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HAA-263651-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsCUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University CenterAn Open Educational Resource for Who Built America1/1/2019 - 6/30/2024$363,436.00Donna Thompson RayPennee BenderCUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University CenterNew YorkNY10016-4309USA2018U.S. HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities36343603634360

The development of an open educational resource (OER) for college-level and advanced high school students based on content from the popular textbook Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History. The OER will also integrate interactive materials from an existing website, History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web.

ASHP/CML proposes to create an open education resource (OER) that integrates the narrative of its textbook Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History with enhanced, interactive resources from the website History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. This new project—Who Built America? / OER—will offer instructors and students a multi-layered resource that provides a linear and analytical historical narrative, and the digital means to look beyond the text to understand how its narrative was constructed. The project encompasses three goals: to create an open digital version of Who Built America? that extends and updates its distinctive narrative for college and advanced placement students; to update, expand, and enhance the resources in the textbook and History Matters so these vital materials remain available; and to integrate the textbook narrative, primary sources, and teaching resources in a multi-layered OER.

HAA-263773-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of AlabamaCreating National Access to Digital Dance Resources1/1/2019 - 12/31/2020$49,142.00Rebecca Salzer   University of AlabamaTuscaloosaAL35487-0001USA2018Dance History and CriticismDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities491420439330

A three-day workshop for dance scholars, archivists, librarians, and media specialists on approaches to researching and teaching with digitized collections of dance resources.

Film and video technologies have revolutionized dance education and scholarship by serving as a text for what has historically been an oral tradition; allowing preservation and analysis of dance work. While digital video makes recording dance easier, archives of recorded dance have not been made available online for education and research, and dance scholars face significant geographical and financial barriers to access. Our project brings together dance scholars, archivists, and educators for a three-day symposium during which attendees will explore expansion and aggregation of existing online dance resources along with design of a new pilot resource. The symposium’s results will be disseminated and support for its blueprint actively sought through publication of a white paper, presentations at national conferences, and at open sharing events throughout the United States.

HAA-263774-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.Historical Profiles of American Incarceration1/1/2019 - 12/31/2020$39,219.00Steven SoperHeather Ann ThompsonUniversity of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.AthensGA30602-1589USA2018U.S. HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities392190392190

A project to research and assess the state of archival records of American incarceration before 1970, leading to a two-day workshop for historians and data experts to plan for the creation of a digital archive to facilitate new scholarship across numerous humanities disciplines.

The digitization of American prison records now makes it possible to conduct large-scale analysis of incarceration in the United States, from the early nineteenth century to the present. This opportunity could not be timelier: for the past decade, scholars and policymakers have debated the causes and consequences of the phenomenon of “mass incarceration” in the United States. A new digital history of incarceration in the US before the 1970s, by revealing broad geographical and sociological patterns, the impact of historical contingencies, and the human face of individual prisoners’ lives, can make a significant contribution to our understanding of this issue. For this Level I application, we will employ a research assistant to assess existing digital sources on the history of criminal justice in the United States, and then gather for a two-day workshop to plan the creation of a new database and website.

HAA-263800-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsBrandeis UniversityMeasuring Polyphony: An Online Music Editor for Late Medieval Polyphony3/1/2019 - 12/31/2020$46,799.00Karen Desmond   Brandeis UniversityWalthamMA02453-2728USA2018Music History and CriticismDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities46799042478.70

The development of a prototype of an online music editor to help scholars and students analyze medieval music manuscripts. The project would also convene a workshop for medieval studies scholars, musicologists, and technical specialists to evaluate the prototype.

The development of an online music editor will allow a variety of modern readers (students and experts, musicologists, music theorists, those interested in the history of music notation, counterpoint, medieval palaeography and/or manuscript studies) to access and contribute transcriptions of music directly linked to digital images of the medieval manuscripts, and to learn about the original notation. A two-day workshop will bring together the leading experts in music encoding and medieval musicology to evaluate the prototype editor and to devise plans for its further development and rollout. This tool will offer new possibilities for the analysis and interpretation of late medieval music. In a broader humanities context, the project investigates how modeling the meanings of notational signs can lead to new understandings of the interaction between the sign and the signified, and of the relationship between notational style and changes in musical style across time and place.

HAA-263803-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsDartmouth CollegeUnderstanding Visual Culture through Silent Film Collections1/1/2019 - 9/30/2022$222,438.00MarkJ.WilliamsJohnP.BellDartmouth CollegeHanoverNH03755-1808USA2018Film History and CriticismDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities22243802224380

The creation of a large-scale compendium and research platform for silent films that are currently housed in separate collections and a suite of tools to be used by scholars studying the transition of visual culture from stage to screen.

This Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant project aims to produce a digital compendium of over 400 films from the silent film era that document the transition of visual culture from stage to screen. It will combine highly-influential and rare works archived in the Paper Print collection of pre-1930 cinema at The Library of Congress with films at the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam to create a digital resource designed for film scholars around the world. The compendium will be built by merging two pieces of software: The Media Ecology Project's Semantic Annotation Tool and the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture's Scalar. The resulting platform will provide an open software and data framework scholars can use to compare disparate types of data in a single interface. This valuable tool will unite a wide and growing variety of data and invite scholars to gather and post ideas, asking and answering new questions about key historical features in the evolution of motion pictures.

HAA-263807-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of MinnesotaBuilding a Digital Portal for Exploring Bernard and Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the World2/1/2019 - 12/31/2021$95,220.00J.B. ShankBenjamin WigginsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisMN55455-2009USA2018Media StudiesDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities95220072030.750

The development of an online, open-access portal bringing together the multiple editions of The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World, an important Enlightenment volume about world religions and customs.

The project team will build an open-source online portal to facilitate the study of the transformative Enlightenment blockbuster, The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World. Despite the massive influence of its numerous and variable lavishly illustrated editions, its unstable print history has deterred scholarly study of the work, not least because its many variants are strewn all over the globe. Our portal will allow digitized copies of diverse editions from disparate repositories to be accessed in a single virtual space, permitting searching and comparative inter-textual study of word and image across multiple versions and in conjunction with other books from the era. It will also serve as a model for other comparative projects based on curated aggregations of texts, images, and collections in a way that avoids copyright problems and prohibitive costs.

HAA-263818-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.Freedom's Movement: Mapping African American Space in War and Reconstruction1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019$39,021.00Scott NesbitAliseaWilliamsMcLeodUniversity of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.AthensGA30602-1589USA2018Cultural HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities390210283760

The planning for future integration of three independent digital projects focused on African Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction through convening a meeting of scholars, genealogists, and technical experts to create a blueprint for next stages of collaboration.

“Freedom’s Movements” brings together three extant projects--(1) Visualizing Emancipation, (2) African American Civil War Soldiers, and (3) Last Road to Freedom. Project Directors for this grant began collaborations in 2015, each project director providing feedback and their expertise in extending the work of the other projects, driven by the complementary nature of their work. By 2017, it became clear that a partnership between these projects could be beneficial. This Level I proposal is the first fruit of that more robust partnership.

HAA-263825-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsAdler Planetarium & Astronomy MuseumAdvancing Access to Transcribed Text in Citizen Humanities1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021$178,961.00Samantha BlickhanLaura TrouilleAdler Planetarium & Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL60605-2403USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities17896101781030

Extending Zooniverse.org’s online platform to allow individual crowdsourcing project teams to review, compare, and edit transcriptions, and to work directly with raw text data generated from community transcription projects.

Advancing Access to Transcribed Text in Citizen Humanities will build off of existing methods used by Zooniverse.org for online crowdsourced transcription of handwritten documents. The Zooniverse team has noted that humanities researchers frequently require additional support when working with the results of text-transcription crowdsourcing projects, particularly for review and analysis of data. In this proposal, we request a Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, which will facilitate the creation of an online viewer and editor which will allow researchers to work with the raw and aggregated text data from Zooniverse transcription projects (including the ability to review and edit transcriptions) before uploading them into their Content Management Systems to be presented to the public.

HAA-263831-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsMorehouse CollegeAlgorithmic Thinking, Analysis and Visualization in Music (ATAVizM)1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021$129,873.00AaronMichaelCarter-Enyi   Morehouse CollegeAtlantaGA30314-3776USA2018Music History and CriticismDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities1298730129856.30

The creation of an improved, open source method for visualizing patterns and themes in music and the development of course modules for undergraduate students at HBCUs.

Innovations in music visualization render new possibilities for understanding music. One example is Wattenberg’s Shape of Song, a defunct web app. The arc diagram visualization technique for Shape of Song is brilliant, but ultimately the project did not live up to its potential because of a poor understanding of how composers develop musical themes, a central object of inquiry for music theorists. Algorithmic Thinking, Analysis and Visualization in Music (ATAVizM), identifies and implements major improvements over Shape of Song: (1) pattern recognition based on heuristics from music theory, (2) theme identification by users integrated into the application, and (3) visualization enhancements that make arc diagrams utilitarian for research and teaching. The team will also design and implement a course module at Emory, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the University of Georgia.

HAA-263835-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsMontpelier FoundationMontpelier Digital Collections Project1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019$39,968.00MaryFurlongMinkoffElizabeth LadnerMontpelier FoundationOrangeVA22960-0551USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities399680375550

The planning of an online collections platform that will aggregate four distinct collections held by James Madison’s Montpelier, the historic house and surrounding area administered by The Montpelier Foundation. The project team will convene a three-day workshop of leading digital cultural heritage professionals, scholars in American history and culture, and descendants of Montpelier’s enslaved families.

This project will bring together leading humanities scholars, museum professionals, digital heritage experts, and members of the public in a 2 ½-day workshop to design an online, publicly accessible digital library that integrates four collections: architecture/historic preservation, archaeology, archives, and decorative arts. The digital library will be created for the collections at James Madison’s Montpelier in partnership with Michigan State University’s MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, and designed to be easily adapted by other institutions. The workshop will consist of 1½ days of presentations by leaders in the digital humanities, followed by a day of of breakout sessions and group discussions. The workshop will result in a white paper synthesizing the findings and recommendations of participants that will be shared on multiple websites and by social media.

HAA-263837-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsNortheastern UniversityImproving Optical Character Recognition and Tracking Reader Annotations in Printed Books by Collating and Transcribing Multiple Exemplars1/1/2019 - 6/30/2021$100,000.00David Smith   Northeastern UniversityBostonMA02115-5005USA2018Computational LinguisticsDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities100000099223.60

Further research in enhanced optical character recognition techniques for historical print books and automatic discoverability of handwritten marginalia drawing upon the collections of the Internet Archive.

Most past digitization projects have focused on transcribing documents individually. With the availability of library-scale digital collections, we propose a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (Level II) to develop computational image and language models to discover multiple copies and editions of similar texts and to correct each text using these comparable witnesses. We provide evidence that this collational transcription system can significantly improve optical character recognition on historical books. We also propose to use these collated editions to discover annotated passages in large digitized book collections. This approach will therefore not only mitigate the errors that reader annotations introduce into the OCR process but will also produce the first automatically generated database of handwritten annotations, Ichneumon. Methods and software developed by this project will thus benefit future research on automatic collation, book history, and historical reading practices.

HAA-263850-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Kentucky Research FoundationReading the Invisible Library: Rescuing the Hidden Texts of Herculaneum1/1/2019 - 12/31/2022$500,000.00WilliamBrentSeales   University of Kentucky Research FoundationLexingtonKY40506-0004USA2018ClassicsDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities45000050000449977.5650000

The continued development of computerized techniques to recover writings from the Herculaneum library, the entire collections of which were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BCE.

Using authentic materials from national libraries in Italy and France, this project will apply proven computerized techniques and innovate new approaches to reveal the hidden writing in the most iconic collection of damaged humanities manuscripts--the scrolls from Herculaneum. During this phase of the project, key goals are to develop and analyze a new method for recovering and enhancing ink signals from within scrolls and manuscripts, and to develop new machine-learning (AI) techniques to render those signals into visible text.

HAA-263878-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsRegents of the University of California, IrvineVirtual Studiolo1/1/2019 - 12/31/2023$99,897.00DeannaM.Shemek   Regents of the University of California, IrvineIrvineCA92617-3066USA2018Art History and CriticismDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities998970998970

The design and production of a 3D environment re-creating Isabella d’Este of Mantua’s (1474-1539) art and music “studiolo” for use with virtual reality headsets, laptops, and visualization walls.

The Italian Renaissance is famed for art, architecture, music, and learning. The integrated experience of these achievements is difficult to grasp, given the dispersal of physical evidence and the disciplinary confines of our learning. It is also often gendered as male. This online, virtual reality project for study of one of Renaissance Italy's most stunning art spaces and collections -- the studiolo of Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) -- will address both of these problems with cross-disciplinary tools for approaching the period through one of its most important women. Its immersive, interactive character will convey the human scale, cognitive density, and aesthetic specificity of a Renaissance art space and capture the multi-sensory complexity of interiors meant to dazzle visitors with humanist ideals. Individual and collaborative work in this environment will foster new approaches to studying and teaching the multi-media Renaissance and provide models for analogous projects in other periods.

HAA-266444-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsGeorge Mason UniversityDatascribe: Enabling Structured Data Transcription in the Omeka S Web Platform9/1/2019 - 12/30/2022$324,733.00Jessica OtisLincolnA.MullenGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxVA22030-4444USA2019History, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities32473303247330

The creation of a structured data transcription module for the Omeka S platform that will make it easier for scholars working with quantitative data (such as government forms or institutional records) to transcribe them into structured data which can be analyzed or visualized.

Datascribe is an application for a Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to create a structured data transcription module, or plug-in, for the Omeka S platform for digital collections. Scholars often collect sources, such as government forms or institutional records, intending to transcribe them into datasets which can be analyzed or visualized. Existing software enables transcription into free-form text but not into tables of data. The proposed module will enable scholars to identify the structure of the data within their sources, speed up the transcription of their sources, and reliably structure their transcriptions in a form amenable to computational analysis. Scholars will be able to turn sources into tables of data stored as numbers, dates, or categories. This module will build on the Omeka S platform, enabling scholars to display transcriptions alongside the source images and metadata, to crowdsource transcriptions, and to publish their results on the web.

HAA-266457-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsBall State UniversityLibrary Circulation Histories Workshop9/1/2019 - 12/31/2021$49,900.00JamesJohnConnolly   Ball State UniversityMuncieIN47306-1022USA2019History, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities49900029940.780

A workshop on Library Circulation Histories to be hosted by Ball State University's Center for Middletown Studies. The workshop will bring together representatives from eleven library and reading history digital projects along with additional scholars and digital humanities developers to investigate making historical library circulation data more accessible for humanities research.

Ball State University's (BSU) Center for Middletown Studies, in conjunction with BSU's Digital Scholarship Lab, seeks a Level I Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support the Library Circulation Histories Workshop, to be held March 6-7, 2020. The project period will run from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. The aim of the Workshop is to make historical library circulation data more accessible and more analytically powerful. The Workshop assembles scholars and developers representing eleven (or more) library and reading history projects to share insights and develop new strategies or increasing the value for these already powerful research tools. Topics addressed will include the use of computational text analysis, network analysis, ethical issues, and data aggregation. The Workshop will result in published articles in a special issue/section of one or more journals, an online video recording of the conference, and a white paper on best practices.

HAA-266462-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsTufts UniversityBeyond Translation: New Possibilities for Reading in a Digital Age9/1/2019 - 8/31/2023$375,000.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2019Ancient LanguagesDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities3250005000028680850000

An expansion of the widely-used Perseus Digital Library to integrate reading tools that are designed to facilitate the study of ancient texts and the ability to conduct searches for relevant words and phrases.

Our goal in this Level III project is to promote a fundamental change in how human beings view translations and the cultures of which their original source text is a product. To support this larger goal we integrate into the emerging new version of Perseus new reading tools that we have developed as separate applications over the past decade: (1) the ability to produce, automatically and manually, word and phrase level alignments between source texts and translations and to see these alignments while reading; (2) the ability to view the full morphological and syntactic analysis of each word in a text; (3) new forms of searching and browsing based on this new data (e.g., find all English words used to translate a word or to view all subject/verb, adjective/noun combinations); (4) both large scale work (alignment of 50 million words of English to Greek and Latin) as well as focused projects (e.g., a bilingual edition of Homer).

HAA-266465-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsNorth Carolina State UniversityUsing Scalar to Deep-Map Modern East Asian History9/1/2019 - 12/31/2021$99,995.00DavidR.AmbarasKateLinetteMcDonaldNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighNC27695-0001USA2019East Asian HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities999950999950

The further development of the Bodies and Structures series on East Asian history and geospatial studies. As part of the project, the Scalar publishing platform would be improved to allow for the incorporation of additional spatial visualizations.

Cartographic maps visualize only a small part of the historical relationships and experiences that constitute spatial history. Yet they remain the mainstay of digital spatial history projects. Bodies and Structures captures the multivocality of spatial history. Built in the open-source platform Scalar, the site enables scholars and students to analyze the historical, multivocal nature of space and place in East Asia and beyond. We are applying for a Level II grant for September 2019-August 2021 to greatly enhance the site’s utility for teaching and research in modern East Asian history and the spatial humanities. During this period, we will enhance Scalar’s capacity for analytical visualizations and user-directed engagement; add twelve modules to expand the project’s geo-historical scope and provide new disciplinary perspectives; and use the new Scalar tools to design new maps and visualizations that locate the modules in the site’s new spatial historical environment.

HAA-266472-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsSouth Carolina Department of Natural ResourcesSnowVision: A Machine Learning-Based Image Processing Tool for the Study of Archaeological Collections9/1/2019 - 8/31/2023$323,668.00KarenYvonneSmithColin WilderSouth Carolina Department of Natural ResourcesColumbiaSC29202-0167USA2019ArchaeologyDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities32366803236680

The expansion and extension of a set of machine learning-based tools designed to assist scholars with identifying and classifying artifacts from archaeological sites based on design motifs.

Two years of NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant Level III funding is sought to increase availability and strengthen usability of SnowVision. The grant will support 1) the integration of SnowVision with an interactive, online user interface, 2) the acquisition and integration feedback from scholars working in laboratories and curation facilities across the Southeast, 3) the enhancement of the technological infrastructure of SnowVision so that the newly integrated system meets the needs of the user community and has a framework built for long-term success, and 4) providing select institutions with start-up funds to begin digitizing collections, providing the USC team with rigorous, off-site testing of the system. Collaboration between the USC development team and an Advisory Committee will increase the utility of SnowVision, secure buy-in from stakeholders, and ensure extensibility of the software. NEH funding will support software enhancement of accuracy, reliability, and speed.

HAA-266482-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsGettysburg CollegeMesolex: Lexicosemantic Resources for Mesoamerican Languages9/1/2019 - 2/28/2023$48,698.00JonathanD.Amith   Gettysburg CollegeGettysburgPA17325-1483USA2019Languages, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities486980486980

Planning and early stages of development for an open-access portal of linguistic and cultural documentation of indigenous societies in Mexico and Central America.

Mesolex: Lexicosemantic Resources for Mesoamerican Languages (Level 1) is the first phase in creating an open-access portal of linguistic and cultural documentation of Indigenous societies in Mexico and Central America. The portal will have two basic modules. Mesoamerican Lexicons will disseminate lexical databases including both dictionaries and semantically specific lexicons (e.g., local names for flora; toponyms; body parts). This project will create a standardized data structure able to ingest lexical materials from a wide range of sources. It will also develop powerful search engines to discover data and flexible designs for language-specific online display. Mesoamerican Narratives will develop software to place audio or video recordings in native languages online, accompanied by transcriptions and translations that will be highlighted line-by-line in synchronization with audio or video playback. This Level 1 grant focuses on database design and creating the necessary software.

HAA-266490-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Nevada, RenoEthical Visualization in the Age of Big Data: Contemporary Cultural Implications of Pre- Twentieth-Century French Texts9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020$49,581.00ChristopherMichaelChurchKatherine HepworthUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoNV89557-0001USA2019Cultural HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities49581046875.10

A two-day workshop and follow up activities on approaches to developing ethical data visualization techniques and interactive cartographic interfaces with a particular focus on text mining colonial-era French newspapers.

This project advances work toward generating ethical visualizations of historical corpora comprising the European cultural imagination prior to the twentieth century without reproducing ethnocentrism. Visually representing the historical place of misrepresented peoples and locales throughout the world requires interdisciplinary collaboration focused equally on critical theory, data visualization, ethics, machine learning, and text analysis. We seek $49,851 of level-1 funding for a workshop that unites top experts in the fields of information design, computational linguistics, and history to address the conceptual and logistical challenges in realizing this goal. This project will address two key issues: 1) how to create ethical data visualizations--and their underlying forms of training and analysis--that grapple with inherent source biases; and 2) how to computationally process non-modern, non-English languages for humanities research in a critically engaged way.

HAA-266501-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsLouisiana State University and A&M CollegeInteractive VR Simulation of an Eighteenth-Century Paris Fair Theatre: VESPACE9/1/2019 - 8/31/2022$99,995.00JeffreyM.Leichman   Louisiana State University and A&M CollegeBaton RougeLA70803-0001USA2019Theater History and CriticismDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities999950936560

The further development of the VESPACE (Virtual Early modern Spectacles and Publics, Active and Collaborative Environment) project. This stage would focus on the development of an interactive prototype suitable for additional user testing.

The VESPACE (Virtual Early modern Spectacles and Publics, Active and Collaborative Environment) project seeks to model an eighteenth-century Paris Fair theatre through an immersive, playable simulation that allows users to explore the sensory and social worlds of this under-studied early modern cultural space. In order to reconstruct this vibrant facet of public theatre in Enlightenment Europe’s largest city, VESPACE brings together specialists from across the humanities, working in fields including theatre, history, literature, dance, sound studies, and architecture, working alongside computer scientists and engineers in the fields of game design, social interaction simulation, and virtual reality modeling of cultural patrimony. This application is for a LEVEL II Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support work to develop a playable prototype during the two-year grant performance period (September 1, 2019-August 31 2021).

HAA-266508-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsYale UniversityDevelopment of a Multi-Camera, Computer Operated Photogrammetric Imaging System for Enhancing Digital Preservation and Access9/1/2019 - 8/31/2022$99,355.00Nelson Rios   Yale UniversityNew HavenCT06510-1703USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities993550993550

The further development and refinement of a system to carry out photogrammetric 3D reconstruction quickly, inexpensively, and without the need for specialized equipment.

This project will document, validate and improve upon a high-throughput multi-camera, Computer-Operated Photogrammetric Imaging System (COPIS) for capturing large numbers of overlapping images from multiple viewpoints around an object for photogrammetric 3D reconstruction. This will be accomplished through a demonstration project to image and reconstruct 3D models of approximately 1,000 cultural heritage objects selected from a broad sampling of the Yale Peabody Museum’s Anthropological and Babylonian collections. This project will further evolve the COPIS design specification for photogrammetry, improve usability and performance of the software components, add a preliminary design element to facilitate structured-light scanning and deploy an installation at the Museum to produce high-resolution 3D reconstructions of diverse sets of objects from its Anthropology and Babylonian collections.

HAA-266513-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsCollege of William and MaryTranskribus and the Georgian Papers Programme Tabular-Formatted Manuscripts9/1/2019 - 7/31/2022$100,000.00Deborah Cornell   College of William and MaryWilliamsburgVA23186-0002USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities100000052400.080

A project to explore the application of the open-source Handwritten Text Recognition tool, Transkribus, to machine-driven transcription of handwritten materials of tabular formats, such as financial records and inventories, using materials from the Georgian Papers Programme.

When scholars have access to machine readable files of text, they can perform data mining, text analysis, visualization, and basic search and discovery with ease and precision. This proposal seeks a Level II Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to experiment with open-source Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) tool, Transkribus to address the challenge of mass transcription of handwritten materials in complex tabular format, such as accounts, and inventories. The project will use a subset of materials in the Georgian Papers Programme. NEH funding would support: a) development of layout analysis tools, templates, and output of data in csv files for Transkribus; b) algorithmic processing of approximately 50,000 images; c) writing documentation, code, and user guides; and d) presentation of project work to relevant communities. This use of Transkribus will serve as a case study for developing methods for transcription of tabular materials and will contribute to HTR models.

HAA-266518-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of ChicagoIntertextual Bridges: Search and Navigation across Heterogeneous Collections9/1/2019 - 12/31/2020$99,497.00Robert Morrissey   University of ChicagoChicagoIL60637-5418USA2019Romance LanguagesDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities994970994970

The development of a prototype platform that will allow scholars to combine distant and close reading methods to discover relationships between texts and identify texts in collections for further study.

We seek Level II funding for a pilot project to develop a model that will allow scholars to bridge the gap between distant and close reading when conducting research on large, heterogeneous digital text collections. We propose to create a language agnostic environment—called the Intertextual Hub—in which the conceptual relationships among texts discovered by text-mining algorithms can fruitfully guide close reading in dialectical interaction with distant reading. Fundamentally, we are contending that the core of scholarly reading in the digital age should be the discovery and navigation of intertextual relationships. The Intertextual Hub will be a powerful hermeneutical device allowing users to navigate between individual texts and larger corpora that are related through shared themes, ideas, and passages. Focusing on the French Revolutionary period, we will test this model by applying it to the extensive and diverse 18th-century French collections of UChicago’s ARTFL Project.

HAA-266528-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of North Carolina, GreensboroMassMine Advancement Grant for Sustainable Data-Driven Humanities Research9/1/2019 - 8/31/2023$324,865.00Aaron Beveridge   University of North Carolina, GreensboroGreensboroNC27412-5068USA2019EnglishDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities32486503220920

The continuing development of the MassMine platform, an open-source toolkit that allows humanities scholars to collect large-scale, publicly available data drawn from social media sites for research and teaching.

MassMine (www.massmine.org) automates the collection and processing of data from digital sources to support data-driven humanities research. MassMine currently supports data collection and processing from Twitter, Google Trends, Wikipedia, Tumblr, as well as collecting and archiving text data from any web URL (web scraping). In 2015 MassMine’s initial development was funded through an NEH/ODH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant for $60,000, and we are now pursuing our next round of funding to further extend MassMine’s functionality and accessibility. [Edited by staff]

HAA-266553-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsPresident and Fellows of Harvard CollegeImperiia: An Information Ecosystem for Russian History9/1/2019 - 6/30/2023$99,783.00Kelly O'Neill   President and Fellows of Harvard CollegeCambridgeMA02138-3800USA2019Russian HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities997830997830

The further development of a map-based platform and enhanced set of tools to better integrate spatial history and Russian studies, allowing scholars to make connections between disparate sources and identify new research questions and areas of study.

We are applying for a Level II Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support a 12-month project from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. This funding will support the first attempt to not only apply the tools and methods of spatial history to the Russian past but to build an open framework for collaborative historical GIS work in the field of Russian studies. The information ecosystem we are building is intended to uncover and forge meaningful connections among historical sources, both quantitative and qualitative, that have not been studied together before. Our goal for the grant period is to shift from our current focus on database design and data development to three methodological challenges: 1) machine-based extraction of spatial data from texts and maps, 2) definition of a flexible, extensible ontology that will connect all project elements, and 3) innovation of a map-centric digital platform for visualizing, analyzing, and interpreting Russia’s spatial history.

HAA-266562-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsShift Design, Inc.Redesigning Historypin for Open-Source Digital Humanities9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020$49,824.00Alexandra Dolan-Mescal   Shift Design, Inc.New OrleansLA70117-6726USA2019Public HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities498240498240

The planning for a revitalization of the community-sourced history mapping platform Historypin.org and to migrate its underlying code to an open-source framework.

Shift Design, Inc requests $49,824 to support a 12-month plan for the revitalization of their existing Historypin.org web platform. Historypin.org is a free, user-friendly, and accessible platform for crowdsourcing history open to scholars, community groups, digital humanities classrooms, and the general public. The site has over 98,000 users around the world, over 4,000 of which are cultural heritage organizations. Although widely used, the Historypin platform is in need of revitalization. The project objectives are to 1) better understand the digital humanities scholars’ current use of Historypin, 2) document the general needs of a digital humanities scholar from a user-interaction (UX)/ user-interface (UI) perspective, 3) develop a revised and simplified design for the Historypin website, and 4) draft a plan for a transition to an open-source codebase. Completing this project would position Historypin to begin developing a platform tailored to assist digital humanities research.

HAA-266565-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsStone Soup Productions, Inc.Project Maestro9/1/2019 - 2/28/2022$100,000.00AndreaR.Kalin   Stone Soup Productions, Inc.WashingtonDC20036-2504USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities10000001000000

The further development of a platform for middle and high school humanities teachers to incorporate content-based games into their classrooms.

Project Maestro empowers educators and students with limited computer access to make digital humanities games. Created from The Search for Harmony, a web game about the rich, forgotten historical legacy of classical musicians of African descent, this WordPress-based plugin transforms art and text on paper into digital assets for a prebuilt minigame, enabling new versions to be developed without requiring programming skill. This grant’s primary tasks are to build a set of minigames, design activity guides for instructors, and partner with education groups to refine the platform through workshops. The end product will be a website where instructors can publish work as playable games. The producers of this project seek $100,000 for platform development, adviser consultation, game design and documentation. This tool will allow educators and others in the humanities to use digital games as a means of creating engaging, informative experiences for students.

HAA-266568-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsRhizomeEarly Online Communities in Context9/1/2019 - 5/31/2020$45,722.00MichaelJ.Connor   RhizomeNew YorkNY10002-1218USA2019Art History and CriticismDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities457220457220

The development of a context-rich, interactive reconstruction of “The Thing,” a significant early online community, and support scholarship based on this reconstruction.

The Thing was a Bulletin Board System initiated in New York by Wolfgang Staehle in 1991, a short time before the rise of the public web. As a testing ground for forms of experimental writing, and one of the earliest online communities to host in-depth discussion of contemporary art, the platform’s content has unique value for humanities scholars. This content and the community that formed around it is best understood in relation to its BBS infrastructure—slow, mostly local connections; a growing accumulation of posts; the absence of surveillance and metrics. This project involves an effort to reconstruct a legible archive of The Thing from a partial copy created by one of its users, to make this available on the web in emulation, and to convene scholars for a discussion of The Thing as an exemplar of early posting practices.

HAA-268887-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUnicode ConsortiumClassic Maya Text Repository: An open-access collaborative platform for research and annotation of encoded hieroglyphic texts2/1/2020 - 7/31/2021$99,990.00Gabrielle Vail   Unicode ConsortiumMountain ViewCA94043-3941USA2019AnthropologyDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities999900999900

The development of an open-access, online collaborative platform and repository of Maya hieroglyphic texts for use by scholars and descendent communities. This project contributes to the longer-term endeavor to expand the international Unicode Standard repertoire to include the Maya script.

Our Level II project seeks to annotate Classic period (ca. 250-900 CE) Maya hieroglyphic texts from the Northern lowlands, Central Peten, and Western regions and make them accessible for study online. Using an open-access online platform for annotating ancient documents (READ), texts from the Postclassic Maya codices (ca. 1250 – 1519 CE) that were digitally rendered during the project’s previous phase will be published in digital form for public use. Concurrently, select Classic period inscriptions will be encoded and annotated using READ, resulting in a repository of digitally encoded Maya hieroglyphic texts. These texts form an important part of the dataset of Maya literature extending from the second century BCE through the colonial, republican, and more recent periods—an almost unbroken record spanning two millennia. Through these tools, online users have the ability to examine, query, manage, edit, annotate, and render Maya texts in ways not previously imaginable.

HAA-268984-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsSouthern Illinois University, EdwardsvilleSociety for the Study of American Women Writers Recovery Hub2/1/2020 - 7/31/2022$50,000.00Jessica DeSpainMelissaJ.HomesteadSouthern Illinois University, EdwardsvilleEdwardsvilleIL62026-0001USA2019American LiteratureDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities500000452670

A series of planning activities to create a network of scholars (or “hub”) to surface works by women writers through digital methods and also provide support, mentorship, and peer-review services for women in the digital humanities.

The project team is seeking a Level I Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to plan a digital recovery hub that will operate as a network of scholars grounded in diverse feminist methods under the umbrella of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW). The hub will provide a much-needed resource for project consultation and technical assistance for scholars engaged in the recovery of the works of American women writers from all periods. The hub's broader goals are to: 1) reinvigorate the value of digital scholarship as a recovery method by extending traditional editing projects with network mapping, spatial analysis, and the distant reading of massive datasets; 2) provide support for projects at a variety of levels; 3) act as a feminist peer reviewing body for in-process work; and 4) build a community of use to help recovery projects reach broader audiences by interfacing with SSAWW’s membership and journal Legacy.

HAA-269004-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsNew York UniversityShanati: Reconstructing the Daily Ancient Babylonian Chronology in Synchronization with the Proleptic Julian Calendar2/1/2020 - 10/31/2023$100,000.00AlexanderRaymondJones   New York UniversityNew YorkNY10012-1019USA2019Near and Middle Eastern HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities1000000997610

A reconstruction of ancient chronology combining textual and astronomical data that will allow scholars to identify when past events took place with greater precision.

The goal of this project is to reconstruct the Babylonian Chronology of the 1st millennium BCE, the ancient old world's foremost calendar, with daily granularity on the basis of cuneiform economic and scholarly textual evidence, in consonance with a retrojective astronomical model of first moon visibility. The basic results will be presented in terms of the proleptic Julian Calendar. The project will gather the textual data from scholarly databases and publications, integrate them in a custom database and present its results through a high-end website, with embeddable widget and API access, as well as via print publication. The project targets the scholarly, lay, and undergraduate and high school educational audiences.

HAA-269007-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsPresident and Fellows of Harvard CollegeMapping Color in History7/1/2020 - 2/28/2023$99,017.00Jinah Kim   President and Fellows of Harvard CollegeCambridgeMA02138-3800USA2019History, Criticism, and Theory of the ArtsDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities990170942450

The development of a pilot database and visualization tools that will allow users to search a large collection of paintings by pigment and to determine the time and location where particular works of art were painted based on the availability of pigments.

Mapping Color in History [MCH] brings together the scientific data drawn from existing and on-going material analyses of pigments in Asian painting in a historical perspective. As a digital portal with a searchable online database, MCH will not only document pigments and their material properties, but also enable an in-depth historical analysis of pigment data through a search tool that will identify specific examples and their locations in both time and space. It takes an object-based method for data collection instead of a pigment-based organization scheme. By developing a database model that can normalize fragmentary and uneven data, MCH will help scholars to bring together disparate data that is difficult to find or compare. A Level II NEH grant will support the completion of a pilot database of historical pigments linked to paintings, locations, times and a visualization tool that will allow users to search the database for entries that match a particular pigment.

HAA-269013-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsDuke UniversityThe Sandcastle Workflow: A Malleable System for Visualizing Pre-modern Maps and Views2/1/2020 - 6/30/2023$99,339.00Edward TriplettPhilipJ.SternDuke UniversityDurhamNC27705-4677USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities993390993390

Designing and implementing new spatial humanities practices to visualize and interpret pre-modern spaces, using the Portuguese text, Livro das Fortalezas, or Book of Fortresses, as a case study.

Spatial humanities projects have long struggled to find a suitable platform for representing pre-modern concepts of space and place. GIS has served as the dominant platform, but its core paradigm – that historical data should be layered and often stretched (georectified) to fit modern Cartesian cartography – is particularly problematic for scholars who study medieval and early modern maps and views. Our solution proposes a workflow that integrates GIS, CAD, and the Unity game engine to build a malleable mapping environment that forgoes the concept of historical layers in favor of linked views that allow simultaneous navigation among original sources, modern cartography, and virtual landscapes. Using work already begun on a 16th-century Portuguese chorography known as the Book of Fortresses as our primary and initial case study, this ”Sandcastle Workflow” proposes a method for confronting a range of pre-modern spatial idiosyncrasies that GIS alone has proven incapable of visualizing.

HAA-269019-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsMarshall University Research CorporationAccessibility in Digital Humanities: Making Clio Available to All2/1/2020 - 7/31/2021$128,559.00DavidJ.Trowbridge   Marshall University Research CorporationHuntingtonWV25701-2225USA2019History, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities12855901285590

A collaboration between Marshall University and the American Foundation for the Blind to develop enhanced accessibility features and related user documentation for the Clio project, a platform that allows educators and cultural institutions to design mobile tours for exploring local history and culture.

Our team of humanities scholars and developers will work with the American Foundation for the Blind to make Clio accessible. The team will share lessons learned and hopes to become a model for other public-facing digital humanities projects.

HAA-269020-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsGeorgia Tech Research CorporationHidden Histories: Digitally Processing, Analyzing, and Visualizing Large Archives in Omeka2/1/2020 - 1/31/2023$99,991.00Todd MichneyBrad RittenhouseGeorgia Tech Research CorporationAtlantaGA30318-6395USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities99991099573.430

Development of plugins for the Omeka platform to enable large-scale text processing and data visualizations for digitized collections, using the Mayor Ivan Allen Digital Archive as one test case.

We are applying for an NEH grant to produce an Omeka plugin suite that leverages new visual and digital methodologies, enabling researchers and archivists to explore sizeable digital archives with minimal technical barriers. The resulting tool will allow users to produce key metadata and explore these archives by connecting the important entities they contain semantically and visually. It processes the entirety of a collection, so that queries return a more intuitive collection of significant entities within the collection, allowing users to navigate visually and semantically from an initial point of interest to all connected points in the archive. We have already produced a working prototype of the system, which Georgia Tech scholars are currently using for research. Primarily, the grant will provide us with time and resources to lead a team of Georgia Tech student researchers in the development of the platform.

HAA-269032-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsBall State UniversityVirtual World Heritage Ohio2/1/2020 - 1/31/2023$99,996.00KevinC.NolanJohn FillwalkBall State UniversityMuncieIN47306-1022USA2019ArchaeologyDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities99996078938.790

The development and testing of a prototype of an interactive three-dimensional simulation of the Newark Earthworks, one of Ohio’s Hopewell ceremonial centers.

People the world over build monuments to connect land and sky, structuring human experience of the cosmic through their creations. When built of earth, these monuments degrade in ways that obscure the intended earth-sky connection and meaning ascribed to it. We overcome some of these challenges by employing recent digital technologies to virtually reconstruct one of the most significant earthworks built by the American Indian people of the Hopewell Culture. With a Level II grant, Virtual World Heritage Ohio develops a full digital model and virtual exploration prototype of the Octagon Earthworks--a Hopewell culture site on the U.S. Tentative List for World Heritage. The publicly accessible prototype builds upon the existing CERHAS reconstructions, expanding avenues for humanities scholarship while broadening public understanding of and appreciation for these significant American Indian monuments.

HAA-269051-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Texas, AustinEnabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record2/1/2020 - 7/31/2022$303,277.00AllyssaAnneGuzman   University of Texas, AustinAustinTX78712-0100USA2019Languages, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities30327702914770

Enabling multilingual citizen contributions to an existing open-source platform for transcribing and translating historical documents and adding these contributions to the archival record.

This project seeks $302,477 in support to enhance FromThePage (FtP), an open-source platform for the collaborative transcription, translation, and indexing of texts, with the intent to enable multilingual citizen contributions to DH activities (Part 1) and reuse these citizen contributions in the archival record (Part 2). The expected outcomes include platform restructuring to enable multilingual versions of FtP, a Spanish and Portuguese translation of the interface and user guides, enhanced support for object metadata and faceted browsing, additional export options to facilitate the use of machine-readable textual outputs in other digital scholarship tools, and workflows to incorporate citizen contributions into the archival and digital asset management system record.

HAA-269061-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnRevitalizing and Enhancing the Open Source 3D WebGIS of the MayaArch3D Project2/1/2020 - 1/31/2021$50,000.00HeatherMarieRichards-RissettoKarinMichelleDalzielUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2019ArchaeologyDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities50000048835.180

Planning for the revitalization of the MayaArch3D project and documentation for using 3D WebGIS data in digital scholarship.

This level I project revitalizes and enhances the 3D WebGIS component of the MayaArch3D Project, which integrates 3D models of cities, terrain, and objects with associated, geo-referenced data for humanities scholarship. First, we will review the existing code of the 3D WebGIS. Second, we will define concrete steps to (1) make the system more customizable and extensible (2) add functionality for dynamic interchange of 3D models (3) develop a friendlier UX (User Experience), and (4) revamp the infrastructure to store and call up 3D models from an open source repository. Broader project outcomes enhance the humanities in several ways: (1) documentation for a customizable open source 3D WebGIS (2) 3D WebGIS for data management and preservation for cultural heritage, (3) 3D WebGIS to foster scholarly collaboration , and (4) contribute to 3D digital data preservation and access by designing infrastructure in collaboration with libraries.

HAA-269062-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsFlorida State UniversityData Repository Infrastructure for Prosopographic Data2/1/2020 - 8/31/2022$30,117.00SarahCatherineStanley   Florida State UniversityTallahasseeFL32306-0001USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities301170320.910

A workshop for humanities scholars and librarians on the long-term storage and maintenance requirements for prosopographic data.

This Level I project will convene a 3-day meeting of experts in prosopographic data, repository infrastructure, and humanities data to determine the requirements for a prosopographies-specific data repository. This project will seek to answer questions about the metadata required, the techinical requirements, and potential user base for such a repository.

HAA-269065-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnDigital Notation Across the Movement-Based Arts2/1/2020 - 1/31/2023$21,744.00Stephen RamsayBrianL.Pytlik ZilligUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2019Arts, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities21744000

A workshop for scholars and practitioners to develop standard methods for digitally notating dance and other movement-based arts to enable easier preservation and analysis.

A Level I proposal for a three-day workshop that draws together a small group of experts in the areas of (traditional) dance notation and digital data modeling. This working group aims to lay the groundwork for the creation of a digital notation format for the movement-based arts that can interoperate with other media-based tools.

HAA-269067-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUtah Valley University"Digital Modeling of Western State Constitutional Conventions by Undergraduates: Extending the Quill Project"2/1/2020 - 10/31/2023$374,791.00MatthewS.BrogdonScott PaulUtah Valley UniversityOremUT84058-0001USA2019Public HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities3247915000032479150000

Extending the Quill Project to include additional research by undergraduate history students to help create a digital model of archival materials that document US state constitutional conventions.

The Center for Constitutional Studies (CCS) at Utah Valley University requests NEH level-III support of $324,791, with an added match of $50,000, for a major expansion of its undergraduate-led digital modeling of state constitutional conventions. Building upon our completion of an interactive edition of the Utah convention records, an accomplishment enabled by a partnership with Oxford University’s Quill Project, we propose to model three more state conventions from the American west. State constitutionalism is a neglected field, especially with the western states; moreover, Quill’s software cannot be enhanced without more attempts to apply it. CCS would hire five student employees to do the modeling, purchase an additional server for the sake of upgrading Quill’s user-friendliness, and hold a conference where we share our findings and encourage other universities to model a convention. Overall, our project would spur academic research and digital advancement in tandem.

HAA-269068-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Maryland, College ParkAdvancing Community Digital Collections through Minimal Computing: The Lakeland Digital Archive2/1/2020 - 12/31/2022$99,993.00Trevor Muñoz   University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkMD20742-5141USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities999930989060

The redesign of the Lakeland Digital Archive using minimal computing approaches and the creation of tutorials to teach other community organizations how to build and maintain digital public humanities projects.

Residents of Lakeland, a 130-year-old African American community adjacent to the University of Maryland (UMD) have worked for more than 10 years to document, preserve, and share their cultural heritage. Their ambition has been to capture a history that covers African American life in the long 20th century in their own voices as community members. This project will develop a working prototype of the Lakeland Digital Archive to demonstrate how digital humanities methods such as minimal computing can enhance community-led projects by empowering them to build digital publications that are resilient, shareable online and off, and amenable to models of shared governance. Continuing an existing community-university partnership, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will collaborate on this Level II grant with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project (LCHP) and other local partners.

HAA-271574-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsCleveland State UniversityPlacePress: A WordPress Plugin for Publishing Location-based Tours and Stories9/1/2020 - 6/30/2022$79,568.00J. Mark SoutherErin BellCleveland State UniversityClevelandOH44115-2214USA2020Public HistoryDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities795680795100

The development, testing, and release of PlacePress, a plugin for WordPress, for designing and launching digital public humanities projects. 

We seek a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to develop PlacePress, a WordPress plugin that enables humanities scholars, content experts, or organizations to create and share interpretive location-based tours and stories easily, affordably, and sustainably using the world's most ubiquitous content management system. The project will generate three use cases in collaboration with institutional partners in support of ongoing public humanities initiatives, as well as usability testing with a focus group drawn from identified target users.

HAA-271653-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of MinnesotaMapping Racial Covenants in the United States: A Technical Toolkit9/1/2020 - 12/31/2023$374,460.00Kirsten Delegard   University of MinnesotaMinneapolisMN55455-2009USA2020Urban StudiesDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities3244734998732447349987

To expand and refine a set of digital tools and workflows to generate and map datasets of racial covenants from communities across the United States within one web platform.

Through a process of experimentation over the last four years, Mapping Prejudice has developed a powerful, new methodology that combines optical character recognition (OCR), crowd-sourcing and geographic information science (GIS), to map racial covenants found in property deeds at an unprecedented level of granularity. This has allowed the project to create a comprehensive spatial dataset of racial covenants for Hennepin County, Minnesota (Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs)—the first such dataset in the country. The Mapping Prejudice team will leverage what it has learned from mapping racial covenants in Hennepin County to open up new opportunities for public engagement and research on the history of segregation and the urban environment in the United States.

HAA-271654-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of California, BerkeleyMultilingual BookNLP: Building a Literary NLP Pipeline Across Languages9/1/2020 - 8/31/2025$324,874.00David Bamman   University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyCA94704-5940USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities32487402920540

The expansion of the BookNLP platform for studying the linguistic structure of textual materials to allow for the analysis of resources in Spanish, Japanese, Russian and German.

BookNLP (Bamman et al., 2014) is a natural language processing pipeline for reasoning about the linguistic structure of text of books, specifically designed for works of fiction. In addition to its pipeline of part-of-speech tagging, named entity recognition, and coreference resolution, BookNLP identifies the characters in a literary text, and represents them through the actions they participate in, the objects they possess, their attributes, and dialogue. The availability of this tool has driven much work in the computational humanities, especially surrounding character (Underwood et al., 2018; Kraicer and Piper, 2018; Dubnicek et al., 2018). At the same time, however, BookNLP has one major limitation: it currently only supports texts written in English. The goal of this project is to develop a version of BookNLP to support literature in Spanish, Japanese, Russian and German, and create a blueprint for others to develop it for additional languages in the future.

HAA-271717-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsMichigan Technological UniversityAdvancing Deep Mapping Infrastructure for Community-Driven Spatial Humanities: The Keweenaw Time Traveler9/1/2020 - 12/31/2023$324,985.00Donald LafreniereKarla KitalongMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonMI49931-1200USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities32498503243100

Improvements to an online historical atlas for Michigan's Copper County from 1880-1950, with rich data about people, buildings, and historical environments from one of the nation's oldest and largest copper mining regions. 

The Keweenaw Time Traveler Project (Level III) is an online historical atlas that includes over 12.9 million variables about the historical environments, buildings, and populations that lived and worked in Michigan’s Copper Country from 1880-1950. A group of interdisciplinary scholars together with our active heritage community is expanding the project to include 1) creating links between historical data sets to permit following populations and environments as they change through time, 2) modeling best practices in the spatial humanities by expanding the capabilities of our existing historical atlas through public-participatory design charrettes, and 3) creating guided activities, lesson plans, public programming, and replicable code for other communities to build their own historical atlas. The result will be a publicly-generated data-rich historical atlas in which community members can discover, explore, and contribute their own information about the regions history and heritage.

HAA-271718-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsEast Carolina UniversityCastle to Classrooms: Developing an Irish Castle in Virtual Reality9/1/2020 - 6/30/2022$93,121.00ThomasLeslieHerron   East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleNC27858-5235USA2020Renaissance StudiesDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities931210867400

The design and testing of teaching modules built in virtual reality for an existing 3-D digital model of Kilcolman Castle, Ireland, home of English poet, Edmund Spencer.

This Level II "Prototype" grant will adapt into Virtual Reality a digital 3-D model of an Irish castle for teaching purposes. Kilcolman Castle, now in ruins, was the adopted home of the early modern English poet and administrator Edmond Spenser (1552-1559). Spencer's career and famous writings, which often focus in controversial ways on his life as a plantation settler in Ireland, make the castle a fascinating subject of study. This grant will focus on Spenser's castle and writings through innovative undergraduate and high school teaching modules in history, architecture, archaeology, Irish studies and English literature. These modules with VR applications will highlight the artistic accomplishments of Spenser as well as the cultural diversity of the castle and its surroundings. Spenser's activity in Ireland is a crucial element in our understanding of the historic impact of colonial imperialism. The project will educate and appeal to both students and the general public alike.

HAA-271735-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Missouri, Kansas CityUnlocking the Mysteries of a Medieval Chant Book with Multispectral Imaging9/1/2020 - 8/31/2024$324,317.00JeffreyA.Rydberg-CoxVirginia BlantonUniversity of Missouri, Kansas CityKansas CityMO64110-2235USA2020Medieval StudiesDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities32431703243170

The refinement and dissemination of a new method for multispectral imaging of early modern manuscripts and print materials, drawing upon special collections held by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, the Linda Hall Library of Science, and the University of Kansas.

This Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant project has three goals: 1) to use a multispectral imaging system to study palimpsests in a medieval chant book owned by LaBudde Special Collections at the University of Missouri Kansas City Libraries; 2) to develop an alternative, deep learning model that will allow us to derive visible light multispectral images from normal RGB images; and 3) to apply both methodologies comparatively, testing their efficacy on the UMKC chant book and on two additional heritage documents held by other libraries in the Kansas City region. Should this alternative be viable, it will dramatically reduce the cost and lower the economic barriers for other scholars, archivists, and librarians who would like to use multispectral analysis for their materials. In effect, it would allow humanities centers, libraries, and archives the ability to conduct their own investigations with these techniques using readily available and affordable equipment.

HAA-271747-20Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Missouri, Kansas CityA Knowledge Graph for Managing and Analyzing Spanish American Notary Records9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021$100,000.00VivianaLGriecoPraveen RaoUniversity of Missouri, Kansas CityKansas CityMO64110-2235USA2020Latin American StudiesDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities1000000858080

The development of methods to make it easier for scholars to research historical records, with a focus on 17th century notary records from Argentina. 

We propose to develop a software tool that will enable scholars to expeditiously read and analyze seventeenth century Spanish American notary records and quickly find relevant content in these document collections. Since these records were written in a type of script that was intentionally cryptic, it takes years of training in Spanish American paleography to become proficient in reading and analyzing them. Digital collections contain large amounts of information that can be modeled as a knowledge graph by applying deep learning and knowledge management techniques. The development of such a tool will make notarial scripts accessible to a larger community of researchers without requiring extensive paleography training. By modeling the content in the notary records as a knowledge graph, graph queries will facilitate the identification of legal formulae that characterize types of notarized documents and allow researchers to more efficiently mine the information relevant to their projects.