Archive for the 'Digital Humanities' Category

Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326

Posted in Digital Humanities on December 6th, 2011

The Association of Research Libraries has released the Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326, which provides a snapshot of research library experiences with digital scholarship centers or services that support the humanities (e.g., history, art, music, film, literature, philosophy, religion, etc.) and the benefits and challenges of hosting them. The survey asked ARL libraries about the organization of these services, how they are staffed and funded, what services they offer and to whom, what technical infrastructure is provided, whether the library manages or archives the digital resources produced, and how services are assessed, among other questions. . . .

The table of contents and executive summary from this SPEC Kit are available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/spec-326-web.pdf.

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Research Infrastructures in the Digital Humanities

Posted in Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers on November 3rd, 2011

The European Science Foundation has released Research Infrastructures in the Digital Humanities.

Here's an excerpt:

This peer reviewed document reflects on the centrality of Research Infrastructures (RIs) to the Humanities. It argues that without RIs such as archives, libraries, academies, museums and galleries (and the sources that they identify, order, preserve and make accessible) significant strands of Humanities research would not be possible. After proposing a wide-ranging definition of digital RIs—with the aim of reflecting on the meaning of infrastructure in the Humanities rather than on those parts common to other domains of science—it attempts to relate physical RIs to digital ones. By drawing on a number of case studies—chosen to showcase the variety of research around existing or emerging infrastructures—it demonstrates that digital RIs offer Humanities scholars new and productive ways to explore old questions and develop new ones.

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"Getting Started in the Digital Humanities"

Posted in Digital Humanities on October 19th, 2011

Lisa Spiro has published "Getting Started in the Digital Humanities" in her Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog. This useful post is very detailed.

Here's an excerpt:

Last week I presented at the Great Lakes College Association's New Directions workshop on digital humanities (DH), where I tried to answer the question "Why the digital humanities?" But I discovered that an equally important question is "How do you do the digital humanities"? Although participants seemed to be excited about the potential of digital humanities, some weren't sure how to get started and where to go for support and training.

Building on the slides I presented at the workshop, I'd like to offer some ideas for how a newcomer might get acquainted with the community and dive into DH work. I should emphasize that many in the DH community are to some extent self-taught and/or gained their knowledge through work on projects rather than through formal training.

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"Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day": Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classicists

Posted in Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers on August 25th, 2011

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released "Rome Wasn't Digitized in a Day": Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classicists.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The author provides a summative and recent overview of the use of digital technologies in classical studies, focusing on classical Greece, Rome, and the ancient Middle and Near East, and generally on the period up to about 600 AD. The report explores what projects exist and how they are used, examines the infrastructure that currently exists to support digital classics as a discipline, and investigates larger humanities cyberinfrastructure projects and existing tools or services that might be repurposed for the digital classics.

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New NEH Grant Program: Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on July 4th, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities' Office of Digital Humanities has announced a new grant program—Digital Humanities Implementation Grants.

Here's an excerpt from the guidelines:

This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Applications from recipients of NEH's Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome.

Unlike NEH's start-up grant program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact.

Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Implementation Grants may involve:

  • implementation of computationally-based methods or techniques for humanities research;
  • implementation of new digital tools for use in humanities research, public programming, or educational settings;
  • efforts to ensure the completion and long-term sustainability of existing digital resources (typically in conjunction with a library or archive);
  • studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; or
  • implementation of new digital modes of scholarly communication that facilitate peer review, collaboration, or the dissemination of humanities scholarship for various audiences.

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NEH Awards $300,000 to the Shelley-Godwin Archive

Posted in Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Grants on June 7th, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant of $300,000 to the Shelley-Godwin Archive.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant of $300,000 to the Shelley-Godwin Archive, a digital resource comprising works of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Humanities scholars, curators, and information scientists from The New York Public Library (NYPL), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, the Houghton Library of Harvard University, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and the British Library will collaborate on the archive's creation. They will be led by Elizabeth C. Denlinger, Curator of the Pforzheimer Collection of the NYPL. Neil Fraistat, director of MITH, a renowned scholar in both the digital humanities and Shelley studies, will act as co-Principal Investigator.

The Shelley-Godwin Archive will draw primarily from the two foremost collections of these materials, those of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle at NYPL, which together hold an estimated 90 percent of all known relevant manuscripts worldwide. With the Archive’s creation, manuscripts and early editions of these writers will be made freely available to the public through an innovative framework constituting a new model of best practice for research libraries. First among these is the manuscript of Mary Shelley's iconic novel of 1818, Frankenstein; and second will be the working notebooks of P.B. Shelley, which are scattered amongst the five partner institutions from California to England. MITH will create the project’s infrastructure with the assistance of the New York Public Library’s digital humanities group, NYPL Labs.

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NEH Office of Digital Humanities Awards 22 New Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on April 27th, 2011

The NEH Office of Digital Humanities has awarded 22 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement.

The Office of Digital Humanities is happy to announce twenty-two new awards from our Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program from our October 5, 2010 deadline. These awards are part of a larger slate of 216 grants just announced by the NEH.

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NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants Available

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Digitization, Grants on April 12th, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the availability of Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grants. The maximum award is $350,000 (up to three years). The deadline is July 20, 2011.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential foundation for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

Applications may be submitted for projects that address one or more of the following activities:

  • arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections;
  • cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture;
  • providing conservation treatment (including deacidification) for collections, leading to enhanced access;
  • digitizing collections;
  • preserving and improving access to born-digital sources;
  • developing databases, virtual collections, or other electronic resources to codify information on a subject or to provide integrated access to selected humanities materials;
  • creating encyclopedias;
  • preparing linguistic tools, such as historical and etymological dictionaries, corpora, and reference grammars (separate funding is available for endangered language projects in partnership with the National Science Foundation);
  • developing tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as atlases and geographic information systems (GIS); and
  • designing digital tools to facilitate use of humanities resources.

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Reinventing Research? Information Practices in the Humanities

Posted in Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers on April 5th, 2011

The Research Information Network has released Reinventing Research? Information Practices in the Humanities.

Here's an excerpt:

Humanities scholars are often perceived in very traditional terms: spending a lot of time working on their own and collaborating only informally through highly-dispersed networks. Unlike most scientists, they have no long tradition of working in formal, close-knit and collaborative research groups. Humanities scholars have also sometimes been presented as "depth" rather than "breadth" researchers, preferring to spend significant amounts of time with a few items, rather than working across a broader frame. In terms of information sources, text and images held in archives and libraries tend to dominate, with less of an association with new web-based technologies (although this is changing with the increasing visibility of digital humanities).

This report suggests that such perceptions may be out of date. In each of our case studies we found researchers working with new tools and technologies, in increasingly collaborative environments, and both producing and using information resources in diverse ways. There is a richness and variety within humanities information practices which must be recognised and understood if we are to provide the right kind of support for researchers.

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Grants: Second Round of Digging into Data Challenge Announced

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on March 21st, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities and seven international research funders have announced the second round of the Digging into Data Challenge. Grant applications are due by June 16, 2011.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Digging into Data Challenge asks researchers these provocative questions: How can we use advanced computation to change the nature of our research methods? That is, now that the objects of study for researchers in the humanities and social sciences, including books, survey data, economic data, newspapers, music, and other scholarly and scientific resources are being digitized at a huge scale, how does this change the very nature of our research? How might advanced computation and data analysis techniques help researchers use these materials to ask new questions about and gain new insights into our world? . . .

Due to the overwhelming popularity of round one, the Digging into Data Challenge is pleased to announce that four additional funders have joined for round two, enabling this competition to have a world-wide reach into many different scholarly and scientific domains. The eight sponsoring funding bodies include the Arts & Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom), the Economic & Social Research Council (United Kingdom), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (United States), the Joint Information Systems Committee (United Kingdom), the National Endowment for the Humanities (United States), the National Science Foundation (United States), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Netherlands), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).

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NEH Issues Call for Proposals for Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Grants on March 1st, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities's Division of Preservation and Access has issued a call for proposals for Preservation and Access Research and Development grants. Application deadline: May 19, 2011.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Eligible projects include:

  • the development of technical standards, best practices, and tools for preserving and creating access to humanities collections;
  • the exploration of more effective scientific and technical methods of preserving humanities collections;
  • the development of automated procedures and computational tools to integrate, analyze, and repurpose humanities data in disparate online resources; and
  • the investigation and testing of new ways of providing digital access to humanities materials that are not easily digitized using current methods.

NEH especially encourages applications that address the following topics:

  • Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including born-digital materials, for which there is no analog counterpart;
  • 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 humanities collections and slow their deterioration through the use of sustainable preservation strategies.. . .

The maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years. Applicants whose projects focus on any of the three areas of special interest noted above may request up to $400,000.

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Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada

Posted in Copyright, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on February 24th, 2011

The Sustaining Digital Scholarship for Sustainable Culture Group has released Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada.

Here's an excerpt:

This report reflects the growing concern in the scholarly and cultural communities, and beyond, regarding the sustainability of Canada's digital knowledge and heritage. Canada's digital advantage is only of value if it can be carried into the future. Canadians must meet the challenge of preserving and enhancing scholarly and artistic knowledge production and our culture in a digital environment. This report reviews the current state of knowledge about the sustainability of digital scholarship and related cultural activity in Canada and identifies research opportunities that emerge from consideration of the literature.

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Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) 0.9 Released

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Humanities, Open Source Software on February 17th, 2011

the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and Indiana University have released the Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) 0.9.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

We’re excited to announce the redesigned website for and public release of The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE), a web-based tool for creating and editing image-based electronic editions and digital archives of humanities texts. This initial release of TILE 0.9 features tools for importing and exporting transcript lines and images of text, an image markup tool, a semi-automated line recognizer that tags regions of text within an image, and plugin architecture to extend the functionality of the software.

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Library of Congress Funds Omeka + Neatline Project

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Humanities, Grants on February 17th, 2011

The Library of Congress has awarded $665,248 in funding to the Omeka + Neatline project.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia Library and the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University are pleased to announce a collaborative "Omeka + Neatline" initiative, supported by $665,248 in funding from the Library of Congress.

The Omeka + Neatline project's goal is to enable scholars, students, and library and museum professionals to create geospatial and temporal visualizations of archival collections using a Neatline toolset within CHNM's popular, open source Omeka exhibition platform. Neatline, a "contribution to interpretive humanities scholarship in the visual vernacular," is a project of the UVa Library Scholars' Lab, originally bolstered by a Start-Up Grant from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Omeka is an award-winning web-publishing platform for the display of cultural heritage and scholarly collections and exhibits, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

This two-year initiative will allow CHNM and the Scholars' Lab to expand and regularize a partnership that developed informally between the two centers over the course of the past year. Collaboration has already resulted in improvements to the core functionality of Omeka by CHNM and has led the Scholars' Lab to produce a number of prototype plugins making Omeka a more attractive and viable option for scholarly partnerships with larger libraries and cultural heritage institutions. These include: improved data import (including EAD, a common archival standard); Solr-powered searching and browsing; and Fedora-based repository services. Further development will improve existing plugins, add preservation workflows, and refine the Neatline toolset for integration and sophisticated editing and scholarly annotation of historical maps, GIS layers, and timelines. Enhancements to Omeka's core APIs, improved documentation, regular "point" releases, and a new Exhibit Builder will strengthen Omeka's already large and robust user and developer communities.

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Action Alert: H.R. 408 Would Eliminate National Endowment for the Humanities

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants, Legislation and Government Regulation on February 8th, 2011

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has introduced H.R. 408, the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, which would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has introduced similar legislation (S. 178) in the Senate.

The National Humanities Alliance has posted two items about this issue: "Republican Study Committee Leaders Unveil Spending Reduction Act of 2011" and, on the DuraSpace Blog, "Proposal to Eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities in U.S. Congress."

You can use the NHA's Legislative Action Center Contact Form to send messages to your Congressional representatives. The form includes suggested bullet points that you can include in your message.

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Scholarly Communication Institute 8: Emerging Genres in Scholarly Communication

Posted in Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on October 7th, 2010

The Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia has released Scholarly Communication Institute 8: Emerging Genres in Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

The following essay attempts to represent and synthesize the rich discussions of SCI 8, the eighth gathering of the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia Library, especially the many original insights that emerged into the ways technology transforms the process of creation, dissemination, stewardship, use, and above all, reception of humanities scholarship.. . .

As in other areas of publishing—music, movies, television, fiction, journalism— the Web has effectively unbundled the production and consumption of scholarship. It has also simultaneously undermined publishing business models and library budgets, radically altered reading habits, and called into question the core assumptions upon which scholarship is assessed and validated. How will the fundamental processes of scholarly production—research and analysis, publication and dissemination, stewardship, and use—realign themselves in a digital environment? How will scholars go from digital evidence to digital publication? What would be an appropriate division of labor among the actors in scholarly communication: scholars and learned societies; libraries, museums, archives; publishers; technologists; higher education administration and funders; and the multiple audiences and users who desire online access to humanities content? Where are these new communities constituted, how, and by whom?

We explored these issues in several stages, which included:

  • scanning trends both within higher education and beyond that are shaping scholarly discourses;
  • examining the processes of scholarly communication as currently constituted, as well as actors involved and the roles they play;
  • presenting working examples of new-model scholarship by participants; and
  • reflecting on these topics from the perspective of the critical engines sustaining scholarly communication—libraries, publishers, technologists, academic administrators, and funders.

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.

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.

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
BRAILLESC.ORG
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 (www.quartos.org) 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 www.bl.uk.

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.

"The Humanities and the NEH"

Posted in Digital Humanities, Open Access on September 2nd, 2009

In "The Humanities and the NEH," Scott Jaschik summarizes a podcast interview with James A. Leach, the National Endowment for the Humanities chairman.

Here's an excerpt:

Among other topics he discussed: . . . .

  • In discussions of digitization of scholarship and the push to require free online access to such work that receives federal support, Leach said he understands the importance of copyright, but that he leans "toward open access" and wants "maximum availability" of scholarship.

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