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Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Dean J. Smith (Project Director: September 2017 to March 2023)

Humanities Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

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$92,673 (approved)
$92,673 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019

Humanities Open Book Program - Cornell University III

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 25 classic humanities texts from Cornell University Press in the areas of Classics, Medieval Studies, and Science Education.

Cornell University Press seeks $92,673 in funding for 1-year to make 25 more works of outstanding scholarship in foundational disciplines openly accessible to the world. The Press will use the funding to 1) continue its methodology for selecting titles by working with library selectors and scholars to incorporate out-of-print titles in Classics, Medieval Studies, and Science Education; 2) engage faculty and scholars through a global network of libraries to encourage course use; 3) focus resources on the rights clearance process for science education titles published in the early 1900s; and 4) drive the usage of NEH Humanities Open Book titles across multiple platforms to explore trends in data suggesting course use. Enlistment of global library consortia to market titles and making EPUB versions available on Amazon has accelerated the uptake of NEH OA program titles. A new grant will enable the Press to expand upon these outstanding outcomes and conduct more analyses on title usage.