Digital Humanities: Humanities Open Book Program

Period of Performance

1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016

Funding Totals

$83,635.00 (approved)
$82,234.89 (awarded)

Humanities Open Book Program - Cornell University

FAIN: HZ-234074-16

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Dean J. Smith (Project Director: June 2015 to April 2017)

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 20 classic humanities texts from Cornell University Press in the areas of Slavic Studies, German Studies, and literary criticism.

Cornell University Press seeks $83,635 in funding support for a 12-month effort to make 20 outstanding works of scholarship in foundational disciplines accessible to the world. We will use the funding to: 1) test and refine a methodology for selecting out-of-print titles for the program; 2) gain experience in the digitization, delivery, rights clearance and dissemination of OA monographs in EPUB3.0.1 format; and 3) analyze the results of maximizing the discovery and usage of ebooks across multiple platforms including the Press website, institutional repositories, JSTOR and Project MUSE.

Media Coverage

Seven Classic Cornell Titles Now Available Open Access on Project MUSE (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Gary Price, Melanie Schaffner
Publication: INFODocket
Date: 6/7/2016
Abstract: Gary Price posted the contents of a press release from Project MUSE about the first seven titles to be launched Open Access as part of the NEH Humanities Open Book initiative. Melanie Schaffer of Project MUSE contributed the press release.

With NEH grant, CU Press will produce classic eBooks (Media Coverage)
Author(s): George Lowery
Publication: Cornell Chronicle
Date: 12/15/2015
Abstract: Article announces the NEH grant and quotes members of the advisory board from the library and the press. It includes the number of OA titles and the disciplines included.