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The Root of STEM: The Buzz from the McBee Hive

The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are --and will be--essential in a world that is increasingly dependent on digital technology for our social interactions, economic livelihood, national security, and grumpy cat memes.  But this is not to say that the STEM fields have nothing to benefit from the humanities or that technological invention and innovation precludes the vital place humanities education and research has in a digital landscape.

Posted: February 21, 2013
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Me and Mr. McBee*

Before the “digital revolution” and “desktop computing” and the “internet,” there were McBee KeySort cards.

Posted: January 31, 2013
Index card of first NEH grant.
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Digitizing NEH's Early Grant Records: Our First Grant

We're embarking on this cool new project to digitize all our early grant records between 1965 (when the agency was founded) and 1980 (when we first began using a computer to process grants). I'd like to introduce you to Ann Sneesby-Koch, who is working right here in ODH HQ and helping us on this project. Ann has an MS in Information Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an MA in Classical Studies from the University of Maryland. We're super-pleased to have her on board running this project for us. I've asked Ann to blog periodically on how her work is progressing. When done, you'll be able to search all NEH grants right back to our founding. Let me kick things off with just a bit of background on what we're doing.

Posted: January 23, 2013
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Ithaka Releases NEH-Funded Report: "Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians"

Yesterday, Ithaka S&R released a new report, "Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians." This report was funded via an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, HD-51320-11. As described by Ithaka:

This study, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, uncovers the needs of today’s historians and provides guidance for how research support providers can better serve them. We explore areas such as content discovery, information management, scholarly analysis, collaboration, library use, the writing process, professional interactions, and publication, among others.


Posted: December 11, 2012
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Media Systems Workshop at UC Santa Cruz

A workshop co-sponsored by NSF, NEH, NEA, and Microsoft. How cool is that? (Well, as a funder, I find it really cool.)

Next week, I'll be attending the Media Systems workshop along with ODH's own Jason Rhody. The workshop was organized by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Michael Mateas, Chaim Gingold and other folks at the Center for Games and Playable Media in collaboration with the Institute for Humanities Research at UCSC.

Posted: August 23, 2012
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Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities

I’m very excited to see the announcement go out today for the April, 2013 symposium “Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities.” This symposium, I hope, will make some truly new and valuable connections between the digital humanities and bioinformatics communities.  I’d like to share a bit of background on how the workshop came about.

Posted: August 5, 2012
data integration map of railroads and shops, US, 1880
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One Culture: “Urgent, Pointed, and Even Disruptive”

An independent council that studies critical issues for libraries and archives has concluded that the advanced computational techniques that are necessary to extract useful data from huge collections will require humanities scholars to fundamentally alter their definition of research.

Posted: July 9, 2012
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CoCensus: Engaging with Census Data in the Museum

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are developing a new kind of museum exhibit that allows visitors to learn about their cultural heritage by interacting with census data on a dynamic map display.

Posted: July 2, 2012
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Visualizing Emancipation Project Launches

The University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab recently launched “Visualizing Emancipation

Posted: April 27, 2012
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The Scripto Transcription Tool

Scripto, an on-line transcription tool funded through the NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program, allows volunteers to transcribe hand-written historic documents.

Posted: September 6, 2011