Digital Humanities: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Period of Performance

1/1/2010 - 9/30/2012

Funding Totals

$92,662.35 (approved)
$92,662.00 (awarded)

Learning as We Go/Getting It Right: A Strategic Assessment of the Digging into Data Program

FAIN: HC-50007-10

Council on Library and Information Resources (Washington, DC 20036-2124)
Amy E. Friedlander (Project Director: August 2009 to September 2010)
Charles Henry (Project Director: September 2010 to August 2013)

A cooperative agreement between the NEH and the Council on Library and Information Resources to perform a strategic assessment and issue a report on the Digging into Data Challenge program and its resulting grant projects.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) proposes to provide a strategic planning assessment of the Digging into Data Challenge, a competition jointly sponsored by the NEH together with the Joint Information Systems Committee from the United Kingdom, the National Science Foundation from the United States, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council from Canada, through a cooperative agreement with the Endowment. The goal of the Challenge is to encourage collaborations in the humanities that explore the application of computational techniques to a large corpora and to begin to understand the kinds of research that become possible at scale. CLIR's proposed process-oriented, ethnographic approach calls for a combination of focus group meetings, interviews, and site visits with grantees, program officers, and experts to be identified in consultation with the NEH and other participating agencies. The work will proceed in two phases: one to take place shortly after the awards are made and a second to occur after the research projects have been concluded so that we can compare expectations with results. The delivarables will include a formal briefing approximately six months after the award, an interim report at the end of the first year, and two final reports at the conclusion of the work: a technical report detailing the methodology and findings and a more accessible, interpretive document appropriate for a general audience.

Associated Products

One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Report)
Title: One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Author: Williford, Christa
Author: Henry, Charles
Abstract: This report culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. These scholars were the first recipients of grants through the Digging into Data program, led by the NEH, who partnered with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada, and the NSF to fund the first eight initiatives. The report introduces the eight projects and discusses the importance of these cases as models for the future of research in the academy.
Date: 6/1/2012
Primary URL:
Access Model: open
ISBN: 978-1-932326-4