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MN-263821-19

Trustees of Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN 46202-2915)
Jennifer E. Guiliano (Project Director: June 2018 to present)

Discover Indiana II

Expansion of the existing Discover Indiana website and mobile application highlighting local history tours and stories across seventeen counties in a statewide initiative.

Discover Indiana II seeks support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch a state-wide content development drive in partnership with public libraries, museums, and/or county historians in eighteen counties in the state. We seek $396,661 to augment our 23 existing public tours, as well as develop 36 new tours by the close of the project period. Funding secured with this grant will support county-based training workshops led by the project team, subsidization of each county developing at least 2 of their own digital tours highlighting humanities topics, sites, and objects from their county or collections, as well as adding two additional functionalities to the existing Omeka+Curatescape platform which will allow us to fine-tune the geo-location schema to produce independent county landing pages and to add bibliographic entries to tours in an easy-to-use way.

Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2019 – 2/28/2021


HAA-255990-17

Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115-2214)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Meshack Owino (Co Project Director: May 2017 to present)

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

Total amounts:
$74,939 (approved)
$70,189 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


HD-248560-16

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

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

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

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

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$74,943 (approved)
$74,199 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 7/31/2017


HD-51912-14

Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115-2214)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: September 2013 to present)
Meshack Owino (Co Project Director: September 2013 to present)

Curating Kisumu: Adapting Mobile Humanities Interpretation in East Africa

A collaborative venture between Cleveland State University's Center for Public History + Digital Humanities and Maseno University in Kenya to explore how to use the Curatescape mobile framework, which allows for mobile interpretation of historical and cultural sites, in Kenya.

The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities (CPHDH) at Cleveland State University and Maseno University in Kenya seek NEH Level II Start-Up funding for Curating Kisumu to extend best practices for mobile interpretation to the developing world. CPHDH will explore how to use the Curatescape mobile interpretive framework to facilitate interchange between the humanities and pressing needs in East Africa. Faculty and students on both sides of the Atlantic will conduct collaborative research. Our team will also explore how to modify Curatescape to enable bilingual user inputs on the administrative backend and to allow the richest possible experience for users who use still-prevalent feature phones. Our team will develop an educational exchange to create content; develop, implement, and test an app that we adapt thoughtfully to local needs and technical constraints; and collaboratively identify a set of recommendations for overcoming barriers to mobile curation in Africa.

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Project fields:
African History; Public History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HD-51773-13

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

Mobile Museum Initiative

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

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

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Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 8/31/2015