Announcing 13 New Digital Humanities Advancement Grant Awards (December 2017)

December 6, 2017

The Office of Digital Humanities is pleased to announce 13 new awards through our Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) program. These awards are among the 253 grants -- totaling $12.8M in funding -- that were just announced by the NEH. Congratulations to all the awardees as they begin these exciting new projects!

This is the second round of 2017 grants funded through DHAG program, which combines two previous ODH programs: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants and Digital Humanities Implementation Grants. The first round of 2017 DHAG awards was announced in August 2017.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (June 2017 deadline)

Baylor University (Waco, TX)
Digital Floor Plan Database: A New Method for Analyzing Architecture
Project Director: Elise King
Co-Project Director: King-Ip (David) Lin, Baylor University
Outright: $72,390

To support: The continued development of a prototype of an analytical tool and database to allow humanities scholars and students to comparatively study architectural floor plans. The test case would be a collection of floor plans by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright from the Alexander Architectural Archives at the University of Texas, Austin.

Gallaudet University (Washington, DC)
Exposing the Borders of Academia: Sign Language as a Medium of Knowledge Production, Preservation, and Dissemination
Project Director: Patrick Boudreault
Outright: $323,479

To support: Improvements to the technological infrastructure of the Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) to implement a fully bilingual digital platform for use by both signers and non-signers. The project also increases access to and sustainability of DSDJ content and supports refinements to the peer review process in American Sign Language.

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Omeka S ORCID Integration
Project Director: Patrick Murray-John
Outright: $39,076

To support: The development of modules for the Omeka-S publishing platform to allow integration with the ORCID system of persistent researcher identifiers. The project would increase the number of humanities scholars in the United States using this system for reliably identifying humanities research publications.

Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA)
Documenting the Ethnobiology of Mexico and Central America: A Digital Portal for Collaborative Research
Project Director: Jonathan D. Amith
Outright: $74,875

To support: The further development of a database and web portal that would aggregate indigenous linguistic information relevant to Mesoamerican flora and fauna.

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Tools for Listening to Texts-in-Performance
Project Director: Neil Kanwar Harish Verma
Co-Project Director: Marit MacArthur, University of California, Davis and California State University, Bakersfield
Outright: $75,000

To support: The development of tools to allow humanistic researchers to analyze recorded literary and cultural materials ranging from poems, radio plays, and books to political speeches and sermons.

Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
The Global Medieval Sourcebook
Project Director: Kathryn Starkey
Outright: $74,393

To support: The further development of the Global Medieval Sourcebook, an open-source resource for transcriptions, translations, and contextual information about digitized medieval texts from Europe, North Africa, and Asia. This project adds new content, expands the available languages, integrates TEI markup, and develops new pedagogical features. 

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Charlottesville, VA)
Expanding the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery Research Consortium
Project Director: Jillian E. Galle
Co-Project Director: Worthy N. Martin, University of Virginia
Outright: $325,000
Matching: $50,000

To support: Major infrastructure improvements to the multi-institutional Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery. 

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Applying Named Entity Recognition to Explore Louisiana Slave Conspiracies
Project Director: Bryan E. Wagner
Outright: $75,000

To support:Frameworks for linking and analyzing documents dealing with slave conspiracies (defined as planned or actual insurrections against slave owners) to help resolve questions and uncertainties in historical accounts.

University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
Tesserae Intertext Service: Intertextual Search Access to Digital Collections in the Humanities
Project Director: Walter J. Scheirer
Co-Project Director: Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo
Outright: $279,609

To support: The further development of the Tesserae search engine to be used with additional online collections to enhance research into intertextuality.

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
DH from an Indigenous Perspective: Strengthening Partnerships between Indigenous Communities, Scholars, Museums, and Archives
Project Director: Christina E. Frei
Outright: $74,622

To support: The study of how four Indigenous communities, with whom this team collaborated on a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to digitally repatriate archival materials, have used those materials in culture and languagerevitalization efforts.

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Rio Piedras, PR)
Caribbean Diaspora: Panorama of Carnival Practices
Project Director: Nadjah Rios-Villarini
Co-Project Director: Mirerza González-Vélez, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Outright: $40,000

To support: Early planning for a project to explore migration and the Caribbean diaspora through the lens of cultural practices related to Carnival. Coordinated through a series of meetings and drawing on multiple archival collections, the project will produce a website for public audiences and a white paper.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Literature in Context: An Open Anthology
Project Director: John O'Brien
Co-Project Director: Tonya Howe, Marymount University
Co-Project Director: Christine Ruotolo, University of Virginia
Outright: $72,542

To support: Development of a working prototype for an open-access, curated, and classroom-sourced digital anthology of British and American literature in English (1650-1800). 

Utah State University (Logan, UT)
The London Stage Database
Project Director: Mattie Burkert
Outright: $74,970

To support: The recovery and revitalization of a unique and important database, supported by NEH and other funders in the 1970s, containing information on theater and popular culture in London in the long eighteenth century (1660-1800).