Come See the Future of Digital Humanities in 46 Quick Bursts

WASHINGTON, (September 16, 2010)

National Endowment for the Humanities Hosts Speed-Round Presentations of New Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants on Sept. 28

Come catch a glimpse of what Miles Davis’ Facebook network would have looked like. Learn about a tool to make searching film footage for a dance movement as simple as running a word search on a document. Or hear from the developers who are making websites more accessible to visually-impaired users… in just two minutes.

From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on September 28th at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the recipients of the 2010 NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants will give the public a sneak preview of 46 ground-breaking projects that apply cutting-edge technology to high quality research in 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.

On September 28th, Start-Up grant recipients from around the country will assemble at NEH headquarters in Washington D.C. to present their projects in “lightning-round” format. Project directors will have just two minutes and three PowerPoint slides to introduce and explain their projects to the public.

“This meeting will highlight some of the most exciting digital humanities research coming out of American universities, libraries, and museums,” says Brett Bobley, Director of NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities. “The projects represent an incredible array of technologies and the two-minute format makes for a fast-paced – and sometimes mind-blowing – afternoon.”

The projects supported cover a wide range of disciplines and technologies, from plans to create a smart phone application that will allow users to compare Philadelphia’s past and present, to an attempt to map the evolution of ideas through textual analysis of 15 editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

A complete agenda and overview of the projects (PDFs) are available at the top of the page.

In between morning and afternoon lightning-round project presentations, Bryan Alexander, director of Research at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education will deliver a lunchtime talk entitled “Thrilling Wonder Stories of Cyberculture.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities invites you to join us—whether for two minutes, or two hours—to survey the future of digital humanities, in 46 quick bursts.

(Those too far away to make the event can use the Twitter hashtag: #SUG2010 to follow along online)

What: 2010 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants Project Directors Meeting

The National Endowment for the Humanities
Old Post Office Pavilion
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20506
Room M-09 (Ground Floor)

When: September 28, 2010

10:30 a.m. Meeting opens to the public

10:45 a.m. Welcome from Brett Bobley, Director, NEH Office of Digital Humanities
Opening remarks by NEH Chairman, Jim Leach

11:00 a.m. – noon Project Presentations Lightning Round #1 (23 projects)

12.30 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Address on “Thrilling Wonder Stories of Cyberculture” by Bryan Alexander, Director of Research at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a network of 140 liberal arts institutions headquartered at Southwestern University in Texas

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Project Presentations Lightning Round #2 (23 projects)

Twitter Hashtag: #SUG2010

Directions to the National Endowment for the Humanities

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