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HAA-277185-21

University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001)
Rebecca Salzer (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Gesel Mason (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Prototyping an Extensible Framework for Access to Dance Knowledge

The creation of an online resource to increase accessibility to recordings of works by Black choreographers along with tools to make it easier to study dance by providing the ability to search and create connections across collections.

In keeping with the values of “experimentation, reuse, and extensibility,” this Level II proposal, titled “Dancing Digital,” leverages artist/scholar Gesel Mason’s existing collection No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers and the open-source software CollectiveAccess to create a working prototype for an online resource that 1) provides online access to important full-length recordings of works by historically-underrepresented Black choreographers, 2) models how to imaginatively combine these full length recordings of dance with innovative features and supporting materials that enrich dance study across humanities disciplines, 3) creates a scalable, open-source, digital framework that broadens the focus from one choreographer’s work to the possibility of an interconnected field-wide archive, and 4) documents and shares the process, constructing a road map for other artists and organizations seeking to provide access to their collections.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other; Dance History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,996 (approved)
$99,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


HAA-277190-21

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201)
Marissa Katherine Lopez (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Kelley Arlene Kreitz (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Pursuing the Potential of Digital Mapping in Latinx Studies

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

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

Project fields:
American Literature; Latino History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021


HAA-277203-21

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Matthew Thomas Miller (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
David Smith (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Automatic Collation for Diversifying Corpora: Improving Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) for Arabic-script Manuscripts

Refinement of machine learning methods to improve automatic handwritten text recognition of Persian and Arabic manuscripts and make these sources more accessible for humanities research and teaching.

The Automatic Collation for Diversifying Corpora (ACDC) project will significantly improve the accuracy of handwritten text recognition (HTR) for Arabic-script manuscripts by developing a collation tool to automatically create large amounts of training data from existing digital texts and manuscript images without time-consuming human annotation of individual manuscripts. The ACDC project will accomplish this task by extending the capabilities of the text alignment tool passim and the HTR engine Kraken to align very poor initial HTR transcriptions of diverse manuscript exemplars with existing digital texts in order to automatically produce training data in a “distantly supervised” manner. The ACDC tool’s acceleration of the training data production process will enable, for the first time, the creation of generalizable Arabic and Persian HTR models required for the digital transcription of large-scale Persian and Arabic manuscript collections.

Project fields:
Arabic Language; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Languages, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,571 (approved)
$282,905 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022


HAA-277220-21

Klezmer Institute, Inc. (Yonkers, NY 10702-1175)
Christina Crowder (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
The Klezmer Archive

A series of planning meetings to consider how to approach the technical challenges of developing a digital resource on klezmer music that will incorporate multilingual oral histories of klezmer musicians along with written scores.

The Klezmer Archive project aims to create a universally accessible, useful resource for interaction, discovery, and research on all available information about klezmer music. The project will adapt and apply methodology from computational musicology and library sciences to create a tool to facilitate study of the klezmer corpus in a deeper, more systematic manner and on a more comprehensive scale than previously possible.

Project fields:
Ethnomusicology; Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


HAA-277233-21

Washington State University (Pullman, WA 99164-0001)
Kimberly A. Christen (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Mukurtu Hubs: Sustaining and Empowering Community Digital Stewardship with Native American and Native Alaskan Communities

Technical improvements to the Mukurtu Content Management System and the addition of two additional community hubs for Native American and Native Alaskan communities located in southern California and Alaska.

This project seeks to expand the digital and human infrastructure necessary for the ongoing development, deployment, support, and training related to Mukurtu CMS—a free and open source content management system and community digital access platform built with and for Indigenous communities globally. Now in its second decade of development, Mukurtu CMS is an established digital platform used to empower and sustain the ethical circulation, curation, management and preservation of cultural heritage materials and traditional knowledge, including endangered languages and digitally repatriated cultural materials. The proposed project will expand the current Mukurtu Hubs program from four to six regional hubs, and extend the Mukurtu CMS software to provide increased capacity, infrastructure and support to Native American and Native Alaskan communities as they seek to manage, share, and provide access to their valuable cultural, linguistic and historic materials.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,996 (approved)
$324,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2023


HAA-277236-21

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Lisa Pon (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Curtis Fletcher (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Tracy Cosgriff (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Andreas Kratky (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Erik Loyer (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Remastering the Renaissance: A Virtual Experience of Pope Julius II's Library in Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura

Development of a software connector between Unity and Scalar and the publication of a virtual reality experience of Pope Julius’s Stanza della Segnatura.

To develop deliberate-play experiences broadly available beyond museum walls, we need to build, test and implement a bridge that allows Scalar annotations to migrate to and from 3D environments built in Unity, and to port Scalar coordinates in order to allow easeful mapping of images in Scalar onto virtual environments. This new Scalar-Unity bridge will make possible many discursive platforms for virtual visitors. Our proof of concept: the Vatican's Stanza della Segnatura, painted by Raphael as the setting for Pope Julius II's library. We seek to construct an immersive digital environment of that room and its original contents, using Scalar as a back-end authoring platform to annotate and tag connections between the library’s books, images, and themes, and using Unity 3D to visualize them. This virtual reality environment will enable contemporary audiences everywhere to "visit" this canonical space, open window shutters, move furnishings, and select books from recreated shelves.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


HAA-277246-21

Mangalam Centers (Berkeley, CA 94704-1418)
Ligeia Lugli (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Senja Pollack (Co Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Computing the Dharma: a natural language processing infrastructure to explore word meanings in Buddhist Sanskrit literature

Research into the application of natural language processing techniques to study the evolution of language in Buddhist Sanskrit texts.

This application is for a Level II DHAG. The project has two objectives: 1) to advance research in Indian Buddhism by developing semi-automated methods to study the vocabulary of Buddhist Sanskrit texts; and 2) to contribute to the Digital Humanities by refining computational methods that leverage representations of words as numerical vectors. These vector representations of language, called "word embedding models," have found wide application in industry and are gaining traction in Humanities research. Due to their technical complexity, however, the full potential of cutting-edge word embedding techniques is rarely deployed in the Humanities, and best practices for reliably applying them to the study of historical texts are yet to be drafted. This project brings together Natural Language Processing experts and Buddhist Sanskrit scholars to devise and test new methods for harnessing the power of latest-generation word embedding techniques for historical textual scholarship.

Project fields:
Ancient Languages; Linguistics; Nonwestern Religion

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$97,384 (approved)
$97,384 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


HAA-277247-21

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Stephanie Sapienza (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Eric Hoyt (Co Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Broadcasting Audiovisual Data: Using linked data and local authority aggregators to enhance discoverability for broadcasting collections

The federation of three archival radio collections held by the University of Maryland, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Minnesota using a linked open data framework for use by scholars, students, and the general public. Several case studies using the collections will be developed to demonstrate the project’s potential use by different audiences.

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks Level III funding for a project entitled 'Broadcasting Audiovisual Data: Using linked data and local authority aggregators.' The project will expand the capabilities developed during the creation of the NEH-funded 'Unlocking the Airwaves' project (PW-259067-18) to virtually connect four historic collections across three institutions: University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Minnesota which contain overlapping and complementary archival radio broadcasts. By linking these collections, we will deliver an innovative linked data framework that enables robust research across a number of fields, including media studies, cultural history, and sociology. The project will be a model for future initiatives that seek to connect and contextualize disbursed a/v collections.

Project fields:
American Studies; Media Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$294,265 (approved)
$270,311 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


HAA-277270-21

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

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

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

Project fields:
Philosophy, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021


HAA-277275-21

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
David Mimno (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Melanie Walsh (Co Project Director: December 2020 to present)
BERT for Humanists: Anticipating the Reception of Contemporary NLP in Digital Humanities

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

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

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021


HAA-277278-21

University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL 32816-8005)
Scott Branting (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Joseph Kider (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Lori C. Walters (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Documenting and Triaging Cultural Heritage (DATCH): Damage Assessment and Digital Preservation

Development of augmented reality software for rapidly documenting cultural heritage artifacts from archaeology and related disciplines while doing fieldwork.

The Documenting and Triaging Cultural Heritage (DATCH) project will, building on the successful prototype created using funding provided by an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Level II grant, further develop DATCH open-source software for field assessment and documentation of built and movable cultural heritage using augmented reality hardware. It will permit real-time overlay comparisons of cultural heritage against earlier documentation and enable creation of to scale drawings, even in the field without a network connection. An internet connection will allow additional features, such as video calls with subject experts, to facilitate rapid needs assessments of heritage sites and enable on-site multi-disciplinary collaborations. With our goal of creating a cross platform system for head-mounted augmented reality devices, DATCH will continue to be developed in Unity and field-tested with different versions of Microsoft’s HoloLens and Magic Leap One.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$375,000 (approved)
$279,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2023


HAA-277284-21

Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA 19081-1390)
Brian Goldstein (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Francesca Russello Ammon (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Garrett Dash Nelson (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Sunset Over Sunset: Exploring the Street-Level View of Postwar Urban Redevelopment Using Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles Photography

The creation of computational methods to stitch together large collections of photographs and to then layer in historical data to allow for new insights about rapid postwar urban change and development.

Sunset over Sunset proposes an interactive website that maps Ed Ruscha’s newly-digitized Los Angeles photographic archive to visualize everyday patterns of urban redevelopment. By bringing together five years of street-view photography--covering 1966-2007--along six miles of Sunset Boulevard, and sources including the US Census, occupancy records, and newspapers, the project will explore small-scale urban change in a manner never before possible. Sunset over Sunset illuminates vernacular forms of redevelopment that have been overshadowed by large-scale projects and shifts the locus of historical agency from top-down planners to tenants and others whose modest gestures substantively shaped the postwar city. The project advances the digital humanities by building replicable toolkits for making street-level photographs broadly accessible as primary sources and by joining visual and non-visual evidence to create a novel resource for place-based research by scholars and the general public.

Project fields:
Architecture; Urban History; Urban Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$85,939 (approved)
$85,392 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


HAA-277313-21

Shift Design, Inc. (New Orleans, LA 70117-6726)
Jon Voss (Project Director: July 2020 to January 2021)
Lynette Johnson (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Historypin for Collaborative Public Humanities Programs

Redesign and redevelopment of the collaborative public digital humanities platform, Historypin.

This project will improve three key elements of the Historypin platform to provide further support for historical geospatial exploration and analysis for scholarly research and public programming in the humanities. The 2-year project will implement new site designs that enable easier use for digital humanities scholars and small cultural heritage organizations that were developed in user studies during a recent Phase I award. We’ll focus on three humanities project areas, including: Preservation, Place and Narrative; Collaboration in University Digital Humanities; and Collaborative Public History Programs. Each project area will be showcased by programs run by members of our Digital Humanities Advisory Panel and explore particular humanities questions.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, General; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$374,903 (approved)
$324,903 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


HAA-280669-21

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Austin Chad Hill (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Jesse J. Casana (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Kathleen D. Morrison (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Archaeorover - Harnessing autonomous robot technology to reveal buried archaeology

Prototyping of an autonomous robot that will utilize Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to search for historically and archaeologically significant artifacts and sites.

Finding, identifying, and mapping buried archaeological sites and features is a critical component of archaeological research. The most powerful tools to do this are non-destructive geophysical prospection technologies such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). These tools have been used to identify buried architecture, artifacts, fields, roads, ditches, and stratigraphic sequences. However, the established field techniques for collecting this data are slow and limiting, requiring initial surveys and the manual recording of small individual grids. This proposal seeks a level-II grant to support continued development and deployment of a novel autonomous robot, the Archaeorover, that dramatically increases the efficiency and scale of geophysical survey by combining recent advances in robotics, autonomous navigation technology, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) with geophysical instruments

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,962 (approved)
$99,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


HAA-280677-21

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201)
Virginia Steel (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Dawn Childress (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Sinai Manuscripts Data Portal Project

The development of a Linked Open Data (LOD) web application to provide access to the data for contextualizing the digitized manuscripts of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula that are hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles.

This proposal seeks Level III funding for the Sinai Manuscripts Data Portal, a web-based Linked Open Data application in support of a comprehensive data program that will both define and provide access to the rich data that describe and contextualize the manuscripts of St. Catherine’s Monastery.

Project fields:
Ancient History; Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


HAA-280680-21

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (Santa Fe, NM 87501-1826)
Liz Neely (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Reimagining the Georgia O'Keeffe Catalogue Raisonné Digitally

The planning stages to develop a digital catalogue raisonné for Georgia O'Keeffe, which will allow scholars and the public to engage with O'Keeffe's works.  

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum seeks a Level I Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to envision a new type of digital publication to enhance scholarly discourse around the life, art and contexts of Georgia O’Keeffe. In the field of art history, catalogues raisonnés are critical in researching and understanding the full arc of an artist’s output, exhibitions, provenance, and publication histories. A 1999 print edition of the "Georgia O’Keeffe Catalogue Raisonné" is out of date and has limited access. Working with a cross-disciplinary group of scholars, this project proposes research and processes investigating the possibilities for updating the Georgia O’Keeffe Catalogue Raisonné in a digital format as a generative and collaborative form of humanities-based scholarship. The Museum will publish its findings in a white paper as well as develop a project plan for implementing this new digital research tool.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


HAA-280706-21

Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA 30332-0415)
Nathaniel Condit-Schultz (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Claire Arthur (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
humdrumR: A user-friendly software package for computational music analysis

A set of software tools and instructional materials that will facilitate the computational analysis of musical scores. 

Musicology research is a humanistic endeavor well suited to computational methods. Yet, despite the work of a small niche of scholars, most humanistic music scholarship is conducted via traditional, non-digital techniques. This research vacuum has been largely filled by those pursuing digital music research from a largely engineering perspective - the field of Music Information Retrieval. Unfortunately, this research often lacks crucial humanistic knowledge and perspective. We seek NEH funding to produce a set of software tools and pedagogical materials for computational musicology analysis which are appealing and accessible to musicologists and music theorists. Our project is based off a well-established computational musicology framework, humdrum. Our project modernizes and expands the humdrum ecosystem (consisting of a toolkit and unique data format), introducing a new software package called humdrumR (hum-drummer), and will include online computational musicology tutorials.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,983 (approved)
$99,893 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


HAA-280770-21

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Elisa Gironzetti (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Multimodal Corpus of Heritage Spanish

Protocol development, data collection, and preliminary analysis of a multimodal corpus representing the written and oral discourse of regional Spanish heritage speakers in the United States. 

We are applying to the Level I DHAG in order to support the initial stages of a large innovative project with the end goal of creating the first annotated, bilingual, multimodal corpus of written and oral discourse produced by heritage speakers of Spanish in the U. S. in English and Spanish. The corpus will include speakers from different sociolinguistic generations of the understudied and underrepresented varieties spoken in the DMV (the DC-Maryland-Virginia area). The project will engage scholars, educators, and students in the field of Spanish as a heritage language (SHL) as well as members of the Latinx community to create an open-access online resource that will facilitate the study of SHL discourse and support research in languages in contact, bilingualism, and heritage language discourse, and serve as a digital repository representing the voices and experiences of the diverse population of Latinx Spanish heritage speakers from the DMV area.

Project fields:
Linguistics; Spanish Language

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,987 (approved)
$49,987 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


HAA-280775-21

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Angela Sutton (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Building a Searchable Database for Collections of the Enslaved & Free Builders and Defenders of Nashville's Civil War Fortifications: A Community-Driven Linked Data Approach

The development of a database of the enslaved and free Black builders and defenders of Nashville's Civil War Fortification through the use of community-driven linked data using the Spatial Historian platform.

This proposal requests funds to build a searchable database of aggregate data and transcribed microfilm collections of the enslaved and free Black builders and defenders of Nashville's Civil War Fortifications. The project proposes to take a linked data approach to upload community-sourced material about the Civil War in Nashville and make them available under a Creative Commons license using the Spatial Historian, a customizable historical and geospatial information system. The system allows for the extraction and analysis of the documents to integrate simultaneously the collection of data, extraction of content, and analysis and visualizations of the information according to customizations which are dictated by the public history and heritage community’s needs. The resulting product will be a website by and for public historians that allows for dynamic querying of the data, network and map visualizations, and the linking of data to other repositories of slavery and the US military.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,442 (approved)
$99,442 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


HAA-280830-21

University of Rochester (Rochester, NY 14627-0001)
Michael J. Jarvis (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Black Past Lives Matter: Digital Kormantin

Development, prototyping, and testing of a virtual heritage tour of Kormantin (Abandze), Ghana, an early Atlantic Slave Trade port.

Black Past Lives Matter:Digital Kormantin uses 3 intertwined interactive virtual heritage tours of a Ghanaian slave trade fort to educate a global public about the Atlantic slave trade and its continuing legacy. Kormantin was England’s first permanent African slave trade base and an important but poorly known site in African American history. Our team of archaeologists, historians, computer scientists, digital media and videogame designers, and Ghanaian heritage scholars will use reconstructed and reality-captured 3D models to let users visit the site as it is today, midway through archaeological excavations in 2019, and as it was in 1790. In making free self-guided photorealistic explorations of a key World Heritage Site, our digital portal offers an example of how to expand accessibility to historic sites while showing how scholars use documents, archaeological evidence, and oral history to interpret a complex, painful past at a slave trade site that operated for more than 250 years.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,874 (approved)
$99,874 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


HAA-280975-21

University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)
Andrew McGraw (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Joanna Katherine Love (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
America’s Music Scenes in the Age of Social Media

A series of workshops to identify best practices for automatically collecting and archiving online data about musical events.

Our project responds to a new crisis in American music scholarship: the digital revolution has led to the digitization or dissolution of traditional archival sources (like newspapers and magazines) crucial to studying local music scenes. And while existing web archiving projects capture some relevant content, they are biased towards established genres and artists and miss most events advertised solely through social media—a difficult dataset to capture, yet essential to understanding 21st-century music-making. This project thus convenes fourteen interdisciplinary humanities scholars and technologists to: 1) explore and propose best practices for automatically collecting and archiving digital music event data by geographic location; 2) develop a pilot sample of music-related social media data and; 3) build upon previous Digital Humanities work to analyze the datasets and reveal their humanistic potential for future scholarship.

Project fields:
Ethnomusicology; Music History and Criticism; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$47,357 (approved)
$47,357 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 2/28/2023


HAA-280976-21

Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO 81301-3999)
Janine Marie Fitzgerald (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Carolina Alonso (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Yo Soy Porque Tú Eres: recursos para el aprendizaje de Español en contexto (resources for teaching Spanish in context)

Development of a free online OER (open educational resource) for teaching Spanish language using humanities collections and cultural experiences of Latinx in the US for all learners. 

Yo Soy Porque Tú Eres: recursos para el aprendizaje de Español en contexto (I Am Because You Are: resources for teaching Spanish in context) project will be a free digital platform that promotes U.S. Hispano/Latinx texts as resources to learn Spanish in the undergraduate classroom. The platform is organized around both themes of identity, trauma and resistance, and traditional knowledge and around skill levels. The platform provides digital pedagogical tools to allow students to not only analyze the texts, but to also tell their own stories in Spanish. We also encourage users to submit content and ideas to increase performance and robustness.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Spanish Language

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,981 (approved)
$99,981 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


HAA-280982-21

Allegheny College (Meadville, PA 16335-3902)
Xiaoling Shi (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
An Engaging Digital Curriculum for Intermediate Chinese Language and Culture

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

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

Project fields:
Asian Languages

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


HAA-280988-21

Trustees of Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
Wendy Belcher (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Increasing Access to and Developing Digital Tools for Early African Literature: The Princeton Ethiopian, Egyptian, and Eritrean Miracles of Mary Project

The creation of a web-based platform and tools to enable scholars to search and engage with a unique online collection of African literature.

The Princeton Ethiopian, Egyptian, and Eritrean Miracles of Mary project (PEMM) is working to provide scholars and students with access to data about the hundreds of vivid stories written for centuries in Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia about the miracles that the Virgin Mary performed for the faithful, whether sinners or saints. Emerging out of the ancient African Christian tradition and in dialogue with the Islamic and Western Christian traditions, these Marian folk stories preserved in the ancient African language of G???z (classical Ethiopic) are rich repositories of intellectual history and cultural knowledge, illuminating how Africans make sense of the human in the context of precarity. PEMM is seeking funding to build a public-facing open-access web application and data portal to share the stories in, images about, translations of, and scholarship on this crucial body of medieval African literature and to build upon our innovative prototype tool for searching in G???z.

Project fields:
African History; African Literature; Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2024


HAA-280992-21

Trustees of Boston University (Boston, MA 02215-1300)
Daryl Ray Ireland (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Eugenio Menegon (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
China Historical Christian Database: Mapping the Spatial and Social Networks of Christianity in China, 1550-1950

The development of the China Historical Christian Database that seeks to map and visualize the relationships among Chinese Christians, missionaries, and the people with whom they interacted from 1550-1950.

The China Historical Christian Database quantifies and visualizes the place of Christianity in modern China (1550-1950). It provides users the tools to discover where every Christian church, school, hospital, orphanage, publishing house, and the like were located in China, and it documents who worked inside those buildings, both foreign and Chinese. Collectively, this information creates spatial maps and generates relational networks that reveal where, when, and how Western ideas, technologies, and practices entered China. Simultaneously, it uncovers how and through whom Chinese ideas, technologies, and practices were conveyed to the West. This project breaks new ground in providing quantifiable data about modern Sino-Western relations. Scholars can interact with the data through an intuitive website, while advanced users have open access to the CHCD’s data for elaboration. Boston University’s digital infrastructure guarantees the project’s long-term sustainability.

Project fields:
Comparative Religion; East Asian History; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


HAA-280996-21

Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1698)
Heather Hurst (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Franco Rossi (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Architectural walking tour of ancient Maya masterpieces: Visualizations of San Bartolo and Xultun, Guatemala

The creation of an interactive online platform to present 3D models of Maya artworks that document the spread of cultural and scholarly knowledge across the region.

This project will develop a web-based platform that will interactively present and publicly curate two in situ artworks of global significance from Maya archaeological sites. The two significant finds are the San Bartolo murals and the Los Árboles temple friezes at Xultun, Guatemala. These artworks are tangible evidence of the hallmarks of Maya civilization that include the invention of writing, complex calendrical knowledge, and governance by divine kingship. However, located in extremely remote jungles and buried by the ancient Maya, these important artifacts of Indigenous Maya cultural heritage are nearly impossible to access and visitors to the sealed tunnels threaten their very preservation. Our innovative digital models will expand virtual tours beyond well-known, highly-traveled sites and bring spectacular buried Maya architectural masterpieces to scholars, students, and the public through an open access, bilingual 3D interface—usable in digital research, teaching, and learning.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,990 (approved)
$49,990 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


HAA-280997-21

CyArk (Oakland, CA 94612-3017)
John Ristevski (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Expanding and Redesigning Open Heritage 3D

Two field surveys and a virtual convening that will assess the use of the Open Heritage 3D platform, a repository for 3D cultural heritage data.  

The goal of this project is to enhance the Open Heritage 3D (OH3D) platform – an open access repository of 3D cultural heritage data. Through two surveys targeting 3D content creators and OH3D end users we aim to better understand the open access and data preservation requirements for publishers of data as well as identify technical barriers, IP limitations and re-use scenarios for end users and ultimately develop a plan of action to enhance the platform for both constituencies.

Project fields:
Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; History, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$41,042 (approved)
$41,042 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 6/30/2022


HAA-281007-21

CUNY Research Foundation, Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY 11210-2850)
Johanna Catriona Devaney (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
AMPACT: Automatic Music Performance Analysis and Comparison Toolkit

A suite of tools to enable the computational analysis of musical performances. 

This project proposes to further develop a suite of automatic software tools for quantitatively analyzing musical performances for which a corresponding musical score is available, entitled the Automatic Music Performance Analysis and Comparison Toolkit (AMPACT). Musical performance is an interesting focus of study because, unlike musical scores, a traditional object of study, the performance is what listeners actually hear. A musical performance can convey both the musicians’ interpretation of the written score as well as emphasize, or even manipulate, the emotional content of the music through small variations in timing, dynamics, and tuning. Historically, studies of recorded musical performance have made use of manual techniques, but their laboriousness limited the number of performances that could be studied and the observations that could be made. The automatic tools provided by AMPACT facilitate much larger-scale investigations than are possible with manual annotation methods.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


HAA-281011-21

Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Lauren Frederica Klein (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization

The creation of a born-digital publication documenting and analyzing the history of data visualization from the 18th century to the present.

Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization is a born-digital, open-access, book-length publication that offers a new history of data visualization from the eighteenth century to the present. Through a set of five interactive narratives, Data by Design challenges the common belief that visualizations of data simply "reveal" the significance of the data underneath. This project shows, instead, how visualizations always carry a set of implicit assumptions-and, at times, explicit arguments-about how knowledge is produced, and who is authorized to produce it. The project moves chronologically, blending humanistic analyses of historical visualization examples, culled from archival research, with interactive digital recreations of those same designs. The project's custom web platform, collaboratively built with a student development team, taken with its technical features and scholarly content, model a new form of digital humanities scholarship to the academy and beyond.

Project fields:
American Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,900 (approved)
$88,729 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


HAA-281018-21

Regents of the University of Idaho (Moscow, ID 83844-9803)
Olivia Wikle (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Kate Thornhill (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Gabriele Hayden (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Powering Digital Humanities Teaching and Learning with Static Web Approaches

The development and testing of curricular modules for teaching the CollectionsBuilder static web tool in humanities classes.

The University of Idaho (UI) Library and University of Oregon (UO) Libraries seek support of a Level I Digital Humanities Advancement Grant in the amount of $49,919 to create, test, evaluate, and release curricular project templates for humanities courses that use minimal computing concepts and static web technologies to enhance student experience with humanities data, web technologies, and collaborative development.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,919 (approved)
$49,919 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


HAA-281022-21

Wichita State University (Wichita, KS 67260-9700)
Darren DeFrain (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Graphic Narrative Accessibility: Encoding Images for Blind and Visually Impaired (and Sighted) Readers and Researchers

The development and release of a beta-level app to improve accessibility of graphic and visual narratives for blind and low-visioned readers, together with a searchable database of encoded visual narratives that will enable analysis by humanities scholars and students.

The Graphic Narrative Accessibility App (GNAA) project will provide an equitable, robust reading experience to help all readers hear, interact and experience comics and graphic novels in a number of fully accessible ways. Drawing on psycholinguistic theory and utilizing haptic (vibratory) computer responses, the app will help blind and visually impaired readers understand page layout and other artistic and spatial design elements previously unavailable. As comics and graphic novels continue to gain in popularity in K-12 and college classrooms, schools must comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 by having an equitable, accessible version of each work taught. All users will enjoy the ability to have parts or whole sections read aloud at one touch, plus each work will come fully translated into several languages. Finally, this novel approach will also use TEI coding to help make comics and graphic novels searchable for research and archival purposes.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,915 (approved)
$99,915 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


HAA-281028-21

City of Austin (Austin, TX 78768-2287)
Jennifer Elizabeth Chenoweth (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Creating Community: A Geographical Approach to Inclusive History at Oakwood Cemetery

The creation of an innovative digital model to help determine the location of and provide historical context for marginalized individuals in unmarked graves in an Austin, Texas cemetery.

To construct a digital model of a three-acre segregated section of a historic cemetery. Men, women and children buried in the 1800s were of African American, Mexican American, and European American heritage; segregated due to race and class. This Level I grant project completes a 3D spatial analysis of monuments and adds the potential burial locations of approximately 88% of burials that people cannot “see.” Less than 300 monuments exist in this three-acre area that holds 2,731 burials. Therefore, it is difficult for the public to imagine that this grassy area is full of the unmarked graves of people who were marginalized in both life and in death. Poorly kept and incomplete records add to the frustrations of people researching their ancestors or cultural history. Our model of this area combines photography and lidar, adding historic data including photo, video, exhibits and legacy maps. The project culminates in community outreach call for additional historical information.

Project fields:
African American History; Archaeology; Geography

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


HAA-281030-21

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Maryemma Graham (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Marilyn Thomas-Houston (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Building Literacy and Curating (Critical Cultural) Knowledge in Black Humanities: BLACK DH

Building of a digital hub and virtual community to support humanities research, teaching, and public engagement using digitized collections of African American literature available in the History of Black Writing project.

At a time when DH extends its reach into all areas of scholarly research and production, and with discussions of race more central than ever to academic and public discourse, the DH community must account for the ways in which it provides access to experiences and materials that have been marginalized. In response to this need, the Project on the History of Black Writing seeks funding for Building Literacy and Curating [Critical Cultural] Knowledge in Digital Humanities (BLACK DH), a 3-year project in community building that removes economic, social and technological barriers to DH learning and provides space for dialogue, debate, advancing knowledge and generating public-facing scholarship. Driven by 3 goals: building knowledge networks, content creation and pipeline development, BLACK DH will focus on the use of black materials to explore questions of humanity and diversity in American society through the increased involvement of those who remain outside the current DH network.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$375,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2024


HAA-268887-20

Unicode Inc. (Mountain View, CA 94043-3941)
Gabrielle Vail (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Classic Maya Text Repository: An open-access collaborative platform for research and annotation of encoded hieroglyphic texts

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

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

Project fields:
Ancient Languages; Anthropology

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 7/31/2021


HAA-268984-20

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL 62026-0001)
Jessica DeSpain (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Emily J. Rau (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Melissa J. Homestead (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Society for the Study of American Women Writers Recovery Hub

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

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

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

Project fields:
American Literature; Literary Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2022


HAA-269004-20

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Alexander Raymond Jones (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Shanati: Reconstructing the Daily Ancient Babylonian Chronology in Synchronization with the Proleptic Julian Calendar

A reconstruction of ancient chronology combining textual and astronomical data that will allow scholars to identify when past events took place with greater precision.

The goal of this project is to reconstruct the Babylonian Chronology of the 1st millennium BCE, the ancient old world's foremost calendar, with daily granularity on the basis of cuneiform economic and scholarly textual evidence, in consonance with a retrojective astronomical model of first moon visibility. The basic results will be presented in terms of the proleptic Julian Calendar. The project will gather the textual data from scholarly databases and publications, integrate them in a custom database and present its results through a high-end website, with embeddable widget and API access, as well as via print publication. The project targets the scholarly, lay, and undergraduate and high school educational audiences.

Project fields:
Ancient History; Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,761 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2022


HAA-269007-20

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Jinah Kim (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Mapping Color in History

The development of a pilot database and visualization tools that will allow users to search a large collection of paintings by pigment and to determine the time and location where particular works of art were painted based on the availability of pigments.

Mapping Color in History [MCH] brings together the scientific data drawn from existing and on-going material analyses of pigments in Asian painting in a historical perspective. As a digital portal with a searchable online database, MCH will not only document pigments and their material properties, but also enable an in-depth historical analysis of pigment data through a search tool that will identify specific examples and their locations in both time and space. It takes an object-based method for data collection instead of a pigment-based organization scheme. By developing a database model that can normalize fragmentary and uneven data, MCH will help scholars to bring together disparate data that is difficult to find or compare. A Level II NEH grant will support the completion of a pilot database of historical pigments linked to paintings, locations, times and a visualization tool that will allow users to search the database for entries that match a particular pigment.

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Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; South Asian History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,017 (approved)
$94,245 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 11/30/2021


HAA-269013-20

Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Edward Triplett (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Philip J. Stern (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
The Sandcastle Workflow: A Malleable System for Visualizing Pre-modern Maps and Views

Designing and implementing new spatial humanities practices to visualize and interpret pre-modern spaces, using the Portuguese text, Livro das Fortalezas, or Book of Fortresses, as a case study.

Spatial humanities projects have long struggled to find a suitable platform for representing pre-modern concepts of space and place. GIS has served as the dominant platform, but its core paradigm – that historical data should be layered and often stretched (georectified) to fit modern Cartesian cartography – is particularly problematic for scholars who study medieval and early modern maps and views. Our solution proposes a workflow that integrates GIS, CAD, and the Unity game engine to build a malleable mapping environment that forgoes the concept of historical layers in favor of linked views that allow simultaneous navigation among original sources, modern cartography, and virtual landscapes. Using work already begun on a 16th-century Portuguese chorography known as the Book of Fortresses as our primary and initial case study, this ”Sandcastle Workflow” proposes a method for confronting a range of pre-modern spatial idiosyncrasies that GIS alone has proven incapable of visualizing.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,339 (approved)
$99,339 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 6/30/2022


HAA-269019-20

Marshall University Research Corporation (Huntington, WV 25701-2218)
David Trowbridge (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Accessibility in Digital Humanities: Making Clio Available to All

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

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

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 7/31/2021


HAA-269020-20

Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA 30332-0415)
Todd Michney (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Brad Rittenhouse (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Hidden Histories: Digitally Processing, Analyzing, and Visualizing Large Archives in Omeka

Development of plugins for the Omeka platform to enable large-scale text processing and data visualizations for digitized collections, using the Mayor Ivan Allen Digital Archive as one test case.

We are applying for an NEH grant to produce an Omeka plugin suite that leverages new visual and digital methodologies, enabling researchers and archivists to explore sizeable digital archives with minimal technical barriers. The resulting tool will allow users to produce key metadata and explore these archives by connecting the important entities they contain semantically and visually. It processes the entirety of a collection, so that queries return a more intuitive collection of significant entities within the collection, allowing users to navigate visually and semantically from an initial point of interest to all connected points in the archive. We have already produced a working prototype of the system, which Georgia Tech scholars are currently using for research. Primarily, the grant will provide us with time and resources to lead a team of Georgia Tech student researchers in the development of the platform.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,991 (approved)
$99,991 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2023


HAA-269032-20

Ball State University (Muncie, IN 47306-1022)
Kevin C. Nolan (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
John Fillwalk (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Virtual World Heritage Ohio

The development and testing of a prototype of an interactive three-dimensional simulation of the Newark Earthworks, one of Ohio’s Hopewell ceremonial centers.

People the world over build monuments to connect land and sky, structuring human experience of the cosmic through their creations. When built of earth, these monuments degrade in ways that obscure the intended earth-sky connection and meaning ascribed to it. We overcome some of these challenges by employing recent digital technologies to virtually reconstruct one of the most significant earthworks built by the American Indian people of the Hopewell Culture. With a Level II grant, Virtual World Heritage Ohio develops a full digital model and virtual exploration prototype of the Octagon Earthworks--a Hopewell culture site on the U.S. Tentative List for World Heritage. The publicly accessible prototype builds upon the existing CERHAS reconstructions, expanding avenues for humanities scholarship while broadening public understanding of and appreciation for these significant American Indian monuments.

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Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,996 (approved)
$99,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2022


HAA-269051-20

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Allyssa Anne Guzman (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Enabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record

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

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

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Languages, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


HAA-269061-20

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Heather Marie Richards-Rissetto (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Karin Michelle Dalziel (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Revitalizing and Enhancing the Open Source 3D WebGIS of the MayaArch3D Project

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

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

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Geography

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2021


HAA-269062-20

Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001)
Sarah Catherine Stanley (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Data Repository Infrastructure for Prosopographic Data

A workshop for humanities scholars and librarians on the long-term storage and maintenance requirements for prosopographic data.

This Level I project will convene a 3-day meeting of experts in prosopographic data, repository infrastructure, and humanities data to determine the requirements for a prosopographies-specific data repository. This project will seek to answer questions about the metadata required, the techinical requirements, and potential user base for such a repository.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$30,117 (approved)
$30,117 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


HAA-269065-20

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Stephen Ramsay (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Susan L. Wiesner (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Brian L. Pytlik Zillig (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Digital Notation Across the Movement-Based Arts

A workshop for scholars and practitioners to develop standard methods for digitally notating dance and other movement-based arts to enable easier preservation and analysis.

A Level I proposal for a three-day workshop that draws together a small group of experts in the areas of (traditional) dance notation and digital data modeling. This working group aims to lay the groundwork for the creation of a digital notation format for the movement-based arts that can interoperate with other media-based tools.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$21,744 (approved)
$15,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2022


HAA-269067-20

Utah Valley University (Orem, UT 84058-0001)
Rodney Smith (Project Director: June 2019 to August 2020)
Scott Paul (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Scott Paul (Co Project Director: October 2019 to August 2020)
"Digital Modeling of Western State Constitutional Conventions by Undergraduates: Extending the Quill Project"

Extending the Quill Project to include additional research by undergraduate history students to help create a digital model of archival materials that document US state constitutional conventions.

The Center for Constitutional Studies (CCS) at Utah Valley University requests NEH level-III support of $324,791, with an added match of $50,000, for a major expansion of its undergraduate-led digital modeling of state constitutional conventions. Building upon our completion of an interactive edition of the Utah convention records, an accomplishment enabled by a partnership with Oxford University’s Quill Project, we propose to model three more state conventions from the American west. State constitutionalism is a neglected field, especially with the western states; moreover, Quill’s software cannot be enhanced without more attempts to apply it. CCS would hire five student employees to do the modeling, purchase an additional server for the sake of upgrading Quill’s user-friendliness, and hold a conference where we share our findings and encourage other universities to model a convention. Overall, our project would spur academic research and digital advancement in tandem.

Project fields:
American Government; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$374,791 (approved)
$374,791 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 10/31/2022


HAA-269068-20

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Trevor Muñoz (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Advancing Community Digital Collections through Minimal Computing: The Lakeland Digital Archive

The redesign of the Lakeland Digital Archive using minimal computing approaches and the creation of tutorials to teach other community organizations how to build and maintain digital public humanities projects.

Residents of Lakeland, a 130-year-old African American community adjacent to the University of Maryland (UMD) have worked for more than 10 years to document, preserve, and share their cultural heritage. Their ambition has been to capture a history that covers African American life in the long 20th century in their own voices as community members. This project will develop a working prototype of the Lakeland Digital Archive to demonstrate how digital humanities methods such as minimal computing can enhance community-led projects by empowering them to build digital publications that are resilient, shareable online and off, and amenable to models of shared governance. Continuing an existing community-university partnership, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will collaborate on this Level II grant with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project (LCHP) and other local partners.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,993 (approved)
$98,906 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 6/30/2022


HAA-271574-20

Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115-2214)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: January 2020 to September 2020)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Erin Bell (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
PlacePress: A WordPress Plugin for Publishing Location-based Tours and Stories

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

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

Project fields:
Public History; Urban History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 6/30/2022


HAA-271653-20

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2070)
Kirsten Delegard (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Mapping Racial Covenants in the United States: A Technical Toolkit

To expand and refine a set of digital tools and workflows to generate and map datasets of racial covenants from communities across the United States within one web platform.

Through a process of experimentation over the last four years, Mapping Prejudice has developed a powerful, new methodology that combines optical character recognition (OCR), crowd-sourcing and geographic information science (GIS), to map racial covenants found in property deeds at an unprecedented level of granularity. This has allowed the project to create a comprehensive spatial dataset of racial covenants for Hennepin County, Minnesota (Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs)—the first such dataset in the country. The Mapping Prejudice team will leverage what it has learned from mapping racial covenants in Hennepin County to open up new opportunities for public engagement and research on the history of segregation and the urban environment in the United States.

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Project fields:
Geography; Public History; Urban Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$374,460 (approved)
$374,460 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023


HAA-271654-20

Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
David Bamman (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Multilingual BookNLP: Building a Literary NLP Pipeline Across Languages

The expansion of the BookNLP platform for studying the linguistic structure of textual materials to allow for the analysis of resources in Spanish, Japanese, Russian and German.

BookNLP (Bamman et al., 2014) is a natural language processing pipeline for reasoning about the linguistic structure of text of books, specifically designed for works of fiction. In addition to its pipeline of part-of-speech tagging, named entity recognition, and coreference resolution, BookNLP identifies the characters in a literary text, and represents them through the actions they participate in, the objects they possess, their attributes, and dialogue. The availability of this tool has driven much work in the computational humanities, especially surrounding character (Underwood et al., 2018; Kraicer and Piper, 2018; Dubnicek et al., 2018). At the same time, however, BookNLP has one major limitation: it currently only supports texts written in English. The goal of this project is to develop a version of BookNLP to support literature in Spanish, Japanese, Russian and German, and create a blueprint for others to develop it for additional languages in the future.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,874 (approved)
$292,054 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023


HAA-271717-20

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI 49931-1200)
Donald Lafreniere (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Karla Kitalong (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Daniel Trepal (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Robert Pastel (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Sarah Fayen Scarlett (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Advancing Deep Mapping Infrastructure for Community-Driven Spatial Humanities: The Keweenaw Time Traveler

Improvements to an online historical atlas for Michigan's Copper County from 1880-1950, with rich data about people, buildings, and historical environments from one of the nation's oldest and largest copper mining regions. 

The Keweenaw Time Traveler Project (Level III) is an online historical atlas that includes over 12.9 million variables about the historical environments, buildings, and populations that lived and worked in Michigan’s Copper Country from 1880-1950. A group of interdisciplinary scholars together with our active heritage community is expanding the project to include 1) creating links between historical data sets to permit following populations and environments as they change through time, 2) modeling best practices in the spatial humanities by expanding the capabilities of our existing historical atlas through public-participatory design charrettes, and 3) creating guided activities, lesson plans, public programming, and replicable code for other communities to build their own historical atlas. The result will be a publicly-generated data-rich historical atlas in which community members can discover, explore, and contribute their own information about the regions history and heritage.

Project fields:
Geography; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,985 (approved)
$324,310 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023


HAA-271718-20

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)
Thomas Leslie Herron (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Castle to Classrooms: Developing an Irish Castle in Virtual Reality

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

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

Project fields:
British History; British Literature; Renaissance Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 11/30/2021


HAA-271735-20

University of Missouri System (Kansas City, MO 64110-2235)
Jeffrey A. Rydberg-Cox (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Virginia Blanton (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Nathan Oyler (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Yugyung Lee (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Zhu Li (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Unlocking the Mysteries of a Medieval Chant Book with Multispectral Imaging

The refinement and dissemination of a new method for multispectral imaging of early modern manuscripts and print materials, drawing upon special collections held by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, the Linda Hall Library of Science, and the University of Kansas.

This Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant project has three goals: 1) to use a multispectral imaging system to study palimpsests in a medieval chant book owned by LaBudde Special Collections at the University of Missouri Kansas City Libraries; 2) to develop an alternative, deep learning model that will allow us to derive visible light multispectral images from normal RGB images; and 3) to apply both methodologies comparatively, testing their efficacy on the UMKC chant book and on two additional heritage documents held by other libraries in the Kansas City region. Should this alternative be viable, it will dramatically reduce the cost and lower the economic barriers for other scholars, archivists, and librarians who would like to use multispectral analysis for their materials. In effect, it would allow humanities centers, libraries, and archives the ability to conduct their own investigations with these techniques using readily available and affordable equipment.

Project fields:
Medieval Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,317 (approved)
$324,317 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023


HAA-271747-20

University of Missouri System (Kansas City, MO 64110-2235)
Viviana L Grieco (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Praveen Rao (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
A Knowledge Graph for Managing and Analyzing Spanish American Notary Records

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

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

Project fields:
Latin American Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021


HAA-271758-20

Florida International University (Miami, FL 33199-2516)
Hadassah St-Hubert (Project Director: January 2020 to September 2020)
Miguel Asencio (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Miguel Asencio (Co Project Director: May 2020 to September 2020)
Hadassah St-Hubert (Co Project Director: September 2020 to October 2020)
Visualizing Colonialism and Haitian Sovereignty: Documenting Haiti’s Forts

A series of workshops and training sessions on digital cartography in Florida and Haiti, with a goal of creating the first detailed map of Haitian patrimonial structures.

This is a collaborative effort between humanities scholars, libraries, and archives at Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) at Florida International University and Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National (ISPAN) in Haiti to use cartographic approaches to bring visibility to Haiti’s fortresses. For this NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Level 1 grant, we propose to hold two workshops and trainings, one in Miami, Florida and one Cap Haitian, Haiti, that will focus on developing a list of recommendations to create the first detailed map of Haitian patrimonial structures. There are currently no digital maps of cultural heritage in Haiti and most digital cartography projects have focused on disaster mapping. Our expected results will evaluate what a map application look like in Haiti’s context and defining what is useful for Caribbean scholars.

Project fields:
Latin American History; Military History; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2021 – 1/31/2023


HAA-271767-20

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
LaDale Curtis Winling (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Thaïsa Way (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Connecting the Interstates

A series of scholarly planning meetings to explore the possibilities and challenges of a large-scale digital mapping effort on the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

This planning project will assess existing scholarship, the holdings of major archival repositories, and the models for and mechanics of a digital history project on the U.S. interstate highway system.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$45,819 (approved)
$44,837 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022


HAA-271790-20

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040)
Kim Gallon (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Christos Mousas (Co Project Director: May 2020 to August 2022)
The Stayed and Stolen: Building an Immersive Virtual Environment of Cape Coast Castle

Development of an interactive virtual reality experience of Cape Coast Castle, in Cape Coast Ghana, one of the most important sites out of the 40 slave castles or commercial fortresses that dot the coastline of Ghana. This immersive experience centers Africa in the transatlantic slave trade, for use by scholars, teachers, students, and the public.

The Stayed the Stolen: An Immersive Virtual Experience of Cape Coast Castle is an immersive and interactive virtual reality experience of Cape Coast Castle in Cape Coast Ghana, one of the most important sites out of the 40 slave castles or commercial forts that dot the coastline of Ghana. The project offers users the opportunity to engage in an immersive experience that centers Africa in the history of the transatlantic slave trade. Developed to reach a broad audience of scholars, teachers, students and the general public, The Stayed & The Stolen is an innovative, international project that provides a necessary and critical corrective to digital history projects on the transatlantic slave trade that fail to consider the significance of Africa in this history.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,755 (approved)
$99,755 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 5/31/2022


HAA-271794-20

University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
Daniel Blake Rosenberg (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Anthony Grafton (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Time Online II: The Time Charts of Joseph Priestley

The digital reconstruction of historical infographics, specifically the timelines originally designed by British polymath Joseph Priestley in the 18th century. 

Timelines are powerful and intuitive tools of data visualization, but their visual clarity masks technical and historical complexity. As project investigators Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton argue in their book, Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline, the measured, linear timeline format that is so familiar today first emerged only in the eighteenth century at the start of the period of rapid innovation that established the main visual vocabulary of our contemporary infographic environment. Our project, “Time Online II: The Time Charts of Joseph Priestley,” studies the foundational time charts of the eighteenth century and derives from them lessons for both history and information design. We achieve this by reverse engineering eighteenth-century time charts to understand their rules and by employing tools from digital cartography to reconstruct them as interactive devices for the Web.

Project fields:
History of Science

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,985 (approved)
$99,985 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 2/28/2022


HAA-271801-20

Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA 16802-1503)
Elizabeth C. Mansfield (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
James Z. Wang (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Seeing Constable’s Clouds: An Application of Machine Learning to Art Historical Research

The development of computational methods to analyze formal details in paintings, focusing on cloud studies by John Constable and his emulators, documentary photographs, and fine art photographs.  

“Seeing Constable’s Clouds” proposes to use computer vision and machine learning to better understand the visual cues of 19th-century pictorial realism. Realist landscapes by British artist John Constable (1776-1837) are often split into two phases depending on whether they were made before or after an intense period spent observing and painting clouds in 1821-1822. Contemporaries disagreed about the effect this interlude had on the realism of his work, and art historians continue to debate how his empirical approach influenced his style and technique. The project team will use computer vision to seek formal details that art historians may have overlooked or been unable to discern. We will also use machine learning to discover whether there are formal features that contribute to the verisimilitude of three different types of pictorial realism: Constable’s paintings of clouds, fine art photographs of clouds, and research photographs of clouds made for scientific study.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$48,487 (approved)
$48,487 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022


HAA-271803-20

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Eleni Hasaki (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Diane Harris Cline (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Social Networks of Athenian Potters (SNAP): Networks, Tradition and Innovation in Communities of Artists

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

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

Project fields:
Archaeology; Arts, General; Classics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021


HAA-271822-20

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Pramit Chaudhuri (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Joseph Dexter (Co Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Computational tools for diachronic and cross-cultural study of literature: multilingual stylometry and phylogenetic profiling

The extension of a textual analysis tool kit for stylistic and authorship studies that was originally developed for Latin and ancient Greek to now include capabilities for working with Old English and Bengali resources.

This project, for which we are seeking a Level III Digital Advancement Grant, will expand a suite of tools with which traditionally-trained humanists can analyze literary texts in a quantitative manner. The tools are designed with an important class of literary problems in mind, exemplified by the identification of stylistic effects and the individuating of works within generic traditions. We tackle these problems using two complementary approaches: stylometry augmented by machine learning and phylogenetic profiling. We will leverage our previous research in literary stylistics for the creation of a user-friendly multilingual stylometry toolkit and make enhancements to our existing methods for evolutionary analysis of literature, including automation of key steps. The tools will be tested on a set of problems at the intersection of literary criticism and big data across multiple languages, including Latin, ancient Greek, Old English, and Bengali.

Project fields:
Classical Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,971 (approved)
$324,971 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023


HAA-271827-20

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Lynn S. Dodd (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Sabina Zonno (Co Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Using Virtual Reality to Explore 15th Century Illuminated Manuscripts

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

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

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Gender Studies; Renaissance Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 9/30/2021


HAA-271837-20

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Matthew K. Gold (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Douglas M. Armato (Co Project Director: May 2020 to August 2022)
Manifold in the Classroom: Digital Publishing for Open Pedagogy

Expanding the technical infrastructure in the Manifold digital publishing platform to enable the creation and publication of free open educational resources in the humanities.

This application requests a Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to fund the addition of student-focused features to Manifold, an open-access publishing platform. Though Manifold was originally designed for use by university presses, an increasing number of users are integrating Manifold into the classroom. We will use the Advancement Grant to add teaching-specific features to Manifold that will allow it to function as an Open Educational Resource (OER) platform. With these new features, instructors can use Manifold to build free, high-quality, dynamic humanities instructional materials that engage students with multimedia-enriched texts, support social annotation, and help remove the barrier of high textbook costs. With the support of this grant, Manifold will become as powerful a tool for the classroom as it has been for scholarly publishers.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$375,000 (approved)
$324,401 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022


HAA-263651-19

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Donna Thompson Ray (Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Pennee Bender (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
An Open Educational Resource for Who Built America

The development of an open educational resource (OER) for college-level and advanced high school students based on content from the popular textbook Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History. The OER will also integrate interactive materials from an existing website, History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web.

ASHP/CML proposes to create an open education resource (OER) that integrates the narrative of its textbook Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History with enhanced, interactive resources from the website History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. This new project—Who Built America? / OER—will offer instructors and students a multi-layered resource that provides a linear and analytical historical narrative, and the digital means to look beyond the text to understand how its narrative was constructed. The project encompasses three goals: to create an open digital version of Who Built America? that extends and updates its distinctive narrative for college and advanced placement students; to update, expand, and enhance the resources in the textbook and History Matters so these vital materials remain available; and to integrate the textbook narrative, primary sources, and teaching resources in a multi-layered OER.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,996 (approved)
$324,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2022


HAA-263773-19

University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001)
Rebecca Salzer (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Creating National Access to Digital Dance Resources

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

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

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Project fields:
Arts, Other; Dance History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


HAA-263774-19

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

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

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

[White paper]

Project fields:
Sociology; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


HAA-263800-19

Brandeis University (Waltham, MA 02453-2700)
Karen Desmond (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Measuring Polyphony: An Online Music Editor for Late Medieval Polyphony

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

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

[White paper][Grant products]

Project fields:
Medieval Studies; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
3/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


HAA-263803-19

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH 03755-1808)
Mark J. Williams (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
John P. Bell (Co Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Understanding Visual Culture through Silent Film Collections

The creation of a large-scale compendium and research platform for silent films that are currently housed in separate collections and a suite of tools to be used by scholars studying the transition of visual culture from stage to screen.

This Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant project aims to produce a digital compendium of over 400 films from the silent film era that document the transition of visual culture from stage to screen. It will combine highly-influential and rare works archived in the Paper Print collection of pre-1930 cinema at The Library of Congress with films at the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam to create a digital resource designed for film scholars around the world. The compendium will be built by merging two pieces of software: The Media Ecology Project's Semantic Annotation Tool and the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture's Scalar. The resulting platform will provide an open software and data framework scholars can use to compare disparate types of data in a single interface. This valuable tool will unite a wide and growing variety of data and invite scholars to gather and post ideas, asking and answering new questions about key historical features in the evolution of motion pictures.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Film History and Criticism; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$222,438 (approved)
$222,438 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


HAA-263807-19

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2070)
J.B. Shank (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Benjamin Wiggins (Co Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Building a Digital Portal for Exploring Bernard and Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the World

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

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

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Project fields:
Intellectual History; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


HAA-263818-19

University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA 30602-1589)
Scott Nesbit (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Alisea Williams McLeod (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Freedom's Movement: Mapping African American Space in War and Reconstruction

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

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

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

Project fields:
Cultural History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019


HAA-263825-19

Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL 60605-2403)
Samantha Blickhan (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Laura Trouille (Co Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Advancing Access to Transcribed Text in Citizen Humanities

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

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

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


HAA-263831-19

Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA 30314-3776)
Aaron Michael Carter-Enyi (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Algorithmic Thinking, Analysis and Visualization in Music (ATAVizM)

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

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

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 6/30/2021


HAA-263835-19

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

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

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

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019


HAA-263837-19

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
David Smith (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Improving Optical Character Recognition and Tracking Reader Annotations in Printed Books by Collating and Transcribing Multiple Exemplars

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

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

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Project fields:
Computational Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 6/30/2021


HAA-263850-19

University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506-0004)
William B Seales (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Reading the Invisible Library: Rescuing the Hidden Texts of Herculaneum

The continued development of computerized techniques to recover writings from the Herculaneum library, the entire collections of which were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BCE.

Using authentic materials from national libraries in Italy and France, this project will apply proven computerized techniques and innovate new approaches to reveal the hidden writing in the most iconic collection of damaged humanities manuscripts--the scrolls from Herculaneum.

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Project fields:
Ancient Literature; Classics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


HAA-263878-19

University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA 92617-3066)
Deanna M. Shemek (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Anne Elizabeth MacNeil (Co Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Virtual Studiolo

The design and production of a 3D environment re-creating Isabella d’Este of Mantua’s (1474-1539) art and music “studiolo” for use with virtual reality headsets, laptops, and visualization walls.

The Italian Renaissance is famed for art, architecture, music, and learning. The integrated experience of these achievements is difficult to grasp, given the dispersal of physical evidence and the disciplinary confines of our learning. It is also often gendered as male. This online, virtual reality project for study of one of Renaissance Italy's most stunning art spaces and collections -- the studiolo of Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) -- will address both of these problems with cross-disciplinary tools for approaching the period through one of its most important women. Its immersive, interactive character will convey the human scale, cognitive density, and aesthetic specificity of a Renaissance art space and capture the multi-sensory complexity of interiors meant to dazzle visitors with humanist ideals. Individual and collaborative work in this environment will foster new approaches to studying and teaching the multi-media Renaissance and provide models for analogous projects in other periods.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Music History and Criticism; Women's History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,897 (approved)
$99,897 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


HAA-266444-19

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Jessica Otis (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Lincoln A. Mullen (Co Project Director: May 2019 to present)
Datascribe: Enabling Structured Data Transcription in the Omeka S Web Platform

The creation of a structured data transcription module for the Omeka S platform that will make it easier for scholars working with quantitative data (such as government forms or institutional records) to transcribe them into structured data which can be analyzed or visualized.

Datascribe is an application for a Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to create a structured data transcription module, or plug-in, for the Omeka S platform for digital collections. Scholars often collect sources, such as government forms or institutional records, intending to transcribe them into datasets which can be analyzed or visualized. Existing software enables transcription into free-form text but not into tables of data. The proposed module will enable scholars to identify the structure of the data within their sources, speed up the transcription of their sources, and reliably structure their transcriptions in a form amenable to computational analysis. Scholars will be able to turn sources into tables of data stored as numbers, dates, or categories. This module will build on the Omeka S platform, enabling scholars to display transcriptions alongside the source images and metadata, to crowdsource transcriptions, and to publish their results on the web.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,733 (approved)
$324,733 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


HAA-266457-19

Ball State University (Muncie, IN 47306-1022)
James John Connolly (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Library Circulation Histories Workshop

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

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

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Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


HAA-266462-19

Tufts University (Somerville, MA 02144-2401)
Gregory R. Crane (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Beyond Translation: New Possibilities for Reading in a Digital Age

An expansion of the widely-used Perseus Digital Library to integrate reading tools that are designed to facilitate the study of ancient texts and the ability to conduct searches for relevant words and phrases.

Our goal in this Level III project is to promote a fundamental change in how human beings view translations and the cultures of which their original source text is a product. To support this larger goal we integrate into the emerging new version of Perseus new reading tools that we have developed as separate applications over the past decade: (1) the ability to produce, automatically and manually, word and phrase level alignments between source texts and translations and to see these alignments while reading; (2) the ability to view the full morphological and syntactic analysis of each word in a text; (3) new forms of searching and browsing based on this new data (e.g., find all English words used to translate a word or to view all subject/verb, adjective/noun combinations); (4) both large scale work (alignment of 50 million words of English to Greek and Latin) as well as focused projects (e.g., a bilingual edition of Homer).

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Project fields:
Ancient Languages; Computational Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$375,000 (approved)
$336,808 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


HAA-266465-19

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27695-7003)
David R. Ambaras (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Kate Linette McDonald (Co Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Using Scalar to Deep-Map Modern East Asian History

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

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

Project fields:
East Asian History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


HAA-266472-19

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (Columbia, SC 29202-0167)
Karen Yvonne Smith (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Song Wang (Co Project Director: May 2019 to present)
Jun Zhou (Co Project Director: May 2019 to present)
Colin Wilder (Co Project Director: May 2019 to present)
SnowVision: A Machine Learning-Based Image Processing Tool for the Study of Archaeological Collections

The expansion and extension of a set of machine learning-based tools designed to assist scholars with identifying and classifying artifacts from archaeological sites based on design motifs.

Two years of NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant Level III funding is sought to increase availability and strengthen usability of SnowVision. The grant will support 1) the integration of SnowVision with an interactive, online user interface, 2) the acquisition and integration feedback from scholars working in laboratories and curation facilities across the Southeast, 3) the enhancement of the technological infrastructure of SnowVision so that the newly integrated system meets the needs of the user community and has a framework built for long-term success, and 4) providing select institutions with start-up funds to begin digitizing collections, providing the USC team with rigorous, off-site testing of the system. Collaboration between the USC development team and an Advisory Committee will increase the utility of SnowVision, secure buy-in from stakeholders, and ensure extensibility of the software. NEH funding will support software enhancement of accuracy, reliability, and speed.

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Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$323,668 (approved)
$323,668 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


HAA-266482-19

Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA 17325-1483)
Jonathan D. Amith (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Mesolex: Lexicosemantic Resources for Mesoamerican Languages

Planning and early stages of development for an open-access portal of linguistic and cultural documentation of indigenous societies in Mexico and Central America.

Mesolex: Lexicosemantic Resources for Mesoamerican Languages (Level 1) is the first phase in creating an open-access portal of linguistic and cultural documentation of Indigenous societies in Mexico and Central America. The portal will have two basic modules. Mesoamerican Lexicons will disseminate lexical databases including both dictionaries and semantically specific lexicons (e.g., local names for flora; toponyms; body parts). This project will create a standardized data structure able to ingest lexical materials from a wide range of sources. It will also develop powerful search engines to discover data and flexible designs for language-specific online display. Mesoamerican Narratives will develop software to place audio or video recordings in native languages online, accompanied by transcriptions and translations that will be highlighted line-by-line in synchronization with audio or video playback. This Level 1 grant focuses on database design and creating the necessary software.

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Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Languages, Other; Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$48,698 (approved)
$48,698 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


HAA-266490-19

University of Nevada, Reno (Reno, NV 89557-0001)
Christopher Michael Church (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Katherine Hepworth (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)
Ethical Visualization in the Age of Big Data: Contemporary Cultural Implications of Pre- Twentieth-Century French Texts

A two-day workshop and follow up activities on approaches to developing ethical data visualization techniques and interactive cartographic interfaces with a particular focus on text mining colonial-era French newspapers.

This project advances work toward generating ethical visualizations of historical corpora comprising the European cultural imagination prior to the twentieth century without reproducing ethnocentrism. Visually representing the historical place of misrepresented peoples and locales throughout the world requires interdisciplinary collaboration focused equally on critical theory, data visualization, ethics, machine learning, and text analysis. We seek $49,851 of level-1 funding for a workshop that unites top experts in the fields of information design, computational linguistics, and history to address the conceptual and logistical challenges in realizing this goal. This project will address two key issues: 1) how to create ethical data visualizations--and their underlying forms of training and analysis--that grapple with inherent source biases; and 2) how to computationally process non-modern, non-English languages for humanities research in a critically engaged way.

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Project fields:
Communications; Communications; Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,581 (approved)
$49,581 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020


HAA-266501-19

Louisiana State University and A & M College (Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0001)
Jeffrey M. Leichman (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Interactive VR Simulation of an Eighteenth-Century Paris Fair Theatre: VESPACE

The further development of the VESPACE (Virtual Early modern Spectacles and Publics, Active and Collaborative Environment) project. This stage would focus on the development of an interactive prototype suitable for additional user testing.

The VESPACE (Virtual Early modern Spectacles and Publics, Active and Collaborative Environment) project seeks to model an eighteenth-century Paris Fair theatre through an immersive, playable simulation that allows users to explore the sensory and social worlds of this under-studied early modern cultural space. In order to reconstruct this vibrant facet of public theatre in Enlightenment Europe’s largest city, VESPACE brings together specialists from across the humanities, working in fields including theatre, history, literature, dance, sound studies, and architecture, working alongside computer scientists and engineers in the fields of game design, social interaction simulation, and virtual reality modeling of cultural patrimony. This application is for a LEVEL II Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support work to develop a playable prototype during the two-year grant performance period (September 1, 2019-August 31 2021).

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Project fields:
European History; French Literature; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,995 (approved)
$93,656 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


HAA-266508-19

Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510-1703)
Nelson Rios (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Development of a Multi-Camera, Computer Operated Photogrammetric Imaging System for Enhancing Digital Preservation and Access

The further development and refinement of a system to carry out photogrammetric 3D reconstruction quickly, inexpensively, and without the need for specialized equipment.

This project will document, validate and improve upon a high-throughput multi-camera, Computer-Operated Photogrammetric Imaging System (COPIS) for capturing large numbers of overlapping images from multiple viewpoints around an object for photogrammetric 3D reconstruction. This will be accomplished through a demonstration project to image and reconstruct 3D models of approximately 1,000 cultural heritage objects selected from a broad sampling of the Yale Peabody Museum’s Anthropological and Babylonian collections. This project will further evolve the COPIS design specification for photogrammetry, improve usability and performance of the software components, add a preliminary design element to facilitate structured-light scanning and deploy an installation at the Museum to produce high-resolution 3D reconstructions of diverse sets of objects from its Anthropology and Babylonian collections.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,355 (approved)
$99,355 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


HAA-266513-19

College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA 23186-0002)
Deborah Cornell (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Zhenming Liu (Co Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Transkribus and the Georgian Papers Programme Tabular-Formatted Manuscripts

A project to explore the application of the open-source Handwritten Text Recognition tool, Transkribus, to machine-driven transcription of handwritten materials of tabular formats, such as financial records and inventories, using materials from the Georgian Papers Programme.

When scholars have access to machine readable files of text, they can perform data mining, text analysis, visualization, and basic search and discovery with ease and precision. This proposal seeks a Level II Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to experiment with open-source Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) tool, Transkribus to address the challenge of mass transcription of handwritten materials in complex tabular format, such as accounts, and inventories. The project will use a subset of materials in the Georgian Papers Programme. NEH funding would support: a) development of layout analysis tools, templates, and output of data in csv files for Transkribus; b) algorithmic processing of approximately 50,000 images; c) writing documentation, code, and user guides; and d) presentation of project work to relevant communities. This use of Transkribus will serve as a case study for developing methods for transcription of tabular materials and will contribute to HTR models.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 1/31/2022


HAA-266518-19

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Robert Morrissey (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Intertextual Bridges: Search and Navigation across Heterogeneous Collections

The development of a prototype platform that will allow scholars to combine distant and close reading methods to discover relationships between texts and identify texts in collections for further study.

We seek Level II funding for a pilot project to develop a model that will allow scholars to bridge the gap between distant and close reading when conducting research on large, heterogeneous digital text collections. We propose to create a language agnostic environment—called the Intertextual Hub—in which the conceptual relationships among texts discovered by text-mining algorithms can fruitfully guide close reading in dialectical interaction with distant reading. Fundamentally, we are contending that the core of scholarly reading in the digital age should be the discovery and navigation of intertextual relationships. The Intertextual Hub will be a powerful hermeneutical device allowing users to navigate between individual texts and larger corpora that are related through shared themes, ideas, and passages. Focusing on the French Revolutionary period, we will test this model by applying it to the extensive and diverse 18th-century French collections of UChicago’s ARTFL Project.

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Project fields:
Romance Languages

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,497 (approved)
$99,497 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


HAA-266528-19

University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Greensboro, NC 27412-5068)
Aaron Beveridge (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
MassMine Advancement Grant for Sustainable Data-Driven Humanities Research

The continuing development of the MassMine platform, an open-source toolkit that allows humanities scholars to collect large-scale, publicly available data drawn from social media sites for research and teaching.

MassMine (www.massmine.org) automates the collection and processing of data from digital sources to support data-driven humanities research. MassMine currently supports data collection and processing from Twitter, Google Trends, Wikipedia, Tumblr, as well as collecting and archiving text data from any web URL (web scraping). In 2015 MassMine’s initial development was funded through an NEH/ODH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant for $60,000, and we are now pursuing our next round of funding to further extend MassMine’s functionality and accessibility. [Edited by staff]

Project fields:
Composition and Rhetoric; English; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,865 (approved)
$322,092 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


HAA-266553-19

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Kelly O'Neill (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Imperiia: An Information Ecosystem for Russian History

The further development of a map-based platform and enhanced set of tools to better integrate spatial history and Russian studies, allowing scholars to make connections between disparate sources and identify new research questions and areas of study.

We are applying for a Level II Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support a 12-month project from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. This funding will support the first attempt to not only apply the tools and methods of spatial history to the Russian past but to build an open framework for collaborative historical GIS work in the field of Russian studies. The information ecosystem we are building is intended to uncover and forge meaningful connections among historical sources, both quantitative and qualitative, that have not been studied together before. Our goal for the grant period is to shift from our current focus on database design and data development to three methodological challenges: 1) machine-based extraction of spatial data from texts and maps, 2) definition of a flexible, extensible ontology that will connect all project elements, and 3) innovation of a map-centric digital platform for visualizing, analyzing, and interpreting Russia’s spatial history.

Project fields:
Russian History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,783 (approved)
$99,783 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 6/30/2022


HAA-266562-19

Shift Design, Inc. (New Orleans, LA 70117-6726)
Hali Elizabeth Dardar (Project Director: January 2019 to February 2020)
Alexandra Dolan-Mescal (Project Director: February 2020 to present)
Redesigning Historypin for Open-Source Digital Humanities

The planning for a revitalization of the community-sourced history mapping platform Historypin.org and to migrate its underlying code to an open-source framework.

Shift Design, Inc requests $49,824 to support a 12-month plan for the revitalization of their existing Historypin.org web platform. Historypin.org is a free, user-friendly, and accessible platform for crowdsourcing history open to scholars, community groups, digital humanities classrooms, and the general public. The site has over 98,000 users around the world, over 4,000 of which are cultural heritage organizations. Although widely used, the Historypin platform is in need of revitalization. The project objectives are to 1) better understand the digital humanities scholars’ current use of Historypin, 2) document the general needs of a digital humanities scholar from a user-interaction (UX)/ user-interface (UI) perspective, 3) develop a revised and simplified design for the Historypin website, and 4) draft a plan for a transition to an open-source codebase. Completing this project would position Historypin to begin developing a platform tailored to assist digital humanities research.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; History, General; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,824 (approved)
$49,824 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020


HAA-266565-19

Stone Soup Productions, Inc. (Washington, DC 20036-2504)
Andrea R. Kalin (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Project Maestro

The further development of a platform for middle and high school humanities teachers to incorporate content-based games into their classrooms.

Project Maestro empowers educators and students with limited computer access to make digital humanities games. Created from The Search for Harmony, a web game about the rich, forgotten historical legacy of classical musicians of African descent, this WordPress-based plugin transforms art and text on paper into digital assets for a prebuilt minigame, enabling new versions to be developed without requiring programming skill. This grant’s primary tasks are to build a set of minigames, design activity guides for instructors, and partner with education groups to refine the platform through workshops. The end product will be a website where instructors can publish work as playable games. The producers of this project seek $100,000 for platform development, adviser consultation, game design and documentation. This tool will allow educators and others in the humanities to use digital games as a means of creating engaging, informative experiences for students.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 2/28/2022


HAA-266568-19

Rhizome Communications, Inc. (New York, NY 10002-1218)
Michael J. Connor (Project Director: January 2019 to March 2021)
Early Online Communities in Context

The development of a context-rich, interactive reconstruction of “The Thing,” a significant early online community, and support scholarship based on this reconstruction.

The Thing was a Bulletin Board System initiated in New York by Wolfgang Staehle in 1991, a short time before the rise of the public web. As a testing ground for forms of experimental writing, and one of the earliest online communities to host in-depth discussion of contemporary art, the platform’s content has unique value for humanities scholars. This content and the community that formed around it is best understood in relation to its BBS infrastructure—slow, mostly local connections; a growing accumulation of posts; the absence of surveillance and metrics. This project involves an effort to reconstruct a legible archive of The Thing from a partial copy created by one of its users, to make this available on the web in emulation, and to convene scholars for a discussion of The Thing as an exemplar of early posting practices.

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Project fields:
American Literature; Art History and Criticism; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$45,722 (approved)
$45,722 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 5/31/2020


HAA-258602-18

Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA 17325-1483)
Jonathan D. Amith (Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Documenting the Ethnobiology of Mexico and Central America: A Digital Portal for Collaborative Research

The further development of a database and web portal that would aggregate indigenous linguistic information relevant to Mesoamerican flora and fauna.

This project will develop a web portal, Documenting the Ethnobiology of Mexico and Central America, designed to forge an innovative web-based environment for multidisciplinary and multiethnic collaboration among anthropologists and linguists studying traditional ecological knowledge; biologists interested in collections mostly from poorly explored areas; and Indigenous communities and scholars who want to document and preserve traditional knowledge of local flora and fauna. This project will expand Symbiota, a widely used open source content management system for curating specimen- and observation-based biodiversity data, for use by humanities scholars and professionals by developing standards for tagging ethnobiological data, data that crosses thresholds separating the humanities, social science and natural science. By making available research on native nomenclature, classification, and use of flora and fauna, it will disseminate material key to understanding the cultural history of Indigenous Mexican populations.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; Comparative Languages; Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,875 (approved)
$74,875 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2020


HAA-258706-18

Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Bryan E. Wagner (Project Director: June 2017 to present)
Applying Named Entity Recognition to Explore Louisiana Slave Conspiracies

Frameworks for linking and analyzing documents dealing with slave conspiracies (defined as planned or actual insurrections against slave owners) to help resolve questions and uncertainties in historical accounts.

We are a multidisciplinary research project dedicated to preserving, digitizing, transcribing, translating, publishing, and analyzing manuscripts from three Louisiana slave conspiracies. We are presenting these manuscripts, with original transcription and translation, alongside interactive, data-driven maps in an effort to address essential but still unresolved questions about the organization of social relations and the circulation of ideas in these conspiracies.

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Project fields:
English

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2020


HAA-258712-18

Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Kathryn Starkey (Project Director: June 2017 to present)
The Global Medieval Sourcebook

The further development of the Global Medieval Sourcebook, an open-source resource for transcriptions, translations, and contextual information about digitized medieval texts from Europe, North Africa, and Asia. This project adds new content, expands the available languages, integrates TEI markup, and develops new pedagogical features.

The Global Medieval Sourcebook, a teaching and research resource, will present transcriptions of original medieval texts and their translations in an accessible, user-friendly, downloadable, open-source format. It will include information about each text, including a scholarly and user-friendly commentary on the text and translation. Links to online manuscripts and other relevant materials will enable scholars to use the site as a research portal and will provide essential context to students and teachers. Texts will be searchable by genre, author, date, language, keywords, and themes. Additionally, with teachers and students in mind, we will create and upload audio files of specialists reading the texts in their original language. Currently we are able to cover the following languages: Middle High German, Old French, Old and Middle English, and Medieval Chinese, Arabic, and Persian. In the next two years, we will expand to include medieval Spanish and Italian, with Slavic languages anticipated for addition in the next phase.

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Project fields:
Languages, General; Literature, Other; Medieval History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,393 (approved)
$74,393 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 8/31/2020


HAA-258717-18

Utah State University (Logan, UT 84322-1400)
Mattie Burkert (Project Director: June 2017 to March 2021)
Katie Dana (Co Project Director: March 2018 to May 2019)
The London Stage Database

The recovery and revitalization of a unique and important database, supported by NEH and other funders in the 1970s, containing information on theater and popular culture in London in the long eighteenth century (1660-1800).

Obsolescence is a serious issue facing the digital humanities today. Projects can take years to complete, by which time the data and software are out of step with current platforms and file formats. We propose to recover an NEH-funded humanities computing project completed in the 1970s: the London Stage Information Bank. In addition to revitalizing and making available a database of great interest to scholars of eighteenth-century British culture, this project will address three broader goals: (1) model best practices for recovering obsolete digital projects; (2) make visible the Information Bank’s underlying assumptions about the nature of the data itself, fostering awareness of the theoretical underpinnings of humanities databases used today that were begun in the early decades of humanities computing; and (3) create a platform that can interface with other digitization and data collection projects now underway, enabling the future growth of a network of related databases and tools.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,970 (approved)
$64,654 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


HAA-258754-18

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Christina E. Frei (Project Director: June 2017 to present)
Timothy B. Powell (Co Project Director: February 2018 to November 2018)
DH from an Indigenous Perspective: Strengthening Partnerships between Indigenous Communities, Scholars, Museums, and Archives

The study of how four Indigenous communities, with whom this team collaborated on a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to digitally repatriate archival materials, have used those materials in culture and language revitalization efforts.

This grant proposes to study how four Indigenous partners built digital archives based on Indigenous epistemologies and how they are using the materials for cultural and language revitalization. The grant will also support DH projects being constructed by the four communities using the digitally repatriated materials, which reflect how DH tools and theories take on very different forms when incorporated into Indigenous knowledge systems.

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Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,622 (approved)
$74,622 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2021


HAA-258756-18

Gallaudet University (Washington, DC 20002-3600)
Patrick Boudreault (Project Director: June 2017 to present)
Exposing the Borders of Academia: Sign Language as a Medium of Knowledge Production, Preservation, and Dissemination

Improvements to the technological infrastructure of the Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) to implement a fully bilingual digital platform for use by both signers and non-signers. The project also increases access to and sustainability of DSDJ content and supports refinements to the peer review process in American Sign Language.

The Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) is a peer-reviewed, digital journal in American Sign Language and English text dedicated to advancing the cultural, creative and critical output of work in and about sign languages and its communities. DSDJ publishes work in the form of scholarly video articles, original works of signed literature, as well as interviews, reviews, and historical resources. This project will preserve and migrate past issues of DSDJ to a new open-access, technologically sustainable platform that adheres to and advances accessibility standards in publishing through fully bilingual video and text articles, advanced interactive videos, and integration into library databases. Furthermore, the project develops innovative peer-review processes that support the exclusive use of sign language to produce the next iteration of DSDJ in an effort to transform scholarly communication.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$323,479 (approved)
$323,479 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2022


HAA-258763-18

Baylor University (Waco, TX 76798-7284)
Elise King (Project Director: June 2017 to June 2021)
King-Ip (David) Lin (Co Project Director: August 2017 to June 2021)
Digital Floor Plan Database: A New Method for Analyzing Architecture

The continued development of a prototype of an analytical tool and database to allow humanities scholars and students to comparatively study architectural floor plans. The test case would be a collection of floor plans by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright from the Alexander Architectural Archives at the University of Texas, Austin.

Currently, those who design and study the built environment are hindered by an inability to examine large datasets of architectural drawings. Despite advancements in image recognition, no integrated system is capable of storing, reading, and analyzing floor plans. To solve this problem, this project is developing the Building Database & Analytics System (BuDAS) to partially automate the process of floor plan analysis. This project is seeking funding to expand the prototype into an integrated open source system with image recognition software for automatic floor plan detection, a database for the storage and management of data, and advanced query and graphing tools. BuDAS will allow users to compare thousands of plans to discover common design elements, examine spatial relationships over time, and mine for patterns across datasets. These findings will allow for a deeper understanding of the trends and patterns of space usage and the relationship between buildings and human experience.

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Project fields:
Architecture; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$72,390 (approved)
$59,457 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 1/31/2020


HAA-258767-18

University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)
Walter J. Scheirer (Project Director: June 2017 to present)
Neil Coffee (Co Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Tesserae Intertext Service: Intertextual Search Access to Digital Collections in the Humanities

The further development of the Tesserae search engine to be used with additional online collections to enhance research into intertextuality.

From its inception in 2008, with support of an NEH ODH Start-Up Grant in 2012-2013, the Tesserae Project has developed a uniquely successful approach to tracing literary, linguistic, and intellectual history in ancient Greek and Roman literature, as well as a selection of English texts. The Tesserae web tool (http://tesserae.caset.buffalo.edu/) allows users to automatically find instances where one author quotes or alludes to another, or employs similar concepts. This project will support the creation of the Tesserae Intertext Service (TIS). TIS will make the Tesserae search capability available as a new and sophisticated way of accessing the many existing humanities texts that have been digitized, showing all the similarities between the works selected by a user. TIS opens the door for scholars, students, and the general public to answer fundamental questions about the human condition that require traversing languages, genres, and histories in expansive digital collections.

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Participating institutions:
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) - Applicant/Recipient
SUNY Research Foundation, Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Classical Languages; Classical Literature; Classics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$279,609 (approved)
$279,609 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 7/31/2020


HAA-258768-18

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
John O'Brien (Project Director: June 2017 to June 2021)
Tonya Howe (Co Project Director: August 2017 to June 2021)
Christine Ruotolo (Co Project Director: November 2017 to June 2021)
Literature in Context: An Open Anthology

Development of a working prototype for an open-access, curated, and classroom-sourced digital anthology of British and American literature in English (1650-1800).

Literature in Context is a TEI-encoded digital anthology of British and American literature in English (1650-1800) designed for use by students, teachers, and the general public. The project will innovate by taking full advantage of the affordances of digitization to create an Open Educational Resource that incorporates annotation, interactivity, digitized page images of original editions, and other contextual media materials. It also develops templates, assignments, and resources to help instructors at the college level engage students in the task of editing and annotating literary texts that can be added to the collection. Literature in Context provides a mechanism for the thoughtful, collaborative dissemination of our shared humanistic heritage. By including students in the production of the anthology, the project will foreground how the public construction of knowledge is essential to understanding the modern world.

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Project fields:
American Literature; British Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$72,542 (approved)
$66,780 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2019


HAA-258779-18

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Patrick Murray-John (Project Director: June 2017 to June 2021)
Omeka S ORCID Integration

The development of modules for the Omeka-S publishing platform to allow integration with the ORCID system of persistent researcher identifiers. The project would increase the number of humanities scholars in the United States using this system for reliably identifying humanities research publications.

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media proposes an integration between Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) and Omeka S, a widely-used platform for publishing humanities content online. Omeka S puts special emphasis on the needs of small- to medium-sized institutions and integration with other systems and Linked Open Data (LOD). ORCID provides a global, standardized mechanism for reliably identifying scholars and researchers and for providing metadata about them via unique identifiers. ORCID data, however, is currently overwhelmingly tilted toward researchers in the sciences. This integration will encourage humanists to register an identifier with ORCID, fostering new connections between humanists' research. Thus, Omeka S would both augment ORCID's goal of "enabl[ing] transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations" within the humanities, and it would expand the utility of Omeka S for users and data aggregators. 

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$39,076 (approved)
$34,072 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018


HAA-258799-18

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
Neil Kanwar Harish Verma (Project Director: June 2017 to June 2021)
Marit MacArthur (Co Project Director: August 2017 to June 2021)
Tools for Listening to Texts-in-Performance

The development of tools to allow humanistic researchers to analyze recorded literary and cultural materials ranging from poems, radio plays, and books to political speeches and sermons.

Audio archives provide tremendous resources for studying texts-in-performance, performance styles, and media history and formats. Such research requires tools that work well on low-quality, noisy audio common in humanities research, e.g., poetry readings, radio plays, and talking books, the datasets for this project. The proposed project will develop, provide access to, and support humanistic research using two state-of-the-art, open-source, user-friendly tools, Gentle and Drift. Drawing on advanced speech recognition and signal processing algorithms, Gentle and Drift visualize and quantify prosodic, expressive features of speech, including pitch range, intonation patterns, intensity, and rhythm. The project will also train a network of scholars in using these tools, and solicit and apply their feedback to develop new features to fit their needs. In so doing, the project will provide practical tools, broaden the community of users and develop new digital humanities research on sound.

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Project fields:
Communications; Communications

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


HAA-258807-18

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (San Juan, PR 00925-2512)
Nadjah Rios-Villarini (Project Director: June 2017 to February 2021)
Mirerza González-Vélez (Co Project Director: August 2017 to February 2021)
Caribbean Diaspora: Panorama of Carnival Practices

Early planning for a project to explore migration and the Caribbean diaspora through the lens of cultural practices related to Carnival. Coordinated through a series of meetings and drawing on multiple archival collections, the project will produce a website for public audiences and a white paper.

This project aims to initiate new approaches to inquiries on migration at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) that can be digitally shared with a broader audience, particularly those of the Caribbean and its diasporas. Project activities and outcomes will be: (1) to hold a series of discussion-based meetings between external digital humanities specialists and local librarian and Caribbean scholars to design an interactive, general audience website on Caribbean mobility as evidenced in Carnival; (2) to generate a preliminary webpage that includes curated content using existing digital audiovisual materials and artifacts related to Caribbean Carnivals in the UPR archives, the Puerto Rico Foundation for the Humanities, the original Project Diaspora website, University of Florida’s Digital Library of the Caribbean, and other sources; and (3) to produce a final white paper documenting the development process with implications so that digital humanities scholars can benefit.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; Ethnic Studies; Immigration History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2020


HAA-258826-18

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Charlottesville, VA 22902-0316)
Jillian E. Galle (Project Director: June 2017 to present)
Worthy N. Martin (Co Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Expanding the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery Research Consortium

Major infrastructure improvements to the multi-institutional Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery.

Over the past two decades, archaeologists have struggled to discover how the web can help them collaborate across institutional boundaries to generate accurate and commensurate data, share them publicly, and analyze them to advance our understanding of human history. This proposal from the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, based at Monticello, offers linked social and digital strategies that can meet these challenges in the archaeological study of early-modern slave societies. The project seeks Level III funding to enhance proven open-source software (www.daaacrc.org) and training programs that provide our collaborators with flexibility in how they collect data and share it with diverse stakeholders. The project will optimize search and navigation on the DAACS website (www.daacs.org) to accommodate a 10-fold increase in the number of archaeological sites represented. The project would demonstrate how a core facility like DAACS can leverage collaboration among researchers working in diverse institutions.

Participating institutions:
Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Charlottesville, VA) - Applicant/Recipient
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
African American History; Archaeology; History, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$375,000 (approved)
$375,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2018 – 2/28/2023


HAA-261070-18

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Samuel Scott Graham (Project Director: January 2018 to June 2021)
Transparency to Visibility (T2V): Network Visualization in Humanities Research

The development of a set of tools to automatically extract and visualize relationships in large textual corpora, with a focus on making “hidden” relationships more visible.

Humanities researchers have long studied how power and influence circulate through cultural systems. Advances in network visualization tools support this work, allowing scholars to create graphical representations of complex systems. However, extracting and preparing relational data for visualization can present significant technological challenges when working with the kinds of textual artifacts commonly studied by humanists. This project will develop and test an innovative approach for efficiently curating and visualizing relationships in ways that align with humanities research. Using sample texts from medical research, a digital and medical humanities team will develop, test, and enhance a new toolkit for automatically extracting and visualizing relationships in large textual corpora. The project team will create both a graphical user interface for the toolkit and an open-source code repository to support use by digital humanities scholars.

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Project fields:
Composition and Rhetoric; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$80,649 (approved)
$78,055 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 2/29/2020


HAA-261101-18

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Kelly Schrum (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Jessica Otis (Co Project Director: October 2018 to present)
World History Commons

Digital revitalization and content upgrades for World History Matters, a free-to-use educational web resource for teaching world history.

World History Commons, a Level III grant, will provide an essential digital resource for teaching and research in world and global history, reviving and expanding World History Matters, the award-winning, NEH-funded collection of world history websites now almost twenty years old. Using robust, modular, and extendable open-source software, this Open Educational Resource (OER) will preserve and enhance widely-used resources while introducing new humanities scholarship and pedagogy. World History Commons represents a ground-breaking collaboration between the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the World History Association, and Monash University (Australia) which runs one of the largest world history programs in the southern hemisphere. World History Commons will provide a free, centralized, digital, world history platform with high quality, peer-reviewed resources for high school and higher education students, teachers, and scholars.

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Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$375,000 (approved)
$375,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


HAA-261214-18

Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609)
Janet Berry Hess (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Mapping Indigenous American Cultures and Living Histories

A prototype digital map of three indigenous American nations that will document their geographic ranges, languages, architectural styles, and cultural practices both before and after contact with European settlers.

This Level I project will create the prototype of a digital map of pre- and post-contact American Indian tribal and national regions, cultural histories, and tribally submitted and approved data that is non-archaeological in nature. The prototype, upon completion, will consist of a national map with general information and dynamic details related to three indigenous nations: the Osage, Modoc, and the consolidated Pomo/Miwok. This map will be available to scholars and the public, and envisions future collaboration with, and a centralized reference site for, existing indigenous maps and digital sites. We intend in this project to connect the study of humanities (specifically, indigenous histories and cultures) to conditions of social and cultural life by enabling the public, around the world, to access current and historical maps, cultural practices, and other data related to the life of indigenous peoples.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 2/28/2021


HAA-261218-18

Miami University, Oxford (Oxford, OH 45056-1602)
Daryl W. Baldwin (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Gabriela Perez Baez (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Breath of Life 2.0: Indigenous Language Revitalization through Enhancement of the Miami-Illinois Digital Archive

The expansion and improvement of an existing digital archive for indigenous languages, the development of software to identify and analyze archival materials, and two training workshops for tribal representatives and scholars engaged in language revitalization efforts.

The Miami-Illinois Digital Archive (MIDA) is critical to the educational development of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s language revitalization efforts: it is the only software for the organization, storage, retrieval and analysis of digital surrogates of archival language documentation. The proposed Breath of Life 2.0: Creating a ‘Second Breath’ for Indigenous Language Revitalization (BoL 2.0) project will enhance the proven functionality of MIDA by providing a stable and secure data platform to share this powerful tool with Native American communities engaged in archivally-based research and analysis for language revitalization. The resulting Indigenous Languages Digital Archive will be disseminated in two one-week training workshops for alumni from the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages who seek to engage in the type of advanced archivally-based research that has enabled languages such as Miami-Illinois to be spoken again after decades of silence.

Project fields:
Languages, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$311,641 (approved)
$311,641 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2022


HAA-261228-18

Temple University (Philadelphia, PA 19122-6003)
Peter Logan (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Jane Greenberg (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Developing the Data Set of Nineteenth-Century Knowledge

A project to study the structure and transformation of nineteenth-century knowledge via computational analysis of several editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1788 to 1911.

This project draws on historic editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica, a vital resource of knowledge to build one of the most extensive, open, digital collections available today for studying the structure of nineteenth-century knowledge and its transformation. The most comprehensive representation extant of what constituted official knowledge at the time, they also demonstrate changes in the nature of knowledge in the English-speaking world. The project creates the first accurate textual data for this corpus and extends its usability by applying innovative methods to automatically generate metadata for each of the 100,000 entries. Each entry will be tagged with both current and historical subject categories. At the end of the grant period, all of the data will be made freely available, and a series of experiments will be conducted to identify the feasibility of tracking concept drift across time within the corpus.

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Participating institutions:
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) - Applicant/Recipient
Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
British History; Intellectual History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$111,597 (approved)
$111,597 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 2/28/2021


HAA-261239-18

University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)
Lauren Tilton (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Taylor Arnold (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Distant Viewing Toolkit (DVT) for the Cultural Analysis of Moving Images

The development of an open source software library that will allow scholars, teachers, and students to analyze time-based media including films, news broadcasts, and television programs.

This project allows scholars to work with large-scale collections by building an open source software library to facilitate the algorithmic production of metadata summarizing the content (e.g., shot angle, shot length, lighting, framing, sound) of time-based media. The software allows scholars to explore media in many forms, including films, new broadcasts, and television, revealing how moving images shape cultural norms.

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Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,984 (approved)
$99,984 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 4/30/2022


HAA-261240-18

University of South Carolina, Columbia (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Seung Mo Jang (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Elaine Chun (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Jijun Tang (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Chin-Tser Huang (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Evolution in Digital Discourse: Toward a Computational Tool for Identifying Patterns of Language Change in Social Media

The development of an open access, user-friendly tool to allow scholars and the public to study and document the spread and evolution of information shared over social media networks.

As a team of humanities scholars and computer scientists, we aim to produce a computational tool for analyzing how digital dialogue originates, spreads, and changes as dialogue texts are widely circulated and shared across social media platforms. Unlike prior social media network analyses, this project seeks to develop and disseminate a tool for humanities scholars by allowing them to observe, track, and identify text-level evolutions over the spreading and sharing process in digital communities. With this tool, scholars will be able to analyze how and why the linguistic structure of social media texts as well as their authenticated status can undergo meaningful changes over the course of their broad circulation.

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Project fields:
Communications; Communications; Literature, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$89,566 (approved)
$89,566 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 9/30/2020


HAA-261249-18

Trustees of Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN 46202-2915)
Andre De Tienne (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Implementing an Online Text-Editing Platform for Scholarly Editions

The further development of the online Scholarly Text-Editing Platform for the production of print and digital critical and documentary editions.

Following a successful NEH start-up grant, we propose to implement a cloud-based Scholarly Text-Editing Platform (STEP). That platform is a complete workflow environment designed by scholarly editors, interface specialists, and web and application developers, for facilitating the production of print and online critical or documentary scholarly editions. STEP helps (1) facilitate rigorous TEI-XML transcriptions through timesaving encoding methods; (2) import digitized images of original documents; (3) compile textual apparatus lists; (4) enable the online scholarly editing, annotating, and formatting of texts in an interface that keeps track of and archives every iteration of a document through multiple stages of corrections and editorial interventions; (5) link edited texts and their components both to the digitized documents and to their critical editorial apparatus; and (6) streamline the conversion of edited texts to laid-out and hyperlinked texts for online or print publication.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Philosophy, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$277,320 (approved)
$277,320 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 4/30/2022


HAA-261258-18

American University (Washington, DC 20016-8200)
Braxton Boren (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Hearing Bach's Music As Bach Heard It

The recreation of acoustic conditions of the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig, where J.S. Bach worked as a concert master, to better understand the relationship between the acoustic clarity of the physical space and Bach’s compositions.

Research on J. S. Bach has revealed new insights into the clarity and intimacy of Bach’s music as it was originally performed, including the possibility that Bach’s repertoire at Leipzig was mainly performed with only four singers in the choir. But Bach’s music was also profoundly shaped by the notable acoustics of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where he spent the last 27 years of his life. The church was altered during the Lutheran Reformation to improve the acoustics of the spoken word, which also increased the acoustic clarity for Bach’s works two centuries later. This project will use physical measurements and computer simulations to recreate the acoustic conditions as they existed both during Bach’s time as well as the more reverberant pre-Reformation church. Using this data, we will record a Bach cantata inside the virtual Thomaskirche, both in Bach’s time and before. This will allow us to examine the relationship between the acoustic clarity of the church and Bach's music.

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Project fields:
Architecture; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
12/1/2018 – 1/31/2022


HAA-261261-18

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Tyler Jo Smith (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Linked Open Greek Pottery

The development of a model for aggregating information about dispersed collections of ancient Greek pottery based on the concepts of linked open data to provide greater access to the collections and to allow new ways of analyzing the materials. 

Linked Open Greek Pottery: Kerameikos.org is an international effort to define the intellectual concepts of Archaic and Classical Greek pottery following the methodologies of Linked Open Data (LOD). These concepts include categories such as shapes, artists, styles, and production places. When linked externally to other LOD thesauri, such as the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, Kerameikos.org allows for the normalization and aggregation of disparate museum and archaeological datasets into an information system that facilitates broader public access (e.g., Pelagios Commons). Beyond the definition of pottery concepts, following open web standards, Kerameikos.org will standardize and document an ontology and model for exchanging pottery data, provide easy-to-use interfaces to visualize geographic and quantitative distributions of Greek pottery, and publish a series of data manipulation web services enabling archaeologists and museum professionals to contribute data to this ecosystem.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$85,382 (approved)
$85,382 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 6/30/2021


HAA-261266-18

Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA 30332-0415)
Scott Robertson (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Jesse P. Karlsberg (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)
The Digital Drawer: A Crowd-Sourced, Curated, Digital Archive Preserving History and Memory

The development and testing of the Digital Drawer project on digitized community archives for rural Georgia audiences. The project partners include the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia and Emory University.

The Digital Drawer is a collaborative partnership among Georgia Tech, Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia (HRCGA) to pilot a method of gathering, curating and disseminating crowd-sourced community memory. This effort of the state library system, universities, humanities and non-profit organizations is testing an online concept through a program permitting Georgians to upload their carefully preserved documents, photographs, images of artifacts, and oral memories of historic churches that were the foundation of their community life. The project seeks to develop and pilot a cloud-hosted media and metadata repository and public-facing web application for submitting content to the archive. The Digital Drawer will be designed to accommodate the limited technical capacity of an anticipated older demographic with disabilities.

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Participating institutions:
Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA) - Applicant/Recipient
Emory University (Atlanta, GA) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Cultural History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$86,471 (approved)
$86,471 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2020


HAA-261267-18

SUNY Research Foundation, Albany (Albany, NY 12222-0001)
David Paul Hochfelder (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Stacy Sewell (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Ann E. Pfau (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Picturing Urban Renewal

Development of a website featuring historical photographs and maps that explores the process of urban renewal in large and small cities across New York State.

We are applying for a Level I Digital Humanities Advancement grant for the amount of $49,587 to develop a design, technical plan, and prototype for the Picturing Urban Renewal website. This innovative website will place in space and time historic photographs of major redevelopment projects in four New York cities. It will encourage active looking as a way of learning about urban history and encourage users to compare how urban renewal transformed these four cities, for better and worse. This project makes two key contributions to urban and public history: (1) By focusing on the visual record, particularly pre-demolition and construction-era photographs, we foreground the human experience of redevelopment. 2) By comparing the impact of urban renewal on cities of varying sizes and economic fortunes, we fill an important gap in the scholarly literature, which emphasizes urban centers almost to the exclusion of the small and mid-sized towns and cities.

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,587 (approved)
$49,587 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2020


HAA-261271-18

Georgetown University (Washington, DC 20057-0001)
Amir Zeldes (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Caroline T. Schroeder (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
A Linked Digital Environment for Coptic Studies

The creation and expansion of a suite of language processing tools to better analyze documents written in Coptic – the language of first millennium Egypt – and other ancient Near Eastern languages.

Building on our previous work in Natural Language Processing for Coptic, we will capitalize on recent advances in Digital Humanities & Computational Linguistics to strengthen tools & data available for Coptic. Specifically, we will harness Deep Learning methods to handle a variety of source materials, including OCR data & editions with varying orthography, enhance materials via Linked Open Data and automatic Named Entity Recognition, & integrate automatic syntactic analyses into our materials.

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Project fields:
Linguistics; Near and Middle Eastern Languages

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$323,767 (approved)
$323,767 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2022


HAA-261290-18

University of Maine System (Orono, ME 04473-1513)
Anne Kelly Knowles (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Anika Walke (Co Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Paul B. Jaskot (Co Project Director: July 2018 to present)
The Holocaust Ghettos Project: Reintegrating Victims and Perpetrators through Places and Events

The creation of a spatial model of 1,400 Jewish ghettos during the Holocaust that maps the locations of victims and perpetrators and extracts content from interviews about the experience of living in ghettos, allowing scholars to analyze the relationships between perpetrators and victims using geospatial methods.

This project will implement a place-based model of the Holocaust to bridge the long-standing divide in Holocaust Studies between victims and perpetrators by locating them together in places targeted by ghettoization. We will do this by combining three approaches from the digital and spatial humanities. First, we will create an historical GIS of 1,400 ghettos, extracting key information from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s authoritative Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos. This will enable the first systematic, comparative analysis of Jewish ghettos, forced labor, and mass murder in Eastern Europe, 1939-1945. Second, we will use methods from corpus and computational linguistics to extract and analyze content related to ghettoization in 1,800 transcripts of video interviews with Holocaust survivors from USHMM and the USC Shoah Foundation. Third, we will employ geovisualization as a mode of analysis and to convey the relationships we find between Nazi actions and victims’ experiences.

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Project fields:
European History; Geography; Jewish Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$296,455 (approved)
$296,455 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2022


HAA-261291-18

Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History (Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2303)
Della Pollock (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
The Northside Digital Commons

The development and documentation of a digital community archiving project focusing on the Northside community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The Northside Digital Commons is a new initiative in community archiving. It goes well beyond preservation to engage users in both saving and making history. Our primary goal is to provide a virtual space through which historically black communities facing economic displacement and generational discontinuity can continue to grow and prosper. The proposed project uses innovations in digital historiography to mobilize a professionally curated body of oral histories and artifacts for community renewal and national reckoning. It focuses on the Northside community in Chapel Hill, which emerged as a segregated labor settlement serving the University, and will model possibilities for similarly endangered communities across the nation. Primary activities include web development, resource supplementation, guidance by a Community Review Board, integration into an existing k-12 curriculum, a large-scale launch event, and ongoing evaluation and revision.

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Project fields:
African American History; Communications; Communications

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$79,000 (approved)
$79,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2020


HAA-255885-17

York County Community College (Wells, ME 04090-5341)
Dianne Fallon (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Go Local: Building Capacity for Public History in York County, Maine

A series of planning and development activities to help York County Community College and local historical societies in southeastern Maine develop their own digital public history projects.

York County Community College respectfully seeks a Digital Humanities Advancement grant to build capacity for public history in York County, Maine by providing support for professional development and training for local organizations to develop public history projects using digital tools. The grant would also support a needs assessment of committed historical organizations, two workshops focused on planning and expanding digital expertise, and the development of an entry-level course at York County Community College aimed at teaching students to use digital tools to present public history projects based on local history. The main goal of the project is to foster networking, information sharing, and collaboration between and among local organizations and with York County Community College, and to plan for future projects that might involve the College and its students.

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Project fields:
Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$21,000 (approved)
$21,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


HAA-255937-17

St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY 13617-1501)
Ellen J. Rocco (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Diviner, A Digital Platform

The development of a digital platform to assist small historical societies and other local humanities institutions, including public media organizations, in curating their federated collections on the web.

North Country Public Radio is developing Diviner, an innovative digital platform for organizing and sharing humanities materials with the public, and encouraging exploration and personal interaction with that content. Our proposal is to package Diviner, the digital platform, and make it available to other humanities and public media organizations. During the grant period we will evaluate our current platform, develop new elements, and finally package all elements of the platform into free WordPress elements to be shared publicly in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory. During the grant period we will develop Diviner into a configurable platform useful for other organizations, through staff development meetings, meetings with our advisory board on how best to package the platform for public use, meetings with our humanities collaborators to design new features, and periods of testing and quality assurance for all aspects of the platform.

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Project fields:
Communications; Communications

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$73,500 (approved)
$73,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2017 – 5/31/2019


HAA-255942-17

James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA 22807-0001)
Brooks E. Hefner (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Edward Timke (Co Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Circulating American Magazines: Making Lost Historical Data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations Publicly Available

The creation of web-based tools to visualize magazine circulation and readership data for historically significant magazines dated between 1880 to 1972. This will allow scholars and students to easily access information about circulation that has, to date, been “virtually invisible” due to an arcane and difficult-to-navigate cataloging system.

Although digitization has made more periodical content available to historians, literary critics, and print culture specialists, scholars remain largely in the dark about periodicals’ reach. Circulating American Magazines offers tools to analyze and visualize circulation data for historically significant magazines between 1880 and 1972. Using detailed reports from the Audit Bureau of Circulations and the advertising firm N.W. Ayer & Son, this project provides complete access to circulation numbers by issue, in addition to each title’s geographical circulation across the United States and abroad. The project offers web-based visualization tools that allow students and scholars to investigate the history of a magazine or compare multiple magazines’ readership. The project’s centralization of circulation data allows students and scholars to see American periodical history in radically new ways, describing periodicals’ development with an accuracy that has not been possible before.

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Participating institutions:
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) - Applicant/Recipient
Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
American Literature; American Studies; Journalism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$50,904 (approved)
$48,422 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 10/31/2020


HAA-255979-17

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Jeremy Wade Morris (Project Director: January 2017 to March 2020)
Eric Hoyt (Co Project Director: May 2017 to March 2020)
Investigating the Golden Age of Podcasting through Metadata and Sound

Prototype development and adaptation of open-source software tools to facilitate large-scale search and analysis of podcasts.

Despite an explosion of interest in podcasts - claims of a “Golden Age” of podcasts abound - sound remains mystifyingly difficult to analyze and the history of this emerging media form is already at risk of being lost. PodcastRE Analytics: Investigating Podcasting through Metadata and Sound aims to put podcasting’s data traces to work, making digital audio more usable, visible and audible than current archives. PodcastRE Analytics leverages the 120,000+ podcasts of the PodcastRE database (http://podcastre.org), a preservation collaboration between UW-Madison’s Libraries and Dept. of Communication Arts, to pioneer new techniques for the analysis and visualization of audio and metadata. While tools for data mining text archives exist, PodcastRE Analytics will allow users to explore audio in ways that are as familiar as textual resources. Using digital humanities methods, we can better research contemporary culture and investigate a new media form that has captured significant attention.

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Project fields:
Communications; Communications; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,972 (approved)
$74,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


HAA-255990-17

Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115-2214)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: January 2017 to May 2019)
Meshack Owino (Co Project Director: May 2017 to May 2019)
Curating East Africa: A Platform and Process for Location-Based Storytelling in the Developing World

Expansion of the Curating Kisumu project, which brings together collaborators from the United States and Kenya to develop a mobile website interpreting regional history and culture in East Africa.

We seek a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to develop a Curatescape for WordPress beta, a toolset comprised of an open-source plugin and theme framework that enables scholars or small teams to create interpretive humanities presentations optimized for the mobile-first Internet culture in East Africa and the developing world. Expanding upon our Curating Kisumu project, we will continue to involve transnational student teams in building collaboratively researched and curated location-based stories in Kisumu, Kenya, with project partner Maseno University. After building the beta, which expands upon the existing Curatescape toolset, we will test it with Kisumu content and engage a panel of humanities experts in Kenya and Tanzania to evaluate both the content and the framework. By overcoming regional technical constraints, the project addresses gaps between ambition and adoption of digital humanities practice in Africa and supports local cultural production.

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Project fields:
African History; African Studies; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,939 (approved)
$70,189 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


HAA-255991-17

University of South Florida (Tampa, FL 33620-9951)
Steven E. Jones (Project Director: January 2017 to May 2021)
Reconstructing the First Humanities Computing Center

The digital re-creation of the laboratory of pioneering digital humanities scholar Father Roberto Busa to study the methods used by his team in early computational work with scholarly texts.

In 1956, Roberto Busa, SJ, founded the first humanities computing center in Italy. After five years in other locations, the operation moved in 1961 into a former textile factory outside Milan, where IBM punched-card data processing machines were installed. There student operators worked on the Index Thomisticus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other projects, 1961-1967. We aim to digitize a key range of materials in the Busa Archive directly relevant to the establishment of the center, to augment these with oral histories of machine operators and link to punched-card machine software emulators and an immersive 3D model of the center. The goal is to begin to recover the infrastructure, workflow, and institutional contexts for this highly significant “site” (both literally and figuratively) in the history of technology and the humanities. The outcome will be increased historical understanding through the creation of models for research and learning.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$74,972 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


HAA-255994-17

St. John's University, Collegeville (Collegeville, MN 56321-2000)
Columba A. Stewart (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Ensuring Access to Endangered and Inaccessible Manuscripts

Further development of the virtual Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, a digital portal that provides online access to manuscript collections from Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. This phase of the project would support development of the platform’s underlying technical framework as well as features to enhance the researcher experience.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, seeks support for the next phase of development for its recently-launched vHMML platform for manuscript studies (www.vhmml.org). vHMML 1.0 was released in October 2015 with resources to support the use of manuscripts in research; vHMML 2.0 launched in August 2016 with an online Reading Room that is making tens of thousands of otherwise inaccessible and often endangered manuscript books and archival documents available to users around the world free of charge. NEH funding will make it possible to create vHMML 3.0, with greatly increased discoverability of manuscripts and metadata, and much richer data sharing with other digital humanities projects. vHMML 3.0 will add features requested by partner projects and researchers, and NEH support in both outright and matching funds will sustain the human resources needed to guarantee best-practice administration and continued development of vHMML.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$366,388 (approved)
$366,388 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 6/30/2020


HAA-255998-17

Louisiana State University and A & M College (Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0001)
Jeffrey M. Leichman (Project Director: January 2017 to November 2019)
Françoise Rubellin (Co Project Director: May 2017 to November 2019)
V-ESPACE: Virtual Early Modern Spectacles and Publics, Active and Collaborative Environment

The early-stage development of a virtual reality environment that re-creates an 18th century theater at the Paris Fair. The environment is intended to provide users with an immersive experience that will allow them to learn about social and political issues, discourse, and status during the time of the Enlightenment.

The V-ESPACE project consists of devising and implementing an interactive and explorable virtual reality video game of an evening at the eighteenth-century Paris Fair theater. Players select avatars with distinct goals to complete, keyed to the play on stage and their social status, as they navigate the virtual theater space alongside other users and non-player characters. Game play accommodates a range of linguistic ability, making this an inclusive learning tool for undergraduates studying French, theater, or early modern history. During this grant period, we will establish (1) the floor plan and architectural features of an historically accurate virtual Fair theater space; (2) the text(s) that will comprise the theatrical entertainment, as well as modalities for digital capture of a live performance; (3) avatar profiles, story lines, and characteristics, integrating historical research with computerized behavioral modeling; and (4) detailed roadmaps for continued research and implementation.

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Project fields:
European History; French Literature; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$39,982 (approved)
$39,982 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 10/31/2018


HAA-255999-17

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
William G. Noel (Project Director: January 2017 to May 2021)
Laura E. Aydelotte (Co Project Director: July 2017 to May 2021)
The Philadelphia Playbills Project

A proof-of-concept effort to transcribe and disseminate textual data from a collection of theater playbills documenting 19th-century American theater history.

The Philadelphia Playbills Project (PPP) takes materials from the archive and transforms them into Linked Open Data. The project will be based at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and collaborate with the New York Public Library and the Yale University Digital Humanities Lab. It will use a sample set of 19th century playbills filled with performance information from America's oldest theaters to test approaches to generating data from these materials, including publically crowdsourcing transcriptions using the Ensemble software produced by the NYPL. The PPP will then test workflows for transforming this data into RDF (Linked data). The project will produce a previously unavailable data set that will support new research about the American Theater, develop and refine methodologies for generating such data in the future on a larger scale with other playbill collections, and lay the grounds for future collaborative work with a conference on Performance History in the Digital Age.

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Project fields:
Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$72,380 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018


HAA-256044-17

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890)
Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
David Bamman (Co Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Text in Situ: Reasoning about Visual Information in the Computational Analysis of Books

Implementation of three studies and creation of software tools that computationally analyze visual information about printed books. Partners include the Folger Shakespeare Library and the HathiTrust Research Center.

While humanistic inquiry traditionally involves synthesizing a rich set of contextual information, computational approaches to text analysis introduce several forms of simplification, beginning from the initial act of digitization. In this work, we advocate for an alternative that seeks to reason about text within a rich material context: as ink on paper. We propose new computational approaches to three tasks: using visual information about the physical layout of pages to segment the document structure of books in the HathiTrust; reconstructing lacunae (physical gaps in the medium of writing), and attributing and identifying compositors from visual cues in typesetting (using Shakespeare’s First Folio). Our core unifying principle is reasoning about text holistically—awareness of a text’s rich material context can not only shape the historical questions we ask of large-scale book corpora, but can also be informative for traditional tasks that text alone has been used to answer.

Participating institutions:
Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) - Applicant/Recipient
Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Computational Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2021


HAA-256069-17

Salem State University (Salem, MA 01970-5353)
Roopika Risam (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Networking the Regional Comprehensives

The formation of a network of digital humanities practitioners at regional comprehensive universities. The network is intended to facilitate collaboration and sharing of knowledge and resources among faculty, librarians,and students across the United States at smaller universities that offer less institutional support for computationally-intensive humanities projects.

Salem State University is proposing a Level I project, “Networking the Regional Comprehensives: Digital Humanities beyond the R1 and SLAC,” for the Digital Humanities Advancement Grants Program. The project initiates a much-needed national dialogue on the role of regional comprehensive universities in the field of digital humanities. The project’s short-term goal is bringing together national thinkers and digital humanities practitioners from regional comprehensive universities for a strategic conversation on developing a network to facilitate collaboration of regional comprehensive faculty, librarians, and students across the U.S. The long-term goal is to activate and grow this network so regional comprehensive digital humanities practitioners are better suited to share their knowledge and resources with each other and share their expertise with others across a range of institutions, including K12, community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and research universities.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$39,305 (approved)
$39,305 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018


HAA-256078-17

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)
Brian Daniel Joseph (Project Director: January 2017 to October 2021)
Christopher Brown (Co Project Director: May 2017 to October 2021)
Micha Elsner (Co Project Director: May 2017 to October 2021)
Marie-Catherine de Marneffe (Co Project Director: May 2017 to October 2021)
Named Entity Recognition For The Classical Languages For The Building Of A Catalog Of Ancient Peoples

The creation of a catalog of individuals and groups of individuals mentioned in ancient sources, in part to focus attention on the historical role played by those other than the “great actors” (the important individuals, states, or empires singled out in historic texts). To do so, they will use Named Entity Recognition, a computational linguistics method which identifies people and place names in texts and then sorts them into pre-defined categories, allowing further study and analysis.

The Herodotos Project is creating a catalog of all groups of peoples mentioned in ancient sources, ultimately to assemble informational material for a detailed ethnohistoric profile of each. Our sources at first are Latin and Greek texts. Given the labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of manually searching texts in the original language, and for greater accuracy, we are automating the group name extraction process, drawing on Named Entity Recognition (NER) technology from computational linguistics to identify significant entities in a given text, including our target group names. Most NER systems are English-based, so we have been creating a Latin system that is successful (c. 90% accuracy) but needs more development to achieve even better results. Also, we must adapt our Latin-based system for use with Greek. The NER-development phase of the Project is an essential step towards furthering the creation of the catalogue that will fuel the ethnohistoric side of the overall project.

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Project fields:
Ancient History; Classical Languages; Computational Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,808 (approved)
$74,808 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2020


HAA-256086-17

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH 03755-1808)
Jesse J. Casana (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Exploring Archaeological Landscapes through Advanced Aerial Thermal Imaging

A series of six case studies in locations in the United States and internationally to further methods in aerial thermography, an imaging process that allows non-destructive photography and data collection for archaeological sites.

Archaeologists have known since the 1970s that aerial thermal images can reveal a wide range of ancient cultural features including buried architecture, artifact concentrations, as well as roads, fields, and earthworks. Until recently, technological hurdles have largely prevented aerial thermography from being deployed in archaeological research, but our work on a Level II Start-Up grant brought together a small drone, a lightweight thermal camera, and photogrammetry software to explore new methods for aerial thermal surveys. The proposed project seeks to build on this success by using a newly developed radiometric thermal camera, improved drone technology and new processing methods to undertake a series of aerial thermal surveys at sites in the US, Mexico, Cyprus and Iraq. Results of the project have the potential to transform understanding of the various sites under investigation, and will develop a new set of protocols for collection and processing of thermal imagery in archaeology.

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Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,930 (approved)
$324,930 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2021


HAA-256102-17

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Edward E. Baptist (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
William C. Block (Co Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Freedom on the Move: Advancing a Crowdsourced, Comprehensive Database of North American Runaway Slave Advertisements

Implementation of Freedom on the Move, a public history resource that will offer a unified access point to 100,000 runaway slave advertisements published in American newspapers through the end of the Civil War. In addition, the project will develop tools for students to engage with primary sources by transcribing the advertisements.

“Freedom on the Move” (FOTM) creates a digital resource from an estimated 100,000 runaway slave advertisements from pre-1865 U.S. newspapers. These ads, placed by enslavers when enslaved people attempted to escape, comprise one of the richest sources of information about enslaved individuals in United States history. The FOTM database, which will be freely available for browsing and research, is the first comprehensive collection of these ads. Using crowdsourcing to parse ad data into a database, FOTM enables new research analyses of the history of U.S. slavery. The prototype interface is already built. We seek funds to complete FOTM as a site for public engagement that supports lessons for K-12, university, and museum education. NEH implementation funding will enable us to build tools for analyzing and visualizing data, managing student interaction, engaging the public, and establishing a prototype for future digital resources.

Project fields:
African American History; Women's History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$374,581 (approved)
$374,581 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2021


HAA-256122-17

Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, NC 28216-5398)
Brandon Lunsford (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Mapping the Historic West End: The Digital History of African American Neighborhoods in Charlotte, North Carolina

The creation of content to populate a digital interactive map of a 150-year-old African American neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina that is undergoing significant social change and gentrification. The project is intended to allow community residents to participate in a large-scale effort to document and engage with the city’s history.

This project will create a web and mobile app framework for publishing location-based content including historical photographs, documents, and oral histories that will populate a digital interactive map. The map will document the Historic West End, a vibrant 150 year old African American community that surrounds the university on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently faced with gentrification and social change. This project will expand the boundaries of how libraries can use mobile technology to bring visual history and users together, and will utilize a partnership between academic and public libraries, museums, government agencies, and community members that will provide a model for other small and historically black college and university libraries that seek to bring their local history alive in the digital age.

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Project fields:
African American History; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Literature, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$69,039 (approved)
$69,039 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019


HAA-256123-17

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Andrew Weislogel (Project Director: January 2017 to February 2021)
C. Richard Johnson (Co Project Director: May 2017 to February 2021)
Building a Decision Tree for Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings - The WIRE Project

Development of a prototype tool to enhance museum and art historical research into the printmaking practices of Rembrandt and other artists.

This project seeks to creatively merge digital, computational, and art historical methodologies to significantly broaden access to crucial watermark information elucidating Rembrandt’s printing practice and chronology. Its central innovation is the use of the decision tree model, which allows rapid, confident visual identification of Rembrandt watermarks by non-specialists. The project will build interrogatory decision tree branches for each of the 54 types of watermarks on Rembrandt’s papers, resulting in a complete tree that will be coded into purpose-developed software. The project will also develop procedure to add new watermarks to the tree as they arise, and will lay the foundation for a watermarks database for Rembrandt’s etchings in U.S. collections. The decision tree will provide proof of concept for application to other research questions requiring visual differentiation in datasets too large for the unaided researcher but too small to recommend a machine-learning approach.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,994 (approved)
$74,994 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 3/31/2020


HAA-256132-17

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Tom Ewing (Project Director: January 2017 to May 2021)
Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History

An advanced workshop on incorporating digital humanities tools into medical history research. Preceded by a series of virtual meetings and activities, the two-day workshop will be held at the National Institutes of Health and will result in an open access publication of scholarly essays.

Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Medical History and Digital Humanities will bring together scholars from the field of medical history whose research shows particular promise for making innovative use of methods, tools, and data from the digital humanities. Viral Networks will combine a face-to-face workshop in February 2018 at the National Institutes of Health with structured virtual editing activities that produce innovative scholarship. Workshop participants include twelve Contributing Scholars, each producing a chapter of original research; Consulting Scholars who are experts in network analysis; and an Advisory Board who will coordinate stages of collaborative writing, peer review, collective editing, and final publication in an open access and freely available scholarly platform. The requested funds will support travel costs for workshop participants; salaries for a Graduate Research Assistant and the Project Director; workshop costs; and honoraria for Consulting Scholars.

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

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$39,392 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


HAA-256138-17

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
Julia Hammond Flanders (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Mining Citation in Digital Humanities: A central bibliography of Digital Humanities Quarterly

The further development of a centralized bibliography, a revised editorial workflow, and pilot citation analysis study for the scholarly journal Digital Humanities Quarterly.

Digital Humanities Quarterly seeks funding to complete the development of a centralized bibliography of digital humanities that will support the journal's publication and provide data for citation research and analysis. Building on an NEH-funded prototype, the project will expand the existing bibliography, enhance it with local authority control, and develop a streamlined workflow for maintaining the bibliography as part of the journal's regular production. A pilot research analysis will explore the potential of the data for rhetorical and citation analysis focusing on discipline formation and discursive practices in digital humanities. An exploratory interface for the bibliography will be integrated into the DHQ publication, and the data will also be exposed through a public API.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,123 (approved)
$74,123 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2017 – 4/30/2021


HAA-256146-17

Trustees of Davidson College (Davidson, NC 28035-7149)
Suzanne W. Churchill (Project Director: January 2017 to May 2021)
Susan B. Rosenbaum (Co Project Director: July 2017 to May 2021)
Linda Arbaugh Kinnahan (Co Project Director: July 2017 to May 2021)
Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde

A multimedia research project, including a public crowdsourcing component, exploring the work of early 20th century artist and writer Mina Loy.

A pressing need in digital humanities is for multimodal, user-directed narratives that situate evidence, interpretation, and arguments in ways that allow readers to understand the scholarly project. Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde is a scholarly website that charts the career of the 20th century writer and artist Mina Loy. Using Loy as a case study, our goals are to: provide access to and interpretations of Loy’s work in diverse media, using new digital modes of textual and visual expression to invite closer, more informed and interactive engagement; develop a theory of the en dehors garde (literally, “coming from the outside”) that accounts for contributions of women and people of color who have been excluded from conventional formulations of the avant-garde; and, conduct an experiment in public humanities scholarship that involves students in transforming scholarly methods and products, tests new processes for peer review, and sets UX design standards for digital scholarship.

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Participating institutions:
Trustees of Davidson College (Davidson, NC) - Applicant/Recipient
Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) - Participating Institution
University of Georgia (Athens, GA) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Literature, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,960 (approved)
$74,934 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 3/31/2020


HAA-256158-17

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Sheila A. Brennan (Project Director: January 2017 to June 2018)
Christopher Hamner (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Transcribing and Linking Early American Records with Scripto and Omeka S

An update and redesign of Scripto, which is a free, open-source tool used for collaborative online transcriptions of documents and multimedia files. This update will ensure it is compatible with Omeka S, a platform for publishing linked open data and integrating collections. In addition to this, the team will migrate the holdings in an important archive (The Papers of the War Department) to Omeka S and develop guidance to assist other cultural heritage organizations in managing their own community transcription projects.

RRCHNM seeks a Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the NEH-ODH to 1) update and redesign the Scripto transcription tool to make it compatible with the new data architecture in Omeka S; 2) migrate the substantial holdings in the Papers of the War Department collections to Omeka S; 3) and use the project as the basis for producing a number of publications and guides that will support other cultural heritage organizations in their efforts to develop community transcription projects with Scripto and Omeka S.

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Project fields:
Military History; Political History; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$230,000 (approved)
$230,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2020


HAA-256175-17

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Jennifer Stertzer (Project Director: January 2017 to March 2021)
Erica Cavanaugh (Co Project Director: July 2017 to March 2021)
Cathy Moran Hajo (Co Project Director: July 2017 to March 2021)
The Development of Digital Documentary Editing Platforms

A workshop for scholarly editors and software developers to discuss how the Omeka and Drupal digital platforms can better serve the needs of documentary editions.

The Center for Digital Editing will host a forum that will bring together editors and technical experts currently engaged with two open-source content management systems -- Omeka and Drupal -- during a two-day workshop to discuss the use, development, and distribution of options for creating and publishing digital documentary editions. Information generated at this workshop will be made available through a website and presented at professional meetings and institutes to promote feedback and discussion.

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Participating institutions:
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) - Applicant/Recipient
Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$18,236 (approved)
$17,886 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


HAA-256186-17

Macalester College (St. Paul, MN 55105-1899)
Brigetta Abel (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Amy Young (Co Project Director: May 2017 to present)
Grenzenlos Deutsch: an Inclusive Curriculum for German Studies

The creation of a digital open educational resource for German language and culture. The applicants aim to produce an alternative to traditional textbooks by developing an interactive and immersive environment for language and culture that makes use of videos and interviews with native and near-native German speakers.

We seek a Level II grant to complete Grenzenlos Deutsch, an online, open-access curriculum for introductory German language and culture courses that creates an inclusive and interactive learning experience. The curriculum, started by Professors Brigetta (Britt) Abel and Amy Young during their sabbatical leaves in the fall of 2016, is intended as a no-cost alternative to current traditional textbooks in the field. Funding will be used primarily for the formation of a Collaborative Working Group of German faculty to assemble for further development and completion this full-year curriculum, which mixes materials from real-world, contemporary communication scenarios, multimedia content, and online learning activities. Firmly rooted in humanities, including language and culture, this curriculum will be openly available to German Studies teachers and learners worldwide, and our project will present a viable alternative to traditional textbooks across humanities fields.

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Participating institutions:
Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) - Applicant/Recipient
Central College (Pella, IA) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
German Language

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$69,837 (approved)
$69,837 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2021


HAA-256187-17

Association of Research Libraries (Washington, DC 20036-1109)
Judy Ruttenberg (Project Director: January 2017 to March 2021)
Cynthia Hudson-Vitale (Co Project Director: May 2017 to March 2021)
Integrating Digital Humanities into the Web of Scholarship with SHARE: An Exploration of Requirements

A series of activities to adapt the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) platform that enhances the discoverability of scholarship for use by humanities faculty and librarians.

This project will develop a plan to optimize the SHARE aggregator and data set for digital humanities in consultation with scholars, institutions, and centers. A digital humanities project may produce more than one book or article manuscript, each published on a different publisher’s website, any number of pre-prints on institutional repositories or pre-print servers, data sets and code books on Dryad or Figshare, and text mining or cleaning scripts on github. Such project components may be housed semi-permanently in web-publishing platforms like Omeka without formal integration with library discovery systems or other services to link them to similar projects. The SHARE platform links scholarly activity across the research lifecycle and makes it available as enhanced, free, open metadata. The project team will administer a survey, conduct focus groups, and engage with the humanities community to detail requirements and prototype applications for digital scholarship curation.

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Participating institutions:
Association of Research Libraries (Washington, DC) - Applicant/Recipient
Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019


HAA-256218-17

University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL 32816-8005)
Scott Branting (Project Director: January 2017 to March 2021)
Joseph Kider (Co Project Director: May 2017 to March 2021)
Lori C. Walters (Co Project Director: May 2017 to March 2021)
Documenting and Triaging Cultural Heritage (DATCH): Damage Assessment and Digital Preservation

The development of open source software that will allow archaeologists, historians, and archivists to conduct rapid needs assessment of cultural heritage in conflict and non-conflict situations. The software will, when used in conjunction with mixed reality hardware (which merges both real and virtual worlds), allow users to quickly identify and document damage to structures and sites by providing overlays that compare real-time conditions against previously collected images.

The Documenting and Triaging Cultural Heritage (DATCH) project will develop prototype open-source software for field assessment and documentation of built and movable cultural heritage using mixed reality hardware with or without network connections. It will permit real-time overlay comparisons of cultural heritage against earlier documentation while also enabling the creation of new scaled drawings using gestures, even in field situations with no network connections. When network connections are available additional features such as video calls with specialists and data sharing with management systems will be enabled. DATCH will aid rapid needs assessments of cultural heritage in conflict situations, ongoing assessments of cultural heritage in the field, and enable field work across multiple disciplines. The prototype software will be developed and field tested with Microsoft’s HoloLens, but with a goal of cross-platform compatibility across head mounted display mixed reality devices.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$74,916 (approved)
$74,915 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019


HAA-256224-17

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201)
Robert Keith Englund (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative Framework Update

An infrastructure update of the established Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative that focuses on improving sustainability and enhancing accessibility for both new users and the existing user community.

The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) is a 20-year strong international digital humanities project curating data and maintaining the largest database of artifacts inscribed with cuneiform writing from ancient Iraq and adjacent regions. The CDLI Framework Update is a consolidation project aimed at ensuring both the longevity of the CDLI data and interface, and at increasing access, usability, and accessibility to the information it curates. As part of numerous sub-projects, a wide array of technologies to provide software support have been used through the years. The CDLI Framework Update will consolidate actual features into a framework structure and prepare new data displays, including machine readable outputs, to enhance information diffusion. This update will strengthen digital structure of CDLI, facilitating maintenance and future developments, and increasing access to information about ancient cultures to actual and prospective audiences, including the disabled.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Linguistics; Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 6/30/2020


HAA-256249-17

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890)
Golan Levin (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
David Newbury (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Supporting Cultural Heritage Research in Historic Photography Archives with Machine Learning and Computer Vision

The development of a set of prototype image identification tools and techniques to allow enhanced access to large photography archives. The Carnegie Museum of Art’s Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive of African American life in Pittsburgh would serve as the test collection.

We address the challenges faced in the research and annotation of large digital image archives by creating prototype software tools that use machine learning and computer vision. Specifically, we are developing software tools to aid research into the Carnegie Museum of Art’s publicly available Teenie Harris Archive, a major photography collection documenting 20th century African American life in Pittsburgh. Our goal is to create open-source software that uses state-of-the-art techniques to help identify and annotate visually distinctive features across this large (80,000 item) set of digitized photographs, to improve and expedite the Museum's archiving and cataloging process. Through compatibility with International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) standards, our project will furthermore provide free tools and reproducible, computer-vision based workflows that other museums, libraries and archives can use to help organize their own digital collections.

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Project fields:
African American History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$72,458 (approved)
$72,458 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 2/29/2020


HAA-256368-17

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Michele C. Weigle (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Deborah Kempe (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Pamela Graham (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Alexander Thurman (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Michael L Nelson (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Visualizing Webpage Changes Over Time

The development of prototypes for a set of open-source visualization tools to ease navigation of web archive collections. Partners include the New York Art Resources Consortium and Columbia University Libraries.

As web archives grow in importance and size, techniques for understanding how a web page changes through time need to adapt from an assumption of scarcity (just a few copies of a page, no more than a few weeks or months apart) to one of abundance (tens of thousands of copies of a page, spanning as much as 20 years). Old Dominion University, New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), and Columbia University Libraries (CUL) will jointly research and develop tools for efficient visualization of and interaction with archived web pages. We will develop 1) a tool for visualizing web page changes in arbitrary web archives, 2) a plug-in for the popular Wayback Machine web archiving system (for better support of the functionality otherwise available via #1), and 3) scripts for easy embedding of the visualizations in live web pages, providing tighter integration of the archived web and live web. This work will be informed and in support of CUL's and NYARC's existing web archiving activities.

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Participating institutions:
Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA) - Applicant/Recipient
Columbia University Libraries (New York, NY) - Participating Institution
New York Art Resources Consortium (New York, NY) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 3/31/2020