Invitation to the 2019 ODH Project Directors Meeting

February 20, 2019

You’re invited to join us on Monday, March 18 in Washington, DC for the 2019 ODH Project Directors Meeting, an annual event in which we invite the public to hear a keynote conversation and lightning round talks from our funded projects! Learn more about the speakers and agenda below.

Registration Information

The meeting takes place on Monday, March 18, 2019 at the NEH offices in Washington, DC.  Doors open at 12:30pm, and the meeting will begin promptly at 1:00pm.  (Please arrive early to allow time for building security.)  Directions and information about the building can be found on our website.  Guests requiring special accommodations should note them in the registration form, or email @email

Due to the Constitution Center’s security protocols, advanced registration is required to attend this meeting, and registration is available online until Wednesday, March 13 at 5:00pm EDT via the form at the bottom of this page, or by visiting

Keynote Speakers

Trevor Owens

Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator working on digital infrastructure for libraries. Owens serves as the first Head of Digital Content Management for Library Services at the Library of Congress. He previously worked as a senior program administrator at the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). At the IMLS, he led the establishment of the National Digital Platform initiative, which under his leadership, invested more than $30 million in 110 projects to advance digital infrastructure for libraries across the nation. Prior to that, he worked as a Digital Archivist for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and as a history of science curator at the Library of Congress. Owens’ latest book, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, was published in 2018.

Diane Zorich

As Director of the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office (DPO), Diane Zorich leads an expert team in digitizing Smithsonian collections to maximize their impact for the public. She oversees mass digitization, 3D digitization, and digitization assessment activities that develop and improve digitization processes across the Institution. Through partnerships and collaborations, she and her team ensure that digitized Smithsonian collections can be used with existing and emerging technologies to enable creativity, learning, insight, and innovation.  Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Diane worked as a cultural heritage consultant specializing in planning and managing the delivery of cultural information.

Lightning Round

A highlight of this annual event is the “Lightning Round” series of 3-minute presentations by Project Directors about more than 30 ODH-funded projects from the past year. Learn about a range of projects such as the University of Kentucky’s work using computerized techniques to read the scrolls of Herculaneum; and the work at American University to digitally recreate the acoustic conditions at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where J.S. Bach worked as a concert master. You’ll also hear presentations from the Directors of three Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities about these upcoming professional development opportunities.

Lightning Round talks are recorded each year, and you can view the Lightning Round presentations from our 2018 meeting in anticipation of the 2019 event!

Meeting Agenda (Subject to Change)

1:00 - 1:10pm Welcoming Remarks from Senior Deputy Chairman Carlos Diaz-Rosillo
1:10 - 2:00pm Keynote Conversation with Trevor Owens and Diane Zorich
2:00 - 2:10pm Break
2:10 - 3:00pm Lightning Round 1: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
3:00 - 3:15pm Break
3:15 - 4:00pm Lightning Round 2: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
4:00 - 4:15pm Lightning Round 3: Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
4:15 - 4:30pm Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjournment