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2012 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting – Open to Public

August 27, 2012 | By NEH Staff

Come learn about using facial recognition software to unlock art historical mysteries, developing tools for building maps on the fly, employing gaming technology to help enrich archival collections, or discovering early writings of Abraham Lincoln with authorship attribution algorithms … all in just three minutes.

From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on September 20th during 2012 NEH Office of Digital Humanities Project Directors at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the recent ODH grantees will give the public a sneak preview of 34 ground-breaking projects that apply cutting-edge technology to high quality research in the humanities. Project directors from the Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, and the new Digital Humanities Implementation Grants will be discussing their work.

The grant recipients from around the country will assemble at NEH headquarters in Washington D.C. in room M-09 to present their projects in “lightning-round” format. Project directors will have just minutes and three PowerPoint slides to introduce and explain their projects to the public. Be sure to take a look at the schedule of lightning round presentations.

In between morning and afternoon lightning-round project presentations, a roundtable of librarians, researchers, and funding agencies representatives will discuss the new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources, One Culture, Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Please Register for the Event. 

Those too far away to make the event can use the Twitter hashtag to follow along online. #ODH2012


Agenda for Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting

NEH, Room M-09

9:00 - 10:15 – Closed Session for Project Directors

Open Session for the Public

10:30 – 10:45 – Welcome
10:45 – 12:00 – Lightning Round #1
12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch (on your own; a food court is available in the OPO)
12:30 – 1:15 – Lunchtime Roundtable

The Humanities at Scale:  Responses to the One Culture Report

Are scholars, universities, scholarly societies, and libraries ready for the deluge of digitized and born-digital humanities materials?

Earlier this year, the Council on Library and Information Resources released their report, One Culture, Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Based on two years of interviews with the first round winners of the Digging into Data Challenge, site visits and focus groups, the CLIR report describes a field facing challenges. Are methodologies and approaches to humanities research evolving? How is the role of the library changing? What are the implications for scholarly publishing? 

The roundtable features representatives from libraries, research institutions, and funding agencies to discuss how humanities research is being redefined in the era of big data.

Participants:     Christa Williford, Council on Library and Information Resources
                          Eric Kansa, Alexandria Archive Institute
                          Leslie Johnston, Library of Congress
                          Brett Bobley, National Endowment for the Humanities

1:15 – 2:30 – Lightning Round #2
2:30 – 2:45 – Break
2:45 – 3:30 – Getting the Word Out: Outreach Strategies for your Project

A roundtable discussion on possibilities for outreach for digital humanities projects.

Participants:    Paula Wasley, NEH Office of Communications
                         Natalie Houston, University of Houston
                         Jennifer Guiliano, University of Maryland, College Park
                         Sheila Brennan, George Mason University

3:30 – Public Meeting Adjourns


Since 2008, the Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant program has supported national or regional training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities.

Begun in 2007, NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants support pioneering projects that use technology to advance the humanities. These small grants are designed to spur innovation, test new ideas, and act as a catalyst for further development in the field. Some projects focus on specific topics in the humanities. Others explore new technology-based methods for research, scholarly publications, collaboration, or public programming.

The Digital Humanities Implementation Grants is the newest grant opportunity available from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities.  Offered for the first time in 2012, the awards support 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 supports innovative digital humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public.

Directions to the National Endowment for the Humanities: