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University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT 06269-9000)
Tom Scheinfeldt (Project Director: February 2022 to present)

HT-288187-22
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$249,566 (approved)
$249,566 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 2/28/2025

Remote Collaboration Methods and Best Practices for Digital Humanities Scholarship

A one-year virtual institute focused on training humanities scholars to manage remote teams collaborating on digital projects.

Greenhouse Studios at the University of Connecticut (greenhousestudios.uconn.edu) requests $249,566 over two and a half years to improve the remote collaboration and facilitation skills of digital humanities project managers. COVID-19 has brought the challenges of working in online environments into high relief, but the need among digital humanists for better ways of working together online predates the pandemic. The fully-online institute proposed here will both model and teach proven methods and best practices for supporting more productive virtual teams, including how to: build a cohesive and inclusive team of remote colleagues; facilitate more equitable participation in the online environment; design more productive online experiences; match remote collaboration tools to project aims; balance synchronous and asynchronous interactions; encourage positive participation from remote team members; and sustain participation over time.

Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York (New York, NY 10032-3725)
Matthew Connelly (Project Director: March 2022 to present)
Courtney Chartier (Co Project Director: March 2022 to present)

HT-288201-22
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$247,399 (approved)
$247,399 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2025

Archives as Data: An Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

A series of workshops for historians and archivists on approaches to working with large-scale collections of digitized and born-digital historical records.

Columbia’s History Lab has developed new open-source tools and workflows to meet the challenge of archiving, aggregating, and exploring large collections of digitized and born digital records. We propose to leverage our experience to offer training to archivists and historians, encourage dialogue between them, identify common concerns, and work toward innovative solutions in processing and making text data accessible for digital humanities research. The Institute would consist of in-person summer workshops, featuring morning classes with hands-on training, with about twenty people in each cohort. During lunches all participants would come together while experts Zoom in to present a range of perspectives on the digital turn. Conversations would continue with discussion seminars based on shared readings. The Institute would conclude with a two-day in-person conference in January 2025, featuring panel discussions and keynote talks, to showcase innovative projects by workshop participants.

Alexandria Archive Institute, Inc. (San Francisco, CA 94127-2036)
Leigh Lieberman (Project Director: March 2022 to present)

HT-288207-22
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$249,879 (approved)
$240,312 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2025

Networking Archaeological Data and Communities

A virtual and in-person institute supporting 15 participants over three years teaching methods for managing and publishing digital archaeological data.

Digital data increasingly inform how communities understand the present and past. To make these understandings more democratic and accountable, the scholarly community needs to make data, and the skills and knowledge to make sense of data, more broadly accessible. Networking Archaeological Data and Communities builds on our achievements in archaeological data publishing and data literacy instruction by providing professional development for archaeologists who represent and serve diverse communities. In virtual meetings and in-person workshops, participants will bridge theoretical and practical aspects of data. They will develop ethically appropriate data management plans, prepare data for publication, begin developing public-facing digital projects or pedagogical resources, and contribute to an open access Data Literacy for Archaeologists Practice Guide. Thus, this institute will catalyze collaborative outcomes and those driven by the needs of individual participants.

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Lynn Ramey (Project Director: March 2021 to present)
Roger Louis Martinez-Davila (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)

HT-281157-21
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$239,569 (approved)
$239,066 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023

Immersive Global Middle Ages Institute for Advanced Topics

A 28-month initiative for fourteen participants to learn about the use of immersive digital technologies for teaching and learning about the Global Middle Ages through in-person and virtual workshops hosted by the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and Vanderbilt University. 

Virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D digital environments are witnessing explosive growth in research and teaching, but faculty and staff who could benefit from these techniques do not have equal access to the tools they need. Hardware and software used in the creation of 3D environments is expensive; institutional policies and commitment are highly variable; and some who would benefit lack confidence with the technology. The Immersive Global Middle Ages Institute provides a diverse cohort of medievalists with both theoretical and practical training in the creation and implementation of 3D objects and environments for research and teaching. The Institute meets virtually every month and will have two in-person workshops over a two-year period. By the end of the Institute, participants will have considered the research around using 3D environments, developed 3D object assets and worlds, and authored teaching resources to pass on their new skills to students and colleagues.

Brown University (Providence, RI 02912-9100)
Allison Levy (Project Director: March 2021 to present)

HT-281158-21
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$168,939 (approved)
$168,212 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 4/30/2023

Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Road Maps

A three-week hybrid summer institute to train participants in born-digital scholarly publishing methods. 

Brown University Library requests funding to support a hybrid three-week summer institute (July 11-29, 2022) with virtual and in-person components for fifteen participants who wish to develop innovative born-digital scholarship intended for publication by a university press but lack the necessary resources and capacity at their home institutions. The Institute will equip humanities scholars from all career levels and across disciplines with in-depth knowledge of the digital publishing process, familiarity with open source tools and platforms, advanced project management skills, concrete and individualized plans for project advancement, and top-level publishing industry contacts. Centered on inclusivity and accessibility, the Institute aims to broaden the range of scholars producing born-digital publications and, by extension, the audience for digital humanities scholarship.

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Brian Rosenblum (Project Director: March 2021 to present)
David W. Tell (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)

HT-281161-21
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$191,879 (approved)
$185,005 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 6/30/2023

The Public Digital Humanities: An Institute for Academic/Community Collaborations

An institute supporting 12 teams (24 people total) from collaborative public digital humanities projects hosted at the University of Kansas for one year of in-person and virtual training.

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks funding from the Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Program to offer training in the public digital humanities. In order to focus on the under-resourced nexus of the digital humanities and public humanities, and in order to provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for academics and their community partners to receive training together, we are inviting participants to attend in teams of two. We can host up to 12 teams and 24 participants. Each team represents a collaborative digital humanities project between the community and the academy. We will provide foundational knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully advance their public humanities projects, increasing the projects’ longevity, visibility, and impact.

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
David B. Kinney (Project Director: February 2020 to present)
Simon DeDeo (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)

HT-272418-20
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products][Media coverage]

Totals:
$247,932 (approved)
$229,639 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023

Foundations and Applications of Cultural Analytics in the Humanities

An online course on computational and quantitative methods for cultural analysis of large-scale digital sources to be followed by more advanced in-person workshops for early career scholars.

The use of computational and quantitative tools and approaches in the humanities is rapidly becoming more widespread. At the same time, there are still significant barriers preventing emerging scholars in the humanities from using these tools to generate new insights that make a genuine impact within the humanities themselves. The goal of our proposed advanced institute is to develop an online course and in-person workshop that will empower scholars in the humanities by eliminating the "black box" of computational text analysis. Participants will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of text analysis methods and the interpretation of their outputs. As such, participants will be able to extract content and derive meaning from the growing archives of digital sources, making accessible new directions in humanities scholarship. The in-person workshop in particular will be the springboard for collaborations between the next generation of analytically-inclined humanities scholars.

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
Evan Roberts (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Samantha Blickhan (Co Project Director: May 2020 to August 2023)
Benjamin Wiggins (Co Project Director: May 2020 to August 2023)

HT-272556-20
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$249,856 (approved)
$249,056 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023

Building capable communities for crowdsourced transcription

An institute to help cultural organizations plan, develop, and launch crowdsourcing projects focused on engaging communities with their collections.

Converting printed texts into digital formats is now straightforward, enabling humanities scholars to mine the world's cultural heritage. But many crucial sources exist only in manuscript form and are difficult to integrate into the future of the digital humanities. If we can convert handwriting into machine-readable text we can connect the past and present of the humanities. People can often decipher unfamiliar handwriting, and improvements in software and public engagement have made crowdsourced transcription effective. But getting it all right—design, engagement, and accuracy—remains tricky. The University of Minnesota, Adler Planetarium, and Zooniverse, as leaders in developing crowdsourcing transcription platforms, will convene an Institute developing a cohort of leaders who develop crowdsourced transcription projects. The Institute will take a cohort through the process together, led by a team with successful experience in crowdsourced transcription and teaching.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201)
Carla Klehm (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
W. Fred Limp (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Jackson Cothren (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)

HT-272565-20
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$250,000 (approved)
$218,090 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023

SAROI: Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Studies

An online and in-person mentorship and training program to facilitate collaboration among scholars at the Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute, devoted to large-scale archeological analysis of objects, structures, sites, and landscapes.

The Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute, hosted at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas, addresses an increasing need for advanced training in spatial methodologies in archaeology and heritage management. Spatial analysis of human behavior involves data on a “very large-scale,” as there are many aspects involved in understanding how humans perceive space, occupy it, and alter it. Obtaining this “very large-scale” data involves the high-density measurement and analysis of objects, structures, sites, and landscapes. Recent developments that allow for higher density and more precision are helping us address complex questions about human nature that heretofore were not possible. SAROI seeks to support 16 junior scholars in an online and in-person training and mentorship program over the course of three years, with the intent of building long-term collaborative relationships among Fellows and between Fellows and SAROI staff.

Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (New York, NY 10006-1895)
Nathan Kelber (Project Director: March 2020 to present)

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

[White paper][Grant products]

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

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022

The Text Analysis Pedagogy (TAP) Institute

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

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

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
Natalia Ermolaev (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Andrew Janco (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)

HT-272570-20
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$239,983 (approved)
$237,034 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023

New Languages for NLP: Building Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Humanities

an institute to help humanities scholars learn how to create linguistic data and apply statistical models to new languages.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) has revolutionized our ability to interpret texts at scale and is an essential tool for scholars in the digital humanities. However, only a small percentage of the world’s languages are supported by the major NLP libraries. The New Languages for NLP Institute will help scholars with expertise in less-resourced languages to create linguistic data and train NLP models for their languages. In three workshops, held at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University in 2021-2022, participants will create linguistic data and train statistical language models for new languages. They will learn best practices in project and research data management. As an outcome of the project, participants will publish an open dataset in the standard Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning format as well as a trained language model that can be used for computational text analysis.

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Rachael Samberg (Project Director: March 2019 to January 2022)

HT-267259-19
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

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

Totals:
$165,034 (approved)
$110,106 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 8/31/2021

Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining

A four-day summer workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, and follow-up activities for thirty-two participants on the ethical and legal issues around data mining of large scale textual collections for humanities research.

Digital humanities (DH) scholars, and professionals who support them, often perceive a barrier to utilizing text data mining (TDM) techniques: the law. Uncertainty about the breadth of TDM rights can impede the scope of DH research questions, or unnecessarily expose scholars to risk. Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining (Building LLTDM), hosted by UC Berkeley from June 23-26, 2020, will equip DH TDM researchers, librarians, and professionals with foundational skills to: 1) confidently navigate law, policy, ethics, and risk within DH TDM projects; 2) integrate workflows for DH TDM research and professional support; 3) practice sharing these new tools through authentic consultation exercises; 4) prototype plans for broadly disseminating their knowledge; and 5) develop communities of practice to promote cross-institutional outreach about the DH TDM legal landscape. Instructional materials will be shared publicly as a CC0 (Creative Commons Zero waiver) open educational resource.

University of Central Florida Board of Trustees (Orlando, FL 32816-8005)
Anastasia Salter (Project Director: March 2019 to May 2021)

HT-267268-19
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$129,102 (approved)
$114,377 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020

Understanding Digital Culture: Humanist Lenses for Internet Research

A five-day institute for twenty-five participants organized by and hosted at the University of Central Florida for using digital methods to research digital culture.

There has been growing awareness of the need for humanist inquiry into the internet platforms and communities driving contemporary culture. From fan communities and discourse about works of literature to meme-makers skewering cultural objects, online spaces enable readership, creation, circulation, and transformation of humanist texts—and the active making and remaking of public history. However, much internet research is driven by computational approaches without also being rigorously grounded in theories of culture and textual production. Navigating this space can be particularly daunting to early-career humanities scholars. This is where we seek to intervene. Understanding Digital Culture: Humanist Lenses for Internet Research will foster a transdisciplinary humanities institute to provide resources, training, and a community of collaborators to engage both computational network and data analysis tools and the ethics and best practices of using the web as a site of research.

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Abigail Mullen (Project Director: March 2019 to October 2022)

HT-267282-19
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$126,947 (approved)
$73,807 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021

Digital Methods for Military History: An Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

A two-week long institute that will teach participants how to create datasets, visualize data, and create maps, with the overarching goal of creating a cohort of military historians who are able to use digital tools and methods to examine issues at the intersection of war and society.

As historians have begun to accept and adopt digital methods for historical analysis, the field of military history has been slow to follow suit. For a field that is rich with data and unconventional sources for analysis, this lack of adoption is somewhat surprising. Both structural barriers and lack of training contribute to the relative paucity of compelling digital projects that focus on military history. To address these barriers and provide hands-on training in digital methods of particular interest to the military history community, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University requests funding for Digital Methods for Military History, an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
David J. Birnbaum (Project Director: March 2019 to present)

HT-267285-19
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$249,456 (approved)
$247,596 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 4/30/2023

Advanced Digital Editing: Modeling the Text and Making the Edition

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

The proposed NEH Institute, “Advanced digital editing: modeling the text and making the edition”, will train 25 participants who already know how to edit their texts in TEI XML to participate directly in the modeling, conceptualization, and implementation of their editions, empowering them to express innovative philological scholarship in a way that is informed by a deep understanding of what is possible technically, and of how to achieve it.

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Lisa M. Rhody (Project Director: March 2019 to present)

HT-267293-19
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$411,774 (approved)
$411,774 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 3/31/2023

Digital Humanities Research Institutes: Further Expanding Communities of Practice

A ten-day residential institute and follow-up activities for 15 participants to develop core humanities computational research and project development skills hosted at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

A ten-day residential institute and follow-up activities for 15 participants to develop core humanities computational research and project development skills. The in-person institute will be hosted at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York with follow up workshops offered through online webinars.

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
Alison Langmead (Project Director: March 2018 to May 2021)

Participating institutions:
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) - Applicant/Recipient
Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) - Participating Institution
Brown University (Providence, RI) - Participating Institution
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) - Participating Institution
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (Stillwater, OK) - Participating Institution

HT-261794-18
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$215,380 (approved)
$181,797 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019

Workshops on Sustainability for Digital Projects

A series of five workshops for up to 150 participants to explore approaches to long term sustainability of digital humanities projects. The workshops would be hosted at the University of Pittsburgh, Brigham Young University, Brown University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Oklahoma State University.

The ongoing sustainability of digital humanities projects is of critical concern to the field. To help increase engagement with sustainability planning, the University of Pittsburgh has developed, with prior support from the NEH, the Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap (STSR). The STSR is a structured workshop that guides participants through the practice of creating effective sustainability plans, based on research findings that demonstrate that the needs of a project’s social infrastructure must be addressed alongside the needs of its technological infrastructure in order to successfully sustain digital work over time. We are applying to the NEH ODH IATDH Program to fund a series of five facilitated STSR workshops at regional digital humanities hubs located across the United States. We anticipate reaching 125-150 people in total and are particularly interested in attracting participants who lack access to digital sustainability infrastructures at their home institutions.

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
Julia Hammond Flanders (Project Director: March 2018 to present)
Sarah Connell (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)

HT-261812-18
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$197,385 (approved)
$197,385 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2022

Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist: Institutes on Critical Teaching and Research with Vector Space Models

A series of four three-day institutes for a total of 72 participants on the use of word embedding models for textual analysis. The three-day institutes would be hosted by Northeastern University.

The Northeastern University Women Writers Project seeks funding for a three-year institute series on word embedding models, to overcome barriers to entry for humanist researchers and teachers. We plan four institutes in all: two aimed at teachers and two aimed at researchers, with a novice and intermediate event for each audience. Each event will be followed by a three-month period of virtual discussion and consultation with WWP staff and fellow participants, and sharing of research and teaching outcomes.

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Laurie N. Taylor (Project Director: March 2018 to June 2022)
Hélène Huet (Co Project Director: June 2018 to June 2022)
Leah Reade Rosenberg (Co Project Director: June 2018 to June 2022)
Paul A. Ortiz (Co Project Director: June 2018 to June 2022)
Perry Collins (Co Project Director: May 2020 to May 2020)

HT-261817-18
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$231,093 (approved)
$193,582 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 3/31/2021

Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Institute

A week-long, residential institute followed by a series of virtual sessions on collaborative digital humanities, archival collections, and Caribbean Studies for 26 participants. The institute would be hosted at the University of Florida.

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) in partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) request to host a week-long, in-person workshop and five additional monthly virtual workshops on collaborative Digital Humanities (DH) and Caribbean Studies. Participants, especially from under-resourced institutions and those with preservation concerns, will gain DH teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of how to utilize digital collections in teaching. The Institute will provide training in tools, processes, and resources for developing lessons, modules, and/or courses. Twenty-six participants will achieve: 1) acquisition of concrete digital skills and DH approaches for teaching and research utilizing Open Access digital collections; 2) participation in an enhanced community of practice for DH; and, 3) creation of Open Access course and teaching materials that blend DH and Caribbean Studies.

Tufts University (Somerville, MA 02144-2401)
Gregory R. Crane (Project Director: March 2017 to August 2022)
Anke Lüdeling (Co Project Director: May 2017 to August 2022)
Monica Berti (Co Project Director: May 2017 to August 2022)

HT-256958-17
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$249,359 (approved)
$130,471 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019

Digital Editions, Digital Corpora and new possibilities for the Humanities in the Academy and Beyond

An intensive two-week institute and follow up workshop for 30 humanities scholars on the application of new methods for annotating textual sources for digital editions and digital corpora of historical languages. The institute would be hosted at Tufts University.

Tufts University proposes to host an intensive two week, in-residence institute in the summer of 2018 for 30 humanists on the application of new methods for annotating textual sources. Support will be offered for on-campus housing, meals, and travel to and from Tufts. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the new techniques to their own sources materials; collaborate with others on a wide range of source materials; discuss challenges and results; set and evaluate project goals; and integrate annotation work into the classroom. The proposed workshop builds upon experiences from, and work subsequent to, “Working with Text in a Digital Age,” a 2012-2014 NEH IATDH project and the on-line seminar, Sunoikisis Digital Classics, which has introduced the proposed topics to a virtual and international audience. A two day follow up workshop will be held to expand upon the topics and results of the institute. Project output will inform new Sunoikisis Digital Classics curricula.

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Lisa M. Rhody (Project Director: March 2017 to May 2021)

HT-256968-17
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

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

Totals:
$246,856 (approved)
$245,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019

Expanding Communities of Practice

A ten-day residential institute and follow-up activities for 15 participants to develop core humanities computational research and project development skills. The in-person institute and follow-up workshop would be hosted at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

The CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI) will advance the research goals and professional growth of individual participants, while at the same time supporting their efforts to organize and lead digital humanities workshops in their local contexts. During a ten-day residential institute in June 2018, participants will explore interdisciplinary digital humanities research and teaching with leading DH scholars, develop core computational research skills through hands-on workshops, and begin developing versions of the DHRI for their own communities. Over the following academic year, each participant will have access to an online network of peers, as well as 20 hours of consultation from our experienced staff. When participants return to New York in June 2019 to report on their experiences, their reflections will inform the publication of a guide to leading digital humanities skill workshops in a variety of institutional contexts.

Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Victoria Szabo (Project Director: March 2017 to March 2022)
Philip J. Stern (Co Project Director: May 2017 to March 2022)

HT-256969-17
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$248,641 (approved)
$248,641 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020

Virtual and Augmented Reality for the Digital Humanities Institute (VARDHI)

A two-week institute and follow-up activities for twelve participants on the theory and application of virtual and augmented reality technologies to humanities research. Duke University would serve as the host for the institute.

The Virtual and Augmented Reality for the Digital Humanities Institute (VARDHI) explores the importance of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) theories, methods, and technologies to humanities research and communications, with an emphasis on historical and cultural representation and analysis, media arts applications, and experience design for virtual and augmented realities. This field of inquiry brings together narrative, archival, data-driven, and spatial approaches to humanistic research in combination with studies of virtual reality, human cognition, experiential learning, and digital storytelling. The key focus of VARDHI is to understand what is at stake with VR and AR, both of which are enjoying a cultural renaissance thanks to advances in mobile technologies and head mounted displays, and both of which make VR and AR more accessible to a wider range of producers and a potential mass of consumers.

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0001)
Lauren Coats (Project Director: March 2017 to May 2021)
Emily McGinn (Co Project Director: May 2017 to May 2021)

Participating institutions:
Louisiana State University and A & M College (Baton Rouge, LA) - Applicant/Recipient
Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS) - Participating Institution
University of Georgia (Athens, GA) - Participating Institution

HT-256977-17
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$90,000 (approved)
$83,469 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019

Textual Data and Digital Texts in the Undergraduate Classroom

A one-week in-person institute hosted at Mississippi State University on approaches to computational textual analysis and how these techniques may be incorporated into the classroom. This institute will be followed by a series of virtual sessions focused on digital pedagogy and the humanities.

While the digital humanities often center on developing long-term research projects, it is the goal of our Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities Institute to bring the tools and methods of the digital humanities directly to the undergraduate classroom. “Textual Data and Digital Texts in the Undergraduate Classroom” aims to expand engagement with and access to digital humanities, particularly at under-resourced institutions, by teaching undergraduate instructors how to incorporate small-scale, data-focused digital projects into their humanities teaching. Our institute will include a one-week in-person session with hands-on instruction in turning text into data, and then analyzing that data and sharing the results. This week will be followed by bimonthly virtual sessions with experts in digital pedagogy. By the end of the institute, participants will have developed a classroom DH project or assignment about textual data.

President and Fellows of Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT 05753-6004)
Jason Mittell (Project Director: March 2016 to June 2022)
Christian Michael Keathley (Co Project Director: July 2016 to June 2022)

HT-250993-16
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

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Totals:
$241,001 (approved)
$216,604 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 12/31/2018

Scholarship in Sound and Image

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

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

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
David J. Birnbaum (Project Director: March 2016 to March 2022)

HT-251001-16
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$156,251 (approved)
$156,251 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 9/30/2018

Make your edition: models and methods for digital textual scholarship

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

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

Folger Shakespeare Library admin by Trustees of Amherst College (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Edwin Williams (Project Director: March 2016 to November 2019)

HT-251006-16
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$170,000 (approved)
$170,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 9/30/2018

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

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

The Folger Institute proposes to host a two-week institute on “Early Modern Digital Agendas: Network Analysis” in summer 2017 (EMDA2017). Under the direction of Professor Jonathan Hope and Dr. Ruth Ahnert, this institute will introduce humanities scholars, alt-ac builders, and librarians (both digital and traditional) to an expert visiting faculty—computing specialists, social historians, network analysts, literary historians, linguists, and visualization designers—to model best practices for the design and implementation of quantitative network analysis. EMDA2017 will be an opportunity for 12 scholarly practitioners to consider the ways this approach may be shaping the very nature of early modern research through intensive application and analysis.

West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown, WV 26505-2742)
Cheryl E. Ball (Project Director: March 2016 to March 2018)
Brian Douglas Ballentine (Project Director: March 2018 to June 2022)
Cheryl E. Ball (Co Project Director: March 2018 to June 2022)

HT-251008-16
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$219,832 (approved)
$158,080 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 9/30/2018

Digital Publishing Institute: Authoring and Editing Digital Humanities Scholarship

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

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

Indiana/Purdue University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN 46202-5148)
Jennifer E. Guiliano (Project Director: March 2015 to June 2019)

HT-231812-15
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

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

Totals:
$249,817 (approved)
$210,921 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 1/31/2018

The Digital Native American and Indigenous Studies Project

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

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

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Sharon M. Leon (Project Director: March 2015 to March 2018)
Sheila A. Brennan (Co Project Director: July 2015 to March 2018)

HT-231816-15
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$219,301 (approved)
$200,651 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 3/31/2017

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

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

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

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040)
Kim Gallon (Project Director: March 2015 to present)
Angel David Nieves (Co Project Director: July 2015 to present)

HT-231824-15
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$245,299 (approved)
$245,299 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017

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

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

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

Lane Community College (Eugene, OR 97405-0640)
Anne McGrail (Project Director: March 2014 to June 2016)

HT-50085-14
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$88,778 (approved)
$87,436 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 12/31/2015

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

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

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

President and Fellows of Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT 05753-6004)
Christian Michael Keathley (Project Director: March 2014 to June 2016)
Jason Mittell (Co Project Director: July 2014 to June 2016)

HT-50086-14
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$95,152 (approved)
$95,109 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 9/30/2015

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

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

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

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Ethan C. Watrall (Project Director: March 2014 to present)
Lynne Goldstein (Co Project Director: July 2014 to present)

HT-50088-14
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$249,708 (approved)
$249,708 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 9/30/2017

Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice

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

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

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA 01003-9242)
Alyson Ann Gill (Project Director: March 2014 to May 2021)
Lisa M. Snyder (Co Project Director: September 2015 to May 2021)

HT-50091-14
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$218,139 (approved)
$210,380 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 12/31/2016

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

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

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

Folger Shakespeare Library admin by Trustees of Amherst College (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Edwin Williams (Project Director: March 2014 to July 2018)
Jonathan Hope (Co Project Director: July 2014 to July 2018)

HT-50092-14
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$175,649 (approved)
$175,649 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 3/31/2017

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

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

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

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Sharon M. Leon (Project Director: March 2013 to June 2016)
Sheila A. Brennan (Co Project Director: July 2013 to June 2016)

HT-50077-13
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$215,718 (approved)
$175,746 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 5/31/2015

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

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

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

Trustees of Indiana University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN 46202-3288)
Jennifer E. Guiliano (Project Director: March 2013 to May 2017)
George H. Williams (Co Project Director: July 2013 to May 2017)

HT-50078-13
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

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

Totals:
$249,302 (approved)
$220,908 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2016

Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities

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

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

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Clifford Blake Anderson (Project Director: March 2013 to April 2015)

HT-50080-13
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$72,760 (approved)
$70,300 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014

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

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

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

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Tom Scheinfeldt (Project Director: March 2012 to August 2013)
Patrick Murray-John (Project Director: August 2013 to August 2015)

HT-50059-12
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$230,000 (approved)
$227,315 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2012 – 3/31/2015

Another Week | Another Tool - A Digital Humanities Barnraising

A one week institute for twelve participants on the principles of humanities-centered tool design, development, and implementation, followed by a year of development support and evaluation.

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University proposes a reprise of One Week | One Tool for summer 2013. Another Week | Another Tool: A Digital Humanities Barnraising will once again bring together a group of twelve digital scholars, students, librarians, and museum professionals of diverse disciplinary backgrounds and practical experience to CHNM to build something useful and useable in seven days. Not for the faint of heart, a one-day course of training in the principles of open source software development will be followed by an intense six days of doing and a year of continued community engagement, development, testing, dissemination, and evaluation. Comprised of designers and programmers as well as project managers and outreach specialists, the group will conceive a tool, outline a roadmap, develop and disseminate a modest prototype, lay the ground work for building an open source community, and make first steps toward securing the project's long-term sustainability.

Folger Shakespeare Library admin by Trustees of Amherst College (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Edwin Williams (Project Director: March 2012 to April 2015)

HT-50067-12
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$159,056 (approved)
$153,518 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 12/31/2014

Folger Shakespeare Library Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities: "Early Modern Digital Agendas"

A three-week institute, hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library, for twenty scholars of early modern English studies to gain both applied and theoretical familiarity with digital research resources and methods.

Early Modern Digital Agendas is an expansively defined training institute. Its exercises will instill a working knowledge of the methods and models that are currently broadening the interpretive horizons of early modern scholars. It will create a forum in which participants can historicize, theorize, and evaluate digital tools and approaches, with discussion growing out of, and feeding back into, their own projects. Each week builds on the previous one. During the first, participants will work with online catalogues and textual archives. In the second, they will investigate additions to the textual corpus through digital and interoperable editions. During the third, participants will explore corpus linguistics, the latest methods for visualizing that work, and the implications these advancements have for research in the humanities. With these tools, participants will create a digital footprint to disseminate their period-specific discoveries of the best DH approaches and sources.

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Tanya E. Clement (Project Director: March 2012 to June 2016)

HT-50069-12
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Media coverage]

Totals:
$235,000 (approved)
$234,952 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2012 – 9/30/2015

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

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

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

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Trevor Muñoz (Project Director: March 2012 to May 2017)

HT-50070-12
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$248,721 (approved)
$248,721 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2015

Digital Humanities Data Curation

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

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

Arkansas State University, Main Campus (Jonesboro, AR 72403-0600)
Alyson Ann Gill (Project Director: March 2012 to April 2014)

HT-50074-12
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$198,503 (approved)
$186,472 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

Humanities Heritage 3D Visualization: Theory and Practice

A training institute in practical and theoretical approaches to 3D real-time visualization of cultural heritage sites for twenty humanities scholars.

The past thirty years have seen a tremendous upsurge in the use of digital modeling in archaeology as well as in projects and applications based in the humanities. Digital representations can create new forms of visual knowledge, which in turn can lead to new research streams. As such, digital models have become increasingly important tools in a wide range of applications. Despite the power of these models as representational and visualization tools, the tools themselves are often difficult to use and not easily accessible by the novice. This proposal is for a 'digital toolbox' that bridges this gap. A unique feature of this institute is the incorporation of visits to Arkansas State University heritage sites modeled by the University's Center for Digital Initiatives. Beyond this, in bringing together an impressive group of lecturers working in the digital humanities, the institute itself would create an important resource in the form of a community of scholars, encouraging future collaborations between individuals and universities.

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
Julia Hammond Flanders (Project Director: February 2011 to October 2016)

HT-50043-11
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$249,974 (approved)
$249,973 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2012 – 2/28/2016

Taking TEI Further: Teaching and Publication

A series of workshops to be held at Brown University for humanities faculty, related staff, and graduate students to explore advanced uses of digital text encoding for use in humanities scholarship and teaching.

This three-year institute series will offer an opportunity for advanced exploration and training in three areas of critical importance to scholarly users of the TEI Guidelines. Building on two previous seminar series, we will offer advanced three-day institutes on TEI customization, XSLT for digital humanists, and bringing text encoding into the digital humanities classroom. These seminars will be aimed at an audience of faculty, archivists, librarians, and digital humanists who have had some experience with TEI and need grounding in more advanced tools, systems, and approaches. Each seminar will emphasize discussion, hands-on practice, and close attention to the specifics of participants' own projects. The seminars will be led by the WWP staff, who are internationally recognized as experts in TEI encoding, project design, and digital humanities, together with guest instructors with expertise in specific domains appropriate to each seminar.

Tufts University (Somerville, MA 02144-2401)
Gregory R. Crane (Project Director: February 2011 to June 2016)

HT-50044-11
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$249,727 (approved)
$249,542 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2011 – 6/30/2015

Working with Text in a Digital Age

A three-week institute with follow-up activities at Tufts University on the use of computational and corpus linguistics methodologies for scholarly research for humanities scholars, library professionals, and graduate students.

This Institute will provide 30 participants with three weeks in which (1) to develop hands on experience with TEI-XML, (2) to apply methods from information retrieval, text visualization, and corpus and computational linguistics to the analysis of textual and linguistic sources in the Humanities, and (3) to rethink not only their own research agendas but also new relationships between their work and non-specialists (e.g., an expansion in opportunities for tangible contributions and significant research by undergraduates, new collaborations that transcend boundaries of language and culture, and increased opportunities for the general public both to contribute to our understanding of the past). A two-day conference on the theme of the Institute will then follow in the summer of 2013 with an open call for contributions and will provide both a venue for and a challenge to the issues/ideas raised during the initial Institute and their importance for the digital humanities.

University of South Carolina Research Foundation (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Jennifer E. Guiliano (Project Director: February 2011 to August 2011)
Jijun Tang (Project Director: August 2011 to August 2013)

HT-50046-11
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$249,588 (approved)
$248,837 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

High Performance Computing Collaboratory

A series of workshops to be held at the University of South Carolina and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to consider uses of high-performance computing applications in humanities research and teaching.

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at the University of South Carolina will partner with the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to foster innovation in the research and development of computational resources for humanities research groups. Humanities High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HpC) will engage scholars in a year-long collaboration with computing specialists in order to: 1) receive a comprehensive education in four computational concentrations; 2) receive instruction in digital humanities project design and management; 3) obtain hands-on experience with a variety of technical platforms; 4) work with technical staff to outline pilot explorations in at least one area of computational concentration; and 5) join a year-long virtual community where scholars will support their peers in authoring digital humanities projects. Participants will come from a wide range of institutions, with a particular focus on recruiting students and faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges.

UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201)
Todd Presner (Project Director: February 2011 to May 2014)

HT-50047-11
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$248,184 (approved)
$248,177 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2011 – 12/31/2013

Digital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship and Teaching in the Geospatial Humanities

A three-week summer institute hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles to explore how geospatial technologies like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used for teaching, learning, and research in the humanities.

"Digital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship in the Geospatial Humanities" is a proposal for a three-week summer institute at UCLA for an interdisciplinary group of 12 humanities scholars and advanced graduate students to learn how to develop innovative publications and courses that harness the theoretical and practical approaches of the "geospatial humanities." Situated at the intersection of critical cartography and information visualization, the Institute will combine a survey of the state of the art in interoperable geospatial tools and publication models, with hands-on, studio-based training in how to integrate GIS data into humanities scholarship, develop robust spatial visualizations, and deploy a suite of mapping tools in the service of creating publication- ready research articles and short monographs. The Institute will culminate in an "impact and evaluation" seminar of these publications with representatives from major university presses and journals.

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Thomas R. Elliott (Project Director: February 2011 to March 2015)

HT-50048-11
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

Totals:
$217,081 (approved)
$184,013 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2011 – 9/30/2014

Linked Ancient World Data Institute

A two-year series of summer seminars, hosted by New York University and Drew University, for humanities scholars, library and museum professionals, and advanced graduate students on the possibilities of the Linked Open Data model for use in humanities scholarship with a particular focus on Ancient Mediterranean and Near East studies.

We propose two three-day sessions of an Institute designed to train scholars on the use of Linked Data in online publication for ancient studies. Participants will work with a cadre of experienced scholars and technologists who will guide them through a hands-on overview of current best practice, equipping them to make their own intellectual content discoverable and re-usable in a highly networked world.

Trustees of Indiana University, Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN 46202-3288)
David J. Bodenhamer (Project Director: February 2011 to April 2014)

HT-50049-11
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$241,513 (approved)
$241,513 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 12/31/2013

Spatial Narratives and Deep Maps: Explorations in Advanced Geo-spatial Technologies and the Spatial Humanities

A two-week institute and follow-up activities for humanities scholars to consider the potential for incorporating geospatial theories, methodologies and technologies into humanities research and teaching, with a particular focus on the history of religion in the United States.

The Institute proposes to link and deepen scholarly understanding of complex humanities data and geospatial technologies through a focus on two innovative forms-spatial narratives and deep maps-that bend spatial and other digital technologies to the intellectual traditions of humanists, thereby constituting a bridge between diverse avenues of investigation. In doing so, we address the first and fourth goals of the NEH call for proposals, namely, to bring together humanists and technologists to advance an innovative approach to the digital humanities and to assess the tools and methods available to support it.

University of North Carolina, Charlotte (Charlotte, NC 28223-0001)
Marvin J. Croy (Project Director: February 2010 to December 2012)
Anthony F. Beavers (Co Project Director: February 2010 to December 2012)

HT-50030-10
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities

[White paper][Grant products]

Totals:
$155,415 (approved)
$154,589 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 8/31/2012

Computer Simulations in the Humanities

A three-week institute and follow-up activities on the use of computer simulations and modeling techniques in the humanities for twenty-four humanities scholars.

This project will advance research in the humanities by adding a variety of simulation techniques to the standard repertoire of methods already employed by humanists. Interested humanists from a range of disciplines including philosophy, history, archeology, linguistics, anthropology and political science, among others, will work not only with technical experts but also with humanists already familiar with methods involving computer simulations and models. Our aim in bringing technologists and humanists together in precisely this way is to promote the dual notion of "the humanities shaping technology" as well as "technology shaping the humanities." Modeling experts will be pressed to not merely present existing techniques but to shape those techniques in ways that address questions and on-going inquiries pursued by humanists. Twenty-four humanists will spend 3 weeks in June 2011 and 3 days in 2012 interacting with modeling experts.