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The CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide

Posted in Digital Humanities on September 22nd, 2010

The CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative has released The CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Presenting a well-researched and annotated view of the field, the guide will serve as a broad introduction to DH for newcomers by offering a balanced archive of best practices, ongoing projects, and disciplinary debates.

The guide covers a wide range of subjects, including Defining the Digital Humanities, Hot Topics, Sample Projects, DH Syllabi, and Conferences and Events. Check out the Table of Contents for the full range of topics.

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    Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007–2010)

    Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants, Reports and White Papers on September 8th, 2010

    The Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities has released Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007–2010) .

    Here's an excerpt:

    The bulk of this summary report reflects work done by the NEH's Kathy Toavs who got in touch with 51 of the project directors from the first two years of the program (2007 and 2008). We chose just the first two years because we wanted to talk to project directors who had concluded their work to find out more about outcomes. Kathy provides an overview of her research including a thorough discussion of the many publications, conferences, Web sites, and software tools that emerged from the first two years of the SUG program [Start-Up Grant program]. She also asked the project directors for their feedback on the program and Kathy provides an excellent summary of their thoughts.

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      NEH Awards New Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

      Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on August 29th, 2010

      The NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program has made 28 new awards.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      American University — Washington, DC
      The Map of Jazz Musicians: an online interactive tool for navigating jazz history's interpersonal network
      Fernando Benadon, Project Director
      Outright: $49,777
      To support: The development of an online tool to map connections and collaborations among American jazz musicians.

      Bank Street College of Education — New York, NY
      Civil Rights Movement Remix (CRM-Remix)
      Bernadette Anand, Project Director
      Outright: $25,000
      To support: A series of workshops to plan the development of location-based smartphone applications about the African-American Civil Rights Movement based around sites in Harlem, NY.

      Boston University — Boston, MA
      Evolutionary Subject Tagging in the Humanities
      Jack Ammerman, Project Director
      Outright: $13,767
      To support: A two-day meeting of humanities scholars, librarians, and computational analysis experts to consider how to improve existing cataloging software that attempts to better classify interdisciplinary humanities research.

      Brown University — Providence, RI
      A Journal-Driven Bibliography of Digital Humanities
      Julia Flanders, Project Director
      Outright: $49,659
      To support: Development of a project led by the staff of Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) to create, manage, export, and publish high quality bibliographical data across the digital humanities research domain.

      Center for Civic Education — Calabasas, CA
      Project Citizen CaseBase: Strengthening Youth Voices in an Open-Source Democracy
      Kaavya Krishna, Project Director
      Outright: $50,000
      To support: Development of a free online multimedia "dashboard" and database to enable sharing community activities and civic engagement programs that promote education in democracy for young people in more than 65 countries.

      Columbia University — New York, NY
      Leveraging "The Wisdom of the Crowds" for Efficient Tagging and Retrieval of documents from the Historic Newspaper Archive
      Haimonti Dutta, Project Director
      Outright: $49,452
      To support: A study of user-generated subject tagging to improve search capabilities for large-scale digital archives of humanities materials, using the historic newspaper collections of the New York Public Library.

      Dartmouth College — Hanover, NH

      Mapping the History of Knowledge: Text-Based Tools and Algorithms for Tracking the Development of Concepts
      Mikhail Gronas, Project Director
      Outright: $50,000
      To support: Text analysis of 15 editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica employing natural language processing, network analysis, and information visualization in order test computational methods for tracing changes in formation and evolution of concepts and ideas across domains of knowledge over time.

      George Mason University — Fairfax, VA
      Scholar Press
      Daniel Cohen, Project Director
      Outright: $49,697
      To support: The development of three tools that will aid in the dissemination of research and teaching materials for humanities scholars.

      Illinois State University — Normal, IL
      Building a Better Back-End: Editor, Author, & Reader Tools for Scholarly Multimedia
      Cheryl Ball, Project Director
      Outright: $50,000
      To support: Development of an open source editorial management system and reader tools for online publication of scholarly multimedia and related forms of digital scholarship for use with Open Journal System (OJS), a widely used editorial management system.

      Indiana University, Bloomington — Bloomington, IN
      Optical Music Recognition on the International Music Score Library Project
      Christopher Raphael, Project Director
      Outright: $50,000
      To support: Development of a prototype optical music recognition (OMR) software application and editorial platform to allow greater scholarly access to digitized music archives.

      John Woodman Higgins Armory Museum, Inc. — Worcester, MA
      Virtual Joust:  A Technological Interpretation of Medieval Jousting and Its Culture
      Jeffery Forgeng, Project Director
      Outright: $49,960
      To support: The development of an interactive museum exhibition that uses game technology to engage visitors of the John Woodman Higgins Armory Museum in the history of medieval jousting.

      Kent State University Main Campus — Kent, OH
      The GeoHistorian Project
      Mark van't Hooft, Project Director
      Outright: $49,749
      To support: Educating K-12 teachers and students in the creation of local history content linked to community locations by QR codes (2-dimensional bar codes).

      Lewis and Clark College — Portland, OR
      Intellectual Property and International Collaboration in the Digital Humanities: the Moroccan Jewish Community Archives
      Oren Kosansky, Project Director
      Outright: $49,950
      To support: The development of a pilot website that provides interactive access to a translated, annotated, and searchable set of 50 to 75 documents of 19th and 20th century Moroccan Jewish materials. The project also will seek to create protocols and best practices for intellectual property issues for digital archival projects in developing countries.

      Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York — New York, NY
      The Lower Eastside Girls Club Girl/Hood Project
      Dave Pentecost, Project Director
      Outright: $50,000
      To support: Develop and test software to create 3D virtual reality performance based on local history of the Lower Eastside neighborhood where the Lower Eastside Girls Club is now located. The project will serve as a model for how humanities projects can take advantage of increasingly popular "fulldome" theaters found in museums across the nation.

      Montana Preservation Alliance — Helena, MT

      The Touchstone Project: Saving and Sharing Montana's Community Heritage
      Kathryn Hampton, Project Director
      Outright: $49,146
      To support: Development of the Touchstone Project, an interactive online archive of local history and cultural heritage that links local digital repositories to the online Montana Memory Project.

      PublicVR — Jamaica Plain, MA
      Egyptian Ceremony in the Virtual Temple- Avatars for Virtual Heritage
      Jeffrey Jacobson, Project Director
      Outright: $49,913
      To support: Development of new virtual reality technology for an exhibition on ancient Egypt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

      St. Louis University — Saint Louis, MO
      The T-PEN Tool: Sustainability and Quality Control in Encoding Handwritten Texts
      James Ginther, Project Director
      Outright: $49,708
      To support: Creation of a generalized transcription tool coupled with automated mark-up techniques, based on a prototype developed for the Electronic Norman Anonymous Project (ENAP) and refined using data generated from the NEH-funded Carolingian Canon Law Project.

      University of California, Riverside — Riverside, CA
      The Early California Cultural Atlas
      Steven Hackel, Project Director
      Outright: $50,000
      To support: Development of a digital atlas to integrate and manage historical resources and enable analysis of historical data related to the colonization and settlement of early California.

      University of California, San Diego — La Jolla, CA
      DRAMA IN THE DELTA: Digitally Reenacting Civil Rights Performances at Arkansas' Wartime Camps for Japanese Americans
      Emily Roxworthy, Project Director
      Outright: $50,000
      To support: A scholarly, historic simulation meant for public audiences exploring the racial dynamics of a wartime internment camp in the Arkansas Delta.

      University of Chicago — Chicago, IL
      Cinemetrics, a Digital Laboratory for Film Studies
      Yuri Tsivian, Project Director
      Outright: $45,711
      To support: An online collection of tools that would allow film researchers to collect, store, and process scholarly data about film editing.

      University of Georgia — Athens, GA
      AI for Architectural Discourse
      Stefaan Van Liefferinge, Project Director
      Outright: $24,965
      To support: The creation of an ontology for architectural history to support humanities research that takes advantage of artificial intelligence technologies.

      University of Maryland, College Park — College Park, MD
      Professionalization in Digital Humanities Centers
      Tanya Clement, Project Director
      Outright: $24,999
      To support: A two-day workshop and online discussion resulting in recommendations for establishing professional standards for evaluating scholarship developed at digital humanities centers.

      University of Maryland, College Park — College Park, MD
      MITH API Workshop
      David Lester, Project Director
      Outright: $24,930
      To support: A two-day workshop on the use of Application Programming Interfaces to explore approaches that allow for greater sharing of content among humanities resources such as scholarly editions, digitized newspapers, and dictionaries.

      University of North Texas — Denton, TX

      Mapping Historical Texts: Combining Text-mining & Geo-visualization to Unlock the Research Potential of Historical Newspapers
      Andrew Torget, Project Director
      Outright: $50,000
      To support: Development of text-mining and visualization tools to study movement of information through time and space by analyzing digitized texts of historical newspapers from the NEH-funded Chronicling America archive.

      University of Oregon, Eugene — Eugene, OR
      Oregon Petrarch Open Book
      Massimo Lollini, Project Director
      Outright: $49,978
      To support: Development of a more interactive database driven website for the Oregon Petrarch Open Book project.

      University of Richmond — Richmond, VA

      Landscapes of the American Past: Visualizing Emancipation
      Edward Ayers, Project Director
      Outright: $48,155
      To support: The development of a digital atlas seeking to demonstrate how the spread of emancipation of enslaved people occurred during the US Civil War.

      University of South Carolina Research Foundation — Columbia, SC
      George Williams, Project Director
      Outright: $24,987
      To support: The collection of additional oral histories, the preparation of pedagogical materials, and further development of additional accessibility features to a humanities website to allow for enhanced visitor experiences for visually-impaired users.

      University of Washington — Seattle, WA
      Collecting Online Music Project
      Ann Lally, Project Director
      Outright: $18,881
      To support: A planning meeting to discuss issues and possible solutions pertaining to the curation and preservation of born-digital music.

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        Google Makes 12 Digital Humanities Research Awards

        Posted in Digital Humanities, Google and Other Search Engines, Grants on July 15th, 2010

        Google has funded 12 grants in its Digital Humanities Research Awards program.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement :

        We've given awards to 12 projects led by 23 researchers at 15 universities:

        • Steven Abney and Terry Szymanski, University of Michigan. Automatic Identification and Extraction of Structured Linguistic Passages in Texts.
        • Elton Barker, The Open University, Eric C. Kansa, University of California-Berkeley, Leif Isaksen, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Google Ancient Places (GAP): Discovering historic geographical entities in the Google Books corpus.
        • Dan Cohen and Fred Gibbs, George Mason University. Reframing the Victorians.
        • Gregory R. Crane, Tufts University. Classics in Google Books.
        • Miles Efron, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois. Meeting the Challenge of Language Change in Text Retrieval with Machine Translation Techniques.
        • Brian Geiger, University of California-Riverside, Benjamin Pauley, Eastern Connecticut State University. Early Modern Books Metadata in Google Books.
        • David Mimno and David Blei, Princeton University. The Open Encyclopedia of Classical Sites.
        • Alfonso Moreno, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Bibliotheca Academica Translationum: link to Google Books.
        • Todd Presner, David Shepard, Chris Johanson, James Lee, University of California-Los Angeles. Hypercities Geo-Scribe.
        • Amelia del Rosario Sanz-Cabrerizo and José Luis Sierra-Rodríguez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Collaborative Annotation of Digitalized Literary Texts.
        • Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia. JUXTA Collation Tool for the Web.
        • Timothy R. Tangherlini, University of California-Los Angeles, Peter Leonard, University of Washington. Northern Insights: Tools & Techniques for Automated Literary Analysis, Based on the Scandinavian Corpus in Google Books.
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          THATCamp "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities"

          Posted in Digital Humanities, Open Access on July 5th, 2010

          THATCamp Paris 2010 issued a "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities." THATCamp is a "a user-generated 'unconference' on digital humanities."

          Here's an excerpt:

          9. We call for open access to data and metadata, which must be documented and interoperable, both technically and conceptually.

          10. We support the dissemination, exchange and free modification of methods, code, formats and research findings.

          11. We call for the integration of digital humanities education within social science and humanities curricula. We also wish to see the creation of diplomas specific to the digital humanities, and the development of dedicated professional education. Finally, we want such expertise to be considered in recruitment and career development.

          12. We commit to building a collective expertise based upon a common vocabulary, a collective expertise proceeding from the work of all the actors involved. This collective expertise is to become a common good. It is a scientific opportunity, but also an opportunity for professional insertion in all sectors.

          13. We want to help define and propagate best practices, corresponding to needs identified within or across disciplines, which should derive and evolve from debate and consensus within the communities concerned. The fundamental openness of the digital humanities nevertheless assures a pragmatic approach to protocols and visions, which maintains the right to coexistence of different and competing methods, to the benefit of both thought and practice.

          14. We call for the creation of scalable digital infrastructures responding to real needs. These digital infrastructures will be built iteratively, based upon methods and approaches that prove successful in research communities.

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            NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants Awards Announced

            Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on March 31st, 2010

            The NEH Office of Digital Humanities has announced recent awards from its Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program.

            The awards are:

            • City of Philadelphia, Department of Records—Philadelphia, PA: Historic Overlays on Smart Phones
            • Early Manuscripts Electronic Library—Rolling Hills Estates, CA: The Nyangwe Diary of David Livingstone: Restoring the Text
            • George Mason University—Fairfax, VA: Crowdsourcing Documentary Transcription: an Open Source Tool
            • Georgia Tech Research Corporation—Atlanta, GA: Gesture, Rhetoric, and Digital Storytelling
            • Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus—University Park, PA: Learning as Playing: An Animated, Interactive Archive of 17th-19th Century Narrative Media For and By Children
            • Sweet Briar College—Sweet Briar, VA: African-American Families Database: Community Formation in Albemarle County, Virginia, 1850-1880
            • University of Arizona—Tucson, AZ: Poetry Audio/Video Library Phase 2
            • University of California, Berkeley—Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Prosopography Services: Building Research Communities and Restoring Ancient Communities through Digital Tools
            • University of California, Los Angeles—Los Angeles, CA: Software Interface for Real-time Exploration of Three-Dimensional Computer Models of Historic Urban Environments
            • University of California, San Diego—La Jolla, CA: Interactive Visualization of Media Collections for Humanities Research
            • University of Chicago—Chicago, IL: Dictionnaire Vivant de la Langue Francaise (DVLF): Expanding the French Dictionary
            • University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.—Athens, GA: Telecollaborative Webcasting:Strengthening Acquisition of Humanities Content Knowledge through Foreign Language Education
            • University of Nebraska, Board of Regents—Lincoln, NE: Sustaining Digital History
            • University of New Mexico—Albuquerque, NM: Digital Documentation and Reconstruction of an Ancient Maya Temple and Prototype of Internet GIS Database of Maya Architecture
            • University of Virginia—Charlottesville, VA: ARTeFACT Movement Thesaurus
            • University of Virginia—Charlottesville, VA: New Digital Tools for Restoring Polychromy to 3D Digital Models of Sculpture
            • University of Virginia—Charlottesville, VA: Supercomputing for Digitized 3D Models of Cultural Heritage
            • Washington State University—Pullman, WA: Mukurtu: An Indigenous Archive and Publishing Tool
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              Overview of Open Access Models for eBooks in the Humanities and Social Sciences

              Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Open Access, Scholarly Books on March 28th, 2010

              Open Access Publishing in European Networks has released Overview of Open Access Models for eBooks in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              A new survey of Open Access book publishing confirms a wide variety of approaches, as well as a continuing search for the optimal publishing and business models. While Open Access is still in an experimental phase of trying out new models, and tracking the readers’ online and offline preferences to gauge the best way forward, some trends and patterns have started to emerge.

              This recently conducted survey of a wide international range of publishing initiatives compares the publishing- and business models they employ, while examining their reasons for engaging in Open Access. The report cites findings from case studies including major academic presses (such as Yale University Press, the MIT Press, the University of California Press), commercial publishers (Bloomsbury Academic), library-press partnerships (the University of Michigan Press), academic led-presses (Open Humanities Press), commercial-academic press ventures, as well as other partnerships, which all offer Open Access to anything from a single title to the entire retro-digitized backlist.

              While it is too early to confirm with any certainty which models are the most viable in the long term, it is clear that sustainable long-term business models require a measure of external funding, while cutting costs and creating efficiencies through the use of shared resources, digitized production process and a new range of revenue sources.

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                Shakespeare Quartos Archive Launched

                Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Humanities on November 17th, 2009

                The Folger Shakespeare Library has announced the launch of the Shakespeare Quartos Archive.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                For the first time, digitized copies of rare early editions of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet have been compiled into a single online collection. The Shakespeare Quartos Archive ( makes digitized versions of the play drawn from libraries in the US and the UK freely available to researchers worldwide.

                "The Shakespeare Quartos Archive presents new and innovative opportunities that were simply not possible before for scholars, teachers, and students to explore Hamlet," said Folger Director Gail Kern Paster.

                "We are confident that the Shakespeare Quartos Archive will become an indispensable online resource for the worldwide community of scholars, teachers, and students with an interest in Shakespeare, enabling them to access and compare these important texts," said Richard Ovenden, Associate Director of the Bodleian Library.

                In the absence of surviving manuscripts, the quartos—Shakespeare's earliest printed editions—offer the closest known evidence to what Shakespeare might actually have written, and what appeared on the early modern English stage. Print copies of the Hamlet quartos are of immense interest to scholars, editors, educators, and theater directors, yet due to their rarity and fragility, are not readily available for study. The Shakespeare Quartos Archive offers freely-accessible, high-resolution digital editions of quarto editions of Hamlet, enabling users to compare texts side-by-side, search full-text transcriptions of each quarto, and annotate and tag passages for future reference. Users can also create personal collections of page images and annotations and share these collections with other researchers. . . .

                The Shakespeare Quartos Archive contains texts drawn from holdings at the British Library, the Bodleian Library, the University of Edinburgh Library, the Huntington Library, and the National Library of Scotland, in addition to the Folger. These six institutions worked in conjunction with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland and the Shakespeare Institute at Birmingham University to digitize and transcribe 32 copies of Hamlet. The British Library's companion project, "Shakespeare in Quarto," is the first online collection to provide access to at least one copy of every pre-1642 Shakespeare play that was printed in a quarto edition and can be accessed at

                The Shakespeare Quartos Archive was one of the first projects awarded funding through JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants in 2008. The grants support the innovative use of digitization technology to advance the humanities and are administered through joint collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the United States and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom.

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