Announcing New ODH Awards (January 2020)

January 14, 2020

The Office of Digital Humanities is pleased to announce 14 awards through our Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program.

These projects are part of a larger slate of 188 awards announced by the NEH. Congratulations to all the award recipients as they begin these exciting new projects!


This program is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Projects supported through this partnership are indicated by an asterisk (*) in the list below.

Unicode Consortium (Mountain View, CA)

Classic Maya Text Repository: An open-access collaborative platform for research and annotation of encoded hieroglyphic texts

Project Director: Gabrielle Vail

Outright: $99,990

To Support: The development of an open-access, online collaborative platform and repository of Maya hieroglyphic texts for use by scholars and descendent communities. This project contributes to the longer-term endeavor to expand the international Unicode Standard repertoire to include the Maya script.

Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)

Data Repository Infrastructure for Prosopographic Data

Project Director: Sarah Catherine Stanley

Outright: $30,117

To Support: A workshop for humanities scholars and librarians on the long-term storage and maintenance requirements for prosopographic data.

Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA)

Hidden Histories: Digitally Processing, Analyzing, and Visualizing Large Archives in Omeka

Project Director: Todd Michney; Brad Rittenhouse (co-project director)

Outright: $99,991

To Support: Development of plugins for the Omeka platform to enable large-scale text processing and data visualizations for digitized collections, using the Mayor Ivan Allen Digital Archive as a test case.

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL)

Society for the Study of American Women Writers Recovery Hub

Project Director: Jessica DeSpain; Melissa Homestead (co-project director); Emily Rau (co-project director)

Outright: $50,000

To Support: A series of planning activities to create a network of scholars (or “hub”) to surface works by women writers through digital methods and also provide support, mentorship, and peer-review services for women in the digital humanities.   

Ball State University (Muncie, IN)

Virtual World Heritage Ohio

Project Director: Kevin C. Nolan; John Fillwalk (co-project director)

Outright: $99,996

To Support: The development and testing of a prototype of an interactive three-dimensional simulation of the Newark Earthworks, one of Ohio’s Hopewell ceremonial centers.

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park,MD)

Advancing Community Digital Collections through Minimal Computing: The Lakeland Digital Archive*

Project Director: Trevor Muñoz

Outright: $99,993

To Support: The redesign of the Lakeland Digital Archive using minimal computing approaches and the creation of tutorials to teach other community organizations how to build and maintain digital public humanities projects.

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)

Mapping Color in History

Project Director: Jinah Kim

Outright: $99,017

To Support: The development of a pilot database and visualization tools that will allow users to search a large collection of paintings by pigment and to determine the time and location where particular works of art were painted based on the availability of pigments.

New York University (New York, New York)

Shanati: Reconstructing the Daily Ancient Babylonian Chronology in Synchronization with the Proleptic Julian Calendar

Project Director: Alexander R Jones

Outright: $100,000

To Support: A reconstruction of ancient chronology combining textual and astronomical data that will allow scholars to identify when past events took place with greater precision.

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (University of Nebraska) (Lincoln, NE)

Revitalizing and Enhancing the Open Source 3D WebGIS of the MayaArch3D Project

Project Director: Heather Richards-Rissetto; Karin Dalziel (co-project director)

Outright: $50,000

To Support: Planning for the revitalization of the MayaArch3D project and documentation for using 3D WebGIS data in digital scholarship.

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (University of Nebraska) (Lincoln, NE)

Digital Notation Across the Movement-Based Arts

Project Director: Stephen Ramsay; Brian Pytlik Zillig (co-project director); Susan Wiesner (co-project director)

Outright: $21,744

To Support: A workshop for scholars and practitioners to develop standard methods for digitally notating dance and other movement-based arts to enable easier preservation and analysis.

Duke University (Durham, NC)

The Sandcastle Workflow: A Malleable System for Visualizing Pre-modern Maps and Views

Project Director: Edward Triplett; Philip Stern (co-project director)

Outright: $99,339

To Support: Designing and implementing new spatial humanities practices to visualize and interpret pre-modern spaces, using the Portuguese text, Livro das Fortalezas, or Book of Fortresses, as a case study.

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX)

Enabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record

Project Director: Allyssa Anne Guzman

Outright: $303,277

To Support: Enabling multilingual citizen contributions to an existing open-source platform for transcribing and translating historical documents and adding these contributions to the archival record.

Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)

Digital Modeling of Western State Constitutional Conventions by Undergraduates:  Extending the Quill Project

Project Director: Rodney Smith; Scott Paul (co-project director)

Outright: $324,791

To Support: Extending The Quill Project to include additional research by undergraduate history students to help create a digital model of archival materials that document US state constitutional conventions

Marshall University Research Corporation (Huntington, WV)

Accessibility in Digital Humanities: Making Clio Available to All*

Project Director: David Trowbridge

Outright: $98,809

To Support: A collaboration between Marshall University and the American Foundation for the Blind to develop enhanced accessibility features and related user documentation for the Clio project, a platform that allows educators and cultural institutions to design mobile tours for exploring local history and culture.