Announcing 6 Digital Humanities Implementation Grants Awards (July 2015)

July 28, 2015

The Office of Digital Humanities is happy to announce six awards from our Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program from our March 2015 deadline. These awards are part of a larger slate of 212 grants just announced by the NEH.

Congratulations to all the awardees for their terrific projects!

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2070) 
Immigrant Stories

Project Director: Erika Lee
Project Director: Elizabeth Venditto
Outright: $324,121

To Support: Expansion of a project that engages recent immigrant and refugee communities as they create and share digital video narratives about their lives and experiences. During the implementation phase, the applicant would collaborate with national stakeholders to develop an easy-to-use, web-based framework to produce these digital stories, which would be publicly available via the Minnesota Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America


North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27695-0001)
Acoustic Modeling in Historical Research

Project Director: John Wall
Project Director: David Hill
Project Director: Yun Jing
Outright: $324,135

To support: Further work on a three-dimensional, immersive model of the visual and aural environment of St. Paul's Cathedral and Churchyard as they stood in London during the early 17th century. The project would also further develop and publicly release open-source software for the modeling and representation of sound in historic spaces.

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Reading the First Books: Multilingual, Early-Modern OCR for Primeros Libros

Project Director: Sergio Romero (University of Texas, Austin)
Project Director: Laura Mandell (Texas A&M University)
Outright: $215,830

To support: Enhancement of optical character recognition (OCR) technologies to improve researchers' ability to discover and search early modern, multilingual printed texts. During this phase, the project team would focus on books printed in the Americas before 1601.



University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)    
Implementating Scalar for Digital Humanities Multimodal Online Publishing: Editorial and Authorial Workflow in Collaboration

Project Director: Philip Ethington
Project Director: Steven Anderson
Project Director: Curtis Fletcher
Project Director: Tara McPherson
Outright: $325,000

To support: The enhancement of the authoring, editing, and peer review features of the Scalar scholarly publishing platform from the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture.


New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019) 
Pleiades 3

Project Director: Thomas Elliott
Outright: $322,615

To support: Substantive changes to the technical and editorial infrastructure for the Pleiades gazetteer project, a geographic dataset for the ancient Mediterranean world.


Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018) 
Enhancing and Sustaining

Project Director: David Eltis 
Project Director: Allen Tullos
Outright: $324,992

To support: The enhancement of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (also known as to add additional records about the intra-American movement of enslaved persons and to recode the underlying database to allow for long term sustainability.