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HC-256402-17

DePauw University (Greencastle, IN 46135-1736)
Andrew Cullison (Project Director: 01/18/2017 to present)

The Value of Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Business

The Prindle Institute will conduct a new study as part of its ongoing "Value of Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Business" project to determine if there are any correlations between capacities for moral reasoning of employees in a company’s workforce and positive performance. Our goal is to kickstart a field of research on the value of ethics and moral reasoning in business, thereby contributing practical and pragmatic justification for investment in humanities and ethics education. We propose to use the Defining Issues Test (DIT) in conjunction with a survey to look for potential correlations between a capacity for moral reasoning (as assessed by the DIT) and corporate performance (as assessed by the executive of that corporation) as well as individual career success.

Project fields:
Ethics

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,975 (approved)
$29,975 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 7/31/2018


HC-254417-17

Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA 30318-5775)
Ian Bogost (Project Director: 09/14/2016 to present)
Christopher Schaberg (Co Project Director: 11/30/2016 to present)

Object Lessons: Current Topics for a General Readership

A cooperative agreement to support a professional development institute for scholars interested in writing and publishing about technology and digital culture for public audiences. The institute includes four, two-day workshops led by humanities scholars and representatives from commercial and academic publishers.


Given current scholarship trends in the humanities, shifting expectations for tenure and promotion, and new publishing platforms cropping up for scholars and public intellectuals, this series of two-day seminars will focus on writing for a general readership—with a focus on contemporary technological subjects. Lectures and practical workshops from the organizers, as well as visiting experts in journalism, publishing (trade and academic), will cover pitching, proposing, and crafting essays and book manuscripts.

The hosts are Ian Bogost and Christopher Schaberg, founding editors of the Object Lessons essay and book series published by The Atlantic and Bloomsbury. Bogost and Schaberg will draw from their experiences to help participants navigate the new frontiers of academic publishing and increasing pressures on the humanities to make its work legible to broad audiences.


Participating institutions:
Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA) - Applicant/Grantee
Loyola University, New Orleans (New Orleans, LA) - Participating institution

Project fields:

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$249,680 (approved)
$249,680 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 7/31/2018


HC-250974-16

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Sally Kitch (Project Director: 03/04/2016 to present)

The Humanities Laboratory: Discussions of New Campus Models

A conference, organized by Arizona State University's Institute for Humanities Research, to be called "The Humanities Laboratory: Discussions of New Campus Models.”

A conference, organized by Arizona State University's Institute for Humanities Research, to be called "The Humanities Laboratory: Discussions of New Campus Models.” This conference will be led by the director of ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research, Sally Kitch, as well as ASU’s University Librarian, Jim O’Donnell. It will also include speakers from Michigan State, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, the New School, and Stanford University. ASU will also invite grant funders from not only the NEH, but the NSF, NIH, DOD, ACLS, Carnegie, and Mellon to participate in the discussion.

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Project fields:

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,517 (approved)
$29,517 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 5/31/2017


HD-248377-16

University of Maine, Orono (Orono, ME 04469-0001)
Anne Knowles (Project Director: 09/14/2015 to present)

Visualizing Spatial Experience in the Holocaust

Employing computational linguistics and natural language processing techniques to study how Holocaust survivors use spatial terms to describe their experiences. Testimonies from the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Center collection would provide the sources for the preliminary study.

First-person accounts are central to understanding the Holocaust. Our project will be the first to examine survivors' testimony for the spatiality of individuals' experiences. Drawing on video interviews with survivors, we will analyze the language survivors use in speaking of places, events, movement, relationships, and their perceptions of space and time. We will focus on how their social networks were fragmented and reformed and the spatial characteristics of work places and work relationships experienced by forced laborers in ghettos and labor camps. We will do this through a hybrid methodology that combines close listening with spatial visualization and corpus and computational linguistics methods that we will apply to interview transcripts. The dictionary of spatial and relational terms this will produce, along with our visual conceptualizations of the topologies of experience, will enable us to link survivors to Nazi-controlled spaces represented in our existing GIS datasets.

Project fields:
European History; Geography; Jewish Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$73,168 (approved)
$73,168 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


HD-248437-16

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5000)
Julia Flanders (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

TEI and Humanities Pedagogy: Building TAPAS Classroom

The development of a platform for teaching the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), which would allow for shared instruction materials, collaborative teaching, student evaluation, all built within the NEH-funded TAPAS infrastructure.

Text markup with TEI is a key topic in the digital humanities classroom: it engages students in a close examination of text, discussion of interpretation, and inquiry into textual materiality. But the logistics can be challenging: tools for working with TEI/XML-encoded data require greater technical expertise than humanities faculty possess, and these tools are not designed with classroom needs in mind. TAPAS Classroom will offer instructors a centralized, user-friendly platform for organizing and sharing course materials, with features to support group analysis, display, and commenting on TEI assignments. The platform will enable both quick previewing of TEI files and sustained engagement and analysis. As part of the TAPAS framework, TAPAS Classroom will enable users to share assignments and supporting materials with the entire TEI community, and projects can also be migrated into TAPAS proper. TAPAS Classroom situates TEI pedagogy at the heart of the TEI research community.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$74,778 (approved)
$74,778 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2017


HD-248648-16

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Stephen Brier (Project Director: 09/18/2015 to present)

Beyond Citation: Critical Thinking About Digital Research

Further development of Beyond Citation, a web-based guide to research databases in the humanities. During this phase, the project would result in thematic guides to databases in fields such as art history, history, and literature, as well as a prototype tool for use by research libraries.

Although humanities scholars widely use academic databases from publishers such as ProQuest or Gale, knowledge of how proprietary databases work is limited because their structures are dynamic and not transparent. Scholars therefore may not be aware of and cannot account for how database structures affect their interpretations of search results or text. Lack of information is an obstacle to scholarly inquiry because databases shape the questions that can be asked and the arguments that can be made through search interfaces and algorithms. Beyond Citation is a research platform that aggregates information about academic databases so that scholars can understand the significance of the material they glean. By making accessible essential information about the structures and content of databases, Beyond Citation takes an important step in updating the scholarly apparatus to encourage critical thinking about academic databases and their impact on research and scholarship.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$63,485 (approved)
$63,485 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017


HT-251001-16

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
David Birnbaum (Project Director: 03/15/2016 to present)

Make your edition: models and methods for digital textual scholarship

A three-week summer institute on the theory and development of digital scholarly editions for 25 participants to be hosted at the University of Pittsburgh.

The digital scholarly edition is more than a reading text with links and annotations. The digital scholarly edition is an integrated platform for performing research, and digital textual scholarship advances as this platform comes to support new types of inquiry The Institute will train 25 participants who already know how to mark up their texts (in TEI XML or similarly) to participate directly in the technological conceptualization and implementation of their editions, empowering them to undertake philological work that is informed by an understanding of what is possible technically, and of how to achieve it. This training responds to the risk of miscommunication or missed opportunity in collaborative situations where no participant in a project understands fully both the textual and the technological issues involved in designing and building a digital scholarly edition.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$156,251 (approved)
$156,251 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 9/30/2017


HK-250712-16

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Jeremy Boggs (Project Director: 02/17/2016 to present)

Neatline - creates exhibits that target scholarly and public humanities audiences

The update and further enhancement of the Neatline tool that allows users of the Omeka content management system to develop geotemporal representations of online collections.

This proposal requests funding for the continued development of Neatline, a plugin for the popular Omeka content management system. Neatline empowers scholars, students, librarians, archivists, cultural heritage professionals, and public humanities enthusiasts to create engaging, sophisticated, and visually compelling geotemporal interpretations of online collections. This proposal focuses its efforts on improving the sustainability of the Neatline codebase, working with the next version of Omeka currently being developed, upgrading the underlying mapping technologies to work better with mobile devices, improving the exhibit editing interface based on community feedback, creating a modern timeline interface based on the work of the Temporal Modelling project, improving the user, developer, and system administrator communities and documentation, as well as creating a compelling interface for integrating long-form scholarly narrative and/or primary textual sources.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,554 (approved)
$324,554 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 9/30/2019


HK-250705-16

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Matthew Gold (Project Director: 02/17/2016 to present)

Learning in the Public Square: An Open Platform for Humanities Education

Implementation of an open-source learning environment, The Commons In A Box OpenLab (CBOX-OL), that will enable sharing and collaboration across humanities courses, events, projects and institutions.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,502 (approved)
$324,502 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2018


HK-250665-16

Modern Language Association of America (New York, NY 10003-6981)
Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Project Director: 02/17/2016 to present)

Humanities CORE

Further development of Humanities CORE, a repository framework that allows humanities discipline-based communities to preserve and share products of scholarship and teaching.

The Modern Language Association and the Columbia University Libraries will augment the work of an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, in which we built a prototype social repository, Humanities CORE, and connected it to MLA Commons, a social networking platform that enables humanists to communicate, collaborate, and share their digital scholarship. While the Start-Up Grant focused on the proof-of-concept and infrastructure framework, this phase will concentrate on facilitating increased interdisciplinary work, collaboration, and data-sharing for humanities scholars—and on enhancing and promoting the professional benefits of making such work available to a broader public. The assessment of user interaction, workflows, and platform impact will be vital to the early stages of this production implementation of CORE in a federated Humanities Commons network. The project will also address research questions regarding the benefits of inter-organizational collaboration implied by CORE.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2019


HK-250673-16

University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)
Matthew Wilkens (Project Director: 02/17/2016 to present)

Textual Geographies

The further refinement of the dataset and the development of the user interface for the Textual Geographies project, which allows scholars and students to extract and study spatial references found in collections housed in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

The Textual Geographies project collects, organizes, and makes widely available high-quality geographic data from millions of books in multiple languages to enable new scholarship in the humanities. The project responds to demonstrated need in fields including literary studies, history, foreign languages, area studies, geography, and allied disciplines for large-scale information about the uses of geographic space in textual sources. Textual Geographies builds on the resources of the HathiTrust Digital Library, using natural language processing and geocoding techniques to associate spatial data with textual references in about 10 million digitized volumes. The project integrates with the products and services of the HathiTrust Research Center and provides a sophisticated, intuitive user interface akin to Google Ngrams for visualization and analysis, as well as direct access to the underlying geographic data.

Project fields:
Comparative Literature; Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2018


HK-250720-16

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Jane Landers (Project Director: 02/17/2016 to present)

Revitalizing the Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive

Implementation of robust systems for preserving and accessing a longstanding digital resource on the history of African and Afro-descended people. The project would also conduct outreach to scholarly communities, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and the general public to encourage further awareness and use of these collections.

Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$225,000 (approved)
$225,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2018


HD-248520-16

Rice University (Houston, TX 77005-1827)
Benjamin Brochstein (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)
Chad Shaw (Co Project Director: 03/02/2016 to present)
Erez Lieberman Aiden (Co Project Director: 03/02/2016 to present)
Suzanne Kemmer (Co Project Director: 03/02/2016 to present)

Genealogy of Texts and Ideas: Looking Back and Forth through Early English Books Online

A two-day workshop and follow-up activities for early modern literature scholars, linguists, and computer scientists to consider how the Bookworm textual analysis tool could be used with the Early English Books Online-Text Creation Partnership corpus.

We propose a workshop on how to extend and customize a graphical user interface (GUI) for Bookworm, the well-established open-source text analysis and visualization tool. Hosted by Rice University's Humanities Research Center, the workshop will focus on applying Bookworm to the Early English Books Online (EEBO) corpus and leverage expertise in various disciplines including history, linguistics, genomics, and bioinformatics to design a powerful, intuitive, open-source text analysis package to allow novice users instant access to the utility and promise of digital text analysis.

Project fields:
Computational Linguistics; History, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
3/1/2016 – 3/31/2018


HD-248544-16

University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
Daniel Rosenberg (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)

Time Online

The development of digital prototypes of historical graphic artifacts, such as timelines and time charts, from 1600 to 1900.  The project also would investigate methods of maintaining and publishing these prototypes.

Time Online is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project on the uses of graphic design in the study of history. When complete, it will produce a new kind of scholarly digital publication in the form of a suite of interrelated software modules investigating and re-imagining key graphic artifacts from the period 1600 to 1900 in a robust, interactive environment. Based at the University of Oregon, the project joins resources of two universities and three laboratories, the Digital Scholarship Center and InfoGraphics Lab at the University of Oregon and the Stanford Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. Time Online explores new possibilities in humanities research and new models of digital publication through a creative combination of scholarship and programming. It provides insight into the history of print-era graphics and into emerging possibilities for interactive graphics in the era of digital media.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Intellectual History; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


HD-248511-16

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Worthy Martin (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)
Lilla Kopar (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)
Nancy Wicker (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)
Daniel Pitti (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)

Project Andvari

Pilot implementation of Project Andvari, an online portal to aggregate digital collections of northern European, early medieval art and artifacts from a range of cultural institutions.

The aim of Project Andvari is to provide a free digital portal for integrated access to dispersed collections of northern European art and artifacts of the early medieval period (4th–12th centuries). Funding is requested to support development, testing, and implementation of a pilot platform that will harvest and aggregate existing metadata records and digital surrogates of objects maintained in the collections of three international partner institutions with representative datasets that participate in linked open data initiatives. Ultimately, Project Andvari will facilitate interdisciplinary research in art, archeology, history, and literary and religious studies, allowing users to study visual culture across media and beyond traditional geographical and disciplinary boundaries. The innovative application of aggregated search methods and enhanced metadata will promote discovery and comparative analyses of artifacts in ways that have not previously been feasible.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$74,577 (approved)
$74,577 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 1/31/2018


HD-248519-16

Ball State University (Muncie, IN 47306-1022)
Diana Saiki (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)
Valerie Birk (Co Project Director: 03/02/2016 to present)

3D Modeling for Textile Collections

The development of a prototype web application of three-dimensional models of historic clothing for use by researchers, teachers, and the general public. The test collection would consist of World War II-era American clothing from the Beeman Historic Costume Collection.

The funds from the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Level I will be used to create a working prototype of "Fashion Fusion," a publicly available web-based application. Fashion Fusion will be a catalog of historic clothing, enabling interactive study of a three-dimensional digital image of a historical garment and replication of it with downloadable pattern pieces. The project results will be useful to museum professionals, clothing history researchers and teachers, and designers for theater and re-enacting.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
Arts, General; Cultural History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$39,713 (approved)
$39,713 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2017


HD-248622-16

Stone Soup Productions, Inc. (Washington, DC 20036-2504)
Andrea Kalin (Project Director: 09/17/2015 to present)

The Search for Harmony: Building a Game Development Tool for WordPress

The development of an educational games module for the WordPress content management system. The prototype game would be associated with an upcoming documentary film on African Americans and classical music.

The process of creating information-rich websites has become more accessible to the public through content management systems (CMSs) like WordPress. New game development tools have also become available to creators for designing engaging experiences. However, there is a need for a tool that can create educational games with the familiarity of a CMS platform already in use in the humanities, rather than require learning a new program. The proposed tool aims to pair a game development framework with WordPress to allow media makers to develop educational games using a simple interface. The Search for Harmony is a case study game concept, about multicultural influence on classical music, that will help provide content to develop and refine the tool. The end product would reduce resources needed to create educational games of a certain type, foster websites that could repurpose game content, and encourage educators and others in the humanities to create engaging experiences for students.

Project fields:
African American Studies; Cultural History; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$37,430 (approved)
$37,430 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 5/31/2017


HK-250704-16

WNET (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Sandra Sheppard (Project Director: 02/17/2016 to present)

Revitalizing Mission US

A conversion effort to upgrade “Mission US” from its current Flash-based game engine to a Unity-based engine, with subsequent enhancements to content and engagement including storyboards, player credentials, and increased literacy supports.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2018


HD-248560-16

Ohio Historical Society (Columbus, OH 43211-2474)
Ty Pierce (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)

TourSites for WordPress: Digital Tour Experiences for Multi-site Museum Networks

The development of a platform that supports the sharing of humanities content through mobile tours in both exterior and interior spaces, building on Curatescape and Wordpress platforms.

While there is no shortage of digital experience options for cultural heritage institutions, the number of realistic options for today’s small-­- and medium-­-sized institutions is unfortunately slim, and museums of all sizes still struggle to deliver engaging mobile experiences. TourSites for WordPress: Digital Tour Experiences for Multisite Museum Networks will create a digital platform that combines WordPress and Curatescape into a new opportunity for the field. This project builds on previous collaborations between the Ohio History Connection and the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities and leverages their respective expertise to create a new set of tools specifically for the WordPress Network environment. The open-­-source platform created by this project will enable any institution to create digital tour experiences across multiple locations, maintain those networks with efficient use of resources and connect the public to stories, people and places in innovative ways.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$74,943 (approved)
$74,943 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 7/31/2017


HD-248405-16

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47401-3654)
Edward Lazzerini (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

Historical Demography and Population Behavior among Muslims in Russian Central Eurasia, 1828-1918: The Case of Kazan City

Development of a public database that would enable research into the Muslim community of the Russian Empire from 1828-1918 by converting information found within parish registers from the city of Kazan.

The Central Eurasian Muslim Population Project (CEMPP) will create over time a massive relational database of longitudinal vital statistics and social information gathered from the metrical books (parish registers) compiled for Muslim subjects of the Russian Empire between 1828 and 1918. Funding from NEH will support the first phase of the project whereby, seeking proof-of-concept, we will gather data for approximately 25,000 Muslim inhabitants of Kazan, the third largest city in Russia, as organized around 18 mosques and their parishes. One of our major digital tools will be the open, scalable, and extendable "Intermediate Data Structure" that is becoming the standard for longitudinal databases on historical populations. By means of IDS, our database will join those focused on other regions of Eurasia and contribute to large-scale comparative studies of the life course of Eurasia as a whole.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
Nonwestern Religion; Russian History; Social Sciences, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$71,108 (approved)
$71,108 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2017


HK-250616-16

St. Mary's University of San Antonio (San Antonio, TX 78228-5433)
Todd Hanneken (Project Director: 02/09/2016 to present)

The Jubilees Palimpsest Project: Spectral RTI Technology for the Recovery of Erased Manuscripts from Antiquity

Digitization of the Jubilees Palimpsest, a manuscript containing multiple texts relevant to the history of Judaism and early Christianity, using advanced imaging techniques. The project would result in online publication of the manuscript and release of open-source software to support image processing in future work.

Project fields:
Ancient Literature; Archaeology; History of Religion

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2019


HD-248360-16

Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697)
Catherine Buell (Project Director: 09/14/2015 to present)
Ricky Sethi (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)
William Seeley (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)

Scientific Workflows, Image Analysis, and Visual Stylometry in the Digital Analysis of Art

The development of an alpha-level prototype for a tool that would help statistically identify artistic style, and a workshop to discuss the tool’s use and implications in the study of art history.

The goal of the project is to develop a tool for digital image analysis of paintings that is powerful enough to support advanced research in computer science, cognitive science, art history, and the philosophy of art while providing an accessible interface that can be used by researchers or students with little or no computer science background. The tool we envision will implement a broad range of digital image analysis algorithms as scientific workflows using the WINGS semantic workflow system. Scientific workflows allow users to build programs like one would draw a flowchart, dragging shapes representing data sets and image analysis procedures onto the workspace and drawing links between them. The tool can be used to promote computational literacy and data analytic skills among humanities students, introduce science students to research in art and the humanities, and help us understand how viewers perceptually categorize/recognize paintings and otherwise engage with artworks.

[Grant products][Media coverage]

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


HD-248600-16

DePaul University (Chicago, IL 60604-2287)
John Shanahan (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)
Robin Burke (Co Project Director: 03/02/2016 to present)
Antonio Ceraso (Co Project Director: 03/02/2016 to 10/20/2016)
Megan Bernal (Co Project Director: 03/02/2016 to present)
Ana Lucic (Co Project Director: 10/20/2016 to present)

Reading Chicago Reading: Modeling Texts and Readers in a Public Library System

A pilot study on how analyzing patron responses to a citywide reading program can help scholars and librarians better understand which book genres and styles prove most meaningful to the community.

“Reading Chicago Reading” aims to put new data-intensive predictive tools in the hands of public librarians and digital humanities scholars in order to enhance their ability to serve public needs and interests. We take as our starting point the Chicago Public Library’s popular and muchimitated “One Book One Chicago” program, in which books are annually selected for city-wide promotion. Our project combines circulation data, social media postings, text analysis, branch-bybranch demographics, and history of the events of themselves to recover quantitative, predictive factors that link texts to reader response. The multi-disciplinary project brings together expertise in library science, text mining, predictive modeling and machine learning, literature, and urban sociology, and builds on existing collaborations with the Chicago Public Library.

[Grant products]

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$74,271 (approved)
$74,271 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


HD-248607-16

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Maryemma Graham (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)

Black Book Interactive Project

Preliminary steps toward developing a metadata schema that accounts for race in order to increase scholarly access to archival materials.

The negligible number of African American (AA) literary texts digitally available for scholars working in the field of digital humanities remains a persistent problem. The Black Book Interactive Project (BBIP) responds to this critical digital invisibility by proposing to create a metadata schema that accounts for race, to make these archives more discoverable for scholarship. Using 75 novels from the Project on the History of Black Writing digital archive, we will produce a demonstration project that increases access to little known AA texts, encourages and enables text mining as a digital practice, and bridges the current gaps in computational research in literary studies. Our goal is to expand the community of users and practitioners and to make this schema a standard for the interactive exploration of similar digitized collections.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
African Literature; American Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2017


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.

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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


HZ-234043-16

Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR 97331-8565)
Korey Jackson (Project Director: 06/10/2015 to present)

Resurfacing At-Risk Works of the Feminist Small Press

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 26 essential texts from women authors representing work originally published by the Oregon-based independent press CALYX.

Oregon State University Libraries and Press and CALYX Press are partnering to bring important literary works from the second and third waves of the feminist movement into Creative Commons (CC) licensed ePub formats. The broad aim of the project is to enable wider readership and a renewed interest in the impact of the small independent press on national and international feminist movements. More specifically, our group seeks to resurface texts from the 1970s to the present written by authors now central to contemporary feminist literature.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$96,437 (approved)
$96,437 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018


HD-248410-16

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Pramit Chaudhuri (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

Classical Intertextuality and Computation

A research project on how techniques originally developed for computational biology, such as sequence alignment, can illuminate influences and stylistic attributes among classical Latin and Greek texts.

Literary scholarship has long been preoccupied with identifying verbal and stylistic relations among texts (“intertextuality”). This project is a collaboration between literary critics, systems biologists, and computer scientists to develop new computational tools for the study of such intertextual relations. These tools will enable researchers to trace connections among Latin and Greek texts at much a higher order of scale and efficiency than manual searches: 1) a sequence alignment tool, inspired by a core technique in genomics, which identifies verbal parallels that are close but inexact (the commonest kind of intertextuality); 2) a digital Greek-Latin thesaurus to enable identification of parallels across languages by meaning; 3) a set of tools for classification of texts according to various stylistic metrics, especially useful for studies of quotation and attribution; 4) phylogenetic methods to chart the evolutionary histories of classical texts and their traditions of reception.

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Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$74,921 (approved)
$74,921 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2018


HD-248610-16

Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA 24450-2116)
Rebecca Benefiel (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)
Sara Sprenkle (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)

Ancient Graffiti Project: Tools for Analyzing Personal Communication

Prototype development of a web-based resource documenting handwritten inscriptions found within the ruins of the early Roman Empire, with a focus on the town of Herculaneum as a pilot case.

We propose to develop tools to study and analyze handwritten, informal, ancient inscriptions (graffiti) for the Ancient Graffiti Project. Thousands of these messages from Herculaneum and Pompeii convey voices at every level of ancient society. Handwritten inscriptions differ from inscriptions on stone. First, since graffiti are found in situ, original geospatial and contextual data are available. Graffiti also include drawings, which are difficult to locate in text-based search engines. Consider how to search for a dog attacking a stag. These tools include 1) representation of graffiti in their spatial context at multiple granularities, 2) a system of controlled vocabularies and filters to make figural graffiti (drawings) searchable and retrievable, and 3) a schema of medium-specific metadata for handwritten inscriptions. With these tools, users will be able to study both inscribed texts and images, as well as research questions specific to ancient graffiti.

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Project fields:
Classical Languages; Classics

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$74,592 (approved)
$74,592 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 11/30/2017


HK-250641-16

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890)
Christopher Warren (Project Director: 02/16/2016 to present)

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: Reassembling the Early Modern Social Network

Implementation of a web-based platform to enhance research on the social networks of Great Britain in the early modern era, 1500-1700. The project would also make available open-source software to facilitate development of tools for additional regions and time periods.

Project fields:
British Literature; European History; Renaissance Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


HT-251006-16

Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Owen Williams (Project Director: 03/15/2016 to present)

Folger Shakespeare Library's "Early Modern Digital Agendas: Network Analysis (EMDA2017)" institute

A two-week summer institute and follow-up workshop for 12 participants to explore network analysis approaches to early modern studies. The institute would be hosted at the Folger Shakespeare Library with a variety of visiting experts.

Project fields:
Renaissance Studies

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$170,000 (approved)
$170,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


HD-248450-16

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY 12180-3590)
James Malazita (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)
Dean Nieusma (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)

3D Printing as Humanistic Inquiry

A set of experiments with 3D printing and a three-day workshop in which scholars explore the philosophical and practical implications of fabrication and “making” in a humanities context.

This project brings together scholars at various stages of their careers from across the Humanities and Digital Humanities to participate in an intensive three-day 3D Making and Critique workshop and follow-on research. The project's goal is to materially brainstorm printed artifacts that serve as critical investigations, while providing time for reflection upon the broader social and environmental contexts of the 3D printing process. The intended results of the project will be to produce and disseminate early-stage critical objects, to generate reflexive theory and critique about 3D printing and making practices, to connect Humanities scholars across both the making and critical bodies of humanistic scholarship, and to create an action plan for collaborative written and made scholarship targeted for publication in open-access presses and exhibitions.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$39,498 (approved)
$39,498 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 5/31/2017


HZ-234002-16

University of North Texas (Denton, TX 76203-5017)
Kevin Hawkins (Project Director: 06/09/2015 to present)

Broadening access to books on Texas and Oklahoma

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 146 books on the history of Texas and Oklahoma. The books were selected by the University of North Texas Press, the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Portal to Texas History, the Texas State Historical Association, and the UNT Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services.

This two-year project, led by the University of North Texas Libraries, will broaden access to 141 books selected by one of three publishers or by the UNT Libraries for their relevance to the history of Texas and Oklahoma. It will also broaden access to five humanities-related books to be selected once the grant starts. Those books not yet available online through the Gateway to Oklahoma History, Portal to Texas History, or UNT Digital Library websites will be digitized, with full-text searching, and added to the appropriate site. All books will be converted to EPUB and Kindle formats, made available to download with the digitized version online, and added to the UNT Library Catalog and to WorldCat. The project also includes the production of "print-ready" PDFs from the scans of many of the books to allow them to be made available for sale in print again using print-on-demand technology.

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Project fields:
U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$95,599 (approved)
$95,599 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


HD-248462-16

University of Delaware (Newark, DE 19716-0099)
P. Gabrielle Foreman (Project Director: 09/15/2015 to present)

The Colored Conventions Project

Enhancement of a website to document over 120 conventions organized by African-American communities from the 1830s-1880s, including development of a reference database and fifteen interpretive exhibits.

The Colored Conventions Project (CCP) is a digital collection and hybrid site for research and teaching that brings unprecedented public attention to the thousands of African Americans who made up the 19th-century Colored Conventions Movement. ColoredConventions.org collects, for the first time, rare and scattered minutes from more than 100 conventions. A DH Start-Up II grant will enable our interdisciplinary team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers, library professionals, church and national teaching partners to collaborate to 1) create 15 new exhibits showcasing original research and visualizations 2) amass a database of 4,000+ conventions attendees for reference and datasets 3) expand outreach for our crowdsourcing Transcribe Minutes and 4) introduce Translate Minutes with our first international partner. Ultimately CCP will model a more inclusive digital history as we recover a movement for racial, economic and educational justice that resonates in our own time.

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Project fields:
African American Studies; American Literature; American Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 11/30/2017


HZ-233998-16

Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT 06459-3208)
Suzanna Tamminen (Project Director: 06/09/2015 to present)

Reissue as free epubs 18 foundational books in dance and theater

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 18 essential texts from Wesleyan University Press on the history of dance and theater.

Wesleyan University Press will digitize eighteen out-of-print titles from its performing arts backlist. These titles fall into two discreet but related areas, dance and theater (specifically stagecraft), and contribute to an understanding of the evolution of modernism in the performing arts. The Press will make the resulting ebooks freely available for the benefit of scholars in dance, theater and performance studies. We will promote the ebooks individually and as a group to scholars and students in dance, theater and performance studies. We will market the ebooks via email, social media, press releases, and on our web site where we will have permanent pages for each ebook as well as a page for the project, including instructions for accessing the free ebook files.

Project fields:
Dance History and Criticism; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


HD-248577-16

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10016-0133)
Doug Reside (Project Director: 09/16/2015 to present)
Gregory Lord (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theater Division - 3D Visualization of Theatrical Lighting Designs

Initial planning and a feasibility study to determine how virtual simulation software could be re-purposed to create representations of historical theater designs based on archival sources.

To emulate theatrical lighting design in a web-based 3D visualization platform that would give humanities scholars a way to see the effects historical lighting designs were meant to create. More specifically, NEH funding would make possible a feasibility study for emulating lighting design using current web-based 3-D technology. Depending on the results of this study, the project team will determine the best way to move forward to build a robust tool for serving emulations of lighting designs in special collection reading rooms.

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Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2016 – 3/31/2018


HT-250993-16

Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT 05753-6004)
Jason Mittell (Project Director: 03/11/2016 to present)
Christian Keathley (Co Project Director: 07/06/2016 to present)

Scholarship in Sound and Image

Two two-week workshops for 15 participants each on the study of time-based media like video and audio in multimodal humanities scholarship. The first instance of the workshop would be for advanced graduate students, while the second instance would be targeted toward humanities faculty and professionals.

In June 2015, we hosted a highly successful workshop, “Scholarship in Sound and Image,” funded by a grant from the NEH’s Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities (IATDH). This workshop brought together 14 scholars of film and media studies to learn how to produce videographic criticism that incorporates sound and moving images via digital technologies. We are again applying for an IATDH grant, this time to support a pair of two-week workshops, in June 2017 and June 2018. The workshops – whose curriculum is based on a course that has been successfully taught four times at Middlebury College, in addition to the successful IATDH workshop in 2015 – is designed for 15 participants whose objects of study involve audio-visual media, especially film, radio, television, and other new digital media forms. The two iterations of the workshop will subdivide the participants, inviting Ph.D. students in 2017, and faculty or postdocs in 2018.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Media Studies

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$241,001 (approved)
$241,001 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 12/31/2018


HT-251008-16

West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown, WV 26506)
Cheryl Ball (Project Director: 03/15/2016 to present)

Digital Publishing Institute: Authoring and Editing Digital Humanities Scholarship

A series of workshops for humanities scholars and editors on developing and publishing digital multimedia scholarship to be hosted by West Virginia University and held on-campus as well as in conjunction with scholarly publishing conferences.

This institute will offer two sets of workshops for authors and editors who want to learn more about composing and publishing scholarly multimedia and web-based academic texts. The workshops will attend to beginners’ concerns about starting a scholarly multimedia project to more advanced author concerns regarding infrastructural and preservation work plans. The two-week author workshops provide hands-on time and staff support for completing a segment of a digital humanities project. The two-day editor/publisher workshops will focus on workflows for peer review, copy-editing, and publication (including preservation) in scholarly multimedia.

Project fields:
Composition and Rhetoric; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Media Studies

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$219,832 (approved)
$219,832 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 9/30/2018


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.

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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-228966-15

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)
Johanna Devaney (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)

Automatic Music Performance Analysis and Comparison Toolkit (AMPACT)

The further development of a suite of analytical tools for music scholarship, with a particular focus on the development of a tool for analyzing polyphonic performances from musical scores.

This project proposes to develop a core technology for a suite of automatic software tools for quantitatively analyzing musical performances for which a corresponding musical score is available and an encoding format for storing the analyses, entitled the Automatic Music Performance and Comparison Toolkit (AMPACT). A musical performance can convey both the musicians' interpretation of the written score as well as emphasize, or even manipulate, the emotional content of the music through small variations in timing, dynamics, and tuning. The target audience for AMPACT is music scholars are who are interested in performing empirical analyses of recorded performances but who lack the technical skills or the time necessary to develop their own tools or implement existing algorithms. The proposed project will allow the researchers to develop an algorithm for analyzing polyphonic performances for which musical scores are available.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,843 (approved)
$59,843 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2017


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.

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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


HD-229062-15

Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. (Atlanta, GA 30302-3999)
Benjamin Miller (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)

Notoriously Toxic: Understanding the Language and Costs of Hate and Harassment in Online Games

A cross-disciplinary workshop and follow-up activities to develop a set of essays and a metadata schema to understand and describe toxic rhetoric in online spaces, with an emphasis on large-scale multiplayer computer games.

A one-year collaboration and two-day working group meeting of scholars from English, Linguistics, Law, Psychology, Education, Game Studies, Communication, and Justice Studies in consultation with industry experts from game development, documenting: 1) best practices for studying and moderating online toxicity, 2) conceptual and legal frameworks for addressing online hate speech, dangerous speech, and toxic speech, 3) patterns of toxic language in digital media, 4) next steps for building a reference corpus of toxicity types and a descriptive taxonomy, and 5) a humanistic perspective on consequences of online toxicity and its moderation procedures.

Project fields:
Computational Linguistics; Media Studies; Psychology

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,403 (approved)
$29,403 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 5/31/2017


HG-229342-15

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Hayim Lapin (Project Director: 09/24/2014 to present)

A Digital Synopsis of Mishnah and Tosefta

Development of a web-based resource that would integrate digital editions of two canonical Jewish texts, the Mishnah and the Tosefta, alongside tools for intertextual comparison and analysis. Freie Universität, Berlin, is requesting 115,383.60€ from DFG.

The proposed project is a digital synoptic alignment of the Mishnah and the Tosefta. The Mishnah is the foundational text of rabbinic Judaism from about 200 AD/CE. The Tosefta (the "supplement") maps closely onto the Mishnah, but its constituent material has a complex relationship with the parallel material in the Mishnah. Our proposed synopsis provides digital alignments of medieval witnesses to the separate texts, and aligns the two texts with each other. The Project implements XML-based technologies for transcribing, querying, and presenting textual data and algorithmic procedures for comparing runs of texts. In particular, it contributes to the developing area of text reuse. It makes it possible to statistically measure the stemmatic evolution of texts, as independent texts and in relation to other texts.

Project fields:
Jewish Studies

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$151,753 (approved)
$151,753 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2018


HD-228866-15

Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA 17325-1483)
Jonathan Amith (Project Director: 09/10/2014 to present)
Eric Remy (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

Comparative Ethnobiology in Mesoamerica: A Digital Portal for Collaborative Research and Public Dissemination

Prototype development of a database and website that would aggregate indigenous linguistic information relevant to Mesoamerican flora and fauna.

In 1983 Catherine Fowler completed a pioneering study of Uto-Aztecan cultural history, focused on locating the Proto-Uto-Aztecan homeland by linking reconstructed PUA biological terms to the historic distribution of biological species labeled by these terms. Others have studied loan patterns in biological nomenclature among non-genetically related languages to develop models of migration and linguistic and cultural convergence in prehistoric periods. These two complementary approaches require an immense dataset of biological terminology from diverse languages. To achieve this dataset for Mesoamerica, an area characterized both by extensive migration and great biodiversity, this project will create an innovative portal to facilitate the exchange of information on Indigenous nomenclature, classification and use of biotaxa. This portal will enable a community of scholars to share material that would otherwise languish for years before, if ever, being disseminated in a print publication.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; Languages, Other; Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,930 (approved)
$29,930 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2017


HD-229071-15

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Steven Wernke (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)
Jeremy Mumford (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

Deep Mapping the Reducción: Building a Platform for Spatial Humanities Collaboration on the General Resettlement of Indians

Prototyping of two resources to enable geospatial scholarship on the Andean region of South America. In particular, the project would shed light on the history of indigenous communities living within the 16th-century colonial Reducción system.

Researchers of antiquity around the world share common fundamental problems of fragmentary and patchy information. Scaling up spatially is especially difficult, as diverse researchers must piece together localized understandings of past social processes. In the Andean region of South America, where no alphabetic textual record exists prior to 1532, understanding the social transformations brought by Spanish invasion is especially challenging. But emerging spatial humanities tools can mitigate such impediments to reconstructing Andean settlement history. This project will adapt and extend such technologies through the development of two integrated, open source tools: 1) LOGAR (Linked Open Gazetteer of the Andean Region), a crowd sourced, edited online gazetteer, and 2) GeoPACHA (Geospatial Platform for Andean Colonial History and Archaeology), a geospatial database and browser-based interface for producing thematic and analytical maps. Together, these tools will enable production of the

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Project fields:
Latin American Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,498 (approved)
$59,498 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2017


HT-231812-15

Indiana/Purdue University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN 46202-5148)
Jennifer Guiliano (Project Director: 03/09/2015 to present)

The Digital Native American and Indigenous Studies Project

Three three-day workshops of 35 participants each hosted by Yale University, Northern Arizona University, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on teaching new digital methods and exploring issues of preservation and access in Native American Studies. 

The Digital Native American studies Project (DNSP) proposes to offer three three-day workshops that will educate participants on issues of digital humanities research and methodology in the context of Native American Studies. Native American Studies, an interdisciplinary field of study exploring the history, culture, politics, issues, and contemporary experience of indigenous peoples of America, intersects with a number of issues related to access, preservation, and methodology that are problematized through the development and deployment of digital tools and methods and the conduct of digital research. While tremendous work has been done around the preservation and access of analog materials within Native American communities, there has been much less attention paid to the ways in which digital objects, practices, and methods function within Native communities and through Native American Studies scholarship outside of the anthropological context. Each three-day long workshop will serve thirty-five participants drawn from academic, cultural heritage, and tribal communities.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Native American Studies

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$249,817 (approved)
$249,817 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 1/31/2018


HK-230965-15

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Sergio Romero (Project Director: 02/18/2015 to present)
Laura Mandell (Co Project Director: 07/16/2015 to present)

Reading the First Books: Multilingual, Early-Modern OCR for Primeros Libros

Enhancement of optical character recognition (OCR) technologies to improve researchers' ability to discover and search early modern, multilingual printed texts. During this phase, the project team would focus on books printed in the Americas before 1601.

Digital facsimile collections of early modern printed books (books printed on hand presses in the 15th-17th century) greatly improve access to these cultural heritage materials for scholars, students, and the general public. The utility and accessibility of these digital collections, however, has been limited by the challenges of transcribing early modern printed books: their linguistic complexity, unstable orthography (spelling and punctuation), and uneven typesetting and inking make these books difficult to read for humans and machines alike. The goal of this project is to develop and implement groundbreaking methods in the automatic transcription of early modern printed books. This will increase access to books that are not just a vital record of historical thought during this exciting period in European, colonial, and indigenous American history, but also reflect the development of a new, transformative technology - the printing press.

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Project fields:
International Studies; Latin American History; Latin American Languages

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$215,830 (approved)
$215,830 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2017


HC-230697-15

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Thomas Ewing (Project Director: 01/12/2015 to present)
Amy Nelson (Co Project Director: 04/07/2015 to present)

Images and Texts in Medical History: An Introduction to Methods, Tools, and Data from the Digital Humanities

A cooperative agreement between the NEH and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to organize a two-day workshop for medical historians, librarians, archivists, and graduate students on computational approaches to studying medical images and textual materials.  The workshop would be held at the US National Library of Medicine and would include the participation of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust from the United Kingdom.

This workshop is designed to provide medical historians with an opportunity to learn about tools, methods, and texts in the digital humanities that can inform their teaching and scholarship. Presentations by leading scholars in digital humanities will demonstrate how emerging approaches to the analysis of texts and images can be used by scholars and librarians in the field of medical history. By focusing on the new methods, tools, and data related to images and texts, this workshop will engage key issues in the history of medicine, including, but not limited to, the spread of disease, the rise of health professions, scientific research, health policy, and cultural definitions of health and disease.The workshop format is designed to provide attendees with a broad awareness of potential digital humanities applications, practical advice on the value of digital tools, and guided instruction on the application of these tools to understanding materials directly relevant to their research and scholarship. By the end of the workshop, attendees should have a widely expanded toolkit for research and teaching in medical history as well as an appreciation for potential future directions in their field.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$70,000 (approved)
$65,579 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


HD-228990-15

Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY 13244-0001)
Susan May (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)
Jane Read (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)
Philip Arnold (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

Onondaga Lake: Finding a Restorative Center in Digital Space

The development of a prototype digital map that seeks to combine scientific perspectives with non-Cartesian perspectives (such as those of the indigenous population) that don't map easily to spatial coordinates, focusing on the historical, cultural, and economic significance of Onondaga Lake near Syracuse, NY.

Onondaga Lake is small and obscure, but its story touches on indigenous wars and the Great Law of Peace, the writing of the US Constitution, the development of American industry and transportation, legal and technical innovations for environmental recovery, and creative urban planning. We propose a prototype digital atlas of the lake that combines the idea of space as a spiritual center in indigenous and local knowledge with the more decentered idea of space inherent in digital mapping. Our project will employ existing software and experiment with a variety of storytelling and data collection methods, methods of representing "blank spaces" on the map due to environmental change or privacy issues, and ways to use the map to foster ongoing dialogue about contested space and contested terms, such as "restoration." We will apply research about the compatibility of traditional, local, specialized, and scientific knowledge to create a tool for respectful communication.

Project fields:
American Studies; Geography; Religion, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,879 (approved)
$29,879 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 9/30/2017


HD-229059-15

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Alison Booth (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)
Worthy Martin (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)
Daniel Pitti (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

Cohorts of Women in Biographical Collections

The development of prototype tools that would shed light on women’s lives and social networks through biographical narratives and archival sources.

Cohorts of Women in Biographical Collections (CWBC), a collaboration of Collective Biographies of Women (CBW) and Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC), enables in-depth research on cohorts of historical women by uniting textual study of 1,200 collections of biographies (CBW) published 1830-1940 with data on persons, documents, entities, and networks extracted from 2.6 million archival descriptions in 3,000 repositories (and growing). CWBC will create innovative procedures for biographical-archival data exchange; a Cohort Analysis Prototype (CAP) for comparison of cohorts (sets of women related by type of book or by occupation, nationality, period, etc.) and diverse networks; visualizations and discoveries in open-access code; a white paper and publications. The tools and process for sharing and maintaining identities and visualizing textual, archival, and social cohorts and networks will be shaped and evaluated by an international board of expert advisors.

Project fields:
Literature, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,479 (approved)
$59,479 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 11/30/2017


HG-229308-15

Rhizome Communications, Inc. (New York, NY 10002-1218)
Dragan Espenschied (Project Director: 09/23/2014 to present)

Tools & Concepts for Safeguarding & Researching Born-Digital Culture

The creation of workflows and tools supporting the preservation of born-digital art, using the collections of four different institutions in the US and Germany as their test case.  The University of Freiburg is requesting 128,000€ from DFG.

This project will develop novel tools, processes and workflows to preserve complex born-digital works of digital art and networked literature, using an emulation-based approach and addressing wider issues in humanities research (in particular, citation and defining object boundaries). It works with four leading German/US archives of art and literature -- Rhizome, DLA Marbach, Vilem Flusser Archive and Yale University Library -- and builds on University of Freiburg’ s Emulation-as-a-Service, developed as a result of the bwFLA project.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other; Literature, Other; Media Studies

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$164,430 (approved)
$164,430 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2017


HG-229371-15

University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA 95211-0110)
Caroline Schroeder (Project Director: 09/25/2014 to present)
Amir Zeldes (Co Project Director: 06/04/2015 to present)

KELLIA: Koptische/Coptic Electronic Language and Literature International Alliance

The Koptische/Coptic Electronic Language and Literature International Alliance (KELLIA), a partnership among leading Coptic scholars and digital humanities experts in the United States and Germany. The project would document best practices for digital Coptic initiatives and would adapt existing open-source tools for linguistic analysis and collaborative annotation. Georg-August University, Göttingen, is requesting 122,610€ from DFG.

KELLIA (the Koptische/Coptic Electronic Language and Literature International Alliance) will promote interdisciplinary collaborations across the Digital Humanities and international standards in Coptic Studies. Coptic, the last phase of the Egyptian language family, flourished in Egypt's Roman and early Islamic periods and reflects over a millennium of history of a multicultural and multilingual Near Eastern society. Coptic documents are fundamental primary sources for diverse scholarly fields, and virtually all DH research in Coptic is conducted by projects anchored in the United States or Germany. This collaboration will enable advances not only in Coptic Studies but also in other fields that use corpus linguistics methods or produce digital text editions. KELLIA will produce international standards for data curation in Coptic, tools that integrate corpus linguistics and digital philology methods, and models using shared corpora from the KELLIA partners.

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Project fields:
Ancient Languages; Ancient Literature; Linguistics

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$192,500 (approved)
$192,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 5/31/2018


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.

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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-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-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


HG-229283-15

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Thomas Ewing (Project Director: 09/23/2014 to present)

Tracking the Russian Flu in U.S. and German Medical and Popular Reports, 1889-1893

A collaborative research project to study the spread of the Russian influenza epidemic (1889-1893) through Europe and the United States by using large-scale computational methods on digitized collections of historical medical literature and newspapers. The German partner, Leibniz University, Hannover, is requesting 127,600€ from DFG.

This project examines US and German medical discussion and popular reporting during the Russian influenza epidemic, from its outbreak in late 1889 through the successive waves that lasted through 1893. A world-wide epidemic can be studied at every level from the microbial through the individual, communal, regional, national, and global. Digital humanities are especially suited for this kind of scalable analysis, as the close reading techniques familiar to humanities scholars are integrated with the large-scale interpretive methods of computer scientists and information scholars. The project will use historical materials to develop, apply, and evaluate new methods for computational epidemiology through applications such as word and term distribution analysis, fact extraction, sentiment analysis, network analysis and data visualization.

Project fields:
European History; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; History of Science

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


HK-230924-15

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27695-7003)
John Wall (Project Director: 02/16/2015 to present)
David Hill (Co Project Director: 07/17/2015 to present)
Yun Jing (Co Project Director: 07/17/2015 to present)

Acoustic Modeling in Historical Research

Further work on a three-dimensional, immersive model of the visual and aural environment of St. Paul's Cathedral and Churchyard as they stood in London during the early 17th century. The project would also further develop and publicly release open-source software for the modeling and representation of sound in historic spaces.

Our objective is to develop an open-source software package for use in modeling the acoustic properties of historic spaces. This software will be based on the currently available open-source program i-Simpa (http://i-simpa.ifsttar.fr/), which utilizes ray-tracing for acoustic propagation modeling. We will add capabilities for auralization and play-back which are essential for us to understand how sound behaves in virtual models of historic spaces. When used in conjunction with recordings of sound made under anechoic conditions, we will be able to experience recreated performances of historic events as they unfold, in real time, in highly accurate virtual models of the spaces in which they originally happened.

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Project fields:
Ancient Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,135 (approved)
$324,135 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018


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.

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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


HK-230970-15

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Philip Ethington (Project Director: 02/18/2015 to present)
Tara McPherson (Co Project Director: 07/08/2015 to present)
Steven Anderson (Co Project Director: 07/08/2015 to present)
Curtis Fletcher (Co Project Director: 08/31/2015 to present)

Implementing Scalar for Digital Humanities Multimodal Online Publishing: Editorial and Authorial Workflow in Collaboration

The enhancement of the authoring, editing, and peer review features of the Scalar scholarly publishing platform from the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture.

With the release of Scalar 1.0, an open-source online authoring platform for humanities scholarship, we propose to implement three important editorial and authorial workflow features that will facilitate the publication of digital multimedia works within both established and emerging scholarly genres: 1) the integration directly into the Scalar environment of full review, author revision, version-control, copyediting, and proofreading processes necessary for edited and peer-reviewed publications; 2) enhanced integration of Scalar with our partner media archive Critical Commons to create an easy-to-use system for uploading and embedding image files and video clips while maximizing the protections of fair use for scholars and presses; 3) continued improvements of our authoring environment to better leverage the enhanced features and updated styling of our new reader interface towards scalable, customizable publications.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2017


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.

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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


HC-233902-15

Council on Library and Information Resources (Washington, DC 20036-2102)
Charles Henry (Project Director: 05/15/2015 to present)

Cooperative Agreement for the Openlab Workshop

A cooperative agreement between the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities and Division of Public Programs and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to organize a two-day planning workshop in the fall of 2015 to discuss the development of “Openlab,” an organization devoted to developing, testing, and teaching best practices for digital engagement across the museum and library sector.

Openlab is a concept for a solutions lab, convener, and consultancy designed to accelerate the speed and impact of transformational change in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. The purpose of this proposal is to request funds to develop the Openlab concept through a two-day workshop to be held in Washington, DC, in the fall of 2015.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,962 (approved)
$49,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2015 – 3/31/2016


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.

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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


HK-230916-15

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Erika Lee (Project Director: 02/12/2015 to present)
Elizabeth Venditto (Co Project Director: 07/16/2015 to present)

Immigrant Stories

Expansion of a project that engages recent immigrant and refugee communities as they create and share digital video narratives about their lives and experiences. During the implementation phase, the applicant would collaborate with national stakeholders to develop an easy-to-use, web-based framework to produce these digital stories, which would be publicly available via the Minnesota Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.

The Immigration History Research Center's Immigrant Stories project fosters humanities research and public dialogue around immigration by empowering recent immigrants with the tools to document, preserve, and share their experiences with the wider American public. It helps first- and second-generation immigrants and refugees create digital stories about their experiences--short personal videos with images, text, music, and audio--that are preserved and made publicly available through the IHRC Archives, the Minnesota Digital Library, and the Digital Public Library of America. Immigrant Stories uses immigrant-centered digital tools and training to expand participation in the digital humanities regardless of education, English proficiency, and access to technology. Its archive makes valuable content on contemporary immigration accessible to both humanities scholars and the broader public.

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Project fields:
Immigration History; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,121 (approved)
$324,121 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2017


HT-231824-15

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040)
Kim Gallon (Project Director: 03/10/2015 to present)
Angel Nieves (Co Project Director: 07/08/2015 to present)

Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies: An Institute on Spatial Humanities, Theories, Methods and Practice

A three-week summer institute and a follow-up workshop for 20 participants to explore spatial approaches to Africana Studies.  The institute would be hosted by Purdue University and the follow-up workshop would be held at Hamilton College.

Hosted by the African American Studies & Research Center (AARC) at Purdue University, this two-year long institute beginning the summer of 2016 is designed to advance knowledge in Africana/Black Studies by affording 20 early and mid-career Africana/Black Studies scholars, graduate students and librarians an opportunity to think critically about the relationship and intersections between Africana Studies and the spatial humanities. To that end, the Institute is concerned with helping participants to think spatially, to internalize the concept of space, and to develop spatial literacies. The Institute will also advance digital and spatial humanities approaches among Africana/Black Studies scholars. Participants will explore key topics in spatial humanities and will be introduced to a breadth of geospatial technologies. The web-based platform, BlackDH.org (www.blackdh.org) will serve as a clearinghouse and portal for scholarly discussions that will grow out of the Institute.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$245,299 (approved)
$245,299 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017


HG-229309-15

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890)
Brian MacWhinney (Project Director: 09/23/2014 to present)

LangBank: Digital Infrastructure to Support the Study of Classical Latin and Historical German

The development of a joint, annotated corpus and accompanying learning modules for Latin and German prior to 1900 to support research and language learning.  The University of Tübingen and Humboldt University of Berlin are jointly requesting 156,000€ from DFG.

The LangBank Project seeks to promote students’ learning of Classical Latin and Historical German, and to facilitate the ability of more advanced scholars to access a wide range of annotated texts. This new system will rely on modern web-based methods for corpus analysis and distribution, online reading support and demand-driven, incidental tutoring of grammar and vocabulary, and learning analytic methods for tracking how students and scholars use the materials.

Project fields:
Computational Linguistics

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$139,802 (approved)
$139,802 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2015 – 3/31/2017


HK-230973-15

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Thomas Elliott (Project Director: 02/18/2015 to present)

Pleiades 3

Substantive changes to the technical and editorial infrastructure for the Pleiades gazetteer project, a geographic dataset for the ancient Mediterranean world. 

This proposal responds to new provisions in the Implementation Grant guidelines that invite “substantive changes to the design, technical architecture, and dissemination and preservation strategies” of established digital humanities projects. We seek support to renovate the Pleiades gazetteer of the ancient world (http://pleiades.stoa.org), which provides open access to the most comprehensive geospatial dataset for antiquity available today. Although Pleiades is valued by scholars, students, and the public, its potential impact and long-term sustainability are being held back by the limits of its architecture. We propose, therefore, to transform Pleiades from an overloaded website into a collection of related applications. We will split the current monolithic system into four parts whose performance and capacity can be managed independently and we will refine the structure of the database in order to document and analyze relationships between the ancient places we catalog. 

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$322,615 (approved)
$322,615 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2018


HD-228949-15

University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA 94117-1050)
Seth Wachtel (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)

Discovery and Documentation of At-Risk Built Heritage

A pilot effort in which community and student volunteers would use easily accessible technologies to document and describe local architectural heritage. A prototype website would offer a common platform for wide participation and public access.

Historic buildings and sites that represent our physical cultural heritage are vulnerable to loss or alteration. Current methods of recording require skilled professionals and expensive technologies. This limits the number of recorded sites to high profile targets, leaving out thousands of worthy and vulnerable sites. This project will demonstrate integrated use of crowdsourcing, low-cost recording devices and open source Internet technologies to achieve high volume recording of heritage sites that may otherwise never be recorded before they are lost. The focus is historically and culturally significant low-visibility sites. Recording includes site, geographic location, images, architectural attributes and 3D models generated from digital images. Volunteers are recruited using social networks. Low-cost recording devices include digital camera, camera-capable mobile phone and Internet-connected computer. Technical infrastructure includes a website for collecting and disseminating record

Project fields:
Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 6/30/2017


HK-230986-15

Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
David Eltis (Project Director: 02/18/2015 to present)
Allen Tullos (Co Project Director: 07/08/2015 to present)

Enhancing and Sustaining www.slavevoyages.org

The enhancement of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (also known as slavevoyages.org) to add additional records about the intra-American movement of enslaved persons and to recode the underlying database to allow for long term sustainability.

Slavevoyages has become the basic reference tool for anyone studying the transatlantic slave trade, and is used widely by teachers, genealogists, and scientists as well as scholars of slavery and the slave trade. The site is nevertheless facing an uncertain future, possibly extinction, as the code in which it was written is made obsolete by evolving server operating systems.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,992 (approved)
$324,992 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 2/28/2018


HT-231816-15

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Sharon Leon (Project Director: 03/10/2015 to present)
Sheila Brennan (Co Project Director: 07/08/2015 to present)

Doing Digital History 2016: An Institute for Mid-Career American Historians

A two-week institute for 25 historians of the United States, 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.

In the August 2014, twenty-three mid-career digital novices came to George Mason University (GMU) for the two-week intensive summer institute, Doing Digital History, organized by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM). Experts in their field of American history, these novices in digital methodologies were nervous, unsure of their own abilities, and intimidated by digital history. They all left as confident digital ambassadors with new skills, insights, and motivation to pursue digital work and become active participants in the growing community of digital humanists. Because of this success, and due to a continued need in the field, RRCHNM requests support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to organize Doing Digital History: 2016, a second Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities (IATDH), during the summer of 2016 to serve a cohort of twenty-five established, mid-career American history faculty and public historians.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$219,301 (approved)
$219,301 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 3/31/2017


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.

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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


HC-229771-15

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH 03755-1808)
Mary Flanagan (Project Director: 09/26/2014 to present)
Neil Fraistat (Co Project Director: 12/16/2014 to present)
Andrea Wiggins (Co Project Director: 12/16/2014 to present)

Engaging the Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing Across the Disciplines

A cooperative agreement to organize a two-day workshop that would encourage the cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and best practices in crowdsourcing across the humanities and sciences, particularly in libraries, archives, and museums.

Engaging the Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing Across the Disciplines is a proposed workshop to be held in May 2015, at the University of Maryland, that would build an important intellectual and networking bridge for crowdsourced humanities projects, supported by a Cooperative Agreement among NEH, Dartmouth College, and the University of Maryland, with additional support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Sloan Foundation. Throughout the workshop, our central concern will be on the question of how institutions might best adopt and employ crowdsourcing strategies for increasing public engagement, integrating data into existing collections, and increasing knowledge in the humanities and related domains. In obtaining support for the workshop from three different funders, with their own distinct communities to bring into the conversation, we will be ensuring a rich cross-disciplinary dialogue, sending a very public signal about the importance of these emerging practices.

Project fields:

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$93,142 (approved)
$93,078 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HD-228971-15

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Matthew Gold (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)

DH Box: A Digital Humanities Laboratory in the Cloud

Development of DH Box, a web-based platform that enables researcher and student access to multiple digital humanities tools. The project is designed for institutions and individuals with minimal technical infrastructure or expertise, including community colleges and newcomers to the field.
 

DH Box provides an innovative approach to Digital Humanities pedagogy, helping teachers introduce DH tools quickly and effectively. The project increases the speed and ease with which novice users can begin hands-on practice with DH tools and it does so by facilitating interaction with rich datasets from institutions such as the NYPL and the British Library. Because DH Box lowers technical barriers to entry, students in the humanities will be able to bypass set-up and compatibility issues and move more quickly to their own research.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,752 (approved)
$59,752 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2017


HD-228732-15

Wheaton College (Norton, MA 02766-2322)
Mark LeBlanc (Project Director: 09/04/2014 to present)
Scott Kleinman (Co Project Director: 03/16/2015 to present)
Michael Drout (Co Project Director: 03/16/2015 to present)

Easing Entry and Improving Access to Computer-Assisted Text Analysis for the Humanities

The addition of several features to the Lexos software, including a set of instructional resources to help scholars and students understand the most appropriate uses for computational methods for text analysis.

The rapid digitization of texts presents both new opportunities and real barriers of entry to computer-assisted explorations of texts. The Lexos software developed by the Lexomics Project provides a simple, web-based workflow for text processing, statistical analysis, and visualization designed to address these barriers. The project will support Lexos' core strength as an entry-level tool while seeking to position it as an innovative intervention in Digital Humanities conversations about the interplay of machine learning and text analysis. The project will embed dialogue about the use of computational methods to study humanities data in the tool itself through our "In the Margins" feature to collect and disseminate discussions of the problems, solutions, and best practices for using computational methods for text analysis.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 6/30/2017


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


HK-50176-14

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61820-5711)
J. Stephen Downie (Project Director: 02/26/2014 to present)
Erez Lieberman Aiden (Co Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

Exploring the Billions and Billions of Words in the HathiTrust Corpus with Bookworm: HathiTrust + Bookworm Project

The enhancement and integration of the Bookworm analytical tool with the HathiTrust Digital Library, which holds 3.9 billion pages of digitized materials. Scholars would be able build individual collections of materials to be studied and to discover new textual use patterns across the corpus.

The HathiTrust + Bookworm (HT+BW) Project provides scholars new ways to explore trends within the massive HathiTrust corpus. Detailed exploration of metadata facets adds analytic value over such tools as Google Ngram Viewer. It enables scholars to explore personal worksets and aids discovery of new works. It will help the HathiTrust Research Center provide computational access to the HathiTrust corpus. Open-source improvements to Bookworm code will increase value to other large text projects.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,841 (approved)
$324,841 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017


HK-50181-14

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Michele Weigle (Project Director: 02/26/2014 to present)
Michael Nelson (Co Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)
Liza Potts (Co Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

Archive What I See Now: Bringing Institutional Web Archiving Tools to the Individual Researcher

Further development of a toolset that would allow individual humanities researchers and institutions to easily archive websites and to navigate archived collections.

Archiving web pages is an essential method for ensuring ephemeral web resources are available for future research. Our goals are 1) to enable users to generate files suitable for use by large-scale archives with tools as simple as the “bookmarking” or “save page as” approaches that they already know, and 2) to enable users to access the archived resources in their browser. We propose to build three open-source tools to support this personal-scale web archiving: WARCreate, WAIL, and Mink.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,634 (approved)
$324,634 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017


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


HK-50173-14

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Jon Frey (Project Director: 02/26/2014 to present)
Ethan Watrall (Co Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

ARCS: Archaeological Resource Cataloguing System

The Archaeological Resource Cataloging System (ARCS) would provide an open-source application where users can upload, tag, sort, and link together digitized copies of photographs, drawings, and (frequently handwritten) documents of the archaeological record. Building from the original case study of Ohio State University’s excavations at Isthmia, the team would add three archaeological sites (in Polis, Chersonesos, and Nemea) to test the development of ARCS.

ARCS (Archaeological Resource Cataloguing System) enables individual archaeologists and larger, multi-member archaeological projects to collect, annotate, display, search, organize, and share primary documentary materials such as field journals, photographs, and artifact catalogs over the web. Through the use of crowdsourcing and a common metadata scheme, this open source platform offers archaeological projects a way to annotate and share non “born digital” data with scholars and the general public in a way that respects their unique identity and budgetary constraints. A version of ARCS was created for use at the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia and was the original test case for the Digital Humanities Startup Grant. To further develop the utilities designed to encourage collaborative research between scholars and projects, it is now proposed that ARCS be implemented at a select number of additional archaeological excavations.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,586 (approved)
$324,586 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017


HT-50088-14

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Ethan Watrall (Project Director: 03/19/2014 to present)
Lynne Goldstein (Co Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice

A twelve-day institute to be held over two summers, hosted by Michigan State University, for 20 participants to explore advanced theory and application of computational approaches and new media for archaeology.

The Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice will be hosted jointly by MATRIX: The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences and the Department of Anthropology. The institute will bring together 20 participants to the campus of Michigan State University for two 6-day sessions in 2015 and 2016. In order to fulfill the institute's goals, attendance will be open to public sector archaeologists, private sector archaeologists, students, scholarly archaeologists from both the anthropological and humanist communities, and scholars from fields closely aligned with archaeology. Talks and workshops will be delivered by a wide variety of internationally regarded experts from the world of classics and ancient history, archaeology, the digital humanities, museums, and neogeography. The institute is organized along several themes: Field Methods, Data & Linked Data, Geospatial, Scholarly Publication & Communication, and Public Outreach & Engagement.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$249,708 (approved)
$249,708 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 9/30/2017


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


HK-50164-14

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Lisa Snyder (Project Director: 02/26/2014 to present)
Scott Friedman (Co Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

The VSim Project Repository and Archive: Interface software and online repository and archive to facilitate distribution and

Development of the VSim software, which provides a guided interface for educational 3D visualizations, and a repository for 3D models of historical sites to support sharing and peer review.

Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities is requested for (1) the development of production-level software that facilitates peer review and educational use of academically generated computer reconstruction models of historic urban environments, and (2) the creation of an online project repository and archive for the dissemination of three-dimensional content across grade levels and humanities disciplines. The first major goal of the proposal is to build a production-level version of VSim, the prototype interface software for interaction with 3D content that was developed through NEH Start-Up Grant HD-50958-10. The second major goal of the proposal is to create an online project repository and archive to facilitate peer review and dissemination of academically generated 3D content. The long-term vision of the project is to build a thriving community of scholars and educators sharing their 3D content and leveraging existing and new academic modeling work for broad educational use through a project repository and archive focused on the real-time explorations of reconstruction of historic urban environments.

Project fields:
Architecture

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,967 (approved)
$324,967 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 9/30/2017


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


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-50173-14

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Peter Bol (Project Director: 05/16/2013 to present)

Automating Data Extraction from Chinese Texts

The development of the Automating Data Extraction from Chinese Texts platform to allow scholars to transform texts written in classical Chinese into highly structured data suitable for the application of text mining techniques. The project is led by humanities scholars and computer scientists from Harvard University (US) and King's College, London (UK) with additional expertise provided by scholars from National Taiwan University and Academia Sinica, Taiwan. The UK partner is requesting £125,000 from the UK funding consortium.

The Automating Data Extraction from Chinese Texts Project aims to provide humanists and social scientists with a means of transforming 2200 years of Chinese texts into structured data. The project will fully develop an open-source platform that allows its users to apply sophisticated text-mining techniques, hitherto the domain of information scientists, to a wide variety of historical and literary texts. Users interested in biographical data, for example, will be able to tag and extract personal names, dates, place names, official titles and postings, kinship ties, and other social relationships. The platform will be tested against 2000 local histories spanning an 800-year period and 19,000 letters and 500 notebooks dating from the seventh through the thirteenth century. Data extracted from the sample repositories will be used to enrich text-mining applications and will also be made available in English and Chinese for research through open-access online databases and data archives.

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Project fields:
Computer Science; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2014 – 1/31/2017


HJ-50178-14

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Melissa Sellew (Project Director: 05/16/2013 to present)

Resurrecting Early Christian Lives: Digging in Papyri in a Digital Age

A collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Oxford University to study Christian identity in Greco-Roman Egypt. By developing a transcription tool for the Coptic language, the team will engage citizen scholars to help transcribe thousands of Egyptian papyrus documents that help tell the story of early Christian life. The UK team is requesting £123,336 from the UK funding consortium.

Our team proposes to study papyrus documents from Egypt found in trash heaps: scraps giving us rich evidence of human activity in the ancient Mediterranean. They allow us to retrieve lost poetry, new gospels, and everyday writings: letters, contracts, census returns, homilies, recipes. Half a million fragments await study in the Oxyrhynchus collection alone. Building on data from our crowd-sourcing transcriptions of this material in Greek, we will study a range of papyri relevant to early Christianity. We will develop a transcription tool for Coptic, the late version of Egyptian used by Christians. We will complete a web-based interface to allow scholars to edit the results of the transcriptions; these tools allow us to look in detail at complex networks of identity and authority and examine how Christians saw their new religion as part of their other identities (Greek, Egyptian, Roman, merchant, monk). Our tools and our results will be made available to other developers and scholars.

Project fields:
Computer Science; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digging into Data

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$174,977 (approved)
$174,977 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2014 – 1/31/2018


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


HC-50021-14

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5000)
Heather Streets Salter (Project Director: 01/14/2014 to present)

NEH Workshop on Military History: Doing the History of the Military & Foreign Policy in the Digital Age

A Cooperative Agreement between the NEH and the NuLab at Northeastern University, with further participation from the Society for Military History, to host a two-day professional development workshop on the application of digital humanities methodologies to military history.

A two-day professional development workshop on the application of digital humanities methodologies to military history. Workshop lecturers will be leading scholars from the digital humanities community, providing hands-on instruction in topics like GIS, deep mapping, and network analysis. Participants, drawn from the military history community, will learn new ways to conduct their research using the latest in digital tools and techniques.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Military History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$39,182 (approved)
$36,524 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 11/30/2014


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-51918-14

Miami University, Oxford (Oxford, OH 45056-1602)
Ann Armstrong (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

Orientation for the Mississippi Freedom Project: An Interactive Quest for Social Justice

Development of a prototype for a location-based game centered on historical events surrounding orientation sessions at Western College for Women in preparation for the Mississippi Summer Project, in which students trained for civil rights activism in Mississippi in June 1964. The grant would fund a prototype of the first level, which provides historical content and context, drawing in a number of humanities consultants and offering an initial evaluation period.

Freedom Summer brought together a diverse group to advocate for citizen rights. The two orientation weeks represented a microcosm of the civil rights movement. During that period, disparate groups met in Oxford, Ohio. While there, they shared stories, leveraged networks, and enacted change. Because of this experience, this project will prototype a location-based game that interprets the Mississippi Summer Project on the site of the 1964 orientation at Western College for Women. Using Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling (ARIS), the game will inspire interest in these events and facilitate skill building for citizen engagement. Furthermore, this project draws from the prototype process to conceive a web-based platform for nonlocal audiences. An interdisciplinary team of game designers, public historians, historic participants, educators, and museum professionals will consider how the tools of place-based learning and distance learning animate civil rights movement themes.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,994 (approved)
$59,994 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 10/31/2016


HT-50091-14

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA 01003-9242)
Alyson Gill (Project Director: 03/19/2014 to present)
Lisa Snyder (Co Project Director: 09/21/2015 to present)

Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites

A one-week institute with a follow-up workshop held over two summers, hosted by Arkansas State University and the University of California, Los Angeles, to consider the theoretical and ethical issues associated with three-dimensional modeling of cultural heritage sites and objects.

This joint proposal by Arkansas State University and the University of California, Los Angeles builds on issues raised in the 2013 NEH Institute, considering advanced problems and issues facing content creators and end users, and attempting to bridge that gap. This ten day institute would take place over two consecutive summers at ASU in 2015 and UCLA in 2016, bringing together twenty scholars working in the humanities who have research or teaching projects that would benefit from advanced discussion of theoretical issues with an impressive group of content creators working from different perspectives.

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

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$218,139 (approved)
$218,139 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 12/31/2016


HD-51858-14

Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights, KY 41099-0001)
Tamara O'Callaghan (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

The Augmented Palimpsest: Engaging Students through AR Encounters with the Past

The development of tools that would allow students to access supplementary digital content alongside Geoffrey Chaucer's prologue to The Canterbury Tales using mobile devices.

The Augmented Palimpsest is a digital humanities tool that explores how the medium of Augmented Reality (AR) can be used in teaching medieval literature. Using Chaucer's General Prologue, the tool will deliver digital enhancements that emerge from the printed page via a smart device. They will provide the reader with linguistic, historical, and cultural contexts, thus giving students greater access to medieval material culture and history. The digital content will include 3D models of medieval artifacts and architecture, large and complex enough to be walked around and viewed from multiple angles. Because the enhancements emerge from the printed page, the tool will maintain a pedagogical emphasis on close reading while encouraging students to develop their skills in textual analysis, critical thinking, interdisciplinary study, and new media literacy. It will improve the reader's comprehension of the text by preserving the physical and kinesthetic connection to the text.

Project fields:
British Literature; Medieval Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,924 (approved)
$59,924 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 11/30/2016


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


HK-50161-14

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Niek Veldhuis (Project Director: 02/26/2014 to present)
Laurie Pearce (Co Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

Berkeley Prosopography Services: Implementing the Tool-kit

The enhancement of the Berkeley Prosopography Services platform and toolkit to extend its capabilities for social network analysis and improve its user interface for scholars.

The project is designed to extend the functionality of Berkeley Prosopography Services (BPS), an interactive tool-kit for analyzing and visualizing datasets, and to expand its accessibility and utility to researchers working with data across diverse disciplines. BPS streamlines prosopography and social network analysis (SNA) by offering an integrated and customizable out-of-the-box digital analysis tool-kit and work environment that facilitate the dynamic recovery and exploration of the connections between individuals and activities in all areas and ages of human endeavor. The tool-kit includes: (1) a corpus input and management tool, (2) a probabilistic disambiguator, (3) support for assertions, (4) an SNA engine, (5) a visualization module, and (6) workspace support. The implementation phase of BPS will build on its existing software base, its sound conceptual and architectural structure and will focus on these areas of technical development and increased user functionality.

Project fields:
Ancient Languages

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 9/30/2017


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-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-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.

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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


HT-50092-14

Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Owen Williams (Project Director: 03/19/2014 to present)
Jonathan Hope (Co Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

Folger Shakespeare Library's "Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics" Institute

A 13-day summer institute, hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library, for fifteen technically-advanced scholars of early modern English studies to explore advanced analytical techniques for engaging with digitized humanities collections.

The Folger Institute proposes to host an NEH institute on "Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics" in summer 2015. This institute will introduce humanities scholars, alt-ac builders, and librarians (both digital and traditional) to an expert visiting faculty-historians of technology, information catalogers and retrievers, computing specialists, linguists, literary historians, visualization theorists, and statisticians-to model best practices for the design and implementation of digital projects. EMDA2015 will be both an expansively defined training institute and an opportunity for scholarly practitioners to consider how new technologies may be shaping the very nature of early modern research. Fifteen participants will have two and a half weeks of intensive application and analysis to answer such questions.

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Project fields:
Renaissance Studies

Program:
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$175,649 (approved)
$175,649 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 3/31/2017


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-51944-14

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA 01003-9242)
Alyson Gill (Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)
Angel Nieves (Co Project Director: 09/17/2013 to present)

Dangerous Embodiments: Theories, Methods, and Best Practices for Historical Character Modeling in Humanities 3D Environments

The development and testing of a comprehensive typology for avatar (graphical representations of a user or the user's character) creation in historical simulations in digital heritage environments.

This proposal calls for the development of a comprehensive typology for avatar creation, and deployment of representative avatars in two Unity environments chosen because of their difficult heritage. We will then study responses to different representative avatars within these environments using tools drawn from experimental philosophy, culminating in a Dangerous Embodiments symposium and resulting publication.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Ethnic Studies; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,510 (approved)
$59,510 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 6/30/2018


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.

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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


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.

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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


HK-50155-14

New School (New York, NY 10011-8871)
Anne Balsamo (Project Director: 02/26/2014 to present)
Dale Macdonald (Co Project Director: 07/21/2014 to present)

AIDS Quilt Touch: Empowering Communities to Share and Preserve Cultural Heritage through Digital Storytelling

The development of a media platform that will allow for visualization tools for exploring large collections of humanities images, means for collecting tags and metadata about the images, increased search capabilities, and the documentation of strategies for community participation, using the AIDS Memorial Quilt Digital Archive and the Quilt Index at Michigan State University as the test cases.

The proposed implementation project ultimately aims to: explore how digital technologies might assist the transformation of communities of interest into communities of participation, enhance practices of cultural memory, and contribute to innovation in modes of archiving works of cultural heritage. Specifically, “AIDS Quilt Touch” will expand and enhance the digital archives of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to enable public engagement with this important work of cultural heritage for the purposes of cultural storytelling, historical archiving, and contemporary health awareness of issues pertaining to HIV-AIDS.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Media Studies; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$321,872 (approved)
$321,872 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017


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.

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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


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


HK-50070-13

Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus (University Park, PA 16802-7000)
Christian Spielvogel (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)

Scaling Digital Gaming to Humanities Pedagogy and Praxis

Development of a platform that would allow educators across humanities disciplines to create web-based, multiplayer historical role-playing games. The platform would also include tools to facilitate peer review of game materials.

This project proposes five activities over the implementation grant period to simplify, scale and further legitimize the scholarly production and pedagogical application of games and simulations: 1) Development of nine new multiplayer simulations in the humanities. 2) Development of an authoring workflow that enables teacher/scholars with no programming background to develop and scaffold their own multiplayer simulations in five simple steps. 3) Incorporation of a digital peer review methodology and process to validate the quality of humanities games and simulations. 4) Refinement of a dual-sided interface that allows students to rotate between immersion as a character in a "role-play mode," and an out-of-character "reflection mode" to promote critical inquiry and self-reflection. 5) Development of community features to promote sharing of supplemental simulation content, exercises, and assessment.

Project fields:
Communications

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$299,221 (approved)
$299,221 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2017


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-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


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-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-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


HG-50050-13

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Roger Bagnall (Project Director: 10/05/2012 to present)

Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri

This collaboration between the University of Heidelberg and New York University would create a Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (DCLP), building an infrastructure that initially focuses on Greek and Latin texts but that can accommodate other ancient literatures as well. The University of Heidelberg is requesting 123,880€ from DFG.

This project proposes to create a database of texts and cataloging data for the ancient papyrus manuscripts of Greek and Latin literature and texts of a quasi-literary nature. It will use and modify existing technology developed for documentary texts on papyrus. The first phase will carry out the needed technical work and use a series of existing bodies of data to stress-test the technology. The system will be capable in later phases of incorporating texts in other ancient languages that were written on papyrus. In this way, a crucial body of evidence for the early history of ancient literature as well as for ancient reading habits and education will be made much more widely available and be readily searchable in the original languages and in translation, opening its use up to a wider group of researchers and students.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$190,000 (approved)
$190,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2017


HG-50041-13

Columbia University (New York, NY 10027-7922)
Sheldon Pollock (Project Director: 10/05/2012 to present)

SARIT: Enriching Digital Texts Collections in Indology

Search and Retrieval of Indic Texts (SARIT, a Sanskrit word for "river") proposes to create a corpus of Sanskrit texts focused on three areas: Buddhist philosophy, Vedic hermeneutics, and literary theory. TEI-conformant digital editions amounting to more than 10,000 printed pages will be integrated with two existing reference resource databases from the two partner organizations: Epistemology and Argumentation in South Asia and Tibet (EAST, University of Heidelberg) and Sanskrit Knowledge Systems on the Eve of Colonialism (SKSEC, Columbia University). The University of Heidelberg is requesting 142,000€ from DFG.

This project will produce a structured corpus of Sanskrit texts, called SARIT, which will serve as a much-needed model both for the implementation of international encoding and markup standards, and for the application of such corpora in current Indological research. We will digitize more than 10,000 pages of Sanskrit texts in three related systems of knowledge. We will develop a user interface that stands up to the intricacies of these texts, including their many internal and external references, and to the demands of researchers, including intelligent searching and collaborative annotation. We will also link this corpus to two bio-bibliographical databases, EAST (Epistemology and Argumentation in South Asia and Tibet) and SKSEC (Sanskrit Knowledge Systems on the Eve of Colonialism). SARIT's extensible architecture and the dissemination of its standards, which represent the field's best practices, will enable its integration with the larger community of Indological research.

Project fields:
Asian Studies

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2017


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.

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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-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.

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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-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


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


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.

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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


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


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-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 Digita