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Participant name: Columba Stewart
State: Minnesota
Keywords: manuscript (ALL of these words -- matching substrings)

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HAA-255994-17Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsSt. John's University, CollegevilleEnsuring Access to Endangered and Inaccessible Manuscripts9/1/2017 - 6/30/2020$366,388.00ColumbaA.Stewart   St. John's University, CollegevilleCollegevilleMN56321-2000USA2017Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities3239584243032395842430

Further development of the virtual Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, a digital portal that provides online access to manuscript collections from Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. This phase of the project would support development of the platform’s underlying technical framework as well as features to enhance the researcher experience.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, seeks support for the next phase of development for its recently-launched vHMML platform for manuscript studies (www.vhmml.org). vHMML 1.0 was released in October 2015 with resources to support the use of manuscripts in research; vHMML 2.0 launched in August 2016 with an online Reading Room that is making tens of thousands of otherwise inaccessible and often endangered manuscript books and archival documents available to users around the world free of charge. NEH funding will make it possible to create vHMML 3.0, with greatly increased discoverability of manuscripts and metadata, and much richer data sharing with other digital humanities projects. vHMML 3.0 will add features requested by partner projects and researchers, and NEH support in both outright and matching funds will sustain the human resources needed to guarantee best-practice administration and continued development of vHMML.

PB-269956-20Preservation and Access: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)St. John's University, CollegevilleDeveloping Resources for Description of Manuscripts from Understudied Christian and Islamic Traditions7/1/2020 - 6/30/2024$1,408,474.00ColumbaA.Stewart   St. John's University, CollegevilleCollegevilleMN56321-2000USA2019 Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Preservation and Access12084742000001208474200000

The creation and enhancement of descriptive metadata for over 53,000 digitized manuscripts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, along with work to expand recognized cataloging authorities for personal names, titles, and geographic locations in order to build out the international scholarly infrastructure for research on the history and culture of the Christian and Islamic world from the medieval period to the modern era.

Cataloging digitized previously unknown, inaccessible, and endangered Christian and Islamic manuscripts from the Middle East, Africa, and Europe for online access in vHMML Reading Room, and the creation of vHMML Data, a new database of names (and, resources permitting, titles) related to these manuscript traditions that currently lack LC authorities. vHMML Data will be freely accessible online for use by other projects, and the names will be submitted to VIAF and Wikidata. These resources will help to bring these understudied traditions into scholarly discourse and public understanding.