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Date range: 2011-2013
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Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218)
Susan Forscher Weiss (project director)
Ichiro Fujinaga (co-project director)
HD-51636-13
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.

Project fields: Music History and Criticism
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $54,466
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 10/31/2014

Catholic University of America (Washington, DC 20064-0001)
Lilla Kopar (project director)
Nancy L. Wicker (co-project director)
HD-51640-13
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.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $27,921
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014

Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405)
Brian Graney
HD-51642-13
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.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $26,400
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

University of Missouri, Kansas City (Kansas City, MO 64110-2446)
Jeffrey A. Rydberg-Cox
HD-51668-13
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.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $59,896
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 5/31/2014

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Michele C. Weigle
HD-51670-13
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.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $57,892
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 5/31/2014

Lane Community College (Eugene, OR 97405-0640)
Anne McGrail
HD-51671-13
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Bringing digital humanities to the community college and vice versa

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $29,270
Grant period: 3/1/2013 – 12/31/2013

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22904-4195)
Bethany Nowviskie
HD-51674-13
"Are We Speaking in Code?" (Voicing the Craft & Tacit Understandings of Digital Humanities Software Development)

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $29,902
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA 30332)
Lauren Frederica Klein (project director)
Jacob Eisenstein (co-project director)
HD-51705-13
TOME: Interactive TOpic Model and MEtadata Visualization

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $59,999
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015

Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-4182)
Todd Russell Hanneken (project director)
Michael Ben Phelps, (co-project director)
HD-51709-13
Integrating Spectral and Reflectance Transformation Imaging for the Digitization of Manuscripts & Other Cultural Artifacts

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $60,000
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

Loyola University, Chicago (Chicago, IL 60611-2147)
David Evan Chinitz (project director)
Pamela L. Caughie (co-project director)
HD-51718-13
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.

Project fields: Literature, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $27,671
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077)
Noah Wardrip-Fruin
HD-51719-13
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.

Project fields: Media Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $30,000
Grant period: 3/1/2013 – 6/30/2014

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5000)
Ryan Cordell
HD-51728-13
Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $59,805
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA 92521-0001)
Conrad Rudolph
HD-51735-13
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.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $60,000
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 6/30/2014

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA 01003)
Eric Eagan Poehler
HD-51744-13
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.

Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $59,993
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 5/31/2014

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR 72701)
Fred Limp (project director)
(co-project director)
HD-51753-13
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.

Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,719
Grant period: 8/1/2013 – 12/31/2014

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Douglas W. Oard
HD-51766-13
Bridging communities of practice: Emerging technologies for content-centered linking

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

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

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,650
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

Electronic Literature Organization (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Rudyne Grigar (project director)
Stuart A. Moulthrop (co-project director)
HD-51768-13
Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature

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

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

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $52,003
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages (Berkeley, CA 94704-1418)
Luis Gomez
HD-51772-13
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.

Project fields: Asian Languages
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $60,000
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 1/31/2015

Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115)
Mark Tebeau (project director)
Erin Bell (co-project director)
HD-51773-13
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.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $60,000
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 5/31/2014

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22904-4195)
Stephen Railton (project director)
(co-project director)
HD-51774-13
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.

Project fields: American Literature
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $59,084
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL 61820-6903)
William Underwood
HD-51787-13
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 amount awarded: $57,163
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 11/30/2014

Kitchen Sisters Productions (San Francisco, CA 94133-5107)
Nikki Silva
HD-51791-13
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.

Project fields: Media Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $60,000
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

Independent Feature Project (New York, NY 10003-6811)
Roger Ross Williams (project director)
Woo Jung Cho (co-project director)
HD-51801-13
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.

Project fields: African American Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $30,000
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 1/31/2014

National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508)
Shelle Sanchez
HD-51506-12
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Digital Dialectic: Forging New Paths of Inquiry in the Humanities

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $46,069
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 9/30/2013

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
James Paradis (project director)
Kurt E Fendt (co-project director)
HD-51509-12
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Annotation Studio: multimedia text annotation for students

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,979
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013

New School (New York, NY 10011-8871)
Peter Asaro
HD-51513-12
Digital Video Navigation and Archival Content Management Tools for Non-linear Oral History Narratives

This project builds on advances in HTML 5 to allow non-linear, hypertextual connections within audio and video archives of humanities materials, with the Oral History of Robotics archive serving as a test case.

This project will enable public oral history archives of audio and video materials to present history in a way that makes it more accessible to public web users, students and educators, while allowing historians to present non-linear historical narratives. Through new open source video tools, it will support the intuitive navigation of large media archives. These tools will initially support a project on the oral history of robotics, which includes an existing archive of video interviews with pioneers in the field. Current on-line archives of materials are difficult to navigate and are forced into flat linear structures, while those with search capabilities rarely offer intuitive or accessible interfaces for non-specialists. The envisioned tools will exploit the latest capabilities of HTML5 to present materials (e.g., documents, maps, photos, and webpages and related archival videos) as a video is being viewed and navigate video in non-linear paths.

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,986
Grant period: 6/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Long Island University (Brookville, NY 11548-1327)
Deborah Mutnick
HD-51531-12
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The Pathways to Freedom Digital Narrative Project

The planning and alpha-level prototyping of a web and mobile-based resource that would facilitate public access to digital content on the African-American Civil Rights Movement created by collaborative, interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students.

The digital content created by Pathways to Freedom students and faculty will feature a variety of media, artifacts, and documents with a primary focus on local civil rights oral histories mapped to archival documents and specific Brooklyn locations. It will be produced by undergraduate students and their professors in Pathways to Freedom as well as undergraduate and graduate Computer Science and/or Media Arts students, with the support of faculty and IT specialists, and will have enduring value to the academic and broader public, including middle and high school groups as well as other college students. Through an innovative use of existing digital tools and technologies, the prototype will combine oral history interviews with images of archival documents and interactive maps, enabling those artifacts to be seamlessly integrated on a variety of platforms including the Internet, a digital repository, and mobile devices.

Project fields: African American Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,713
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 9/30/2013

Wright State University Main Campus (Dayton, OH 45435-0001)
Gwen Evans
HD-51538-12
The Scholar's Dashboard: Creating a multidisciplinary tool via design and build workshops (OhioLINK)

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

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

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 3/1/2012 – 11/30/2013

North Georgia College and State University (Dahlonega, GA 30533)
Bonnie Robinson
HD-51539-12
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Encouraging digital scholarly publishing in the Humanities

A workshop for directors of university presses and experts in publishing and peer review working toward developing a sustainable model to increase both institutional and technical support for publishing born-digital, book-length scholarly monographs in humanities topics, especially for small university presses.

With Level 1 funding, the University Press of North Georgia will explore the peer review process for publishing born-digital book length scholarly monographs in the humanities in order to encourage their support, acceptance, and use in academia. The expected result will be an increase in the creation and dissemination of scholarly research in the humanities, thus positively assisting scholars and university administrators involved in the tenure process, as well as editors, librarians, and graduate students. Our project will leverage the expertise available at small university presses and build their capacity to encourage more scholarly publishing in the humanities. We will utilize a current working group of university presses focused on electronic publishing, the Consortium of Open Access Textbooks, and partner specifically with the University Press of Florida, Wayne State University Press, and the University Press of Akron to complete this project.

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Project fields: Communications
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,923
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

CUNY Research Foundation, College of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY 10314-6609)
Christina Tortora
HD-51543-12
A prototype of a syntactically annotated corpus of Appalachian English

The continued development of a database of syntactically annotated Appalachian English that aligns speech files to text transcriptions.

This project aims to create an innovative database with a new approach to the analysis of dialect data, furthering research in linguistics and in other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The ultimate product will be an on-line, freely accessible, ~1,000,000 word, "syntactically annotated" (or "parsed") corpus of Appalachian speech. A syntactically annotated corpus is a body of text which has been annotated with syntactic tags; such annotation assigns syntactic structure to the text, allowing the user to find and statistically study lexical and syntactic configurations of any type. This project would create the first such corpus of Appalachian speech, and will also be of use to educators interested in the vocabulary and grammar of Appalachian English, and to scholars investigating the sociology or social history of the Appalachian region. It will be made available to the public, and will be searchable with open-source, free, and fully accessible software.

Project fields: Linguistics
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $44,169
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 5/31/2014

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Marie-Claire Beaulieu
HD-51548-12
Digital Humanities in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap between Teaching and Research

The early-stage development of a collaborative transcription, translation, and editing platform for Latin and ancient Greek texts. With this project, undergraduate and graduate students would participate in the creation of digital editions for inclusion in the Perseus Digital Library.

The Department of Classics at Tufts University seeks level II funding to design and test an integrated platform on which students will collaboratively transcribe, edit, and translate Latin and Greek texts, creating vetted open source digital editions. This project, while giving students the opportunity to work with original untranslated documents, also contributes to the efforts of the scholarly community worldwide to meet the challenge of publishing large numbers of primary source documents online while preserving high editorial standards. The students' work will be vetted by experts, encoded in XML TEI following best practices in the Digital Humanities, and published online in the Tufts Digital Library and the Perseus Digital Library, which receives more than 700,000 visits a month. The integrated platform will be made available as open-source software and can be used as a model for editing and translating any source documents in any language and any Humanities field.

Project fields: Classics
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 8/31/2014

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (Springfield, IL 62701-1004)
Daniel W. Stowell (project director)
Patrick Juola (co-project director)
HD-51556-12
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Is That You, Mr. Lincoln?: Applying Authorship Attribution to the Early Political Writings of Abraham Lincoln

The application of several automated authorship attribution tests to determine if Abraham Lincoln may have written anonymous or pseudonymous newspaper articles early in his political career.

The words of the Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural steadied a nation consumed by civil war and have since encouraged countless millions around the globe in their struggles for democracy and equality; however, Abraham Lincoln did not always write to inspire. Both his contemporaries and subsequent historians have suggested that as a young Illinois legislator, Lincoln frequently wrote vicious, and oftentimes libelous, newspaper articles and published them anonymously or with a pseudonym. Thus far, however, no historian has conducted a systematic search of relevant newspapers or developed a way to identify which articles Lincoln authored. This project proposes a solution. By merging two areas of the humanities, history and linguistics, this project will apply a series of innovative authorship attribution tests to the question of which anonymous and pseudonymous newspaper articles Lincoln wrote early in his career.

Participating institutions
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (Springfield, IL) - Applicant/Grantee
Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) - Participating institution
Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $57,000
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Funding details
Original grant (2012) $50,000
Supplement (2012) $7,000

University of South Carolina Research Foundation (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
George H. Williams
HD-51559-12
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Making the Digital Humanities More Open

The development of a tool to make digital texts in the humanities accessible to visually impaired readers by converting text into braille.

BrailleSC will undertake its second stage of development by designing and deploying a WordPress-based accessibility tool that will create braille content for endusers who are blind or low vision. Specifically, we plan to extend the use of Anthologize--a free and open source plug-in for WordPress that currently translates any RSS text into PDF, ePub, HTML, or TEI--to include the conversion of text to braille. As a result, we will not only make it easy for content creators to convert a text into braille, thereby extending humanities content to hundreds of thousands of visually disabled readers, but we will also experiment with making braille available visually through the WordPress interface. In partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park, we will continue to model the ways in which digital humanities projects should be designed and implemented with the needs of disabled users in mind.

Project fields: Communications
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,339
Grant period: 9/1/2012 – 8/31/2013

University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Natalie M. Houston
HD-51560-12
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The Visual Page

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

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

Project fields: British Literature
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $43,870
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-1168)
Liza Potts (project director)
Katherine Gossett (co-project director)
HD-51561-12
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Building an Open-Source Archive for Born-Digital Dissertations

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,570
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013

Bard Graduate Center (New York, NY 10024-3602)
Aaron Glass
HD-51565-12
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The Distributed Text: An Annotated Digital Edition of Franz Boas’ Pioneering Ethnography

Early-stage development of a digital edition of Franz Boas' The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians, which will be annotated extensively by joining distributed collections from archival and museum collections.

Under the rubric of a new Franz Boas Critical Edition book series, we propose to reprint and annotate Boas's important 1897 monograph The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians in both print and as a multimedia website. Framed with scholarly essays and contemporary Kwakwaka'wakw perspectives, the new editions will re-unite the original text with widely distributed archival and museum collections that shed new light on the book. This project will reveal the nature of co-authorship in Boas's work, use multimedia to return sensory richness to his ethnography, and make this historic research more relevant to contemporary scholars and indigenous communities. The Digital Humanities Start Up Grant (level II) will be used to fund a workshop to plan the digital edition; for design of a wiki for collaborative research; for travel to determine the full range of materials to be digitized; for production of sample webpages to test interfaces and functionality; for salary toward project administration and digital technology assistance; and for development of innovative software to reproduce and render searchable the large amounts of Kwakw'ala-language materials.

Project fields: Anthropology
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 8/31/2013

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Travis Robert Brown
HD-51568-12
Active OCR: Tightening the Loop in Human Computing for OCR Correction

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $41,906
Grant period: 6/1/2012 – 5/31/2014

SUNY Research Foundation, University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY 14222-1004)
Neil Coffee
HD-51570-12
Tesserae: A Search Engine for Allusion

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

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

Project fields: Classical Literature
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,835
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 2/28/2014

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Jon Miller
HD-51571-12
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Essays in Visual History: Making Use of the International Mission Photography Archive

A workshop in the summer of 2012 that would design the template and protocols guiding the creation of visual essays that would draw from the extensive collections of the International Mission Photography Archive.

An extraordinary resource for comparative research in the humanities can be found in the historical images that comprise the International Mission Photography Archive (IMPA). The 62,000 photographs presently in the database represent cultures across Africa, India, China, Korea, Japan, Oceania, the Caribbean, and Papua New Guinea. The requested NEH Level 1 start-up grant will support a workshop devoted to the design of a series of visual essays authored by accomplished scholars who will use images from IMPA to explore topics in their areas of expertise. Called Essays in Visual History, the series will be hosted by the USC Digital Library and featured on the website of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC). The workshop will explore relationships with other publication initiatives at USC, specifically those under development by the Center for Transformative Scholarship and The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which offer opportunities to maximize the visibility of the of the proposed series.

Project fields: History of Religion
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $22,450
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 9/30/2013

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Trevor Munoz
HD-51573-12
ANGLES: A web-based XML Editor

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,929
Grant period: 10/1/2012 – 9/30/2013

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
M. Patricia Fumerton (project director)
Carl G. Stahmer (co-project director)
HD-51581-12
English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA): "Ballad Illustration Archive"

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 3/31/2014

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR 72701)
Jesse J. Casana
HD-51590-12
Mapping archaeological landscapes through aerial thermographic imaging

Research into the best techniques for using aerial thermographic imaging to support archeological research, with tests to be run at sites in Cyprus, Dubai, and South Dakota.

This project aims to develop techniques for efficient, high-resolution aerial thermal infrared imaging of archaeological sites and surrounding landscapes. Archaeologists have been aware since the 1970s that images which record thermal wavelengths of light can reveal surface and buried archaeological features that are otherwise invisible, but the costs and difficulty of the technology has made its application beyond the reach of most scholars. This project will develop methods for collecting high-resolution thermal infrared images using a specialized camera mounted on a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle. Conducting surveys at archaeological sites in three environmentally and culturally distinct regions--Cyprus, Dubai and South Dakota--our results will demonstrate the potential and limitations of the technology in a variety of archaeological contexts, offer guidelines for executing surveys and processing results, and serve as a blueprint for other investigators in the future.

Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,999
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 7/31/2014

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10018)
Matthew Knutzen
HD-51618-12
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NYC Chronology of Place, a Linked Open Data Gazetteer

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA 92521-0001)
Conrad Rudolph
HD-51625-12
FACES: Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems

A Level 1 project that will test the use of facial recognition software in the context of art history, with a long-term goal of assisting in the identification of human subjects in portraiture.

In recent years, a great deal of attention has been paid in art history to the face both theoretically and historically, especially the portrait and above all the portrait bust. At the same time, an enormous amount of research has been conducted on face recognition technology (the use of computerized evaluation systems for the automatic identification of a human face from a digital image). But, to the best of our knowledge, no one has yet attempted to join these two developments in an interdisciplinary way, applying cutting-edge face recognition technology to works of art, specifically portraiture. 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 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.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $25,000
Grant period: 6/1/2012 – 5/31/2014

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Jennifer E. Guiliano
HD-51627-12
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Topic Modeling for Humanities Research

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

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

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,802
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 4/30/2013

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Angelos Barmpoutis
HD-51214-11
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Digital Epigraphy Toolbox

The creation of a web-based application that will facilitate the preservation, study, and dissemination of ancient inscriptions.

Digital Epigraphy Toolbox is an open-source cross-platform web-application designed to facilitate the digital preservation, study, and electronic dissemination of ancient inscriptions. It allows epigraphists to digitize in 3D their epigraphic squeezes using our novel cost-effective technique, which overcomes the limitations of the current methods for digitizing epigraphic data in 2-dimensions only. The proposed toolbox contains several options for 3D visualization of inscriptions as well as a set of scientific tools for analyzing the lettering techniques and performing quantitative analysis of the letterform variations. The users will have the option to share their data or search for other uploaded collections of 3D inscriptions in a semi-supervised dynamic library. This library will be organized thematically according to language, area of origin, and date and will contain a comprehensive record of the inscription in the form of plain text, 3D model, and 2D photographs.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $48,534
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 11/30/2012

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27695-0001)
John N. Wall
HD-51222-11
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New Methods of Documenting the Past: Recreating Public Preaching at Paul's Cross, London, in the Post-Reformation Period

Research to study acoustics for sermons at St. Paul's Cross using advanced modeling and acoustic algorithms.

My goal is to develop a virtual research environment for study of the performance of sermons at Paul's Cross in the churchyard of St. Paul's Cathedral, England's most important public pulpit in the early modern period, where official religious policies were defended and religious controversies of the Reformation were debated. This innovative use of digital technology will be highly multidisciplinary, combining software for architectural modeling and acoustic simulation with historic visual and textual records as well as recent archaeological evidence. We will be able to hear recordings of Paul's Cross sermons performed in its original pronunciation from various locations within the historic space and in the context of a background of extraneous noises and the hubbub of human activity, recreating the challenges both preachers and worshippers confronted in such large public gatherings.

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Project fields: British Literature
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,998
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 11/30/2012

Wheaton College (Norton, MA 02766-2322)
Kathryn M. Tomasek
HD-51224-11
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Encoding Financial Records for Historical Research

A meeting of historians of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, archivists, and technical experts to discuss the development of a module for financial records for the Text Encoding Initiative to allow for additional mark-up and analysis of those records found in manuscript collections.

The standard guidelines for scholarly markup of digitized sources, those of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), do not provide adequate models for representing the semantic value of financial records. Nevertheless, various digitization projects have used TEI-compliant XML to encode manuscript collections that include financial documentation. And now a handful of projects have begun to use TEI as they turn attention to financial records per se, revealing a need for extended markup guidelines to increase the accessibility of these resources. We will organize a meeting of historians, archivists, and technologists as a first step toward developing standards for markup of transcribed text and the application of metadata that will allow for searching across collections of manuscript financial records. Ultimately, the process begun with this meeting will lead to an extension of current TEI guidelines to include a module on financial records.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $25,000
Grant period: 3/1/2011 – 12/31/2011

University of Redlands (Redlands, CA 92374-3720)
Diana Sinton
HD-51228-11
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Visualizing Flow and Movement for the Humanities

A workshop for GIS specialists and humanities scholars to develop methodologies toward visualizing the flow and movement of people and ideas across geographic space.

The University of Redlands proposes to host an interdisciplinary specialist's workshop on Visualizing Flow and Movement for the Humanities, an emerging research area at the intersection of digital humanities, geography, and information technology. NEH funds are requested for participant stipends and travel, technology and event support staff time and minimal travel. This workshop will engage humanities faculty, computer programmers, and geographers in dialogue and mini-design sessions. Participants will articulate the intellectual and pedagogic questions on the nature and visualization of flow and movement, critique currently available tools, and identify the barriers and user requirements for creating an integrated and innovative technology solution. We will produce a report that describes the key issues and presents a conceptual design for a digital tool for visualizing flow and movement. The requested project start date is April 1, 2011 and end date is March 31, 2012.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $20,326
Grant period: 4/1/2011 – 7/31/2013

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Vicki Alexis Mayer
HD-51229-11
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MediaNOLA: Making the History of New Orleans Cultural Production Part of the Present

A planning grant to assist archivists and community media practitioners in designing a multi-media, GIS-enhanced, interactive digital archiving site for New Orleans' cultural productions and oral histories.

MediaNOLA seeks to locate the people, processes, and places through which a city makes its culture. Through a research and reference portal, MediaNOLA would educate scholars, students, and citizens about origins of this culture, the ways it develops from the social networks located across the city’s human landscape. This planning grant would help archivists and community media practitioners work together with technical staff to devise an interactive site that joins and maps digital archival images of the city's cultural production with oral histories that have a through-line based around work, from the trades people who supported the city’s thriving print, music, and audiovisual cultures to the consumers who become part of the performance for Mardi Gras and second-line parades.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,937
Grant period: 3/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

University of South Carolina Research Foundation (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Duncan A. Buell
HD-51230-11
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History Simulation for Teaching Early Modern British History

The development for classroom use of a prototype game-based simulation for exploring the social conditions of 17th-century Britain.

This grant will innovate the humanities by means of serious gaming. First, we will continue development of Desperate Fishwives (DF), a cooperative game based on early modern British history. Beyond this first-phase development effort for a single game for history, DF will serve as a prototype for a simplified game development front-end for the humanities. The broader goal, beyond development of one game, is to provide humanities scholars (frequently unacquainted with programming) a tool model that facilitates making games for the humanities, including but not limited to history games, games based in literature, and virtual tours of cultural or historical sites. Our second phase plans are the development of this innovative tool and technology framework, complete with accompanying documentation, for other humanities scholars to create games in their own areas. We will then publicize and make available the tool and documentation for others to use.

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Project fields: British History
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $47,694
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 11/30/2012

University of Central Florida, Orlando (Orlando, FL 32816-8005)
Connie L. Lester
HD-51235-11
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The Central Florida Mosaic Interface - Stage II

Development of a user friendly natural language search capability for the prototype Central Florida Mosaic Interface database, while expanding that database to include six central Florida cities.

This proposal is for a Level II grant for $50,000 to complete the second phase of the Central Florida Mosaic Interface (CFMI). The intellectual foundation for the CFMI is based on and will address two issues: regional identity in Central Florida, and the problem of usability of interactive websites for specific audiences. Regional identity is being addressed through already-funded public humanities projects based on Central Florida history. The content from these established projects will funnel into the CFMI. Usability will be addressed through the unique tools for bridging the gap between accessibility and practicability, including natural language search capabilities, tools for extracting relationships, and interpretive information aimed toward casual users and beginning researchers. The second phase specifically entails incorporating natural language search capabilities into the functionality of the database and expanding the base of sources.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $48,489
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 6/30/2013

College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Lori Jahnke
HD-51239-11
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Planning for an Innovative Partnership: the Medical Heritage Digital Collaborative

Planning meetings and site visits to engage scholars in the planning and selection of materials for the proposed Medical Heritage Digital Collaborative of online history of medicine collections.

The Medical Heritage Digital Collaborative (MHDC) is a partnership of nine institutions striving to connect history of medicine collections in an open access digital environment. This distinguished group of institutions possesses a wealth of physicians’ papers, correspondence, institutional records, books, and images integral to understanding the history and social context of western medicine. These collections have been geographically and technologically isolated from one another, which has presented significant obstacles for researchers in the study of the medical humanities. Digitally linking collections across institutions will increase efficiency in discovery and expand access to under-utilized materials. The proposed planning project will build on the Medical Heritage Library, funded by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to create a partnership model for engaging scholars in a multi-institutional collaboration.

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Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,978
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 5/31/2012

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94720-1501)
Bryan E. Wagner
HD-51244-11
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A Text Analysis Tool for Examining Stylistic Similarities in Narrative Collections

Development of a text analysis tool for examining and visualizing grammatical and stylistic features to assist authorship identification.

Increasing numbers of primary and secondary source texts have been digitized in recent years. Scholars who want to study these new collections in depth need computational assistance because of their large scale. The non-programmer tools for text analysis currently available operate at the word level, and they show tables of counts and lists of occurrences, but rarely interactive visualizations. We propose to build a text analysis tool that includes visualizations and works on the grammatical structure and stylistic features of text, applying highly accurate technology from computational linguistics and authorship identification to extract this information. We will develop our tool for a collection of slave narratives whose authorship is ambiguous. In doing so, we will find out whether visualizations of grammatical and stylistic features are useful to literary scholars, and whether this information allows them to make satisfying large-scale analyses of their text.

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Project fields: American Literature
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 8/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL 61820-6903)
Kevin Hamilton
HD-51246-11
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Re-Framing the Online Video Archive: A Prototype Interface for America’s Nuclear Test Films

The development of a prototype platform for studying and exhibiting digitized historical films, using government films documenting the development of the United States nuclear weapons program.

This project will prototype a new way of accessing, studying, and showing digitized historical films using archives of U.S. government films about nuclear weaponry. Working with a sample set of 16 films, the interface will aggregate existing online and offline data in a way that brings together collection, historiography, and exhibition in a single virtual space. A Collections frame will allow users to trace the contemporary dissemination of the films and to see them and their traces in a variety of settings. A Histories frame will provide primary-source documentation and peer-reviewed scholarship on the films. An Exhibits frame will provide a space for sub-collections, data-visualization, and forums for public comment. With close to 100 of these films currently available online, and about 6500 more in the process of declassification, this project will prepare the way for more comprehensive video archives of this corpus of films and offer a dynamic working model for video archiving.

Project fields: Media Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $48,221
Grant period: 3/1/2011 – 2/28/2013

Weber State University (Ogden, UT 84408-0001)
Luke O. Fernandez
HD-51258-11
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Concentration in the Humanities

A pilot project to identify and consider methods, including the modification of test software, to minimize student distraction by digital environments. The project would be conducted in conjunction with an interdisciplinary humanities course on concentration.

Concentration in the Humanities is a three-part project that helps Humanities students deal with digital distractions. The Concentration in the Humanities Project will serve as a pilot. Weber State's Composition Program (which one of the grant participants directs) will integrate the pilot's best practices into its curriculum. Concentration in the Humanities will also catalyze campus conversations about the problem of distraction in the digital age and the importance of learning how to focus when attempting to read or write.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $40,111
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 1/31/2013

University of Washington (Seattle, WA 98105-6613)
William Jordan
HD-51260-11
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Advancing Information Design for Architectural Image Interfaces

The development of a user interface for the Brumfield Russian Architecture Collection to provide greater access to the collection.

A Level II Digital Humanities Start-Up grant of $49,673 is requested for the design and implementation of an innovative and highly sophisticated user interface for the Brumfield Russian Architecture Photographic Collection of some 30,000 images, which has been digitized and cataloged by the University of Washington Libraries-- an enormously labor-intensive process. This work was supported by an NEH grant in 2006-2009, an earlier pilot grant from the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation, and subsequent smaller awards from the Allen and Smith Foundations. This project will realize in a fully functioning interface both the possibilities inherent in the already innovative metadata structure devised for the collection under the previous grants, and the potential of the most recent techniques and strategies for managing and presenting large and complex data sets on the internet.

Project fields: Architecture
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,673
Grant period: 3/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

Internet Archive (San Francisco, CA 94129-1711)
Kristin Carpenter Negulescu
HD-51262-11
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Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit

A two-day meeting of librarians, archivists, museum professionals, and humanities scholars to explore approaches for connecting disparate online humanities collections using the Linked Open Data model.

Linked Open Data has begun to dramatically increase the amount of structured data available on the World Wide Web, which in turn is proving to offer incredible potential to share and access data across the humanities. Yet despite the possibilities, only a few institutions in the US have begun to embrace the use of Linked Open Data. The Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit ("LOD-LAM") will take place in San Francisco in May of 2011. The two-day summit will gather leading US practitioners, industry leaders, and proponents of Linked Open Data in the humanities, together with several leaders abroad, to define the field, address barriers to adoption, and create a report and recommendations for implementing Linked Open Data projects in the humanities.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,150
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 9/30/2011

Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001)
Will Hanley
HD-51269-11
Populating Prosop, A Social Networking Tool for the Past: Two Workshops

Development and testing of Prosop, an open source universal demographic history tool used to plot historical relationships of individuals in time, space, and society and to discover connections among historical networks of individuals.

This Level II Digital Humanities Start-up application seeks funding for two workshops that will populate and refine Prosop, a social networking tool for the past. Prosop offers an open-source, customizable database in which historians and genealogists can record demographic information about individuals famous and unknown: names, dates, professions, locations, relations, and the like. Researchers can then use this data to plot groups of individuals that they study in time, space, and society and to discover connections between their historical networks and those of other scholars. Each Populating Prosop workshop will bring together twelve to fifteen historians of the Mediterranean representing diverse languages and periods. Participants will be chosen (in part) for the size and complexity of the prosopographic databases they can offer. The workshops will generate the large, highly heterogeneous dataset needed to develop a truly universal demographic history tool.

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Project fields: History, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 8/31/2014

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Anne Balsamo
HD-51276-11
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Design of an Interactive Tabletop Device for Humanities Exhibitions

The development of a prototype tabletop device for museums to allow for interactive browsing of large-scale digital collections, using the AIDS Memorial Quilt database as a test-case.

"Quilty Table" is interactive tabletop device designed to enable the body-based and collaborative browsing of an extensive database of digitalized images of panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The project will create a browsing application that can be used with other large image databases that would be appropriately displayed on an interactive tabletop. By tilting the tabletop, users can explore an expansive a collection of the AIDS Memorial Quilt panels along several dimensions. By twisting the Quilty Table users are able to move between levels of visual content ranging from an extreme wide-angle view of the entire "virtually stitched together" quilt, to a mid-range level that allows for visual browsing, to a close-up level that focuses on a single block of the quilt. When a user selects an individual block to focus on in the close-up view, additional information about the panels are revealed in terms of names, dates, and other relevant meta-data.

Project fields: Media Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $56,682
Grant period: 4/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

Funding details
Original grant (2011) $49,182
Supplement (2012) $7,500

University of Central Florida, Orlando (Orlando, FL 32816-8005)
Lori C. Walters
HD-51283-11
Journey Beyond the Fair

Development of a mobile application that connects museum visitors, students, and the public to the NEH-funded Journey To the Fair project about the history of the 1964-65 World's Fair.

Journey Beyond the Fair will combine a vast virtual world environment and hand-held devices to develop a tightly coupled home-school-museum paradigm that enhances traditional exhibits. This paradigm is designed to work as a national model where informal humanities education institutions can add depth of learning and heighten the level of interactivity and personalization of an onsite experience by strengthening the connections to a home/school-based virtual world experience. While in this instance we are addressing the 1964/65 New York World's Fair, institutions can adapt the concept based on subjects pertinent to their facility, culture and demographic visitation needs.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,715
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2014

University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA 92093-0013)
Thomas E. Levy
HD-51297-11
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Real-time 3D Archaeological Field Recording: Development of an interoperable open-source GIS data entry system.

The development of a prototype of an open-source field recording tool named ArchField, which will be tested at sites in Jordan and Israel.

This project will develop and test a real-time 3D data recording interface for on-the-field archaeological excavations that will be applicable to different time periods, contexts and recording nomenclature. In 2010, this open-source, OS independent, web-based GIS application called ArchField was developed for excavations in Jordan. It is now imperative to begin the second stage of streamlining the software to make it easily adapted to different archaeological projects. The proposed application is an open GIS that can communicate with different spatially oriented user interfaces (e.g. Google Earth) for visualization and analysis. This system is built by archaeologists for archaeological excavation and digital conservation. Its ability includes association of all field data with 3D coordinates and auto-generation of for daily top plans in real-time. The end goal is to provide an easily available and user-friendly digital archaeological system to facilitate the dissemination online of advanced digital recording and mapping techniques to a broad audience.

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Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 3/1/2011 – 2/29/2012

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10018)
Benjamin Vershbow
HD-51301-11
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Crowdsourcing Culinary History at The New York Public Library

The development of a prototype interface for a tool that would allow scholars and interested members of the general public to contribute to transcription materials related to culinary history, using the menu collection of the New York Public Library as a testbed.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) seeks funding from NEH to build an online platform called "What's on the Menu" that will build capacity for crowdsource transcription of its unique collection of historic restaurant menus. With approximately 40,000 menus dating from the 1840s to the present, NYPL’s collection is one of the largest of its kind in the world, used by historians, novelists, food writers, and general food enthusiasts. These menus are cultural artifacts and ephemera beyond simple descriptions of food; they provide insights on matters as diverse as politics, neighborhood development, and the evolution of graphic design. The planned menus database, which will store keyword-searchable structured information like restaurant location, dish-level descriptions, and food prices, will enable researchers, authors, culinary and other historians to track ingredients, dishes, prices, fads, and food vernacular through history, opening up new possibilities for discovering who we were through what we ate.

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Project fields: Library Science
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 4/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (New York, NY 10065-8112)
Roger Schonfeld
HD-51320-11
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Campus Services to Support Historians

A systematic study and projection of new information services required by scholars in the field of history, also serving as a pilot for a broader program of investigation into the future of information services for the humanities.

As the environment in which humanities scholars work continues to evolve rapidly, the set of support services that will best enable innovative scholarship also changes. But too often, the support services made available to scholars are defined by the traditional core competencies of the service provider rather than by the needs of scholars. In this project, we will take a scholar-centric approach to understanding the information service needs of scholars in the field of history, seeking both to identify concrete needs for new information services and to model an approach to service development that evolves with the needs of scholars. This project will probe how scholars in the field of history rely on existing information services, identify concrete opportunities for new support services that would address unmet needs, and serve as a pilot for a broader program of investigation into the future of information services for the humanities.

Project fields: History, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,508
Grant period: 3/1/2011 – 7/31/2012

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Pomona, NJ 08240-0195)
Lisa Rosner (project director)
Ethan C. Watrall (co-project director)
HD-51328-11
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A Digital Role-Playing Game for the History of Medicine

The development of a game-based simulation for exploring the early history of the development and history of the smallpox vaccination.

Edward Jenner's 1798 smallpox vaccine was a breakthrough against an epidemic disease, and its subsequent role as a public health measure demonstrates the interplay of disease, patient, healers, and social institutions in medical history. Our project, Pox and the City: A Digital Role-Playing Game for the History of Medicine, explores these complex interrelationships in a format that will enhance existing humanities teaching and enable historians of medicine to reach new audiences. The game, a collaboration between historians of medicine and Serious Games specialists, can be played as a smallpox doctor, a virus, or a patient. The grant will be used to create and test the first level of the game for each of these characters. Pox and the City makes use of the world-renowned historical collection of books, ephemera, images, and artifacts held by the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. The outcome will be an open-source, Flash-based RPG for use in web-based and GeoDome applications.

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Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $48,989
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2013

Fordham University (Bronx, NY 10458-9993)
Micki McGee
HD-51329-11
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Compatible Database Initiative: Fostering Interoperable Data for Network Mapping and Visualization

Workshops and the development of a consortium to generate standards for shared, interoperable data sets for humanities-based network analysis projects.

The Compatible Database Initiative requests Level I Digital Start-Up support to convene a two-day conference and several tele-conferenced planning meetings to foster interoperable person-centric data standards for network analysis and visualization. Numerous humanities scholars are engaged in building relational databases for historical and cultural research. Such network mapping and visualization projects include The Crowded Page, Phylo, Yaddo Archive Project, and Explore Thomas Cole. But these topical projects have developed separately with unique database structures. The field-wide problem is that diverse data structures lack interoperability: data collected for one project is incompatible with data from another. This initiative will spur a conversation among these projects’ architects and leading figures in database architecture and data visualization. Our goal is to create the first open source data design standards for interoperability in database mapping and visualization.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,937
Grant period: 4/1/2011 – 5/31/2012

Washington State University (Pullman, WA 99164-0001)
Rudyne Grigar
HD-51330-11
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Fort Vancouver Mobile

Development of interactive mobile storytelling environment using both iPhone and Android platforms to create a story module focusing on Hawaiians who lived and worked at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in the mid 1800s.

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous yet remain untapped as a storytelling medium. They offer the power of media, text, audio, video, animation, in a fully personalized format. Through GPS technology these devices even can locate a user and share, on the precise spot, data tailored just for that user's particular interest. Users then can add written responses, video or sound about a site or event. The implications for such authoring precision, audience awareness and interactivity pose exciting challenges to the team creating the Fort Vancouver Mobile project, a storytelling environment accessible via smart phones that tells the history of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Phase I, just completed, comprises apps for the iPhone and Android and a story module focusing on Hawaiians who lived and worked at the site in the mid 1800s. Phase II, the focus on this proposal, seeks $50,000 to create modules focusing on gender issues at the site that have, heretofore, gone unexamined.

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Project fields: History, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 3/1/2011 – 10/31/2012

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-0001)
Lucia Binotti
HD-51343-11
Gnovis: Flowing Through the Galaxy of Knowledge

Advanced development of multiple flexible and re-usable user interfaces that would allow for the display of large amounts of data organized semantically. Two core datasets will serve as the focus of the start-up activities: historical composers of music, and a corpus of Renaissance Spanish literature.

Gnovis is a novel application for all scholars and teachers in the humanities that will, in the long run, permit the re-conceptualization of data that have until recently been presented in rigid, non-individualized formats. Gnovis is a first attempt at producing an engine that can display corpora of knowledge in multi-dimensional environments, allowing for the visualization of extensive amounts of material organized semantically in nested clusters. We plan to implement a prototype visual interface for a compact but detailed set of knowledge in the humanities. Our goal is to explore different visualization styles and interfaces. We are interested in creating a more fluid style of interface than the current web-page paradigm where a click can take you to a new page, more smoothly navigable even than the Google maps style which allows the user to drag information from out of the current view.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,913
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 2/28/2014

Ohio State University, Main Campus (Columbus, OH 43210-1307)
Christine Ballengee Morris (project director)
Michelle Aubrecht (co-project director)
HD-51348-11
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Meeting the Earthworks Builders: A flash-based video game

The development of an educational computer game targeted to grades 4 - 8 about American Indian earthworks, building on the scholarship of John Hancock's NEH-funded EarthWorks project.

We propose to create a video game about Earthwork Builder Culture for school-age children in grades 4 through 8. In the past, the Earthwork Builder Culture has been poorly addressed in student learning materials. Current understanding and portrayal of American Indians remains largely stereotypical. This game will be developed using content generated by scientists, academics, educators, and American Indians. This approach will ensure that the native voice will be incorporated into the subject content areas, interface, game mechanics and artwork. Educational video games are a multimodal form of student engagement using visual images, animation, sound, text, and navigation/ interface design elements that engage students and allow them to make decisions and choices, developing problem solving skills and systems thinking. This medium will allow us to communicate profound aspects of American Indian thought through player interaction and the juxtaposition of graphical information.

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Project fields: Area Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,601
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 10/31/2012

Reed College (Portland, OR 97202-8199)
Hannah J. Kosstrin
HD-51352-11
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Enhancing Dance Literacy: Dance Notation Through Touch Technology

Development of a software program for touch-technology tablets such as the iPad that would allow for scholarly dance notation.

This project’s principal activity is to create a dance notation editing program implementing touch technology. The project will result in the development and release of a freeware tablet application that innovates upon existing Labanotation software to develop a program that will significantly change the way dance and movement teachers, scholars, and professionals document, read, write, share, and utilize this notation in teaching, research, and public projects. This technology will enable users to engage with the notation on a high level of detail, while allowing them the portability of bringing it directly into the studio or into the research field. The beneficiaries of this project are researchers, scholars, teachers, choreographers, dancers, and students in fields such as dance, theater, and performance studies who use movement as an integral part of their scholarly inquiry. The expected results are the creation of an iPad application that can be used in educational settings.

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Project fields: Dance History and Criticism
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $25,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2013

University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL 60607)
Leilah Lyons (project director)
Joshua L. Radinsky (co-project director)
HD-51357-11
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CoCensus: Collaboration Exploration of Census Data in a Museum

A prototype museum exhibit that would allow visitors to interact with dynamic visualizations of census data.

Museums play a role in American intellectual life as places for members of the public to gather, learn, and engage in discourse about human experience and knowledge (Conn, 1998). As cultural and historical research is informed by increasingly complex information, museums can support visitor discourse around such complex data. To this end, we will construct a prototype museum exhibit, CoCensus, at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, using an innovative combination of an ambient data map display and RFID technology to allow visitors to interact with dynamic visualizations of census data on a local map. This innovative design will enable multiple visitors to cooperatively investigate and discuss complex data and the personal dimensions of American identity. This work highlights important issues for designing public educational spaces to support collaborative data visualization, and take steps towards making large digital resources accessible within the social learning milieu of museums.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,999
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

Indiana University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN 46202)
David E Pfeifer
HD-51362-11
An Open-Source Scholarly Text-Editing Platform for the Critical Editions in the Institute for American Thought

The creation of a platform based on the Drupal content management system that would support the development of scholarly editions. The core test case is the NEH-funded Charles Peirce edition, with input from editors of other critical editions housed at the Institute for American Thought.

The Scholarly Text-Editing Platform (STEP) will provide an exceptional online environment for scholarly editors that will greatly increase efficiency and collaboration in the production of both digital and print critical editions. Beginning with the complex writings of American philosopher Charles Peirce, and then extending to the critical editions of Santayana, Royce, Douglass, and Bradbury, STEP will give editors advanced tools and interfaces to produce their volumes from initial transcription to editing to layout and publication. STEP will be entirely open-source, using Drupal's content management system as its foundation. It will use standardized XML coding compliant with the Text Encoding Initiative guidelines for representation of texts in digital form. Changes and revisions will be kept in a MySQL database, allowing the entire evolution of the documents to be preserved. STEP will position the Institute for American Thought as a leader in streamlined digital critical editing.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 2/28/2014

Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405)
William George Cowan
HD-51372-11
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Incorporating Annotated Video into Omeka

The enhancement of Indiana University's "Annotator's Workbench" into an Omeka plug-in, allowing for detailed annotation in video archival collections.

Indiana University Bloomington’s (IUB) Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities requests a Level II grant to support the project "Incorporating Annotated Video into Omeka." During the grant period, IUB will build a plugin for the Web-publishing platform Omeka that will enable academic and cultural institutions and individuals to incorporate annotated video into online collections and exhibitions. Using either the client- or Web-based version of IUB’s software tool, the Annotator’s Workbench, scholars and cultural professionals will be able to segment and annotate video and upload it to an Omeka-based Web site using the plugin created by IUB. The annotated video plugin for Omeka will greatly enhance the pedagogical and research potential of video for online collections and exhibitions by providing humanities scholars and cultural institutions with a tool for incorporating video segments that contain integrated descriptive data linked specifically to the video content.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,999
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2013

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Bruce Smith (project director)
Katherine A. Rowe (co-project director)
HD-51377-11
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Mobile Shakespeare Scripts

The creation and testing of a prototype dynamic script interface for theater professionals, humanities scholars, and students to allow for the study of a lifecycle of theatrical performance as it moves from play to script to production.

"Mobile Shakespeare Scripts" (MyShx) will develop and test in rehearsal a dynamic script interface for theater practitioners: professionals, academics, and amateurs. MyShx prototypes a core component of Cambridge World Shakespeare Online, a collaborative workspace for scholars, teachers, students and performers worldwide. It seeks to validate within a defined user community the dual publishing model for this workspace, which balances sustainability with open access to primary and secondary materials. Cambridge University Press and the University of Southern California will support the design of a lightweight prototype on a portable device. The American Shakespeare Center will partner on the project, testing the usefulness of a dynamic script over the lifecycle of a play in production. Our partners will collaborate on a public report sharing the results and prototype design. In addition to public reports on the results, the prototype will be made available on open access through CWSO.

Project fields: Renaissance Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 2/28/2013

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-1168)
Jon Michael Frey
HD-51378-11
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Digging Digitally: Creating a More Dynamic Archaeological Field Journal Archive

The development and testing of a digital field journal for use in archaeological investigations with a particular focus on adapting existing software for use on portable electronic devices.

As the daily record of observations, the field journal always has been central to the archaeological process. Yet in recent decades, these important texts have been ignored in the rush to create digital artifact archives. This project, which builds upon software designed to manage the field books at the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia, will correct this oversight by enabling a community of scholars to use scans of the hand written texts to link electronically the disparate forms of evidence that make up the archaeological record. Also, this project will determine the best equipment and practices to allow archaeologists to utilize a digital notebook archive in their research. The result will be an inexpensive, multi-platform, and open source system that can be adapted by other scholars to simplify and enhance research in any field of humanities research that depends upon hand written documents as a primary source of evidence.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $23,914
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478)
Carter L. Lupton
HD-51380-11
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Proposing Holograms as an Innovative Exhibition Technology for Egyptian Mummies

Development of a proof-of-concept for a 3-D high definition holographic exhibit of an Egyptian mummy unwrapping at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is planning a major exhibition of the ancient history of the Near Eastern and Classic civilizations, utilizing new technologies beyond traditional presentation methods. The Museum is requesting funding from NEH to develop a proof-of-concept for a 3-D high-definition, full color true holographic or holographic-like exhibit of a virtual mummy unwrapping. The Museum will work alongside key experts with experience in medical imaging, mummy CT analysis, and 3-D rendering techniques to research and evaluate breakthrough technologies in visualizations using computed tomography (CT). While CT scanning of mummies is not new, our use of the latest technologies will provide greater clarity, enabling the use of innovative presentation systems. This exhibit will allow visitors not only to learn about mummification but to see, in detail, the various inner elements of the mummy, better understanding Egyptian beliefs and practices.

Project fields: Ancient History
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,632
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 3/31/2012

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages (Berkeley, CA 94704-1418)
Stefan Baums
HD-51383-11
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Buddhist Translators Workbench (BTW)

The creation of a prototype for a platform allowing group collaborative translation, with Abidharma source texts serving as the initial test collection.

This project will create an integrated suite of open-source tools for translators of Buddhist texts, the Buddhist Translators Workbench (BTW). BTW will gather data on source texts and translations across cultures and across time. It will support both real-time and offline collaboration on group translation projects by logging user threads and dialogs and creating “digital footnotes” that preserve and inspire new research. BTW will for the first time ground Buddhist translation work in a shared, easily accessible body of knowledge. At Level I the project will bring together scholars and IT experts to choose an initial set of 500-1,000 terms and design an alpha-level prototype, using selected Abhidharma texts as its initial resource. It will also address software-development needs, including creation of language agnostic searches, proximity searches, and computer recognition of word clusters (Tibetan) and individual words (Sanskrit).

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $25,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 4/30/2013

Stone Soup Productions, Inc. (Washington, DC 20036-2504)
Andrea R. Kalin
HD-51389-11
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The American Guide Game

Development of a web-based game that would teach players about the Federal Writers' Project and America during the Great Depression.

THE AMERICAN GUIDE GAME, a web based, role playing game for youth ages 14-16, is a keystone of "Soul of a People, Soul of a Place," using games, social media and HTML5 enhanced video for players to A. understand first-hand the experiences and challenges of writers and editors as they collected the stories of people and places for the Federal Writers' Project, part of Roosevelt's 1930s New Deal initiatives, and B. share knowledge and skills gained in a historical, scaffolding game by documenting in game assignments and completing similar assignments in their own communities. We seek 50,000 dollars in Level II Start Up funding to move this unique game from advanced concept to completed prototype, ready to test pilot and disseminate.

Project fields: American Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 2/28/2013

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH 03755)
Michael A. Casey (project director)
Mark Williams (co-project director)
HD-51394-11
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ACTION (Audio-visual Cinematic Toolbox for Interaction, Organization, and Navigation): an open-source Python platform

The development of a platform that would support the computational analysis of film and other audio-video materials. The platform would allow such features as the automatic detection of shots and scenes, the analysis of soundtracks, and overall content analysis.

Audio-visual media have become ubiquitous due to the central position that computing has taken. Yet, methodologies and tools for supporting humanities research based on computational techniques, such as automatic shot-boundary detection, are nascent. ACTION seeks to provide free and open-source computational tools, and best-practice documentation, for new media-analytic methodologies based upon machine-vision and machine-hearing algorithms and software. We anticipate that automatic shot-boundary detection, scene-boundary detection, sound-track analysis, structure segmentation, and other methods, will lead to new insights into the development of film editing styles, scene composition, lighting, sound, and narrative construction. Building upon previous open-source frameworks, such as OMRAS2, AudioDB, Sphinx, Bregman, and OpenCV, ACTION will be a platform consisting of worked use-case examples in computational cinematics for future humanities researchers to extend.

Project fields: Film History and Criticism
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 12/31/2013

Texas A & M University, Commerce (Commerce, TX 75428-4311)
Shannon Carter
HD-51398-11
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Remixing Rural Texas: Local Texts, Global Context

The development of a prototype for facilitating the "remixing" of various types of digitized primary sources for Web presentations on the history of race and race relations in rural Texas.

Remixing Rural Texas (RRT) prototype frames critical race narratives in rural, northeast Texas by bringing together archival research methods with three traditions increasingly common in the Digital Humanities: aggregation, remixing, and geomapping tools. RRT is both expository and participatory in nature. Expository aspects feature video documentaries remixed almost entirely from existing local history collections illustrating the convergence of geographical, temporal, political, and economic factors in shifting critical race narratives across local landscapes by foregrounding tensions surrounding local texts and contexts with global implications. The participatory role invites and guides research, community and student participants in collecting, remixing, and likewise framing additional critical race narratives of their own. Level I grant will fund the expository portion of RRT leading to a Level II grant application to support the participatory role to build from prototype.

Project fields: Composition and Rhetoric
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,966
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Daniel Price
HD-51400-11
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Vwire: Digital Content Management through Spatial Arrangement - a Tool for Visual Argumentation in the Humanities

The development of a virtual research tool, using Teotihuacan stone masks as exemplars, to allow scholars to order, share, and discuss interpretations of digital images datasets based on their visual characteristics.

The Vwire project initiates an open source and extensible environment for producing, sharing and discussing visually ordered data sets in the humanities. Even those existing database tools that allow researchers to see multiple images simultaneously do not allow for the active and intuitive configuration of the images - like arranging snapshots on a table - that Vwire provides. Already implemented as an add-on module for Plone 4 (a mature and recently much improved Content Management System [CMS]), Vwire leverages existing technology and extends the visualization tools available to humanities researchers. We propose a test case using a small group of Teotihuacan stone masks, which are of archaeological and art historical importance, and we will elicit collaboration between experts from both fields to help refine and troubleshoot the existing tool.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $48,504
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2013

Wheaton College (Norton, MA 02766-2322)
Scott Hamlin
HD-51403-11
Developing a User Experience for TAPAS (the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service)

A series of workshops to develop and test a prototype interface for the TAPAS (TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service) Project, an online service that allows for the storage, sharing, and analysis of TEI-encoded texts.

Many scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and students working with TEI at smaller institutions often do so without peer or technical support. Having completed the considerable task of encoding their text, they often ask: now that I have my document encoded, what do I do with it? TEI has huge potential for multimedia presentation, data mashups, visualizations, or sophisticated print layout. However, without knowledge of XSLT and other XML technologies, the options are either inaccessible or difficult to learn and use. The TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS) Project seeks to build a service that will allow users with TEI-encoded texts to store, share, and discuss their materials, and transform them into forms appropriate for reading, visualizing, and participating in the web ecosystem. We will design and develop the User Interface and User Experience for this service and create an intuitive and simple-to-use environment for working with TEI-encoded data.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 6/30/2014

SUNY Research Foundation, College at Purchase (Purchase, NY 10577-1402)
Marc Brudzinski
HD-51419-11
Creative Telecollaboration and Language Acquisition Curriculum

A program of foreign-language instruction that incorporates computer-assisted learning technologies. The project will enable undergraduates to coordinate with students in Marseille and Bogota on assignments that will allow for immersion-style learning about French and Spanish language and culture.

We are requesting a Level II grant to launch two pilot intermediate-level foreign language classes, the pedagogy for which will integrate computer-assisted language learning (CALL) with the most innovative language acquisition pedagogy. The grant will support the development of digitally-enhanced curriculum in Intermediate French and Spanish, using blogging, videoconferencing, and video production to create cultural bridges between students at Purchase College and students in Marseille and Bogota. The grant will enable a new style of digital and participatory language instruction, one that emphasizes both grammatical form and the creative use of language between students constructing their own intercultural contexts online. During the project period, participants will pilot and implement new curricula, review and publish the results, and extend successful practices to additional humanities curricula at Purchase College.

Project fields: Languages, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,989
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 12/31/2013

Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510)
Laura Wexler
HD-51421-11
Photogrammar Project

Development of a website that would offer new ways of organizing, searching, and visualizing the archive of 160,000 photographs produced by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) from 1935 to 1943.

The Photogrammar Project is a Yale University Public Humanities Project designed to offer an interactive web-based open source visualization platform for the one-hundred and sixty thousand photographs created by the federal government from 1935 to 1943 under the Farm Securities Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI). The images offer an archive of American life that is a resource for students, academics, and the public at large. The interactive map will map the one-hundred and sixty thousand photographs over historical county and census data. Additionally, users will be given the tools to be able to construct statistical graphics and visualization from the data. For example, a user will be able to quickly plot the percentage of military images collected by month and location or see a gallery of share cropping images created in Georgia. The Photogrammar Project , all accompanying code and detailed documentation will be available to the public at large.

Project fields: American Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,982
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 9/30/2014

Alexandria Archive Institute (San Francisco, CA 94127-2036)
Eric C. Kansa
HD-51425-11
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Gazetteer of the Ancient Near East

The creation of the Gazetteer of the Ancient Near East, a geospatial index of archaeological sites and ancient historical places in the Near East, through the use of the Pleiades project software.

This grant will support the creation of the Gazetteer of the Ancient Near East. The project’s goal is to develop an authoritative, open access geospatial index of archaeological sites and historical places in the Near East, spanning some twelve thousand years (c. 12,500-600 BCE). The project is based on software developed by the Pleiades project (http://pleiades.stoa.org/), an extant and successful model for open access Web-based gazetteers. By developing a gazetteer of Ancient Near East places, researchers will be able to link events, persons, and archaeological evidence through shared notions of place and time. Thus, this project will help scholars to bring together disparate lines of historical and archaeological evidence. In doing so, this project represents critically needed infrastructure to catalyze research in the Ancient Near East and serves as an exemplar for open, collaborative scholarship.

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Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,707
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 2/28/2013

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10018)
Douglas L. Reside
HD-51427-11
MOVER [a Multimodal Open-Source Variorum eBook Reader]

The development of a prototype mobile application to allow users to study multimedia variorum editions of musical theater plays.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) requests a Level II Start Up grant with which it proposes to develop MOVER [a Multimodal Open-Source Variorum eBook Reader], a mobile "app" that patrons will use to read and study media-enhanced editions of texts and musical scores that exist in multiple versions using the newly released ePub 3.0 ebook format and the Android mobile operating system. Project staff will test this software by creating a variorum (multiple version) edition of the libretto and score of the once enormously popular but now largely forgotten 1866 melodrama, The Black Crook. Using the software developed for this project, readers will be able to read the libretto and sheet music in multiple versions, while concurrently hearing the music associated with any particular line of the text or score.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 2/28/2014

Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY 14850-7002)
Michael Bruce Smith (project director)
Ali Erkan (co-project director)
HD-51431-11
Untangling the Web of Historical Thinking: What the Structures of Student-Produced Wikis Reveal

Curriculum design that incorporates a study to examine how students' use of wikis can help them reach and cross conceptual thresholds in their understanding of historical knowledge.

During the past decade, most educators have focused on the collaborative aspects of wikis and how they enable us to collectively create web content. Our focus has been different.We are interested in the ways using wikis to structure information helps students learn the complex thinking skills necessary for understanding history as a web of knowledge rather than linear. We are also interested in the information about how and when students cross concept thresholds made visible by the interconnections of the different pages in a wiki. Using Luminotes, a rudimentary, yet elegant open-source wiki, students can represent--and, we theorize, better understand--the ways that knowledge in the discipline of history is constructed. By the end of the grant period we hope to demonstrate that wikis can be broadly used as a powerful tool for structuring the rich, relational character of knowledge in history (and, potentially, other humanities disciplines) and for better understanding student learning.

Project fields: History, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 6/30/2014

Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC 27109)
Jerid Cole Francom
HD-51432-11
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ACTIV-ES: a novel Spanish-language corpus for linguistic and cultural comparisons between communities of the Hispanic world

The planning and development of a preliminary Spanish-language corpus that will draw from three communities in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina.

This proposal requests Level 1 funding to develop a novel Spanish-language corpus, ACTIV-ES. This electronic resource will be the first to compile the language of common, everyday life for three linguistically, culturally, and geographically distinct communities— Spain, Mexico, and Argentina. It will provide scholars, instructors, students, and other interested parties with a unique perspective, enabling for the first time a rich cross-linguistic and cross-cultural analysis of current patterns and themes in the Hispanic world. A series of planning sessions among experts in linguistics, pedagogy, computer science, and psychology will guide the technical and theoretical steps to optimize ACTIV-ES for applications in second-language pedagogy and enable heretofore impossible contemporary humanistic understanding. Insights gained from the project will inform a Level 2 proposal aimed at adding size, attributes, and a web interface to enable flexible public and scholarly access to the corpus.

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Project fields: Spanish Language
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $24,178
Grant period: 8/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Alan Y. Liu (project director)
Rita Raley (co-project director)
HD-51433-11
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RoSE Research-oriented Social Environment: Bibliographical Knowledge as Social Knowledge

The further development of a digital environment that explores the use of social networking approaches to connect humanities bibliographical resources with humanities scholars and students.

RoSE is a Web-based system that shapes humanities bibliographical resources into a social-computing model presenting the past and present as one living "social network." In the largest terms, it is an experiment in how the humanities can engage with today's expansive knowledge society from both inside and outside the "library," in the process connecting current social-networking practices to a full sense of the historical human record. Stocked with initial information gathered from knowledge bases, RoSE provides profile pages for persons and documents, other data, and visualizations showing the interrelated nature of knowledge. Uniquely, it allows users to add metadata on top of standard bibliographical data to facilitate a social-network-like sense of active relation to the objects of research. RoSE is in early prototype. We seek to improve several key areas so that we can make RoSE available as an "open beta" for humanities scholars and other digital humanities projects to explore.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,857
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 9/30/2012

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22904-4195)
Lise M. Dobrin
HD-51455-11
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Less-Networked Speaker Communities and Digital Language Archives

A conference of linguistics scholars, technology specialists, and cultural community representatives to explore ways of enabling speakers of endangered languages to participate in the ongoing development and stewardship of digital language archives.

Fieldwork, description, and preservation of research results are often seen as endpoints of language documentation projects. Although archives are doing their best to ensure that source communities can ultimately gain access to the language materials they produce, little is being done to facilitate their involvement in the ongoing curation of those materials. Enhancing and extending such involvement will significantly increase both the scholarly value of documented materials and its impact in source communities. Using the situations of rural Papua New Guinea and Cameroon as model cases, this project will bring together an international group of scholars, technical experts, and community members for a two day conference to intensively explore appropriate “bridging” technologies and make recommendations to help digital language archives overcome fundamental obstacles to maintaining direct, ongoing relationships with archive stakeholders who reside in less-networked communities.

Project fields: Linguistics
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $22,889
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115)
Mark Tebeau
HD-51456-11
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Mobile Historical

Development of Mobile Historical, a software application that enables users to publish humanities information to mobile devices.

The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities (CPHDH) seeks NEH Level II Start-Up support for work leading toward the release of Mobile Historical, an open-source (and, optionally, hosted) software application (app) that allows cultural institutions, K-16 teachers, and university-based humanists to publish humanities information to mobile devices. The proposed project builds and extends (dramatically so) an existing mobile app development project aimed at curating the city, Cleveland Historical. We seek funding to scale up, revise, and extend our previous work toward the creation of the open-source tool Mobile Historical. Thus, the principal activities of this proposal are focused on creating a new vehicle for interpretive humanities publishing in mobile environments via innovative technologies and guidance on how to curate humanities content, including especially developing approaches to state-of-the-art interactive humanistic learning for broad public audiences and users.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $48,687
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 11/30/2012

CUNY Research Foundation, City College (New York, NY 10031)
Ramona Hernandez
HD-51459-11
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Spanish Paleography Digital Teaching and Learning Tool

The development of a platform that will enable researchers to employ and teach advanced techniques in analyzing and reading four centuries of Spanish writing styles.

The proposed Spanish Paleography Digital Teaching and Learning Tool will be an open source, online digital platform bringing together for the first time a multiplicity of the latest electronic and digital information tools to allow users to learn how to read the four writing styles predominant in Spanish language documents of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,964
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 2/28/2013

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Christopher John Johanson
HD-51465-11
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Immersive Coordinates: Digital Anatolia

The development of a software platform, using two archaeological digs in Turkey as test cases, to present findings from archaeological sites with particular attention given to data management, curation, and publication.

Funding from the NEH is requested to support the development of a lightweight infrastructure for pre-publication release of curated, 4D cartographic data and narratives centered on two, lesser known archaeological sites in Roman Asia Minor, modern-day western Turkey. The project is the direct result of a five-year investigation into data-management and curation methods at the Turkish archaeological sites of Nysa and Magnesia on the Maeander. While so many efforts are working successfully to allow for depositing data in repositories, few have focused on what is arguably the most important element when exploring such complex data: effective communication through visual argumentation. Using a neo-geographic, web 2.0 approach that has been highly successful when applied to broad, urbanistic studies of modern cities, this project will focus on developing pre-print publications of two ongoing excavations of urban-scale archaeological sites.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,509
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2013

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712)
Geraldine Heng
HD-51472-11
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Bibliopedia

A project focused on the concept of "linked data" that would develop a data-mining and cross-referencing tool allowing search across many humanities repositories of primary and secondary sources, such as JSTOR and the Library of Congress. The prototype will use the medieval travel narrative The Travels of Sir John Mandeville as its test case.

Bibliopedia is a tool that will perform advanced data-mining & cross-referencing between secondary literature & primary texts & original documents. It will search repositories like JSTOR, Google Scholar, & Project MUSE for full-text citations that mention an original document, analyze the articles & books found, and save the results in a publicly accessible database that will form the basis of an online research collaboratory. The platform will also allow for human-machine collaboration to correct errors in metadata. Bibliopedia will also allow users to create browsable & customizable bibliographies of all the works cited by each article & book. Most importantly, it will perform automated textual analysis, data extraction, cross-referencing, & visualizations of the relationships between texts & authors. Our aim is to serve the research and pedagogical needs of the broadest possible range of humanities scholars.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $49,994
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712)
Robert L. Turknett
HD-51475-11
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A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualization for the Humanities

Development of a general purpose interface for large-scale displays that use the computer language Processing in order to visualize large amounts of humanities materials.

Picture This: Advanced Visualization for the Humanities is a Level II proposal to develop software tools that will open up the potential of high-resolution displays to researchers from the humanities. These tools will provide humanities users simplified access to advanced visualization resources, using the popular open-source programming environment, Processing. The short-term results of this start up project will be the development of open-source software that enables Processing to work with high-resolution tiled displays.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $48,500
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Lacy Schutz
HD-51480-11
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Improving Digital Record Annotation Capabilities with Open-sourced Ontologies and Crowd-sourced Workers

The development of methods and tools to facilitate the description of digitized primary sources by combining "crowdsourcing" tactics with linked open data and semantic Web technologies.

The Museum of the City of New York has undertaken a long-term project to digitize its collection of 1.5 million objects, annotate them with metadata, and make them publicly available via the Internet. At present, Museum staff annotate images using a traditional lexicon assembled from authority sources such as the Library of Congress and the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus, but with limited resources the Museum cannot scale to meet its goal of providing the highest levels of accessibility and discoverability of collections to researchers as well as to the general public. This project offers a cost-effective, scalable solution that 1) consolidates the current lexicon with linked open data sources by generating alignments and reconciling semantically equivalent elements, creating a super-set lexicon, and 2) divides the work of annotating into micro-tasks that can be completed by huge labor pools available through crowd-sourced marketplaces.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 1/31/2013

University of Washington (Seattle, WA 98105-6613)
Walter G. Andrews
HD-51488-11
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The Svoboda Diaries Project: From Digital Text to "New Book"

The development of a new publishing model for on-demand publication for scholarly editions, using a collection of personal diaries from 19th century Iraq.

Based on its work with a large corpus of personal diaries from 19th century Iraq, the project will develop and test a process for the simultaneous web and print-on-demand publication of texts and transcriptions of original manuscripts with annotation, indexing, translation, images, etc. in complex scripts [l-r and r-l, English and Arabic, in our case]. This process, involves a re-thinking of "the book" that will use digital and new-media resources to combine the functions of traditional print publication, including editing, book design, printing, advertising, and distribution with web-based publication and produce, in house, a low-cost printed book supported by a wide array of web-based materials. Moreover, the "book" (both web and print) will flow directly from a richly tagged TEI-compatible XML text prepared for scholarly investigation, and be capable of continuous regeneration from up-dated and enriched versions.

Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $48,356
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (Minneapolis, MN 55404-3506)
Sheila M. McGuire
HD-51490-11
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Enhancing the Humanities Through Innovation: The Extended Collection Project

Development of a pilot program for training docents in using digital tours and resources.

The Extended Collection is an innovative, participant-driven project that links the successful docent development program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with new digital tools that hold the capacity to extend the museum experience, reveal unseen works of art, create a platform for research and discussion with experts, and attract new audiences. The program ultimately seeks to train museum docents as discussion moderators, specialists and customization assistants specific to online encounters, audiences and assets. A Level I Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant will underwrite a pilot study towards the creation of a working prototype that meets docents with digital assets and environments. Outcomes will include a position paper on new paradigms for volunteer participation at arts and cultural museums, and a prototype for docent engagement with the public in digital environments.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $25,000
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 12/31/2013

MediaAction (Kodiak, AK 99615-6423)
Marie Acemah
HD-51494-11
Rural Alaska Cultural Media Project

The development and testing of a cultural media-making curriculum for rural Alaskan students that incorporates instruction in ethnographic methodologies and the use of the Omeka presentation platform as a means of enhancing Alaskan public history.

Media Action is requesting Digital Humanities Level II Start-Up funding to support the Rural Alaska Cultural Media Project, carried out in partnership with the Iditarod Area School District (IASD). This project involves creating an interactive web portal that facilitates the implementation of Media Action's cultural media-making curriculum into classrooms throughout rural Alaska (through online teacher training) and makes youth-made media available to the public (through an online cultural media repository). The overall goal of this project is to create a free and accessible online tool that innovatively bridges rural classrooms and public audiences in engaging with the humanities through Alaska Native cultural preservation.

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Project fields: Education
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $39,675
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 11/30/2013

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