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NEH Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Grants on April 2nd, 2009

The National Endowment for the Humanities is soliciting applications for Preservation and Access Research and Development grants, with an 7/30/09 deadline.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Preservation and Access Research and Development grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials. . . .

NEH especially encourages applications that address the following areas:

  • Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including those for which no analog counterparts exist;
  • Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections: how to preserve and increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these formats; and
  • Preventive Conservation: how to protect and slow the deterioration of humanities collections through the use of sustainable preservation strategies.
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    Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship

    Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Digital Humanities on April 2nd, 2009

    The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship: Report of a Workshop Cosponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources and The National Endowment for the Humanities

    Here's an excerpt from the Executive Summary:

    On September 15, 2008, CLIR, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), held a symposium to explore research topics arising at the intersection of humanities, social sciences, and computer science. The meeting addressed two fundamental questions: (1) how do the new media advance and transform the interpretation and analysis of text, image, and other sources of interest to the humanities and social sciences and enable new expression and pedagogy?, and (2) how do those processes of inquiry pose questions and challenges for research in computer science as well as in the humanities and social sciences?

    Working Together or Apart considers these two questions. The volume opens with an essay by CLIR Director of Programs Amy Friedlander, which contextualizes and synthesizes the day's discussion. It is followed by six papers prepared for the meeting, and a summary of a report on digital humanities centers commissioned by CLIR and written by Diane Zorich.

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      March 18th: It’s a Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities

      Posted in Digital Humanities on March 18th, 2009

      Today, digital humanists will document their activities as part of a Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities .

      Here's an excerpt from the wiki:

      A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is a community publication project that will bring together digital humanists from around the world to document what they do on one day, March 18th. The goal of the project is to create a web site that weaves together the journals of the participants into a picture that answers the question, "Just what do computing humanists really do?" Participants will document their day through photographs and commentary in a blog-like journal. The collection of these journals with links, tags, and comments will make up the final work which will be published online.

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        NEH Office of Digital Humanities Announces 13 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

        Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on March 12th, 2009

        The NEH Office of Digital Humanities has announced the award of 13 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants.

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          NEH Funds 197 Humanities Projects

          Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on March 10th, 2009

          The National Endowment for the Humanities has made $20 million in grant awards/offers to 197 humanities projects.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          The funding announced today will support a variety of projects in diverse fields of the humanities. Projects receiving support will, for example, provide college faculty the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the humanities to enhance undergraduate instruction; support high-quality media projects for public audiences that explore significant ideas and events in the humanities; enable researchers to record and archive languages facing extinction; and encourage the development of innovations in the digital humanities.

          This award cycle, institutions and individuals in 36 states and the District of Columbia will receive NEH support. Projects undertaken by American scholars working outside the United States are also receiving support. A complete state-by-state listing of grants and offers of matching funds is available below:

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            Digital Humanities Developments in 2008

            Posted in Digital Humanities on February 24th, 2009

            Lisa Spiro, Director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University's Fondren Library, overviews digital humanities developments in 2008 in two postings:

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              Interview with Brett Bobley, Director of the Office of the Digital Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities

              Posted in Digital Humanities on February 2nd, 2009

              HASTAC has published an interview with Brett Bobley, Director of the Office of the Digital Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

              Here's an excerpt:

              If I had to predict some interesting things for the future in the area of access, I'd sum it up in one word: scale. Big, massive, scale. That's what digitization brings—access to far, far more cultural heritage materials than you could ever access before. If you're a scholar of, say, 19th century British literature, how does your work change when, for the first time, you have every book from your era at your fingertips? Far more books than you could ever read in your lifetime. How does this scale change things? How might quantitative tech-based methodologies like data mining help you to better understand a giant corpus? Help you zero in on issues?

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                Grants: Digging into Data Challenge from JISC, NEH, NSF, and SSHRC

                Posted in Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Grants on January 20th, 2009

                The Joint Information Systems Committee, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council have announced The Digging into Data Challenge.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                The Digging into Data Challenge encourages humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis, challenging scholars to develop international partnerships and explore vast digital resources, including electronic repositories of books, newspapers, and photographs to identify new opportunities for scholarship.

                Applicants will form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. Winning teams will receive grants from two or more of the funding agencies and, one year later, will be invited to present their work at a special conference. These teams, which may be composed of scholars and scientists, will be asked to demonstrate how data mining and data analysis tools currently used in the sciences can improve humanities and social science scholarship. The hope of this competition is that these projects will serve as exemplars to the field and encourage new, international partnerships among scholars, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians, and others. . . .

                In order to apply, interested applicants must first submit a letter of intent by March 15, 2009. Final applications will be due July 15, 2009.

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                  Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research Version 1.4.0

                  Posted in Digital Humanities on January 19th, 2009

                  The Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research version 1.4.0 has been released.

                  Here's an excerpt from the home page:

                  Developed in partnership with humanities scholars, SEASR enhances the use of digital materials by helping scholars uncover hidden information and connections. SEASR supports the study of assets from small patterns drawn from a single text or chunk of text to broader entity categories and relations across a million words or a million books. SEASR will support numerical, categorical, text, and audio-based analysis and will continue to evolve to include processing of images and other multimedia data formats.

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                    Interview Podcasts from the Coalition for Networked Information's Fall 2008 Task Force Meeting

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Humanities, DSpace on January 14th, 2009

                    Gerry Bayne has made available podcast interviews with selected participants at the Coalition for Networked Information's Fall 2008 Task Force Meeting.

                    Here are three of podcasts of special interest:

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                      Call for JISC-NEH Transatlantic Digitization Grants Will Be Issued This Month

                      Posted in Digital Humanities, Digitization, Grants on December 8th, 2008

                      JISC and the National Endowment for the Humanities have announced that they will fund a new group of transatlantic digitization grants. The call will be issued in mid-December, with an early March 2009 closing date for applications.

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                        Promoting Digital Scholarship: Formulating Research Challenges in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computation White Papers

                        Posted in Digital Humanities on December 5th, 2008

                        White papers used in the Promoting Digital Scholarship: Formulating Research Challenges in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computation symposium are now available.

                        A draft of a symposium summary is also available.

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