NEH Start-Up Grant White Papers (Part II)

June 1, 2009

This is Part II of a series of posts highlighting recent white papers (Part I also available).

Numerous ODH programs (and some programs in other NEH divisions and offices) require the grantee to submit a "white paper" at the conclusion of the grant.  In ODH, we publish these white papers in our Funded Project Query Form.  In the white paper, the grantee provides a summary of the grant activities, what they learned, recommended best practices, and even what they might have done differently.  By making these white papers freely available, members of the public -- including other prospective applicants -- can learn from what has already been done and build upon it.



Finding and Using Moving Images in Context

Northeast Historic Film

Project Director: Karan Sheldon

This project is about the development of tools and practices for describing and accessing digital film and video materials.  As the project director describes it, "Moving image custodians--archives, libraries, and special collections--have new opportunities to share archival footage with researchers (as digital items)."  This project explores the technical mechanisms (including markup and delivery) to enable such sharing.


Artists' Books Online: From Prototype to Distributed Community

University of Virginia

Project Director:  Johanna Drucker

As the project director describes it, "Artists' books are original works of art produced in traditional and experimental formats." Representing these physical objects in digital format is quite challenging. This project is about the testing and implementation of a prototype for digitizing artists' books by a group of curators, artists, critics, and scholars who will expand the use and population of this virtual resource through a distributed content model.

Building Information Visualization into Next-Generation Digital Humanities Collaboratories

Unaffiliated Scholar

Project Director:  Michael Newton
As project director Michael Newton describes it, this project “…enables users to locate, access, and create visual representations of a sample set of scholarly resources for Celtic Studies that have been identified on the internet. Social software features enable users to collect objects, tag them, view the universe of tags created by other users, and create exhibits from collected objects."  The project uses Collex software, developed by the University of Virginia and funded by the Mellon Foundation, expanding it to a new field of study.