Announcing 7 Digital Humanities Implementation Grant Awards (July 2012)

July 26, 2012

The Office of Digital Humanities is happy to announce 7 awards from our inaugural Digital Humanities Implementation Grant program from our January 2012 deadline. These awards are part of a larger slate of 244 grants just announced by the NEH.

Congratulations to all the awardees for their terrific projects!


Alexandria Archive Institute, San Francisco, CA

HK-50037, Applying Linked Open Data: Refining a Model of Data Sharing as Publication

Project Director:  Eric Kansa

Outright:  $261,056

To support: The further development of a platform and refinement of workflows to store, describe, and publish archeological datasets, using an initial collection of data related to trade and exchange patterns in the ancient Near East and East Mediterranean.

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

HK-50021, Metadata Games: Improving Access to Humanities Artifacts

Project Director:  Mary Flanagan

Outright:  $324,872

To support: The implementation of a software system that would use game play to allow users to contribute high quality descriptive information about digital collections of humanities materials held by cultural heritage institutions.

Drew University, Madison, NJ

HK-50015, The DM Environment: From Annotation to Dissemination

Project Directors:  Martin Foys and Shannon Bradshaw

Outright:  $246,566

To support: The further development and testing of the annotation and online publishing capabilities of the DM (formerly Digital Mappaemundi) tool, an online environment that allows users to assemble collections of images and texts for humanities research and scholarship.

Ithaka Harbors, Inc., New York, NY

HK-50022, Sustaining the Digital Humanities:  Host Institution Support Beyond the Start Up Phase

Project Director:  Nancy Maron

Outright:  $157,204

To support: An analytical report on institutional support frameworks and administrative attitudes toward sustaining digital humanities projects in higher education, as well as on campus sustainability workshops and a research toolkit to facilitate the continuation of this research.

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

HK-50011, WordSeer: A Text Analysis Environment for Literature Study

Project Director:  Marti Hearst

Outright:  $228,546

To support: Further development of the WordSeer platform, which provides computational analysis and visualization tools for literary researchers.  The platform will be available for general use but also will include three new case studies based on three different text collections: interviews and writings of North American slaves (University of California, Berkeley); the works of Stephen Crane (Emory University); and the complete works of Shakespeare (University of Calgary).

University of South Carolina Research Foundation, Columbia, SC

HK-50032, PARAGON: Intelligent Digital Collation and Difference Detection

Project Director:  David Miller

Outright:  $300,171

To support: The further development of advanced collation and difference detection software that allows for the robust comparison of scanned images of texts, even if those scans include errors like warping of the page.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

HK-50048, MapScholar: A Web Tool for Publishing Interactive Cartographic Collections

Project Director:  S. Max Edelson

Outright:  $297,115

To support: The further development of MapScholar, an online interactive tool that allows humanities scholars and students to combine digitized maps from disparate humanities collections to generate dynamic visualizations for use in online scholarly publications.