly visual, sculptural, and interactive works of art.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$36,531 (approved)
$36,531 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


HD-228890-15

University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077)
Elaine Sullivan (Project Director: 09/10/2014 to present)

3D Saqqara: Reconstructing Landscape and Meaning at an Ancient Egyptian Site

Development of a three-dimensional model and virtual tour that would demonstrate how the ancient Egyptian cemetery at Saqqara evolved over the course of nearly three millennia--from 2950 BCE to 332 BCE.

GIS, a major data organization tool in archaeology, places information within a two-dimensional geospatial framework linked to locations on the Earth's surface. Human lives are not lived, however, on a flat surface, but are embedded in a three-dimensional world. The addition of a third coordinate, elevation or height allows us to replace layers of complexity when working with cultural data. Change over time (the forth dimension) is a fundamental aspect of human life and crucial to understanding human experience in the past. 3D Saqqara offers a 4D study of an ancient site across space and time. By simulating the changing built and natural landscape, the project explores the visual environment that shaped the experiences and choices of past peoples. Through the recreation of lines-of-sight between important cult places, the project traces how decisions over time change the meaning of these spaces and altered ancient peoples' perception of the ritual landscape.

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

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$47,200 (approved)
$47,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 12/31/2016


HG-229349-15

Wheaton College (Norton, MA 02766-2322)
Kathryn Tomasek (Project Director: 09/24/2014 to present)

Modeling semantically Enriched Digital Edition of Accounts (MEDEA)

A series of meetings by scholars from the United States and Europe to produce test cases to allow for the development of standards for transcription, markup, and analysis of historical accounting records for use in scholarly editions. The University of Regensburg, is requesting 37,435€ from DFG.

Wheaton College (Massachusetts) and the University of Regensburg will bring together economic historians, scholarly editors, and technical experts to discuss and test emerging methods for semantic markup of account books. This bilateral project focused on Modeling semantically Enriched Digital Edition of Accounts (MEDEA) and includes three stages: At the summer 2015 meeting at the University of Regensburg, Project Directors will present models of semantic markup of accounts for discussion, critique, and suggestions from the invited experts. Subsequently, participants will produce examples as models for further testing and development of broad standards and cost-effective best practices for transcription, markup, and analysis of accounting records. During the March 2016 meeting at Wheaton College, principals will present results of digitization testing and discuss next steps for expanding the communities of practice employing these models in a wide range of historical financial records.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Economic History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,327 (approved)
$59,327 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


HD-229114-15

Small Axe, Inc (New York, NY 10027-6598)
Kaiama Glover (Project Director: 09/12/2014 to present)
Alex Gil (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

The sx:archipelagos Project

Development and assessment of new workflows for publication and long-term preservation of born-digital scholarship within Caribbean Studies.

The Caribbean is the site of some of the most radical and diverse theoretical and material engagements with the digital. The sx:archipelagos project seeks to channel that activity by providing an innovative two-tiered platform to support digital scholarship in, for, and about the Caribbean Each layer of sx:archipelagos will contribute something new to both Caribbean Studies and to the digital humanities, first via the creation and documentation of a new cost-efficient workflow for the production of text-based scholarly outputs; and second, via the creation and support of a flexible multimodal environment for the production of unique works of digital scholarship. By the close of the grant period we expect to generate: 1) five scholarly articles produced using Markdown; 2) a workflow analysis and position paper documenting the process and results of our experiment in online publishing; 3) one peer-reviewed digital project and corresponding narrative of its construction. We will post our white paper and multimodal exhibition to an inaugural, beta iteration of the platform.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,914 (approved)
$29,914 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 6/30/2016


HD-229031-15

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Edward Baptist (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)
William Block (Co Project Director: 03/16/2015 to present)

Freedom on the Move: A Crowdsourced, Comprehensive Database of North American Runaway Slave Advertisements

The further design and development of a database of runaway slave advertisements from pre-1865 US newspapers drawing from several historical collections.  The project would also experiment with crowdsourcing approaches to enrich the database records.

'Freedom on the Move' (FOTM) creates a digital resource from an estimated 100,000 runaway slave advertisements from pre-1865 U.S. newspapers. Placed by enslavers when enslaved people attempted to escape, these ads included extensive information about fugitives. They comprise the richest source of information about enslaved individuals in the United States, yet no comprehensive collection of them exists. FOTM will collect these ads and use crowdsourcing to parse their data into a database, enabling sophisticated new analyses of the history of U.S. slavery. A crowdsourcing interface will provide a site for public engagement with an enduring national trauma, supporting lessons for K-12, university, and museum education. The database will be freely available for browsing and exportable for research. NEH start-up funding will enable us to build tools for incorporating large-scale data from contributors, creating a prototype for future expansions of this and similar digital resources.

[White paper]

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,989 (approved)
$51,622 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 8/31/2016


HD-228956-15

San Diego State University Research Foundation (San Diego, CA 92182-0001)
Jessica Pressman (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)
Joanna Brooks (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

Building and Broadening the Digital Humanities Through a Regional Network

A year-long initiative bracketed by two workshops where faculty from teaching-intensive institutions would test best practices for teaching humanities content using digital methods in under-resourced classrooms.

Digital Humanities (DH) offers vast pedagogical opportunities for teachers and students, but implementation may be seemingly untenable at certain institutions, particularly large public teaching schools grappling, after years of budget cuts, with impacted class sizes and overburdened faculty. Similarly, R1 institutions or liberal arts colleges might possess a single DH expert but lack infrastructural support, limiting DH pedagogy to individual classrooms. Since our emergent information economy requires citizens to work with digital technologies and also critique them, students who do receive access to DH learning are placed at a disadvantage. We need to determine ways to distribute DH research and pedagogy widely, across a spectrum of institutional types and student populations, including students learning at night in community colleges, students taking 300-person lecture classes at large public universities, students from primarily underrepresented groups, and ESL learners. Towards this goal, we propose a workshop for faculty from regional institutions to develop pedagogical strategies and share resources.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Comparative Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,999 (approved)
$29,626 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 12/31/2016


HD-229002-15

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055)
Miriah Meyer (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)
Katharine Coles (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

Poemage Prototype

Development of a working prototype of a visualization tool that demonstrates the sound patterns and relationships in poetry, including and extending beyond rhyme.

During 2013-14, our group developed the algorithm for a computational framework for interpreting sound in poetry, which allows us to detect sonic patterns and relationships in poetry. We can define these patterns algebraically and so describe them computationally through rules supported by a data abstraction. Using an NEH start-up grant to pay a postdoctoral fellow in English and a graduate student in Computer Science, we will use an innovative interactive design process to develop a prototype visualization tool, Poemage. Because our framework allows us to identify and visualize complex configurations and dynamics of sound, including but not limited to rhyme, in real time, Poemage will allow users to detect these dynamics in poems of their choosing, while inviting them to identify (and adjust for) what they deem interesting.

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Project fields:
English; Languages, General; Literature, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


HD-51852-14

Wayne State University (Detroit, MI 48201-1347)
Krysta Ryzewski (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)
Kerry Davis (Co Project Director: 09/29/2015 to present)

Ethnic Layers of Detroit: Experiencing Place through Digital Storytelling

The continued development and testing in the classroom of an interactive, mobile storytelling website that allows for the creation of multimedia narratives of historic sites. This phase of the project would focus on creating narratives that illustrate the traditions and transformation of Detroit's ethnic neighborhoods, with attention to the Corktown, Chinatown, Poletown, and Heidelberg neighborhoods.

Ethnic Layers of Detroit (ELD) seeks to engage students in documenting and sharing the complex layers of Detroit’s ethnic histories though an interactive digital storytelling web portal. We are requesting Level II funding to expand on our pilot project to hire student assistants to develop 20-25 additional multimedia narratives over an 18-month period.This project is innovative in that it facilitates interdisciplinary investigation and collaboration, and uses available technology in new ways to explore the multilayered connections between people, practices and the urban environment through narrative and experientially-based learning activities. By constructing a student-centered project with overlapping creative, intellectual, and technical training opportunities, our project will provide students with the transferable skills and experience to communicate with and contribute to a range of humanities, multimedia, and urban-focused colleagues and careers.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; Ethnic Studies; Languages, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$59,984 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 11/30/2016


HD-51828-14

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
Patrick Manning (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)
Ruth Mostern (Co Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

World-Historical Gazetteer

A two-day workshop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and follow-up activities for geographers, historians, and information scientists to consider how a world-historical gazetteer might be created that combines earlier work in regional and historical place name databases.

This project will advance work toward creation of a world-historical gazetteer that will provide comprehensive databases of places throughout the world since 1500 CE, including attention to the range of attributes known for each place. To satisfy the needs of all the large-scale historical data resources now being created, there is need for such a comprehensive and general gazetteer system. The convening of a two-day workshop, including leading figures who have developed gazetteers and the datasets in which they are incorporated, will bring about a research design for this world-historical gazetteer system, which can then be implemented in subsequent work. Four small research tasks concerning services, standards, and content will bring immediate advance toward implementation. The project is organized by the Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA), which has a record in sustaining collaborations for large-scale humanities work.

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Project fields:
Geography; History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$28,350 (approved)
$25,142 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015


HD-51863-14

Modern Language Association of America (New York, NY 10003-6981)
Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)
Rebecca Kennison (Co Project Director: 09/10/2014 to 03/12/2015)
Barbara Rockenbach (Co Project Director: 03/12/2015 to present)

Humanities CORE

The development of software to connect the Commons-In-A-Box (CBOX) social network platform (which is the basis of MLA Commons) to a Fedora-based institutional repository system. This combined system would be called Humanities Commons, a social network and repository system that would be made available for use by other scholarly societies.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) and the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) are currently working together on the development of Humanities Commons, a platform for scholarly societies and related groups across the humanities, enabling members of those organizations to communicate, collaborate, and share their work with one another. Humanities Commons will link a federated group of social networking systems, modeled on MLA Commons, with a library-quality repository, modeled on Columbia's Academic Commons. We propose in this stage of the project to develop a working prototype for the user interface connecting the Commons with the repository system, which we are calling Humanities Commons Open Repository Exchange, or Humanities CORE. This interface will allow Commons members to upload, share, discover, retrieve, and archive digital work and other objects within the same system in which they are already collaborating with one another.

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Participating institutions:
Modern Language Association of America (New York, NY) - Applicant/Grantee
Columbia University Libraries (New York, NY) - Participating institution

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 5/31/2015


HD-51895-14

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Matthew Gold (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

The Social Paper: DH Start up Level 1

Development of a free, open-source online writing tool that would allow scholars, students, and teachers to share and receive feedback on works-in-progress from colleagues and broader audiences. The tool would be incorporated into the Commons-In-A-Box software platform, and would allow users to keep an online portfolio of their work.

Peer review among graduate students is stuck in the pre-digital age. This project will pilot a new approach to graduate student writing that maximizes the strengths of both social networks and online writing environments with the intended goal of using interactive technology to re-imagine the contours of graduate education. The proposed Social Paper (SP) tool will be a free, open-source, ready-to-use networked writing environment that allows scholars to disseminate and receive feedback on works-in-progress among colleagues and the public. This online platform will enliven graduate work by using robust feedback mechanisms to generate networked discussion around student writing. In addition, the platform will allow students to keep a working portfolio of all writing and an accessible, dynamic archive of feedback from both peers and professors. The startup phase will culminate with a prototype which will be tested across a number of academic communities.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,965 (approved)
$27,851 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HD-51978-14

Cultural Heritage Imaging (San Francisco, CA 94102-5867)
Mark Mudge (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

Data Sustainability and Advanced Metadata Management for Scientific Imaging in the Humanities

The completion of two case studies examining documentation of computational photography methods applied to humanities collections, as well as dissemination of best practices and enhancement of relevant software tools.

This project will provide enhanced data sustainability, along with metadata and knowledge management, for computational photography (CP) software tools. CP technologies are based on the algorithmic extraction of information from multiple photographs, a process that generates new information not found in any of the original photos. The project will be based on not yet deployed prior work, providing metadata harvesting and knowledge management tools for Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Algorithmic Rendering (AR), which are undergoing rapid adoption by humanities practitioners. The project will evaluate and update these tools, exploring practical methods of organizing this data for archival ingest and reuse on site at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin. The project will study extending the management tools to other CP technologies, such as Structure from Motion photogrammetry and multispectral imaging.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Arts, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HD-51836-14

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Raffaele Viglianti (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

Enhancing Music Notation Addressability

The development of software tools that would facilitate citation and annotation of music notation and capture information about multiple participants' contributions to collaborative digital projects. As an initial case study, the project would focus on an existing effort to compile a critical edition of Nicolas Du Chemin's Chansons Nouvelles.

The Enhancing Music Notation Addressability project seeks a Level II DH Startup Grant for developing software to address and extract music notation expressed in the Music Encoding Initiative format. Because addressing music notation segments is central to musicological discourse, we seek to answer such questions as (1) how can one virtually 'circle' music notation? and (2) how can a machine interpret this 'circling' to retrieve music notation? We intend to evaluate our approach by transforming into nanopublications the analytical music annotations already produced by students and scholars as part of the Du Chemin: Lost Voices project, which is reconstructing songs from 16th c. France. Nanopublication is providing the scientific community with a way of outlining attribution and quality of even small contributions to facilitate citation and promote massive collaborative scholarship. We seek to extend its benefits to humanities scholarship.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,971 (approved)
$59,971 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 10/31/2015


HD-51839-14

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Jennifer Guiliano (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to 04/01/2014)
Julie Greene (Project Director: 04/02/2014 to present)

Transforming the Afro-Caribbean World (TAW)

A two-day workshop exploring appropriate digital collections and tools that would facilitate archival research on the relationship between Afro-Caribbean labor and migration history and the construction of the Panama Canal from 1904-1914.

The Transforming the Afro-Caribbean World (TAW) project seeks NEH startup funding to bring together scholars of the Panama Canal, Afro-Caribbean history, and experts in the digital humanities, data modeling, and visualization for a two-day planning workshop that will discuss a large-scale effort to explore Afro-Caribbean labor, migration, and the Panama Canal. The TAW workshop has several aims: 1) digitization of a subset of the proposed records to evaluate potential costs and preservation issues; 2) exploration of structured data tools; 3) the creation of annotated bibliographies for use by teachers and the public as they begin to explore the centennial anniversary; and 4) identification of other archives and repositories to be included in the larger project.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$28,961 (approved)
$28,831 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2016


HT-50085-14

Lane Community College (Eugene, OR 97405-0640)
Anne McGrail (Project Director: 03/19/2014 to present)

An Institute for Community College Digital Humanists: Beyond Pockets of Innovation, Toward a Community of Practice

A 5-day institute for 25 community college faculty members, to be hosted by Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, on new digital methods, tools and practices for humanities teaching and scholarship.

Community college humanists have been slow to join communities of practice in digital humanities (DH), in part due to intensive teaching/ service workloads in an open-access context which puts constraints on professional development. To address this lag, Lane's July 13-17, 2015 institute will teach faculty DH theory and methods, build DH tools and projects, and scaffold these for their students' unique learning needs, with the result of expanding the definition of digital humanities practice to include the work of community college teachers, scholars and students. 25 participants will create a portfolio of project prototypes in data visualization, geospatial mapping, crowdsourcing, and digital storytelling, et al, emerging with a firm grounding in the complexity of DH and its applicability to their courses. A public keynote address will welcome the community into the conversation and participants’ work will be shared in an online commons that will serve as a hub for a community of practice.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$88,778 (approved)
$87,436 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HJ-50185-14

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Robert Morrissey (Project Director: 05/16/2013 to present)

Commonplace Cultures: Mining Shared Passages in the 18th Century using Sequence Alignment and Visual Analytics

A project to trace the practice and influence of textual and visual materials found in early modern European commonplaces, thematic organizations of quotations and other passages for later use. The project is led by humanities scholars and computer scientists from the University of Chicago and the University of Oxford's e-Research Centre and Voltaire Foundation. The UK partner is requesting £125,000 from the UK funding consortium.

Recent scholarship has demonstrated that the various practices associated with Early Modern commonplacing--the extraction and organization of quotations and other passages for later recall and reuse--were highly effective strategies for dealing with the perceived "information overload" of the period. But, the 18th century was also a crucial moment in the modern construction of a new sense of self-identity. Our goal is to examine this paradigm shift in 18th-century culture from the perspective of commonplaces and their textual and historical deployment in the contexts of collecting, reading, writing, classifying, and learning. These practices allowed individuals to master a collective literary culture through the art of commonplacing, a nexus of intertextual activities that we aim to explore through the concerted application of sequence alignment algorithms for shared passage detection and large-scale visual analytics on the largest collection of 18th-century works ever assembled.

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Project fields:
Computer Science; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$124,948 (approved)
$124,948 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HJ-50187-14

Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Elaine Treharne (Project Director: 05/16/2013 to present)

Global Currents: Cultures of Literary Networks, 1050-1900

A collaborative project tracing the nature of literary networks across four major cultural domains: post-classical Islamic philosophy, Chinese women's writing from the Ming-Qing Dynasties, the Anglo-Saxon Middle-Ages, and the European Enlightenment. The project team includes humanities scholars and computer scientists from Stanford University (US), McGill University (Canada), École de Technologie Supérieure (Canada), and Groningen University (The Netherlands). The Canadian partners are requesting $249,942 from the Canadian funders (along with additional infrastructure funds from the Canada Fund for Innovation) and the Dutch partner is requesting €96,586 from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

This project undertakes the cross-cultural study of literary networks in a global context, ranging from post-classical Islamic philosophy to the European Enlightenment. Integrating new image-processing techniques with social network analysis, we examine how different cultural epochs are characterized by unique networks of intellectual exchange. Research on "world literature" has become a central area of inquiry today within the humanities, and yet so far data-driven approaches have largely been absent from the field. Our combined approach of visual language processing and network modeling allows us to study the non-western and pre-print textual heritages so far resistant to large-scale data analysis as well as develop a new model of global comparative literature that preserves a sense of the world’s cultural differences.

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Project fields:
Computer Science; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$124,559 (approved)
$124,559 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 7/31/2016


HD-51851-14

Creighton University (Omaha, NE 68178-0133)
Erin Averett (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology

A two-day workshop hosted by the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, on the uses of mobile tablet technologies in archaeological field work and interpretative analysis.

This project brings together pioneers in the field during a two-day workshop to discuss the use, creation, and implementation of mobile tablet technology to advance paperless archaeology. Session themes will facilitate presentation, demonstration, and discussion on how archaeologists around the world use tablets or other digital tools in the field and lab and how best practices can be implemented across projects. The workshop will highlight the advantages and future of mobile computing and its challenges and limitations. The workshop will consist of formal paper sessions and opportunities for informal discussion of the issues and themes at moderated discussions, demonstrations, round tables, and speaker meals. The workshop's goal is to synthesize current practices and establish a blueprint for creating best practices and moving forward with mobile tablets in archaeology. The data generated will be made available through a website to promote ongoing discussion and information sharing.

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Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$27,277 (approved)
$27,277 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 10/31/2016


HD-51881-14

Brandeis University (Waltham, MA 02453-2700)
Harry Mairson (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

Functional Geometry and the Traite de Lutherie

The development of a software language and protocols for digitally reconstructing and studying historical musical instruments. This stage of the project would focus on historic string instruments.

We propose to design, implement, and experiment with a programming language for describing how to draw string instrument outlines: violins, violas, and especially violoncellos. Based on the historical reconstruction in Francois Denis's definitive monograph, Traite de Lutherie, using straightedge and compass constructions, the software can enhance insights into techniques of eighteenth-century design, provide an archival format for describing the properties of string instrument outlines, and the instructions for generating highly accurate digital drawings for use in construction. Further, it can provide the foundation for a kind of computational art history, where the language and associated software serve as a descriptive tool for analyzing the evolution of instrument designs over time. This work will be integrated with ongoing, active experience constructing violoncellos, connecting the historical and conceptual with the practical.

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Project fields:
Architecture; Arts, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$58,625 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 8/31/2015


HD-51912-14

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HD-51957-14

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum (Chicago, IL 60605-2403)
Jodi Lacy (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to 10/02/2015)
Pedro Raposo (Project Director: 10/02/2015 to present)

Digital Historic Skies

Preliminary planning and development of a web-based project to crowdsource information about historical astronomical maps, as well as a mobile application that would offer both humanistic and scientific interpretation of these materials.

The Adler Planetarium’s Digital Historic Skies will create an interactive mobile application that teaches the general public about art, history, and science in cultures throughout the world through the use of historic celestial maps and the current night sky. The application will incorporate citizen science data, a smartphone’s GPS, historic celestial cartography from different cultures, and current astronomical data. When users look at any region of the sky, they will easily access engaging and relevant historic, cultural, and contemporary astronomical information. The project has three major goals: 1) to develop an alpha prototype citizen science project to catalog celestial objects in Adler’s historic maps; 2) to develop a proof-of-concept prototype mobile phone application that teaches about cultures through historic celestial cartography; and 3) to draft implementation plans.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other; History of Science; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016


PW-51697-14

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Susan Anderson (Project Director: 07/22/2013 to present)
Matthew Affron (Co Project Director: 06/09/2014 to present)

Building a Duchamp Research Portal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A planning grant for the development of an online research portal for digitized archival materials created by or related to the artist Marcel Duchamp.

Home to the largest and most significant collection of Marcel Duchamp artwork in the world, as well as an unparalleled collection of Duchamp-related archival materials, the Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a one-year planning grant to pursue the first online research portal for digitized archival and reference materials created by or related to the artist. This work will be undertaken in collaboration with the Association Marcel Duchamp and the Musée National d'Art Moderne and Bibliothèque Kandinsky at Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou. Planning activities include consultation with copyright and technical specialists; collections surveys; and a meeting of an Advisory Board, representing Duchamp scholars, arts institutions, and technology and humanities advisors to formalize plans for designing, creating, and maintaining the Research Portal. A comprehensive white paper will document all planning efforts and guide project implementation.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 3/31/2016


PF-50431-14

University of Colorado Museum (Boulder, CO 80303-1058)
Christina Cain (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Sustainable Microenvironment for Collections Storage

Planning for the creation of storage microclimates to improve the preservation of Navajo textiles and Native American pottery held in the anthropology collections of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

This grant to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History would provide funding to bring together a team of experts in preservation, sustainability, engineering, pest management, and environmental control to develop plans for creating a microenvironment for the storage of sensitive museum collections. The plan will include designs for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and building envelope improvements for two spaces within the museum structure. These rooms will be used to house the museum's pottery and textile collections, which are at risk in their current state and are the top priority for an improved preservation environment.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$48,228 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


PF-50416-14

Yellowstone Art Museum (Billings, MT 59101-1241)
Robyn Peterson (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Illuminating Art: LED Relamping Project

An implementation project to install energy-efficient LED lighting and occupancy sensors in the Yellowstone Art Museum's exhibition galleries, where collections of American art are displayed. The museum's holdings focus on modern and contemporary art from Montana and the northern Rocky Mountain and northern Plains regions.

A preventive conservation project, Illumination: LED Relamping Project aims to improve the preservation environment and increase operational sustainability. The project will 1) replace 90-watt and 50-watt tungsten halogens with maximum 21-watt non-UV/IR-emitting LED lamps in the main museum building, 2) replace obsolete track heads in two small galleries, and 3) install occupancy sensors in the one gallery lacking them. The project will bring the Yellowstone Art Museum's lighting system in all art exhibition and storage areas up to 21st-century standards. Expected outcomes are 1) reducing heat generated by conventional systems and 2) joining green building choices already made by the YAM that are improving its preservation environment and its financial and environmental sustainability profile. By saving energy and costs, the project reinforces the YAM's commitment to its collections, cultural preservation, environmental policy, and quest for cost-effective operations.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General; Arts, Other

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$34,979 (approved)
$34,979 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2014 – 4/30/2015


PF-50472-14

Center for Research Libraries (Chicago, IL 60637-2804)
Don Dyer (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to 07/21/2014)
Patrick Lummen (Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

Implementation Grant Project

Improvements to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system at the Center for Research Libraries, which holds over five million items including rare and unique volumes and primary source materials dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

A Preservation and Access: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections implementation grant application to fund a capital improvement project to upgrade the heat and air conditioning system software and replace the two networks of sensors and controllers that automate the system that provides a preservation storage environment for the Center's 93,750 square feet of collection storage space.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$159,720 (approved)
$141,639 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2015


PW-51595-14

Academy Foundation (Los Angeles, CA 90211-1907)
Teague Schneiter (Project Director: 07/22/2013 to present)

Academy Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive - Planning Project

A strategic planning effort for and initial development of the Academy Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive, a repository that would include more than one thousand oral history interviews with screen and radio actors, directors, writers, composers, cinematographers, editors, and other production staff, which have been collected from 1947 to the present.

To support the development of a comprehensive strategic plan to create the Academy Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive, the first industry-wide collection of motion picture-related oral and visual histories. With interviews recorded in 1947 through the present, the Archive will bring together the oral and visual history collections of a founding consortium of the Academy, Art Directors Guild, Film Music Foundation, International Cinematographers Guild, Motion Picture Editors Guild, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and Writers Guild Foundation.

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Project fields:
Film History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2015


PF-50421-14

Gibbes Art Gallery (Charleston, SC 29401)
Zinnia Willits (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Framing the Future: Collections, Care, and Storage Renovation at the Gibbes Museum of Art

An implementation project to improve storage conditions for the Gibbes Museum's collections, which focus on art of the American south. Storage furniture would be installed in a new collections suite that is being created as part of a major renovation and expansion of the museum.

The Gibbes Museum of Art requests a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Implementation Grant of $250,000 to relocate the fine art collection and purchase and install custom-designed, space and energy efficient storage equipment, return the collection and reinstall the collection in the new storage and study center, as part of a major building renovation entitled Framing the Future: A Campaign for Excellence at the Gibbes Museum of Art. The Gibbes is dedicated to generating scholarship, exhibitions and programs that promote a broad understanding of this region and its role in American and world history, and contemplate its future. The renovation and storage/study suite will go far to help make this knowledge accessible to diverse audiences, and add richness to the visitor experience.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 6/30/2016


PF-50432-14

Sealaska Heritage Foundation (Juneau, AK 99801-1245)
Charles Smythe (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Preserving Cultural Collections through Sustainable Practices

Improved storage and preservation through the installation of compact shelving and the construction of object storage mounts and boxes for collections of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian items held by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is dedicated to preserving and making a diverse collection of significant humanities holdings available for present and future generations. Prior to a facility relocation, this project will first purchase and install preservation-quality compact shelving structures that will be integrated with systems to manage relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in its collection storage space. Then SHI will oversee the construction of preservation quality object storage mounts and boxing that protect objects during a facility relocation and in the long term, amid the objective of carrying out the project through sustainable and environmentally responsive best practices.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$182,654 (approved)
$182,654 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


PW-51549-14

University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH 03824-2620)
Siobhan Senier (Project Director: 07/22/2013 to present)

Writing of Indigenous New England: Building Partnerships for the Preservation of Regional Native American Literature

Collaborative planning for creating access, through an online portal, to regional Native American writings held by small tribal archives across New England. Three pilot projects to test workflow for digitizing these materials would be undertaken and protocols and agreements for future collaborative work would be drafted.

The project will convene a group of regional Native American knowledge keepers, humanities scholars, and digitization and intellectual property experts for project and planning activities associated with the online portal, "Writing of Indigenous New England." At present our growing collaboration includes scholars, librarians, web developers and tribal historians from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We seek NEH funding to accomplish three initial goals: (1) convene a 2-day editorial board meeting and planning session, from which we will (2) write up our editorial guidelines and priorities, agree on culturally-sensitive intellectual property protocols, and establish technical specifications for the website; and (3) run three pilot projects at the Tomaquag Museum (RI), Indigenous Resource Collaborative (MA), and Passmaquoddy Heritage Center (ME), to help us establish workflow, clarify budget and staffing expectations, and begin drafting some larger funding proposals.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,655 (approved)
$39,655 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016


PF-50447-14

Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ 86011-0001)
Jonathan Pringle (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Exploring Sustainable Practices for Cold Storage for At-Risk Collections

A planning project to develop recommendations for a dedicated cold storage environment for the university's visual resource collections (photographs, negatives, motion pictures, and magnetic media) documenting the history and culture of the Colorado Plateau region.

This project will help plan for specialized storage for the fragile visual materials. These include photographs, negatives, moving images, and magnetic media that form a significant part of the rare and original archival collections housed in the Special Collections and Archives unit of the library. Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant opportunity will bring in a team of specialized experts who will work collaboratively to plan for a storage environment that will significantly deter the degradation of these irreplaceable items.

[White paper]

Project fields:
History, General; Native American Studies; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,971 (approved)
$36,859 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


PW-51624-14

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Christine Walley (Project Director: 07/22/2013 to present)

Preparing to Preserve, Digitize, and Catalog the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum Collection

Producing detailed plans for cataloging and digitization of the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum's collection on the history of Chicago.

The proposed project will complete detailed plans for preserving, digitizing, and cataloguing a portion of the incredible wealth of multi-media materials collected by the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum. This will be the first step in making the collection accessible to scholars as well as the general public via a searchable, interactive website. The Southeast Chicago Historical Museum emerged in the early 1980s as the regional steel industry was collapsing and became a central repository for area residents to collect and preserve artifacts relating to the industrial as well as social, cultural, and environmental history of this once vibrant region. The proposed work includes: 1) assessing the condition of the collection; 2)developing criteria for prioritizing content for preservation and digitization; 3)creating a metadata scheme that supports exploration and analysis;4)developing technical standards for preserving assets; and 5)structuring a preservation & digitization work plan.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,610 (approved)
$39,597 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2015


PW-51645-14

Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899)
Jennifer Redmond (Project Director: 07/22/2013 to 03/31/2014)
Eric Pumroy (Project Director: 04/01/2014 to present)

History of Women's Education Open Access Portal Project

A Foundations-level project to plan and conduct pilot work for an online portal to archival sources pertaining to the history of women's higher education in the United States.

Bryn Mawr College, in collaboration with Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Vassar College, Wellesley College, and the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, seeks support for a Foundations project to develop a shared approach to cataloging and providing access to the letters, diaries, and scrapbooks from the first generations of women to attend college. The seven colleges, once known as the Seven Sisters and regarded as the equivalent of the Ivy League before those institutions admitted women, contain extensive holdings of student personal writings dating back to the late-nineteenth century, an unparalleled and only partially tapped resource for the study of a wide range of women's history issues over the last century and a half. The seven institutions propose to make their collections more widely accessible through the development of a common search portal and shared standards for metadata and thematic vocabulary.

[White paper]

Project fields:
American Studies; Women's History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,650 (approved)
$39,505 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 5/31/2015


PW-51672-14

University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA 95211-0110)
Caroline Schroeder (Project Director: 07/22/2013 to present)
Amir Zeldes (Co Project Director: 06/01/2015 to present)

Coptic SCRIPTORIUM: Digitizing a Corpus for Interdisciplinary Research in Ancient Egyptian

Planning for the creation of a digitized corpus of Coptic texts of importance to scholarship in biblical studies, early Christian history, and linguistics. The project would develop a pilot text corpus and establish technical standards to ensure interoperability of the corpus with other digital projects on the ancient world.

Coptic, having evolved from the language of the hieroglyphs of the pharaonic era, represents the last phase of the Egyptian language and is pivotal for a wide range of disciplines, such as linguistics, biblical studies, the history of Christianity, Egyptology, and ancient history. The Coptic language has proven essential for the decipherment and continued study of Ancient Egyptian and is of major interest for Afro-Asiatic linguistics and Coptic linguistics in its own right. Coptic manuscripts are sources for biblical and extra-biblical texts and document ancient and Christian history. Coptic SCRIPTORIUM will advance knowledge in these fields by increasing access to now largely inaccessible texts of historical, religious, and linguistic significance. The project designs digital tools and methodologies and applies them to literary texts, creating a rich open-access corpus.

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Project fields:
Classical Languages; Computational Linguistics; History of Religion

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$39,986 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 8/31/2016


PW-51585-14

California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation (Carson, CA 90747-0001)
Gregory Williams (Project Director: 07/22/2013 to present)

California State University Japanese American Digitization Planning Grant

Planning and implementation of a pilot project to digitize archival sources at six California State University (CSU) system schools dealing with Japanese American internment during World War II.

A consortium of California State University archives requests support for a Foundations project to plan for the digitization of documents concerning the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The goal of the proposal is to identify Japanese American collections and unite those collections digitally through a website.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Asian American Studies; Immigration History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,956 (approved)
$39,947 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2015


PF-50434-14

New Hampshire Historical Society (Concord, NH 03301-6316)
William Dunlap (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Improving Environmental Conditions to Preserve New Hampshire Collections

Improvements to the headquarters of the New Hampshire Historical Society to protect a significant collection documenting New Hampshire history from damaging environmental conditions, while reducing heat loss and energy consumption. Upgrades would include insulating the roof and skylights, protecting the collections from ultraviolet light, and replacing heating and mechanical systems.

The New Hampshire Historical Society proposes a rehabilitation of its National Registered-listed headquarters in Concord, the state capital. The Society's headquarters houses the single most comprehensive collection of the materials of New Hampshire history. Guided by the Secretary of the Interior's standards for Rehabilitation, the project will protect these nationally significant holdings against damaging internal environmental conditions and hazards; reduce heat loss, energy consumption, and the Society's carbon "footprint;" and protect the architectural character of the 1911 building. To accomplish these goals, the project will address current heat loss and gain through the building's roof and skylights, eliminate damaging ultraviolet radiation from natural light, and replace century-old heating and mechanical systems in order to safeguard collections, conserve energy, and maintain levels of temperature and relative humidity appropriate to an archive and museum.

[White paper]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


PF-50437-14

University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)
Julie Arnott (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to 12/09/2015)
Liz Dube (Project Director: 12/09/2015 to present)

University of Notre Dame, Rare Books and Special Collections, Sustainable Preservation Environment Project

A planning grant to address significant environmental factors--in particular, an aging HVAC system--that pose a threat to the applicant's Rare Books and Special Collections, which contain 175,000 volumes of printed books and periodicals dating from the 15th century to the present with topical strengths in Catholic Church history and theology, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, Italian literature, and sports history.

The University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries requests $50,000 to develop a plan to address significant environmental factors posing a threat to the long-term preservation of its Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC). The Collections are housed in a dedicated underground vault area. The HVAC system that serves RBSC is original to the fifty-year old building and is not purpose-designed to serve the space: the zoning does not appropriately isolate work and collection storage. The heating, ventilating and cooling (HVAC) infrastructure is unable to meet the preservation needs of the collections and struggles to maintain even the broadest range of tolerances with respect to temperature and relative humidity (RH). The collaborative project team includes eight Notre Dame staff from the Libraries, Facilities, Utilities and the Office of Sustainability. This team will work closely with two environmental specialists from the Image Permanence Institute.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Italian Literature; Medieval History; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$48,711 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 6/30/2016


PF-50449-14

Museum of History and Industry (Seattle, WA 98109-4330)
Betsy Bruemmer (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Analysis of Mechanical Systems and Building Envelope of the MOHAI Resource Center

The analysis of collection storage spaces and environmental conditions at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), which houses diverse collections of archival and audiovisual materials and artifacts that treat the history of Seattle and the surrounding region. To improve care for these collections, the applicant would gather information about the museum's storage spaces and assemble an expert team to suggest sustainable improvements for storage and accessibility of the collections. A white paper would foster greater understanding of the preservation challenges facing cultural heritage institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

After moving into a renovated former granite warehouse, MOHAI is struggling to achieve a sustainable and appropriate preservation environment for its artifact and library collections. With NEH support, we wish to work with the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) of Rochester, NY to develop a better understanding of our mechanical systems and the effects of the building envelope on this system in a Pacific Northwest marine environment. We would also like to utilize IPI's expertise in materials science and deterioration to review the temperature and relative humidity specifications for our collections. Consultations with experts in building construction, mechanical engineering and HVAC systems have resulted in a variety of theories about this problem, from ground moisture seeping up though the concrete floors, to infiltration of outside air into the building, to inadequate mechanical equipment. A variety of solutions have been proposed, the source of the problem, however, remains a mystery.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History; Urban History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 11/30/2016


PF-50461-14

Blount County Government (Maryville, TN 37803-7979)
Jackie Glenn (Project Director: 12/27/2013 to present)

Blount County Archival Preservation Grant

The installation of new climate control and lighting in a renovated facility designed to preserve archival records, dating from the late 1700s to the present, pertaining to the history and culture of eastern Tennessee.

An implementation project for the reallocation of space to reduce energy consumption, improve and stabilize environmental conditions of the historical and cultural records collection of Blount County Records Management and Archives (hereafter referred to as the Archives.) Blount County's documents are currently stored in two locations which are not conducive to records storage. The Archives is requesting funding to help relocate the records by renovating a new (seventy-five hundred square feet) location at the Blount County Operation Center that will house all records collection in one place. Our stategy is to extend Blount County's Bee-Green program by installing an energy efficient HVAC system and make needed renovations in the Archive's location at the Operations Center. The advisory team has used environmetal monitoring data, space usage, and an area within the building's envelope to create a plan for a climate management system that will be energy efficient.

[White paper]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$119,100 (approved)
$119,100 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 12/31/2016


HK-50175-14

PRX, Inc. (Cambridge, MA 02238-2234)
Kerri Hoffman (Project Director: 02/26/2014 to present)

Pop Up Archive: Saving culturally significant audio through preservation, searchability, and distribution

Further development of Pop Up Archive, an online platform for managing and disseminating audio collections, including automated methods for transcribing and searching sound files.

Pop Up Archive is a set of web-based tools that make audio searchable and reusable for scholars, journalists, and the public through speech-to-text and keyword extraction software. Pop Up Archive unites audio recordings and voices from disparate places and eras, diving deep into our nation’s rich oral history. We seek to scale Pop Up Archive across U.S. recorded sound collections by implementing a transcription toolkit developed by the British Broadcasting Corporation, processing over 30,000 hours of digital sound from public media and oral history archives, and educating these communities on best practices for preserving and creating access to digital sound. Pop Up Archive is open source, conforms to archival standards, and requires no technical expertise of participating organizations. For the first time, digital sounds can be automatically searched to the timestamp, contextualized with topic headings, and indexed for safe and permanent backup preservation at the Internet Archive.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Journalism; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2015


HT-50086-14

Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT 05753-6004)
Christian Keathley (Project Director: 03/19/2014 to present)
Jason Mittell (Co Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

Scholarship in Sound and Image: Producing Videographic Criticism in the Digital Age

A two week workshop at Middlebury College for twelve participants on the topic of incorporating time-based media like video and audio in multimodal humanities scholarship.

This two-week workshop, scheduled for June 2015, will gather scholars interested in producing critical work in a multi-media format. The workshop is designed for 12 participants, ranging in rank from advanced graduate students to full professors, whose objects of study involve audio-visual media, especially film, television, and other new digital media forms. In a workshop setting, we will consider the theoretical foundation for undertaking such innovative work, and we will experiment extensively with producing multi-media scholarly work, resulting in at least one work of publishable quality per participant. The goals will be to explore a range of approaches by using moving images as a critical language and to expand the expressive possibilities available to innovative humanists. The curriculum and work produced by the participants in the workshop will be featured in a special issue of [in]Transition, the first peer reviewed journal devoted exclusively to videographic criticism.

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Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Media Studies

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$95,152 (approved)
$95,109 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 9/30/2015


HD-51921-14

Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001)
Michael Carrasco (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

The Mesoamerican Corpus of Formative Period Art and Writing

The development of a prototype database and complementary tools to facilitate analysis of Mesoamerican iconography and art objects from the Formative period, 1500-400 BCE.

This project explores the origins and development of the first writing in the New World by constructing a comprehensive database of Formative period, 1500-400 BCE, iconography and a suite of database-driven digital tools. In collaboration with two of the largest repositories of Formative period Mesoamerican art in Mexico, the project integrates the work of archaeologists, art historians, and scientific computing specialists to plan and begin the production of a database, digital assets, and visual search software that permit the visualization of spatial, chronological, and contextual relationships among iconographic and archaeological datasets. These resources will eventually support mobile and web based applications that allow for the search, comparison, and analysis of a corpus of material currently only partially documented. The start-up phase will generate a functional prototype database, project website, wireframe user interfaces, and a report summarizing project development.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Archaeology; Art History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,993 (approved)
$59,948 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 9/30/2015


HD-51904-14

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2608)
Franklin Knight (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to 07/22/2014)
Kim Gallon (Co Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)
Hollis Robbins (Project Director: 07/23/2014 to present)

The Black Press Research Collective Newspaper Project: Visualizing the History of the Black Press in the United States

A two-day workshop to discuss the development of mapping and geocoding tools & data visualization authoring programs to assist scholars working with the Black Press.

In a little over a decade, historical and contemporary black newspapers have been digitized at a rapid rate. Yet a critical body of scholarship of these newspapers' impact continues to lag behind the technological developments, which have made these newspapers available to scholars and students. This dearth, in part, results from insufficient digital tools, which might assist researchers in understanding the geographic scope and social magnitude of the Black Press. The Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Black Press Research Collective (BPRC) propose to develop a two-day workshop to discuss the development of mapping and geocoding tools and data visualization authoring programs to assist scholars in producing traditional and digital humanities scholarship on the Black Press. The workshop will bring together key Black Press scholars, librarians, archivists and data visualization experts to develop plans to create data visualizations from select data on the Black Press. The workshop will result in a white paper on the state of scholarship on the Black Press and proposals to develop a set of visualizations of its history.

[White paper]

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Journalism

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,117 (approved)
$24,459 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 5/31/2015


HD-51907-14

University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA 95211-0110)
Caroline Schroeder (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)
Amir Zeldes (Co Project Director: 06/01/2015 to present)

Coptic SCRIPTORIUM:A Corpus, Tools, and Methods for Corpus Linguistics and Computational Historical Research in Ancient Egypt

The development of a user interface and language analysis tools to facilitate interdisciplinary, collaborative research and annotation of digitized Coptic texts.

Coptic, having evolved from the language of the hieroglyphs of the pharaonic era, represents the last phase of the Egyptian language and is pivotal for a wide range of disciplines, such as linguistics, biblical studies, the history of Christianity, Egyptology, and ancient history. Coptic SCRIPTORIUM provides the first open-source technologies for computational and digital research across the disciplines as applied to Egyptian texts. The project is developing a digitized corpus of Coptic texts available in multiple formats and visualizations (including TEI XML), tools to analyze and process the language (e.g., the first Coptic part-of-speech tagger), a database with search and visualization capabilities, and a collaborative platform for scholars to contribute texts and annotations and to conduct research. The technologies and corpus will function as a collaborative environment for digital research by any scholars working in Coptic.

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Project fields:
Ancient Languages; Classics; History of Religion

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


HD-51866-14

West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown, WV 26506)
Charles Baldwin (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

A Search Engine for Electronic Literature

Development of a search interface and implementation of shared metadata standards that would join the databases for nine international research centers in electronic literature, allowing researchers to cross-search the complete archives.

Our Level II grant proposal emerges from the Consortium for Electronic Literature (CELL), a partnership founded by the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) and joining nine research centers, all developing online database projects devoted to research in electronic literature (e-lit). Building on existing achievements, we request $59,973 to implement the following: a web-based search engine for e-lit to display results from across the consortium databases; a unified name authority system to improve the data harvested by the search engine and to create more faceted and complex search results; and a training/how-to framework to extend our initiative to include future projects and partners and to establish standards and best practices in using the e-lit search engine.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,973 (approved)
$54,518 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 10/31/2015


HD-51897-14

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Elizabeth Lorang (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)
Leen Kiat Soh (Co Project Director: 09/17/2003 to present)

Image Analysis for Archival Discovery (Aida)

The development of a prototype tool that would allow scholars and students to apply image processing and machine learning techniques to identify specific visual elements within digitized collections. The project would start with an attempt to identify poetry found in the Chronicling America collection of historic newspapers.

Images created in the digitization of primary materials contain a wealth of machine-processable information for data mining and large-scale analysis, and this information should be leveraged both to connect researchers with the resources they need and to augment interpretation of human culture, as a complement to and extension of text-based approaches. The proposed project, "Image Analysis for Archival Discovery" (Aida), applies image processing and machine learning techniques from computer science to digitized materials to facilitate and promote archival discovery. Beginning with the automatic detection of poetic content in historic newspapers, this project will develop image processing as a methodology for humanities research and analysis. In doing so, it will advance work on two fronts: 1) it will contribute to the reevaluation of newspaper verse in American literary history; 2) it will assess the application of image analysis as a method for discovery in archival collections.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$59,697 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 6/30/2016


HD-51864-14

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Adam Rabinowitz (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

Periods, Organized (PeriodO): A gazetteer of period assertions for linking and visualizing periodized data

The development of a gazetteer that incorporates different scholarly definitions of historical and archaeological periods.

The PeriodO project seeks to create an online gazetteer of authoritative assertions about the chronological and geographic extent of historical and archaeological periods. Starting with a trial dataset related to Classical antiquity, this gazetteer will combine period thesauri used by museums and cultural heritage bodies with published assertions about the dates and locations of periods in authoritative print sources. These assertions will be modeled in a Linked Data format (JSON-LD, a serialization of RDF). They will be given Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) and served from a public GitHub repository, where they can act as a shared reference point to describe data in datasets with periodized information. We will also create a search and visualization tool to view the temporal and geographic extent of an assertion and compare it with others. Authoritative users will be able to add their own period assertions.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Classics; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$54,096 (approved)
$53,907 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HD-51774-13

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Stephen Railton (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Digital Yoknapatawpha

The development of an expanded prototype that allows for the mapping and study of William Faulker's fiction that took place in the imaginary county of Yoknapatawpha.

Digital Yoknapatawpha is a new means to interrogate the fiction that Faulkner wrote between 1926 and 1960 about his mythical county. The current prototype, built by PI Railton and a national team of Faulkner scholars in collaboration with the digital humanities technologists at UVA, models a way to enter every character, location and event in single texts into a robust database, and map that data into an atlas of interactive visual resources. Our proposal will extend this prototype to enable inter-textual study of all the Yoknapatawpha fiction. This enlargement will deploy the exceptional capacities of digital humanities to make the study of Faulkner’s engagement with a particular place and major issues in American history as dynamic as his repeated returns to it and them. The extended design will provide students with new means to appreciate Faulkner’s art, and scholars with transformative digital pathways to research all that his work can reveal about literature and culture.

[White paper][Grant products]

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,084 (approved)
$58,970 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014


HD-51718-13

Loyola University, Chicago (Chicago, IL 60611-2147)
David Chinitz (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Pamela Caughie (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Metadata Schema for Modernist Networks

A one-day workshop to engage humanities scholars and technical experts in the development of a standardized metadata schema and vocabulary that describes and enables discovery of digital projects in modernist studies.

Loyola University Chicago will host a workshop for 16 participants in digital modernist projects in the U.S., Canada, and abroad which will result in the launching of ModNets as the most recent "node" in the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC). ModNets, a federation of digital projects in the field of modernist studies, faces unique challenges as it joins the ARC organization: we will address issues specific to the field of modernist studies, particularly the metadata needs for new media, such as film and phonography. The purpose of this workshop, which will include project directors, ModNets and ARC leaders, and metadata analysts, is to review ARC's RDF (metadata) vocabulary in the light of modernist scholarship and enhance it to meet the particular needs of modernist artifacts. The outcome will be a list of proposed changes to the existing ARC vocabularies and a working set of RDF documents for two existing projects.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$27,671 (approved)
$17,661 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 8/31/2014


HD-51787-13

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61820-5711)
William Underwood (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Understanding Genre in a Collection of a Million Volumes

The continuing development of software that would allow users to classify digitized literary works by genre, including allowing for the changing definitions of genre over time.

Large digital collections offer new avenues of exploration for literary scholars. But their potential has not yet been fully realized, because we don’t have the metadata we would need to make literary arguments at scale. Subject classifications don’t reveal, for instance, whether a given volume is poetry, drama, fiction, or criticism. Working with a hand-classified collection of 4,275 English-language works, we have discovered new perspectives on the history of genre. But to flesh out those leads (and permit others to undertake similar projects) we need to move to a scale where manual classification would be impractical. We propose to develop software that can classify volumes by genre while allowing definitions of genre to change over time, and allowing works to belong to multiple genres. We will classify a million-volume collection (1800- 1949), make our data, metadata, and software freely available through HathiTrust Research Center, and publish substantive literary findings.

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Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$57,163 (approved)
$54,577 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 11/30/2015


HD-51772-13

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages (Berkeley, CA 94704-1418)
Luis Gomez (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

The Buddhist Translators Workbench (BTW), a project of Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages

The continued development of a prototype of the Buddhist Translators Workbench, a platform for scholars and translators of classical Buddhist texts, as well as the preparation of supplementary user tutorials.

The Buddhist Translators Workbench (BTW) offers an interactive digital environment for scholars and translators of classical Buddhist texts. Focused on lexicographic research, it gives ready access to the resources needed to research key terms in context and suggests new lines of inquiry. Scholars can record their findings for broad dissemination, and the ability to log user threads and dialogs will support collaboration and encourage user contributions. Extensive interactive annotations of key terms will preserve the work of earlier generations and create new possibilities for interdisciplinary work. By establishing a shared body of knowledge easily accessible across specialized disciplines, BTW will serve as a model for other scholars working in clearly delimited fields. Level I focused on planning, developing alpha-level prototypes for inputting data, and choosing sample terms and texts. Level II will initiate work on a proof-of-concept database to go online in May 2014.

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Project fields:
Asian Languages

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 1/31/2015


HD-51670-13

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Michele Weigle (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Archive What I See Now

The development of an open-source tool that would allow web browsers to digitally archive a web page or series of pages as they appear at a particular point in time, using as case studies web resources that address humanities themes such as religious history and political dialog.

The web has become a repository for much of our social culture. Thus, humanities scholars have recognized the need for archiving web objects to support their research. We propose to build an open-source tool to support this personal-scale web archiving. We will build a Firefox add-on to create an archive of a web page or web site from the perspective of the browser. This means that web pages requiring authentication, pages on social media sites, and pages displayed after some user interaction can all be archived in the standard Web ARChive (WARC) format. This tool will provide easy access to web archiving and give users the ability to "archive what I see now." The tool will also allow users to upload generated WARC files to a specified server for later access. With this tool, collaborating scholars could upload their WARCs to a common server to create special-purpose collections of various topics. These collections could then be accessed by standard web archive tools.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$57,892 (approved)
$57,891 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 12/31/2014


HG-50046-13

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Willemina Wendrich (Project Director: 10/05/2012 to present)

Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online - Illustrated Standardized Terminology (AEGARON-IST)

The development of a controlled vocabulary for ancient Egyptian architecture to be supported by geo-referenced, annotated illustrations of architectural details, which will be delivered through the Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online (AEGARON) digital library. The German Archaeological Institute is requesting 71.474€ from DFG.

Terminology to describe historic architecture has an effect on our perception and understanding of the ancient built environment. Classical architectural terms have been used inconsistently to describe ancient Egyptian buildings, resulting in a fuzzy terminology and an abundance of misunderstandings. Saddled with an "inappropriate" terminology, Egyptology needs to standardize the terms and qualify them through descriptions and illustrations. This is best done by thinking through the construction and function of architectural elements in the built space, their regional and temporal differences, and their importance in the development of ancient Egyptian architecture as a whole. Aegaron will provide a well thought out controlled vocabulary represented by georeferenced, annotated drawings and photographs of architectural details. The project will run from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2015.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$157,170 (approved)
$157,170 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 5/31/2016


HD-51773-13

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Mark Tebeau (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Erin Bell (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Mobile Museum Initiative

Development of a prototype of Curatescape Museums, a platform for mobile interpretation of museum collections, as well as best practices for small to mid-sized museums interested in implementing mobile technologies.

The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities (CPHDH) and the Ohio Historical Society seek NEH Level II Start-Up support for the Mobile Museum Initiative (MMI) to extend our understanding of best interpretive and technological practices for mobile interpretation in museum settings. MMI innovates both in technology and interpretive humanities practice. On the interpretive side, the project proposes to challenge the conventional approach to app deployment in museum settings that is built around museum navigation and pays little attention to visitor usage patterns. We will be recommending an interpretive practice that emphasizes connectivity between objects around themes, ideas, and chronologies. In addition, we will emphasize the foregrounding of visitor studies as a significant part of the design and deployment of mobile applications. On the technology side, CPHDH will work to release a beta version Curatescape Museums an open-source (and, optionally, hosted) software application.

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Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$59,722 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 8/31/2015


HD-51640-13

Catholic University of America (Washington, DC 20064-0001)
Lilla Kopar (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Nancy Wicker (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Project Andvari: A Digital Portal to the Visual World of Early Medieval Northern Europe

A two-day workshop bringing together an international group of humanities scholars, cultural heritage professionals, and technical experts to begin planning for an online resource that would facilitate access to digital collections of the art and artifacts of the early medieval period in northern Europe, drawn from a range of dispersed institutional holdings.

Project Andvari is designed to provide integrated access to dispersed collections of northern European art and artifacts of the early medieval period (4th-12th centuries). Our goal is to create a digital portal offering aggregated search options and enhanced metadata. Funding is requested to convene an international workshop for humanities scholars, museum professionals, and technology experts to refine the conceptual design of the proposed research tool and identify its technological requirements in preparation for a pilot project. Ultimately, Project Andvari will facilitate interdisciplinary research in art, archaeology, history, and literary and religious studies of the northern periphery of medieval Europe. It will allow users to study visual culture across media and beyond traditional geographical and disciplinary boundaries. Its innovative application of search methods will promote analyses of relationships of artifacts and cultures, and help us discover the hitherto unnoticed.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$27,921 (approved)
$24,457 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 12/31/2014


HD-51801-13

Independent Feature Project (New York, NY 10003-6811)
Roger Williams (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Woo Jung Cho (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Traveling While Black

A two-day workshop led by Games for Change that will result in the development of a proof-of-concept prototype for a game based on The Negro Motorist Green Book, first published in 1936 with advice for African Americans traveling in the Jim Crow South.

The history of African American travel is one of the great untold American stories. We seek a Level I Start-Up Grant to support the collaboration between humanities scholars and interactive designers to develop a choice-driven, exploratory game that places players directly in the shoes of African American travelers of the past. Through the game mechanics, players will explore the nature of prejudice, how it manifests, and the discrimination African Americans had to endure during the pre-civil rights era. The game will engage students and allow them to make strategic decisions, developing problem solving and systems thinking skills. Players will gain a rich and complex understanding of this important period in our nation’s history that continues to have contemporary resonance. The learning experience within the game will be augmented by the other platforms--documentary film, web series and digital cultural mapping--that make up the Traveling While Black (TWB) transmedia project.

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Project fields:
African American Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 1/31/2014


HD-51636-13

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2608)
Susan Weiss (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Ichiro Fujinaga (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Digital Prosopography for Renaissance Musicians: Discovery of Social and Professional Networks

The continued development of a prosopographical database tracing the social and professional networks of Renaissance musicians, using automated methods to identify individuals and biographical information within relevant sources and to establish relationships between them.

As part of Web 2.0 (Semantic Web), there is a new technology called FOAF (Friend of a Friend), describing relationships between people. We will investigate the applicability of FOAF for describing relationships between musicians of the past, thereby establishing a new biographical tool. Musicians have complex relationships,particularly those between teachers and students and those within ensembles of various sizes. Visual artists may have similar teacher-student relationships, but typically do not create their work together. Dancers may perform together, but they are usually taught in groups. Similarly, athletes may compete in groups, but they do not usually perform in public with their coaches. For this project we will focus specifically on relationships among Renaissance musicians and how to extract the biographical and relational data automatically from existing documents using natural language processing technology, creating a model applicable to other time periods and disciplines.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$54,466 (approved)
$54,466 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 10/31/2015


HD-51735-13

University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA 92521-0001)
Conrad Rudolph (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

FACES: Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems, Phase II

The refinement of additional techniques for using facial recognition software to help with the identification of human subjects in portraiture for art historical research.

Before the advent of photography, portraits were, almost by definition, depictions of people who were important in their own worlds. But, as a walk through almost any major museum will show, a large number of these unidentified portraits from before the nineteenth century--many of them great works of art--have lost the identities of their subjects through the fortunes of time. Traditionally, identification of many of these portraits has been limited to often quite variable personal opinion. FACES (Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems) proposes to establish the initial potential of face recognition technology to this highly subjective aspect of art history while at the same time retaining the human eye as the final arbiter.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015


HD-51719-13

University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077)
Noah Wardrip Fruin (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

A unified approach to preserving cultural software objects and their development histories

A Level 1 pilot project focusing on the preservation of software relevant to humanities scholars.

Software is an increasingly important part of our culture, and the humanities has responded with approaches such as digital culture studies, game studies, and software studies. Simultaneously, we face a growing erosion of computational history as the cycle of technological advancement and obsolescence continues. This project will pilot a new approach to software preservation -- one that draws on the best practices so far identified by those seeking to preserve scientific research and its context (on one hand) and games and virtual worlds (on the other) while being consistently informed by our growing knowledge of the research questions most important to the digital humanities. A team of librarians, computer scientists, and humanists will pilot this methodology by archiving UCSC's groundbreaking social simulation game Prom Week -- making progress towards a more unified approach to preserving software objects and their development histories for future scholars, students, and the public.

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Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


HD-51791-13

Kitchen Sisters Productions (San Francisco, CA 94133-5107)
Nikki Silva (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Pop Up Archive: Standardized Preservation and Distribution of Culturally Significant Audio

The development of open-source software tools and educational materials to facilitate the dissemination and long-term preservation of oral histories, radio broadcasts, and other audio content.

Pop Up Archive is a simple system to preserve audio content by making it searchable, reusable, and shareable in ways that are meaningful to scholars and producers. The Kitchen Sisters inspired and collaborated on the initial phase of the project, which entailed an academic survey of existing methods for storage of and access to audio content, as well as the alpha release of software plug-ins for Omeka. Phase two of the project, for which we are seeking a Level II Start-Up Grant, will finalize and test these plug-ins across public media organizations and oral history archives, create a centralized repository of audio records, and educate relevant communities through a shared web space. The system will be open source and will conform to national archival standards, without requiring technical expertise from participating organizations. For the first time, content can be indexed for safe and permanent preservation and made accessible to producers, scholars, students, and the public.

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Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014


PW-51334-13

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc. (Boston, MA 02116-2813)
Janet Spitz (Project Director: 07/24/2012 to present)

Planning a Central Cartographic Web Portal for the Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1800

A planning project to establish protocols and agreements for creating digital access to 3,000 cartographic images, held by multiple institutions, that document the Revolutionary War era (1750-1800).

The Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is developing a Central Cartographic Web Portal, focusing on the American Revolutionary War Era. This curated database will provide broad access to primary source documents that will include a judicious selection of the best and most informative printed and manuscript maps from approximately ten collections in the U.S. and Europe. The materials will focus on military mapping; 18th century American maritime charts; and urban mapping. The theme of the American Revolutionary War Era will serve as a pilot and model for additional themes in future years. Two advisory teams, one composed of curators and humanities experts, the other of technical expertise for cataloging and data management, will advise and create protocols for all aspects of the project. The site will improve access to vastly expanded resources through technology; advancing the scholarly, educational and cultural enrichment missions of all participating institutions.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 3/31/2015


PR-50178-13

Sanskrit Library (Providence, RI 02906-4629)
Peter Scharf (Project Director: 05/23/2012 to present)

Developing automated text-image alignment to enhance access to heritage manuscript images

Development of software to produce the partial transcription of Sanskrit manuscripts for human validation. The project would also integrate the manuscripts in a digital library to extend the use of lexical resources and linguistic tools for full-text searching and analysis.

The proposed project aims to enhance access to primary cultural heritage materials of India by developing human-validated automated text-image alignment techniques in order to provide access to digital images via related machine-readable texts, lexical resources, linguistic software, and a sophisticated search interface. Digital images of manuscripts written in Sanskrit, one of the world's richest culture-bearing languages, will be integrated into a digital library of Sanskrit. This integration will allow generalized information extraction and search techniques to reach enormous reservoirs of Sanskrit manuscripts. Integrating primary cultural materials with the Sanskrit Library will thus enable broad use of Indic collections for research and education where Indic materials are grossly underrepresented. The result will be extendable to the collections of Sanskrit manuscripts housed in American libraries and throughout the world and to archives of scanned Sanskrit books.

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Project fields:
Asian Languages

Program:
Research and Development

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$280,000 (approved)
$280,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2016


PW-51301-13

University of Florida Libraries (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Matthew Loving (Project Director: 07/24/2012 to 07/16/2014)
Laurie Taylor (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

French Pamphlet Planning Project: An International Collaboration for Improvement of Collection Access

A 12-month planning project that will engage multiple partnering institutions -- including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Brigham Young University, Brown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the Newberry Library, and others -- to conduct an initial analysis of pamphlet collections published during the French Revolution era (1780-1810). The systematic identification and organization of corresponding data sources, item descriptions and online collection content would improve the overall discoverability of all pamphlet collections and contribute to the preliminary planning of a French Pamphlet Digital Portal.

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida request $39,246 to support assessment, and planning activities that will leverage expertise from a mix of professional domains. In partnership with the Libraries, the following French Pamphlet Planning Project partners agree to work together towards collaborative data collection, analysis and the establishment of standards, workflows and project goals: the Center for Research Libraries, institutional members of the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections, University of Michigan, Brigham Young University, Stanford, Yale, Johns Hopkins University, University of Alabama, University of Kansas, the Newberry and the National Library of France. Partners agree the proposed 12-month (May 2013 – April 2014) planning project will yield important collection access outcomes.

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Project fields:
European History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,246 (approved)
$39,178 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015


PR-50182-13

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Oya Rieger (Project Director: 05/23/2012 to present)

Preservation & Access Framework for Digital Art Objects

The development of a methodological framework for the preservation of digital media artwork, using the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art as a test bed.

Cornell University Library (CUL) is requesting funding to develop a technical framework and associated tools to facilitate enduring access to interactive digital media art with a focus on artworks stored on hard drive, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM. CUL’s Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art will provide the test bed for the study. This collection, recognized as one of the most prominent of its kind in the world, contains thousands of artworks and encompasses a wide variety of formats. We seek funding from NEH of $284,550 for a two-year project. CUL will cost share 42.5% of the total project costs of $495,077. CUL will collaborate with AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, and the project will have an advisory board composed on international leaders in curation, arts, and preservation. The key principle of the project is to leverage existing standards, best practices, and technologies, and to focus on moving theory into practice in a working archival environment.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Research and Development

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$296,341 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2013 – 8/31/2015


PW-51281-13

Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA 91103-1999)
Robert Dirig (Project Director: 07/24/2012 to present)

American Innovation: Preserving and Providing Access to 80 Years of Industrial Design History

A planning and pilot project to establish protocols and practices for digitization and preservation of 100,000 photographs, 2,000 films and videos, and 500 linear feet of print materials documenting industrial design education.

From washing machines to computers, and sports cars to space capsules, America's infatuation with invention has fueled industrial design. Design history helps us understand American culture in a whole new way. By engaging an interdisciplinary team of diverse experts, Art Center College of Design proposes to advance historical knowledge of American culture through an archival preservation and access management pilot project. As the country's leading school of industrial design, Art Center archives include photos, films, and print material documenting American innovation over an 80-year period. New policies and procedures will be tested for digitization and public access, while immediately preserving assets at greatest risk for deterioration. The pilot project will build Art Center Archives' organizational capacity to ensure that the history of American innovation and imagination can be told for years to come.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014


PW-51478-13

American Research Institute in Turkey (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324)
A. Reinhart (Project Director: 07/24/2012 to present)

America in the Near East, 1819-2010: Preservation and Access Planning for the American Mission Board (ABM) Collection

A Foundations project to develop a plan to process and digitize ca. 262 linear feet of documents, photographs, books, and journals chronicling American missionary activity in the Ottoman Empire from 1824 to 1950.

The American Research Institute Turkey (ARIT) respectfully requests $40,000 in outright funds from the NEH to support project planning for management and dissemination of the resources of the American Board of Missions (ABM) archive and library in Istanbul. ARIT proposes to develop a comprehensive and efficient plan for the preservation, arrangement, cataloging, and digitizing of the archive of the American Board of Missions in Istanbul.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015


PF-50362-13

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA 01609-3196)
Rita Albertson (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Collections Sustainable Storage Initiative

Planning for sustainable storage solutions and upgrading of climate control systems to improve preservation of and access to an encyclopedic collection of 35,000 works of art that span the world's cultures, with highlights in ancient art of the Mediterranean and the Americas, American and European painting, Asian art, decorative arts, and works on paper.

The Worcester Art Museum is seeking a Planning Grant to develop its Collections Sustainable Storage Initiative (CSSI), an updated comprehensive Report and Master Plan of its collections storage spaces, environmental control and safety systems. A multi-disciplinary team is assembled to perform this work including consulting architects and engineers. As part of this effort the Museum will also implement the environmental data logging and analysis recommended by team consultant Image Permanence Institute (IPI). The planning goal is to develop ecologically sound, efficient, and sustainable guidelines supporting the Museum's collections storage spaces, storage furniture systems, environmental monitoring and control systems, as well as safety and protection systems. The CSSI Report will then form the basis for rethinking the existing connections between storage and permanent collections, and guide the way to more efficient and sustainable collections preservation.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2015


PF-50364-13

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA 01609-2280)
Kathleen Markees (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Creating a Sustainable Environment to Preserve Access to Humanities, Innovation, and STEM Education Collections at WPI

A partial renovation of the Special Collections wing of the George C. Gordon Library at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which holds a diverse collection of business records, personal papers, and rare books relating to the history of industry and technical education in the United States. The proposed activities will improve environmental conditions by isolating air handling from the main library building's system, enhancing extant fire protection systems, and installing a new environmental control (HVAC) system for the special collections.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's George C. Gordon Library seeks an implementation grant to fund the partial renovation of the existing Special Collections Wing to provide adequate environmental conditions and fire protection for the storage and preservation of archival and special collections materials.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014


PF-50365-13

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Lucinda Barnes (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Providing a Cold Storage Unit for Preserving the Pacific Film Archive

An implementation project for the purchase and construction of a cold storage unit housing selected portions of the Pacific Film Archive, a collection of over 16,000 films focusing primarily on the cinematic history of the Pacific Rim.

The Pacific Film Archive (PFA) requests a grant in the amount of $350,000 to purchase and install a walk-in cold storage vault at its collection storage facility. The vault will house unique and vulnerable motion picture negatives and earliest generation printing elements—our most important holdings and those in the greatest danger of deterioration. Moving these carefully chosen selections from the PFA collection into a cold storage room constitutes a significant, urgent improvement that adheres to the best practices in the field and will ensure future, public access to this important heritage.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2016


PF-50373-13

George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-2219)
Ralph Wiegandt (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to 08/27/2015)
Stacey VanDenburgh (Project Director: 08/27/2015 to present)

Comprehensive Environmental Assessment

A comprehensive environmental assessment of the George Eastman House, which contains materials related to the history and technology of still and moving images. The museum would develop a plan to improve care of its collections in environmentally and economically sustainable ways. The applicant requests an additional $10,000 to implement recommendations made by the project team.

George Eastman House requests a $40,000 planning grant to conduct a comprehensive environmental assessment of its building complex, to support a total project budget of $97,869. The planning grant will provide the staff, administration, and governing body with a core document to guide the Museum in implementing sustainable preservation environments for its collections. The Museum also requests $10,000 in supplemental funding to enact a pilot implementation project, crafted with the consulting team, to address a need identified during the site-visit.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2013 – 12/31/2015


PF-50381-13

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA 94102-4522)
Jill Sterrett (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Furnishing Sustainable Photography Storage

The purchase of storage furniture for the museum's 16,000-item photography collection, which spans the history of the medium from 1839 to the present day. The majority of the collections, which include representations of European and American modernism, surrealism, the avant-garde, Western landscape, and Japanese photography, would be housed in a vault adjacent to a new photography study center. This center would be established in a new building designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. A cold storage vault would also be created to protect a growing collection of color photography.

SFMOMA requests a $350,000 NEH SCHC implementation grant to enhance the preservation and use of its distinguished photography collection, numbering 16,000 objects. The proposed project includes purchase and installation of storage furniture for two new vaults, the Cold Storage Vault and the Study Center Storage Vault, which will house the entire photography collection within the museum’s building and allow for collection growth from 2012-2027. These storage systems and vaults are integral to a larger museum building expansion project that complies with the City of San Francisco Green Building Ordinance, among the nation’s most rigorous codes for reduction of waste in the built environment. Successful completion of the project addresses key priorities in SFMOMA’s 2012-2018 strategic plan: advancing sustainable preservation practices for the photography collection, and increasing access to and fostering use of the photography collection by the public and scholars.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 6/30/2016


PF-50410-13

Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum Association (Monhegan, ME 04852)
Jennifer Pye (Project Director: 12/13/2012 to present)

Planning for a Sustainable Preservation Environment

Planning for improved environmental conditions to protect a collection of art, photography, and material culture that chronicles the history of Monhegan Island, Maine, ranging from early Native American fishing sites to an art colony that has flourished from the mid-1800s to the present. The planning team would investigate non-mechanical options for reducing humidity and improving conditions in the historic Lighthouse Keeper's House and the Gallery, the museum's seasonal display facilities, and optimize the existing climate control systems in the off-season storage vaults to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

The Monhegan Museum's Planning for a Sustainable Preservation Environment project will assemble a group of skilled professionals to work collaboratively to develop a plan that addresses several serious environmental issues that pose a threat to the long-term care and conservation of the Museum's varied and significant collection of artwork, documents, photographs, and artifacts chronicling the unique history and culture of Monhegan Island, Maine. This team's focus will be on two distinct areas of remediation, the first being the investigation and small scale implementation of effective non-mechanical climate-control options for the Museum's seasonal display facilities, and the second being the pursuit of optimizing the existing climate-control systems in the Museum's off-season storage vaults with an eye towards increased energy-efficiency, and ultimately, reduced energy consumption.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$25,500 (approved)
$25,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 2/28/2015


PF-50378-14

Historic New England (Boston, MA 02114-2702)
Julie Solz (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Historic New England Haverhill Center Environment and Storage Project

Improved storage of Historic New England's decorative art and household furnishing collections through the creation of a room-within-a-room storage pod in the museum's centralized collections and conservation center. Some 22,000 artifacts that document everyday life in New England would be rehoused in a mobile high density storage system within the pod, which will be designed to efficiently maintain environmental conditions for the collections.

Historic New England's Haverhill Environment and Storage Project will upgrade environmental controls in its collections and conservation center located in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The building's environment threatens the well-being of the collections due to wide temperature fluctuations, low wintertime humidity, and mold growth due to water infiltration through leaky windows. This project will mitigate environmental threats to the collection by not only rehousing priority objects in an interior microclimate storage solution but also secure the building envelope against further water leakage and conditions that will compromise the objects stored here.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2016


PF-50396-13

Rochester Museum and Science Center (Rochester, NY 14607-2101)
Kathryn Murano (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Developing Intentional Collections Storage

A planning grant to develop sustainable and efficient storage in a basement storage area for a portion of the museum's 1.2 million objects documenting Western New York's historical, natural, cultural, and technological heritage.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), located in Rochester, New York, is requesting $50,000 for a one-year period to develop a plan to better preserve the community's at-risk humanities collections through sustainable initiatives. The need for a storage area that provides safe, secure and appropriate environments for the museum's collections is the RMSC's most urgent preservation challenge. A Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant will allow us to work with expert consultants to create a plan that will transform the museum's basement collections storage and management spaces into a sustainable, space- and energy-efficient collections storage facility where the most environmentally sensitive humanities collections from problematic off-site storage areas can be relocated.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 8/31/2015


PF-50409-13

Historic Charleston Foundation (Charleston, SC 29402-1120)
Brandy Culp (Project Director: 12/13/2012 to 03/10/2016)
Lauren Northup (Project Director: 03/10/2016 to present)

Climate Assessment for the Aiken-Rhett House Museum Collection

A yearlong planning project to provide for a sustainable means of managing the interior environment of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum for the long-term preservation of the collections and the historic interior finishes. The Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1820, managed by the Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF), is a rare example of a nearly intact, 19th-century urban townhouse complex, containing original objects and finishes in the main house and dependency buildings. The proposed study would use targeted monitoring techniques to measure temperature, relative humidity, dew point temperature, and air speed throughout the house. The resulting information would provide key insights into the deterioration of the architectural fabric of the house and the exhibited collections. The planning team would provide recommendations for more effective light control (guidelines for operating window shades, windows, and doors), natural ventilation, and minimal heating, as well as improvements to existing pest control protocols and periodic dehumidification.

Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) is seeking a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collection Planning Grant in the amount of $40,000 to develop a comprehensive plan for providing a sustainable means of managing the interior environment of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum for the longevity of the collections and the historic interior finishes. This project will enable HCF to better understand and eventually mitigate the direct effects of climate on the condition of the collection and historic finishes at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. It is necessary to further study current conditions and strategically plan sustainable, low-impact methods of intervention in order to better manage the interior environment and preserve the collection.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2013 – 5/31/2016


PW-51338-13

Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
Kate Blanch (Project Director: 07/24/2012 to present)

Access to Art in Encyclopedic Context

Planning for the creation of access to the museum's curatorial files, representing approximately 262 linear feet of correspondence, photograph albums of exhibit installations, an object index catalog, and bibliographic references for an encyclopedic collection of 35,000 works of art that were collected from the mid-19th century through the present and range from ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance works to decorative arts and modern European painting.

The Walters Art Museum requests $40,000 to arrange and describe content of the curatorial files, compile records stored across disparate locations, assess records for value to the humanities, prioritize materials for digitization, and create an online finding aid to inform the public of the information available. The content of these curatorial records pertains to the artworks in the Walters' world-renowned collection and reveals the origins, experiences, and journeys of the treasures in our collection.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,720 (approved)
$39,720 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015


PF-50351-13

Abbe Museum (Bar Harbor, ME 04609)
Julia Clark (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Implementing Sustainability Strategies for the Abbe Museum’s Collections Environment

The implementation of environmental improvements, consisting of upgrades to the climate control and lighting systems, for a museum that collects, preserves, and exhibits ethnographic and historic material relating to the four tribes of central Maine, collectively known as the Wabanaki. The collections, dating from 12,000 years ago to the present, include archaeological materials from sites around the state, works of contemporary Native American artists, and the library and archival collection of the museum's founder, Dr. Robert Abbe.

The Abbe Museum requests a one-year, $305,200 grant award in support of its Implementing Sustainability Strategies for the Abbe Museum’s Collections Environment project. The goal of the project is to implement three recommendations presented in the NEH-funded Environmental Improvements Report submitted by Watson & Henry Associates and Tuckerbrook Conservation in January 2012. Specifically, a grant award would fund replacement/improvement of the Abbe Museum’s exhibit lighting system, dehumidification system, and chiller in order to meet environmental preservation targets as well as implement economically and environmentally sustainable approaches to the building environment.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$220,000 (approved)
$220,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 3/31/2016


PF-50350-13

Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, MN 55102-1903)
Shengyin Xu (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Interdisciplinary Planning for Energy-Efficient Cold Storage

An interdisciplinary study of energy-efficient cold storage options for film, magnetic media, and microfilm collections related to the history of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Historical Society requests $40,000 to conduct an interdisciplinary study of energy-efficient cold storage options for select collections in the Society???s headquarters building, the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, MN. The levels currently recommended by the International Standards Organization (ISO) for film materials???photographs and slides, film, microfilm, video and audiotape ??? range from 36??F to 70??F and 20-50% relative humidity. Presently, the History Center maintains levels at 62??F and 36% relative humidity, which while standard for general collections, are not ideal for all film media. Using a single protocol for all collections also produces excessive energy loads. The planning grant would be used to thoroughly investigate the feasibility of and plan for a cold-storage area envisioned as a separate vault within the larger storage area, both to attain optimum environmental conditions for audio-visual collections and to reduce energy consumption.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$39,619 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014


PR-50188-13

Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, CA 94110-1472)
Moriah Ulinskas (Project Director: 05/23/2012 to present)

Quality Control Tools for Video Preservation

The development of a suite of open-source, quality-control software tools that will ensure accurate and efficient assessment of video media integrity throughout the archival digitization process.

To aid in the nation's efforts to preserve its video history, the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) requests $350,000 over two years to develop an open source and freely available software "toolkit" to help perform sophisticated quality control on video digitization workflows. BAVC, in partnership with the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) and independent consultant Dave Rice, will create Quality Control Tools for Video Preservation (QC Tools), a suite of open source software tools that will ensure accurate and efficient assessment of media integrity throughout the archival digitization process.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Research and Development

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$320,000 (approved)
$320,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 1/31/2015


PW-51452-13

University of Nebraska, Omaha (Omaha, NE 68182-0001)
Thomas Gouttierre (Project Director: 07/24/2012 to present)

Metadata Construction and Digitizing Maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan

A Foundations project to plan the cataloging and digitization of a collection of ca. 12,000 maps and ancillary materials on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Metadata Construction and Digitizing Maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan project will enable collation, digitization, cataloguing, library indexing, analysis, storage, and eventual selective publication of all relevant and unique mapped and written materials on Afghanistan and Pakistan to make them available to the public worldwide and to preserve them for posterity. The original maps and digital surrogates will be housed and maintained in the Arthur Paul Collection in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library and financially sustained by the Center for Afghanistan Studies after the grant period is over. The long-term benefits to research, education, and public programming in the humanities provided by this project is a valuable and one-of-a-kind source of unique data on a country that hosted America's longest war.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,684 (approved)
$39,684 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


PF-50371-13

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA 19103-3721)
Harry Philbrick (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Collections and Archives Storage Improvements Planning Project

A planning grant to assess the environmental conditions for a collection of 12,000 works of American art spanning more than 250 years.

In preparation for a planned major renovation of its 1876 Furness-Hewitt Historic Landmark Building, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) requests a $40,000 SCHC planning grant for a Collections and Archives Storage Improvements Planning Project to conduct a study of environmental conditions and potential for improvements through passive design in its current collections storage space and in two spaces identified for possible storage expansion or relocation. The grant will support study of conditions and the work of an interdisciplinary team of consultants, led by Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA (Watson & Henry Associates Preservation Architects & Engineers), who will build on internal expertise to guide PAFA through this process. The consultants will prepare a Collections Storage and Archives Improvements Plan final report describing the suitability, sustainability, and potential for improvements in the current and prospective storage areas identified by PAFA.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014


PW-51397-13

Barnum Museum Foundation, Inc. (Bridgeport, CT 06604-4912)
Adrienne Saint Pierre (Project Director: 07/24/2012 to present)

Planning for "The Greatest Digitization Project on Earth" with the P. T. Barnum Collections of The Barnum Museum Foundation

Collaborative planning to improve access to two complementary collections of historical documents and artifacts at several cultural institutions relating to 19th-century American icon P.T. Barnum (1810-1891).

The Barnum Museum Foundation, Inc. requests a grant of $40,000 that will enable The Barnum Museum and Bridgeport Public Library to work with a team of consultants to create a comprehensive plan for digitization and global access to important humanities collections. The year-long project is designed to result in the ???road map??? critical to implementing a well-managed digitization project that can fully realize its objectives for preservation and access. The project will improve intellectual control of the two institutions??? related P. T. Barnum collections, and incorporate a range of activities that utilize the knowledge, experience and expertise of the team members. The project will lead to a plan for broad access to these significant humanities resources and create digital content that would be placed in an aggregate digital resource repository with a curated platform.

[White paper]

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$34,213 (approved)
$33,175 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


HD-51744-13

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA 01003-9242)
Eric Poehler (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Resource Project

Further development of a web-based prototype platform that would allow researchers to access both geospatial and bibliographic information relevant to Pompeii.

The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Resource (PBMR) is a web-based research tool composed of three parts: 1. a bibliographic database and full-text document repository, 2. a Geographical Information System (GIS) and 3. a user interface. The PBMR creates a unique and powerful environment for humanities research by bringing together the full array of disparate sources about Pompeii and making them instantly available to the public and academics alike. Additionally, the online GIS permits users to make custom maps in their browser or download the core files for more advanced analyses. Most importantly, the user interface fuses spatial and bibliographic search tools, allowing users to ask questions about both the thematic and spatial relationships of a particular subject. Finally, although focused on the novel means of delivering the scholarship of a particular archaeological site, the specific content of the project does not limit its implementation for other subjects in the humanities.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,993 (approved)
$59,993 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 8/31/2015


HD-51753-13

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201)
Fred Limp (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

21st Century Data, 21st Century Publications: 3D Model Publication and building the Peer Reviewer Community

The development of a publication framework and peer reviewer community for scholarly publication of the three-dimensional models and complex datasets produced by archaeological research.

The preservation and dissemination of 3D archaeological data, and the adaptation of peer review to accommodate publications based on complex digital data and models, are key emergent issues in 21st-century archaeology and related fields in the humanities. The core problems this project addresses are (a) developing a process for the peer reviewed publication of the kinds of digital 3d models and complex, interactive datasets projects like ours are now producing, and (b) building a community of peer reviewers with the necessary skills and background to properly evaluate these publications. This project will support the creation of a pilot publication, which will be the focus of efforts to define a publication medium which effectively communicates the narratives constructed with these complex data and models and will move towards defining the process, or framework, for larger scale publications, providing the training and knowledge transfer needed.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,719 (approved)
$49,719 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2013 – 12/31/2015


PF-50401-13

Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA 90263-0002)
Mark Roosa (Project Director: 12/06/2012 to present)

Pepperdine University Libraries Sustainable Preservation Environment Project

Planning for temperature and humidity control, lighting and energy usage, and sustainable architectural design for the holdings at Pepperdine University Libraries Special Collections, including materials on the history of American religion, the history of the university, and the history of southern California.

The Pepperdine University Libraries requests a planning grant of $32,735 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund an investigation into innovative and sustainable methods of preserving our humanities holdings in Payson Library???s Special Collections. Funding for this proposal would support the hiring of nationally recognized consultants to advise on three specific aspects of rare material preservation and display, including: 1) Temperature and humidity; 2) Lighting and energy usage; and 3) Sustainable architectural design. The goal of the project is to develop an integrated sustainability plan achieved through an interdisciplinary team-based planning process that can serve as a model for other libraries. Support from the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program will help us explore best practices for advanced sustainable energy use.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$32,735 (approved)
$32,735 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2013 – 10/31/2014


HK-50091-13

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Peter Bol (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)
Suzanne Blier (Co Project Director: 07/01/2013 to present)

Extending WorldMap to Make It Easier for Humanists and Others to Find, Use, and Publish Geospatial Information

Continuing development of the WorldMap platform, a system that allows scholars, teachers, and students to explore, visualize, edit, and publish geospatial information.

WorldMap is being developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University as an open source and open access online platform for visualizing and sharing spatial data. It has attracted considerable use since released in July of 2011. We propose making improvements to WorldMap which will transform it from mapping portal to geospatial node on the web. We will develop a new data catalog to expose WorldMap contents for interactive use in systems outside WorldMap. We will gather map metadata from map servers around the world to add to this catalog, eventually maintaining a complete index of map services. To improve search in a metadata-weak map services environment we will add the capability to search by time; develop a mechanism for exposing feature level text to layer search; and use rankings, usage statistics and internal links to weight search results. We will also enable users to create temporal gazetteers and contribute them to a common crowd-sourced gazetteer.

[White paper][Grant products]

Project fields:
Geography

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$320,888 (approved)
$320,888 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2016


HT-50077-13

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Sharon Leon (Project Director: 03/12/2013 to present)
Sheila Brennan (Co Project Director: 07/01/2013 to present)

Doing Digital History: An Institute for Mid-Career American Historians

A two-week institute for 25 historians, to be hosted by George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, on advanced theory and application of new media tools for teaching and scholarship.

Historians, as a group, are reluctant and anxious to engage in digital research methods and to integrate those methods and accompanying tools into their teaching. Taking a cue from the most recent Ithaka S+R report, "Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians," the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (RRCHNM) requests support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to host a two-week institute in 2014 to fill a much-needed gap for historians who need instruction and a professional learning community to engage with new media methods and tools, and to push forward with work on their own digital projects. In the spirit of capitalizing on our own expertise and the significant resources in the field, we will solicit our participants from the broad field of American History, without respect to subfield specialty.

[White paper]

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$215,718 (approved)
$175,746 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 5/31/2015


HD-51766-13

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Douglas Oard (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Bridging communities of practice: Emerging technologies for content-centered linking

Two workshops to further explore how automated computational methods may facilitate access to cultural heritage materials by establishing structured relationships or links between digitized and born-digital sources, including web and social media content.

The project fosters convergence between two communities by addressing complementary aspects of a shared opportunity. Digital humanists are at the forefront of developing ways to render cultural heritage metadata increasingly interoperable as linked open data in tandem with information professionals working in libraries, archives, and museums. Computer scientists are developing automated techniques for extracting linkable data from the content itself. Bringing these communities together offers transformational potential for the application of a critical infrastructure in humanities scholarship. Two workshops will be organized to seize this unique opportunity. The first will bring together humanities scholars and computer scientists to explore applications of new content linking technologies to dispersed and disparate material. In the second, a larger group of humanities scholars will identify specific content to which techniques described in the previous workshop will be applied.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$24,650 (approved)
$24,650 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014


HD-51642-13

Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Brian Graney (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Representing Early Black Film Artifacts as Material Evidence in Digital Contexts

A scholarly workshop and follow-up activities that will bring together film studies scholars, moving image archivists, and library professionals to consider how digitization of early motion picture film might be improved to better capture the physical attributes of the film print. The workshop would focus on early twentieth-century films made for African-American audiences.

The study of "race movies," the early motion pictures produced for black audiences in the first decades of the 20th century, presents an ideal humanities context for framing important questions bearing on the digital representation of film artifacts as material evidence: How must we reevaluate and amend current best practices for digitization of motion picture film which by design omit or obscure physical attributes of the original artifact?; And how might this representation of film as a material object offer a conceptual bridge for integrating audiovisual media within a wider network of related visual and textual documentation? The Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A) at Indiana University proposes in this Level I Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to explore these questions by convening an interdisciplinary group of scholars, moving image archivists, and technology specialists in digital humanities for a two-day conference and workshop to be held in November 2013.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$26,400 (approved)
$26,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014


HD-51668-13

University of Missouri, Kansas City (Kansas City, MO 64110-2446)
Jeffrey Rydberg Cox (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

A Digital Studio for the Optical and Chemical Analysis Of Manuscripts and Printed Books

The analysis of a 15th-century printed book and development of an online educational resource to further researchers’ understanding of how a range of imaging technologies offer new knowledge about the production and reception of books and manuscripts.

We propose the creation of a digital studio for the optical and chemical analysis of manuscripts and printed books. In this Level II start-up project, we will capture images of a 1472 guide for priests written in Latin by a Florentine archbishop and printed in Strasbourg using moveable type. We will image selected pages from this book at specific frequencies in the ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared spectrum. We will also conduct spot-level densitometry and Raman spectroscopy on elements in this book. The resulting data from these images will then allow us to create a digital studio that will include interactive tutorials and demonstrations explaining the principles of optical and chemical analysis to students, scholars, and life-long learners in the humanities. This digital studio will also allow users to browse and compare the images and spectroscopic data to form their own understanding of the book’s production process and reception history.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,896 (approved)
$59,896 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 1/31/2015


HD-51671-13

Lane Community College (Eugene, OR 97405-0640)
Anne McGrail (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Bringing digital humanities to the community college and vice versa

To conduct a survey of community college faculty and administrations and host a series of workshops at the Community College Humanities Association annual meeting to consider how community colleges can better participate in and contribute to the multiple ongoing conversations about digital humanities teaching and research.

Lane Community College proposes a Level I Start Up grant. The project will initiate a much needed nationwide dialogue regarding the lack of community college participation in, and contribution to digital humanities. The project's short-term outcome is the engagement of national thinkers, experts and community college stakeholders in a national conversation that will begin the longer discussion of how to improve community college engagement with digital humanities (a conversation that has been sorely lacking). This conversation will include blogs, e-surveys, a wiki and website and culminate in a day-long pre-conference session at the Fall 2013 Community College Humanities Association conference and a white paper synthesizing the project's discoveries and work. Long-term goals are to improve community college participation in Digital Humanities and hence support 2-year college humanities students in their education and careers.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,271 (approved)
$29,270 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2013 – 12/31/2013


HD-51674-13

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Bethany Nowviskie (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

"Are We Speaking in Code?" (Voicing the Craft & Tacit Understandings of Digital Humanities Software Development)

A two-day workshop that will bring together digital humanities scholars and software developers for critical discussion and hands-on activities to further articulate and theorize the intellectual work behind the technical development of digital projects.

The Scholars’ Lab at UVa Library proposes a summit and planning meeting for 20 intermediate-to-experienced digital humanities software developers. Its first aim is to document what has been too quietly internalized and tacitly embodied in DH platforms and tools: developers’ expert knowledge about the intellectual work of code-craft and their unspoken understandings about the relation of code and praxis to ethics, scholarly method, and humanities theory. Its second aim is to formulate pragmatic responses and spark initiatives to bridge the communications gap between scholars and developers—bringing technical conversations that may seem too informal, inaccessible, or telegraphic into open, inclusive humanities discourse. This meeting will foreground theoretical and intellectual dimensions of DH craftsmanship—in software developers’ own terms—and foster needed discussions of the functional significance of source code in venues legible to and frequented by scholars and developers alike.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,902 (approved)
$29,902 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014


HD-51705-13

Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA 30318-5775)
Lauren Klein (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Jacob Eisenstein (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

TOME: Interactive TOpic Model and MEtadata Visualization

The development of a web-based tool for the visual exploration of the themes that recur across an archive, based on the text-analysis technique of topic modeling combined with the archive's related metadata. A digitized archive of 19th-century abolitionist newspapers would serve as the initial test case.

As archives are being digitized at an increasing rate, scholars will require new tools to make sense of this expanding amount of material. We propose to build TOME, a tool to support the interactive exploration and visualization of text-based archives. Drawing upon the technique of topic modeling--a computational method for identifying themes that recur across a collection--TOME will visualize the topics that characterize each archive, as well as the relationships between specific topics and related metadata, such as publication date. An archive of 19th-century antislavery newspapers, characterized by diverse authors and shifting political alliances, will serve as our initial dataset; it promises to motivate new methods for visualizing topic models and extending their impact. In turn, by applying our new methods to these texts, we will illuminate how issues of gender and racial identity affect the development of political ideology in the nineteenth century, and into the present day.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,999 (approved)
$59,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015


HD-51709-13

Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-4182)
Todd Hanneken (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Michael Phelps (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Integrating Spectral and Reflectance Transformation Imaging for the Digitization of Manuscripts & Other Cultural Artifacts

The establishment of best practices for the application of spectral imaging and Reflectance Transformation Imaging technologies to reveal new information about objects of study in the humanities. Activities would include the imaging of three test objects and follow-up quality evaluation undertaken by humanities scholars.

This project will bring together the nation’s leading experts to integrate two proven technologies for imaging cultural artifacts. The first technology is spectral imaging, which excels at collecting detailed color information in order to recover information which is indistinguishable to the naked eye, such as unreadable text on a manuscript or stages of revision in a painting. The second technology is Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), which captures the detailed surface texture of artifacts. RTI images can be viewed interactively and enhanced, allowing scholars and conservators to reconstruct the methods by which an artifact was produced and to analyze its current physical condition. The team will test two experimental integration procedures on three representative test objects. Humanities scholars will be responsible for evaluating the benefits. The work scripts and benefit analysis will be published for use in imaging major artifact collections around the world.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$58,338 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014


HD-51728-13

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5000)
Ryan Cordell (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers

The development of models, using tools from computational linguistics, to help track the spread of prints and reprints of poetry and short stories throughout 19th-centry newspapers, using the sources found in the Chronicling America database of digitized newspapers.

Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers seeks to develop theoretical models that will help scholars better understand what qualities--both textual and thematic--helped particular news stories, short fiction, and poetry "go viral" in nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines. Prior to copyright legislation and enforcement, literary texts as well as other non-fiction prose texts circulated promiscuously among newspapers as editors freely reprinted materials borrowed from other venues. What texts were reprinted and why? How did ideas--literary, political, scientific, economic, religious--circulate in the public sphere and achieve critical force among audiences? By employing and developing computational linguistics tools to analyze the large textual databases of nineteenth-century newspapers newly available to scholars, this project will generate new knowledge of the nineteenth-century print public sphere.

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Project fields:
Computer Science; English; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,805 (approved)
$59,805 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 12/31/2014


HD-51768-13

Electronic Literature Organization (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Rudyne Grigar (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Stuart Moulthrop (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature

The development of preservation strategies for born-digital literature, including capturing reading experiences of both the original authors as well as other readers, all to be incorporated in the Electronic Literature Directory.

The Pathfinders project records performances by authors and ordinary readers of key early works of electronic literature, and develops presentation strategies to make these recordings accessible and useful to scholars and teachers. In the process we 1) preserve vanishing cultural material; 2) develop new strategies for recording and disseminating that material; and 3) provide prototypes for similar work on other digital texts.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$52,003 (approved)
$52,003 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015


HT-50078-13

Indiana University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN 46202-3288)
Jennifer Guiliano (Project Director: 03/12/2013 to present)
George Williams (Co Project Director: 07/01/2013 to present)

Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities

A series of four two-day workshops to be held at Northeastern University, Emory University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Texas, Austin, on theoretical and practical approaches for making digital humanities scholarship accessible to blind, low-vision, deaf, and hard-of-hearing users. An online guide of best practices with examples of humanities projects would be produced as a part of these workshops.

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland will partner with the BrailleSC.org project, the Northeastern Center for Digital Humanities, the Emory University Libraries Digital Commons (DiSC), the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska, and the College of Information at the University of Texas-Austin to foster the making of digital environments accessible and usable by blind, low-vision, deaf, and hard-of-hearing users. AccessibleFuture will facilitate four two-day long workshops for one hundred humanists, librarians, and information scholars (twenty-five per workshop) to develop and educate humanities scholars with all levels of expertise from beginner to the most advanced about technologies, design standards, and accessibility issues associated with the use of digital technologies.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$249,302 (approved)
$249,302 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2016


HT-50080-13

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Clifford Anderson (Project Director: 03/12/2013 to present)

XQuery Summer Institute: Advancing XML-Based Scholarship from Representation to Discovery

This two-week summer institute at Vanderbilt would train 12 participants in the techniques and methodologies of XQuery language, which allows for searching and manipulating texts encoded in XML.

The XQuery Summer Institute at Vanderbilt University will be aimed at archivists, librarians, professors, and students who have experience marking up texts in XML, but do not yet know how to work computationally with those documents. Our institute aspires to recruit twelve members of the digital humanities community to a two week institute in June 2014. The faculty of the institute will teach participants to work productively with their XML-encoded texts using XQuery, a programming language designed specifically for XML. With XQuery, scholars can learn a single language to ingest their texts into an XML database, ask questions of them, connect them with other sources of information, and publish them on the web. Participants will go beyond using XML for representation to querying XML for discovery.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$72,760 (approved)
$70,300 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014


HG-50047-13

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Malte Rehbein (Project Director: 10/05/2012 to 05/22/2013)
Brett Barney (Project Director: 05/23/2013 to present)

Diachronic Markup and Presentation Practices for Text Editions in Digital Research Environments

Using three case studies -- the Walt Whitman Archive; an edition of James Joyce's Ulysses; and an edition of J.W. Goethe's Faust -- the proposed project will experiment with methods of advanced TEI markup, create methods for detailed scholarly queries currently unavailable, and develop user interfaces to best display the variants exposed through diachronic markup. The German partner, the University of Frankfurt, is requesting 139,634€ from DFG.

The project is situated in the Digital Humanities area of literary criticism and textual scholarship, in particular the analysis of literary works in diachronic depth, that is: under perspectives of the genesis of their texts. Here, only the digital medium allows substantial future research and education in literary studies. In this context, the project addresses three major desiderata: 1. testing, improving, and making usable diachronic markup, that is the digital representation of document sources (based on TEI), 2. tools to operate on this data under the light of research requirements, and 3. means to publish and visualize the results of these operations. The project promises to develop and publish such tools and to provide best practices for a wide range of use cases. It does so by bringing together three leading projects in digital literary studies, covering different eras of German, US, and British literature: J.W. Goethe, Walt Whitman, and James Joyce.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$165,005 (approved)
$165,001 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HC-50019-13

Washington State University Vancouver (Vancouver, WA 98686-9600)
Brett Oppegaard (Project Director: 10/10/2012 to present)

Grand Emporium of the West Tablet App

No project description available

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$19,421 (approved)
$19,421 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 12/31/2013


HK-50072-13

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
James Paradis (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)
Kurt Fendt (Co Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)

Annotation Studio: Multimedia Annotation for Students

Further development and wide-scale implementation of Annotation Studio, a platform to enhance student learning through annotation of digital texts, images, and video resources.

Annotation Studio is a web-based annotation application that integrates a powerful set of textual interpretation tools behind an interface that makes using those tools intuitive for undergraduates. Building on students’ new media literacies, this Open-source application develops traditional humanistic skills including close reading, textual analysis, persuasive writing, and critical thinking. Initial features of the Annotation Studio prototype, supported by an NEH Start-Up Grant, include aligned multi-media annotation of written texts, user-defined sharing of annotations, and grouping of annotation by self-defined tags to support interpretation and argument development. The fully developed application will support annotation of image, video and audio documents; annotation visualization; export of texts with annotations; and a media repository. We will also identify best practices among faculty using Annotation Studio in a broad range of humanities classes across the country.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,833 (approved)
$324,832 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 12/31/2015


HK-50087-13

Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Dan Edelstein (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)
Paula Findlen (Co Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)

Networks in History: Data-driven tools for analyzing relationships across time

A project to develop a general-purpose suite of visualization and analytical tools based on the prototypes created for the Mapping the Republic of Letters project, which examines the scholarly communities and networks of knowledge during the period 1500-1800.

Previous NEH-funding made it possible for "Mapping the Republic of Letters" project to develop a series of visualization prototypes to analyze the geographic breadth, historical shape, and social composition of intellectual networks; tools that support a domain expert's capacity to make sense of complexity, rather than relying on automated reasoning. With this project we will develop our most successful visualization techniques to serve historical research with three user groups in mind: 1. Digital humanities scholars with the technical expertise to integrate our code into their own projects and web applications (the "widget" model); 2. Scholars seeking easy upload, exploration, and analysis of historical data sets, without having to touch any code; 3. Early modern scholars who want to use these tools to explore and analyze their own data in the larger context of data already collected for "Mapping the Republic of Letters."

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$297,137 (approved)
$297,137 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 6/30/2016


HK-50120-13

Washington State University (Pullman, WA 99164-0001)
Kimberly Christen (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)

Mukurtu Mobile: Empowering Knowledge Circulation Across Cultures

The development of Mukurtu Mobile, an open-source mobile platform for collecting and exhibiting indigenous digital cultural heritage.

This project will implement Mukurtu Mobile (mukurtumobile.org), an innovative iPhone application that empowers indigenous communities to collect, share and preserve their cultural and environmental resources. Mukurtu Mobile provides a platform for individuals to bring their own knowledge base to the common concerns of local, traditional and indigenous communities worldwide. With an interface directly to Mukurtu CMS, Mukurtu Mobile will link the power of a robust, culturally responsive CMS to the direct collection of knowledge on-the-ground. Adopted by communities globally, Mukurtu CMS (mukurtu.org) was built to address the specific needs of indigenous communities to manage, share and preserve their digital heritage. From citizen archivists to citizen scientists Mukurtu Mobile will enable the connection of local sets of knowledge and data to fuel research hubs and educational environments that unite local communities around global issues such as natural and cultural resource management.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$319,331 (approved)
$319,284 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2016


HK-50128-13

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10016-0133)
Benjamin Vershbow (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)

Scribe: Turning Text into Structured Information through the Power of the Crowd

Further development of Scribe, an open-source, extensible software platform for crowdsourced transcription of cultural heritage collections, including tools for transcription management, quality control, and data sharing.

The New York Public Library seeks to partner with the renowned citizen science team at Zooniverse to build Scribe: an open source transcription engine geared toward flexible, structured data extraction from a wide range of humanities documents. The final deliverable would be a developer-ready, open source transcription engine with an adjustable data schema, enabling scholars and curators to easily decide on a wide range of interactions with a document, keeping technical hurdles to a minimum. Based on an initial prototype built by Zooniverse, the tool would be developed collaboratively over two years through the release of several new humanities projects from the respective teams. At the end of the project, all code would be open sourced alongside a website publishing best practices and live demos of the various out-of-the-box modes of the engine.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$325,000 (approved)
$321,896 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2015


HD-51538-12

Wright State University Main Campus (Dayton, OH 45435-0001)
John Magill (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to 10/04/2012)
Gwen Evans (Project Director: 10/05/2012 to present)

The Scholar's Dashboard: Creating a multidisciplinary tool via design and build workshops (OhioLINK)

A series of three two-day workshops that will bring together collaborative teams of scholars, librarians, and technologists to identify and design a range of potential tools and features to augment use of the digitized cultural heritage materials within the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons.

The Scholar's Dashboard project is a series of three two-day design and build workshops, teaming humanities scholars, librarians, and technologists in innovative application development to optimize use of humanities collections from the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons (DRC). The DRC is a 500,000 item open access collection from Ohio academic and cultural heritage organizations. Dashboard users will select and combine collections, add descriptions and metadata, and re-visualize and re-present information. DRC collections with relevant information (oral histories, narratives, records, documents, images, e.g.) will form the design base. Design and build workshops allow researchers and scholars to specify features needed to rapidly expand DRC functionality. This model will then be used as a magnet for further digital humanities collections, as scholars, librarians, and archivists contribute collections in order to benefit from the Scholar's Dashboard design and capabilities.

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Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$41,587 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2012 – 11/30/2013


HD-51506-12

National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508)
Shelle Sanchez (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)

Digital Dialectic: Forging New Paths of Inquiry in the Humanities

The development of software and related curricula to allow for the in-depth examination and analysis of visual humanities content within both immersive digital dome and web-based environments. The project will use as a model Mundos de Mestizaje, a contemporary fresco that highlights Hispanic history and cultural dialog.

Digital Dialectic empowers humanities education with technology that sparks deeper contextual understanding of cultural artifacts and illuminates the multicultural nature of the humanities. Frederico Vigil's fresco, Mundos de Mestizaje, allegorically depicts 3000 years of Hispanic history, focusing on cross-cultural exchange of ideas. NHCC and ARTS Lab will create an interactive software application allowing users to explore the fresco, and through educational information embedded in the imagery, discover the dynamic nature of the humanities and their connection to Hispanidad. The asset will deploy on 2 interactive platforms: a digital dome presentation and a web-based viewer. The immersive dome piece will allow widespread audiences to view the fresco at actual scale and dive into details with high-resolution magnification; it will be distributed nationally and internationally to museums with fulldome theaters. The web-based viewer will allow self-guided exploration of the fresco.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,472 (approved)
$46,069 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 9/30/2013


HD-51509-12

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
James Paradis (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)
Kurt Fendt (Co Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)

Annotation Studio: multimedia text annotation for students

The development of an open-source, web-based annotation tool to assist students in interpreting literary texts and other humanities sources.

Annotation Studio will be a web-based application that actively engages students in interpreting literary texts and other humanities documents. While strengthening students' new media literacies, this open source web application will develop traditional humanistic skills including close reading, textual analysis, persuasive writing, and critical thinking. Initial features will include: 1) easy-to-use annotation tools that facilitate linking and comparing primary texts with multi-media source, variation, and adaptation documents; 2) sharable collections of multimedia materials prepared by faculty and student users; 3) multiple filtering and display mechanisms for texts, written annotations, and multimedia annotations; 4) collaboration functionality; and 5) multimedia composition tools. Products of the start-up phase will include a working prototype, feedback from students and instructors, and a white paper summarizing lessons learned.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,979 (approved)
$49,979 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013


HD-51561-12

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Liza Potts (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)
Katherine Gossett (Co Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)

Building an Open-Source Archive for Born-Digital Dissertations

A three-day workshop to explore relevant issues and identify requirements for the development of an archive for the preservation of dissertations that incorporate interactive or dynamic digital media.

This proposal for a Level I Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant would support an interdisciplinary workshop aimed at identifying the issues, opportunities and requirements for developing an open-source system into which born-digital dissertations (e.g., interactive webtexts, software, games, etc.) can be deposited and maintained, and through which they can be accessed and cross-referenced. The workshop will build upon the framework set up by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLDT) and the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA), which support the creation and dissemination of digital dissertations, but, despite best efforts, do not currently offer a comprehensive, central repository or index of born-digital dissertations such as exists for print (e.g., Proquest). One of the primary goals for this workshop will be to develop a plan for the development of such a tool as well as the identification of a project advisory board.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$25,000 (approved)
$24,570 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013


HD-51568-12

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Travis Brown (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)

Active OCR: Tightening the Loop in Human Computing for OCR Correction

The development of a proof-of-concept correction tool to improve optical character recognition in humanities text collections.

We propose a proof-of-concept application that will experiment with the use of active learning and other iterative techniques for the correction of eighteenth-century texts provided by the HathiTrust Digital Library and the 2,231 ECCO text transcriptions released into the public domain by Gale and distributed by the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) and 18thConnect. In an application based on active learning or a similar approach, the user could identify dozens or hundreds of difficult characters that appear in the articles from that same time period, and the system would use this new knowledge to improve optical character recognition (OCR) across the entire corpus. A portion of our efforts will focus on the need to incentivize engagement in tasks of this type, whether they are traditionally crowdsourced or through a more active, iterative process like the one we propose. We intend to examine how explorations of a users' preferences can improve their engagement with corpora of materials.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$41,906 (approved)
$41,906 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 5/31/2014


HD-51573-12

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
James Dickie (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to 07/09/2012)
Trevor Munoz (Project Director: 07/10/2012 to present)

ANGLES: A web-based XML Editor

The further development of a web-based editing tool for scholarly editors and students to use to prepare humanities texts with markup based on the Text Encoding Initiative.

ANGLES: A web-based XML Editor proposes a bridge between humanities centers who have greater resources to program scholarly software and the scholars who form the core user community for such software through their teaching and research. We propose a solution to the adoption gap that has developed between scholars with digital materials and technical developers designing the applications scholars are using in their research. By combining the model of intensive code development (a.k.a. the "code sprint") with testing and feedback by domain experts gathered at nationally recognized disciplinary conferences, we will develop a web-based editor for working with XML markup through engagement with the large and active community of scholars, teachers and developers who work with the TEI.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,929 (approved)
$31,507 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2013


HD-51581-12

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)
Carl Stahmer (Co Project Director: 12/18/2013 to present)

English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA): "Ballad Illustration Archive"

The adaptation of image-oriented computer vision software in order to facilitate more effective cataloging and discovery of similar but distinct illustrations found within the English Broadside Ballad Archive.

Focusing on the expansive English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu, containing over 2,000 distinct 17th-century woodcut illustrations, our proposed Ballad Illustration Archive (BIA) will allow unprecedented access to these hard-to-access images that are important cultural and artistic productions. Our project will make significant technological inroads through innovative integration of computer vision software and human cataloguing, delivering to the end-user a product which is technically cutting-edge and marked by careful scholarship. It will thus enable enhanced research in multiple humanities disciplines and also make these compelling images available to the interested non-specialist public. Ultimately, we see this project expanding to include a wider variety of early modern illustrations; we also expect it to expand the possibilities for future digital scholarship.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 3/31/2014


HD-51618-12

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10016-0133)
Matthew Knutzen (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)

NYC Chronology of Place, a Linked Open Data Gazetteer

The development of a gazetteer for New York City -- a digital dictionary of place names which will allow scholars, students, teachers, and the public to find and connect historic information about the city from the NYPL collection.

The New York Public Library seeks to build NYC Chronology of Place, a Linked Open Data gazetteer, enabling researchers to connect historical geographic places to fixed locations, and use the results to enhance their work. Gazetteers are dictionaries of place names which, when digital, act as location databases; services like Google Maps rely on gazetteers to link named places to map coordinates, the referential web of geography. In this project, NYPL will make an important contribution to the field, building a gazetteer to create, verify, and connect data about New York City’s places through time, from the early Lenape names to the skyscraper now being built at One World Trade Center. This project will help resolve the problem that place names, boundaries, and even natural features change over time. This project will extend NYPL’s work converting historical maps into data via a historical gazetteer.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 7/31/2013


HD-51627-12

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Jennifer Guiliano (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)

Topic Modeling for Humanities Research

A workshop and follow-up activities for 50 participants on the use of topic modeling with large-scale humanities datasets as a method of analysis for humanities scholarship.

Topic Modeling for Humanities Research, a one-day workshop, will facilitate a unique opportunity for cross-fertilization, information exchange, and collaboration between and among humanities scholars and researchers in natural language processing on the subject of topic modeling applications and methods. The workshop will be organized into three primary areas: 1) an overview of how topic modeling is currently being used in the humanities; 2) an inventory of extensions of the LDA model that have particular relevance for humanities research questions; and 3) a discussion of software implementations, toolkits, and interfaces.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$24,808 (approved)
$24,802 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 4/30/2013


HJ-50067-12

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Thomas Ewing (Project Director: 07/06/2011 to present)
Bernice Hausman (Co Project Director: 07/06/2011 to present)

An Epidemiology of Information: Data Mining the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Using the digitized newspaper archives in the NEH-funded Chronicling America and Peel's Prairie Provinces, the project explores how the spread of information found in local newspapers about the 1918 influenza pandemic influenced policy makers and the general public. The project is led by scholars from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (US) and the University of Toronto (Canada) along with additional advisors from the University of Texas, McMaster University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Alberta. The Canadian partner, the University of Toronto, is requesting $125,000 from SSHRC.

An Epidemiology of Information: Data Mining the 1918 Influenza Pandemic seeks to harness the power of data mining techniques with the interpretive analytics of the humanities and social sciences to understand how newspapers shaped public opinion and represented authoritative knowledge during this deadly pandemic. This project makes use of the more than 100 newspaper titles for 1918 available from Chronicling America at the United States Library of Congress and the Peel’s Prairie Provinces collection at the University of Alberta Library. The application of algorithmic techniques enables the domain expert to systematically explore a broad repository of data and identify qualitative features of the pandemic in the small scale as well as the genealogy of information flow in the large scale. This research can provide methods for understanding the spread of information and the flow of disease in other societies facing the threat of pandemics.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$123,778 (approved)
$121,901 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2014


HJ-50069-12

Saint Luke's Mid-America Heart Institute (Kansas City, MO 64111-3220)
Randall Thompson (Project Director: 07/06/2011 to present)

IMPACT Radiological Mummy Database

The project represents a collaboration among anthropologists, archeologists, medical imaging specialists, and cardiologists from St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute (US) and the University of Western Ontario (Canada). The goal is to build a large-scale database of digital images of mummies to investigate several research questions in Egyptology and other fields. The project is also requesting $80,917 from the Canadian funder.

The IMPACT (Internet-based Mummy Picture Archive and Communication Technology) Radiological Mummy Database Project is designed to provide mummy and medical researchers with a large-scale comparative database of medical imaging of mummified human remains. This departure from a case-study model for mummy studies will drive the field towards a large-scale comparative and epidemiological paradigm. The Canadian team will be investigating the evisceration and excerebration components of the Egyptian mummification tradition, and the US teams will apply the database to a greatly expanded study of atherosclerosis in ancient Egyptian mummies, as part of the IMPACT Ancient Health Research Group, and to the refinement of a novel system of diagnosis by consensus for mummified remains.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$84,566 (approved)
$80,766 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2014


HJ-50085-12

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Michael Cuthbert (Project Director: 07/06/2011 to present)

Electronic Locator of Vertical Interval Successions (ELVIS): The first large data-driven research project on musical style

A project to study changes in Western musical style from 1300 to 1900, using the digitized collections of several large music repositories. The team would be led by scholars from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US), the University of Aberdeen (UK), and McGill University (Canada); an international advisory board also would serve as consultants for various repertoires and composers represented in the collections. The UK partner, the University of Aberdeen, is requesting £91,504 from the UK funding consortium and the Canadian partner, McGill University, is requesting $125,000 from SSHRC.

[White paper]

Participating institutions:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) - Applicant/Grantee
Yale University (New Haven, CT) - Participating institution

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$174,873 (approved)
$167,565 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2012 – 8/31/2014


HJ-50092-12

Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Colin Allen (Project Director: 07/06/2011 to present)
Katy Boerner (Co Project Director: 07/06/2011 to present)

Digging by Debating: Linking massive datasets to specific arguments

The development of a suite of semantic analytical tools that would allow researchers to study arguments and argumentative structure in digitized textual collections. The project is led by a team of scholars from Indiana University (US) and the University of East London (UK) with additional contributors from the University of London and the University of Dundee. The UK partner, the University of East London, is requesting £150,000 from the UK funding consortium.

We will develop and implement a multi-scale workbench, called "InterDebates", with the goal of digging into data provided by hundreds of thousands, eventually millions, of digitized books, bibliographic databases of journal articles, and comprehensive reference works written by experts. Our hypotheses are: that detailed and identifiable arguments drive many aspects of research in the sciences and the humanities; that argumentative structures can be extracted from large datasets using a mixture of automated and social computing techniques; and, that the availability of such analyses will enable innovative interdisciplinary research, and may also play a role in supporting better-informed critical debates among students and the general public. A key challenge tackled by this project is thus to uncover and represent the argumentative structure of digitized documents, allowing users to find and interpret detailed arguments in the broad semantic landscape of books and articles.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$125,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2012 – 1/31/2014


HJ-50099-12

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055)
Katharine Coles (Project Director: 07/06/2011 to present)

Imagery Lenses for Visualizing Text Corpora

A project to explore new visualization techniques for use in large scale linguistic and literary corpora using the collections of the British National Corpus and various smaller archives of poetry. The project is led by humanities scholars and computer scientists from the University of Utah (US) and University of Oxford (UK). The UK partner, the University of Oxford, is requesting £97,606 from the UK funding consortium.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$125,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2014


HT-50069-12

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Tanya Clement (Project Director: 03/19/2012 to present)

Institute for High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS)

A four-day institute at the University of Texas, Austin, with a follow-up workshop for humanities scholars, librarians, archivists, and advanced graduate students on the use of analytical tools to study digital audio collections of spoken word, such as oral histories, poetry, and Native American oral traditions.

We are applying for an Institutes for Advanced Technologies in the Digital Humanities grant from the NEH to support bringing together librarians and archivists, humanities scholars and students, and computer scientists and technologists invested in understanding and developing infrastructure for computational analysis on poetry, folklore, speeches, and storytelling sound files. The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and the Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign propose to host the High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) Institute to include meetings in May 2013 and in May 2014. In the interim year, scholars will work on scholarship in consultation with the HiPSTAS team. The second meeting is a symposium on the scholarship produced through the year as well as a meeting to propose recommendations for the development of tools for supporting advanced digital scholarly inquiry in spoken text sound.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$235,000 (approved)
$234,952 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2012 – 9/30/2015


HT-50070-12

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Trevor Munoz (Project Director: 03/19/2012 to present)

Digital Humanities Data Curation

A series of three-day institutes to be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, Brown University, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for 51 participants on approaches to data curation of humanities research materials for librarians, archivists, and humanities scholars.

Digital Humanities Data Curation (DHDC) will engage scholars in sustained collaboration around issues of data curation in order to educate scholars on best practices and technologies for data curation and their relationship to scholarly methods. The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland will lead a collaboration partnering the Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, and the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign that will foster innovation in digital humanities research by integrating recent advances in the research and practice of data curation to address the specific needs of humanities researchers. DHDC will serve as an opportunity for participants to receive guidance in understanding the role of data curation in enriching humanities research projects.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$248,721 (approved)
$248,721 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2015


HK-50015-12

Drew University (Madison, NJ 07940-1493)
Martin Foys (Project Director: 01/31/2012 to present)
Shannon Bradshaw (Co Project Director: 07/26/2012 to 06/03/2014)

The DM Environment: From Annotation to Dissemination

The further development and testing of the annotation and online publishing capabilities of the DM (formerly Digital Mappaemundi) tool, an online environment that allows users to assemble collections of images and texts for humanities research and scholarship.

DM (formerly Digital Mappaemundi) is an online environment that allows users to easily assemble collections of images and texts for study, produce their own rich analysis data, and publish online resources for individual, group or public use. DM is ready for multi-year work with five partner projects (including a new partnership with the British Library) to implement a publicly available user-friendly environment that enables users to 1) assemble collections of resources from any combination of accessible repositories; 2) create richly linked data (e.g., annotation networks involving combinations of images, texts, fragments, web resources, and other annotations) and collections, sequences and indices that organize this data; 3) export data in a number of linked data formats; and 4) easily produce publicly accessible and interactive websites based on such data and linked data published elsewhere.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$246,566 (approved)
$226,667 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2012 – 10/31/2015


HD-51560-12

University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Natalie Houston (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)

The Visual Page

A book history project that seeks to identify and analyze visual features of books such as margins, spacing, and typeface, using as a test case approximately 60,000 page images from 300 books of Victorian poetry printed between 1860 and 1880.

All printed texts convey meaning through both linguistic and graphic signs, but existing tools for computational text analysis focus only on the linguistic content. The Visual Page will develop a prototype application to identify and analyze visual features in digitized Victorian books of poetry, such as margin space, line indentation, and typeface attributes. This will enable scholars to compare documents, identify distinctive or typical books, and track historical changes and influence over very large sets of digitized texts. Current research into such questions is limited by our human capacity to view and compare only a fairly small number of texts at one time. Thus our understanding of their historical significance is based on limited information. Computer analysis can point to significant patterns and trends over a much larger set of texts, which will ultimately transform our understanding of Victorian print culture and the humanities at large.

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Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,955 (approved)
$43,870 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 12/31/2013


HD-51570-12

SUNY Research Foundation, University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY 14222-1004)
Neil Coffee (Project Director: 10/03/2011 to present)

Tesserae: A Search Engine for Allusion

The early stage development of a computational tool to detect and analyze literary allusions, with an initial focus on Latin and ancient Greek.

The Tesserae Project is an interdisciplinary research effort employing computational methods to detect and analyze literary allusion (a form of text reuse) currently focusing on Latin and ancient Greek. The Project seeks funding to create a fully-functional, publicly available tool to detect similar phrases in two texts at rates that approach those of literary commentators. To this end, funding will support adding sensitivity to word meaning, phrase context, and sound similarity. Detection rate improvements will be measured against a set of 3000 parallel phrases previously graded for literary significance. A revised website will inform researchers of research results and new functions of the tool. The project team will give presentations and produce publications explaining the function, results, and theoretical consequences of the fully operational tool. This work is preliminary to an out-year Implementation Phase that will see the addition of English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

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Project fields:
Classical Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,835 (approved)
$49,835 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2012 – 2/28/2014