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Slides from NITLE Digital Scholarship Seminar: National Perspective, Jennifer Serventi, Senior Program Officer, Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities

Slides from NITLE Digital Scholarship Seminar: National Perspective, Jennifer Serventi, Senior Program Officer, Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities

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  • 1. Digital Scholarship Seminar
    January 2011
  • 2. Summary
    About the Endowment
    Our grant-making divisions, partners, and initiatives
    About the Office of Digital Humanities
    Goals of the Office
    Topics and methods of successful projects
    Application & Writing Strategies
    Tips and Strategies
  • 3. NEH Grant-making Divisions & Offices
    Challenge Grants
    Preservation & Access
    Public Programs
    Education Programs
    Research Programs
    Office of Digital Humanities
  • 4. Office of Digital Humanities – grants to support innovative start-up technology projects, training in digital humanities methods, and collaborative (national / international) technology projects.
    Office of Challenge Grants – matching grants for infrastructure (buildings, endowments).
    Division of Research Programs– grants to scholars and institutions for research projects (individual & collaborative).
    Division of EducationPrograms – grants for seminars for teachers, curriculum development, & learning resources.
    Division of Public Programs – grants for museum exhibits, library programs, & media projects (e.g. documentary films).
    Division of Preservation & Access – grants for preserving and providing access to humanities materials; digitization; development of reference materials.
  • 5. Office of Digital Humanities (ODH)
    In 2006, the NEH launched the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) to help coordinate efforts in supporting and promoting digital humanities scholarship, teaching, and learning.
    In March of 2008, DHI was made into a permanent NEH office under the new name “Office of Digital Humanities” (ODH).
  • 6. Recommendations from ACLS CyberinfrastructureReport (2006)
    Federal funding agencies and private foundations should establish programs that develop and support expertise in digital humanities… (Our Cultural Commonwealth, p. 6.)
    Universities and university consortia should develop new and support existing humanities and social sciences computing centers. (p. 6)
    NSF, NEH, IMLS, the Mellon Foundation, and other funding agencies should support the development of tools for the analysis of digital content. (p. 7)
    The NEA, NEH, and IMLS should work together to promote collaboration…. (p. 7)
  • 7. Core ODH Grant Programs
    Start-Up Grants
    Developing innovative practices (analysis, communication, education)
    Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
    Developing expertise
    DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Grants
    Developing collaboration
    Building infrastructure (data, tools, people)
    Digging Into Data
    What do you do with a million….?
  • 8. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
    Deadlines: February and September/October 2011
    Designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities.
    Relatively low-dollar grants during the planning stages
    Level 1: up to $25,000
    Proof-of-concept, initial stages, brainstorming
    Level 2: from $25,001 to $50,000
  • 9. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
    Research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities.
    Planning and prototyping new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries' and museums' digital assets.
    Scholarship that examines the philosophical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies.
    Innovative uses of technology for scholarly communication, including formal and informal learning, as well as new models of publication.
  • 10. T-PEN
    Digital image
    Automated encoding; XML toolbox
    Editing tools: dictionaries, unicode character sets, abbreviation guides, etc.
  • 11.
  • 12. MITH API Workshop
    A two-day workshop focused on studying the integration of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) into digital humanities projects, and working collaboratively to prototype uses of APIs during a “working weekend.”
    Will include DH developers, project managers, and workshop leaders
  • 13. Mapping Historical Texts:Combining Text-Mining & Geo-Visualization to Unlock the Research Potential of Historical Newspapers
    Andrew J. Torget, University of North Texas
    RadaMihalcea, University of North Texas
    Jon Christensen, Stanford University
  • 14.
  • 15. Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
    Supports national or regional (multi-state) training programs on applications and approaches in humanities computing
    Brings together humanities scholars and digital technology specialists from different disciplines to share ideas and methods that advance humanities research through the use of digital technologies
    Prepares current and future generations of humanities scholars to design, develop, and use cyber-based tools and environments for research
    Deadline for applications to direct: February 16, 2011
  • 16. Institutes
    Institute for the Digital Humanities
    Adrienne Russell & Lynn Clark, University of Denver
    A series of three workshops held over 18 months for twenty humanities faculty and advanced graduate students on the use of digital media in scholarship and teaching.
    Applications were due in December 2010
    Computer Simulations in the Humanities
    Martin Croy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    A three week institute and follow up activities on the use of computer simulations and modeling techniques in the humanities for twenty four humanities scholars.
    Applications were due in November 2010
  • 17. Institutes
    NINES Summer Workshops: Emerging Issues in Digital Scholarship
    Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia
    A two year series of summer workshops engaging scholars and institutional administrators in concerns relating to peer review and evaluation of digital scholarship in the humanities.
    Applications were due December 1, 2010
    Next call for application will be announced in Fall 2011
  • 18. Institutes
    Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities
    Jon Rubin, SUNY, Albany
    A three year institute for 60 humanities scholars and staff that includes a three day workshop, online discussion, and a capstone conference on developing international team taught courses in the humanities.
    Applications due April 29, 2011
    Broadening the Digital Humanities: The Vectors CTS Summer Institute on Digital Approaches to American Studies
    Philip Ethington, University of Southern California
    A four week summer institute to explore ways digital scholarship and new media publication can advance research in the fields of American Studies and Ethnic Studies.
    Applications due February 1, 2011
  • 19. DFG/NEH Bilateral DH Grants
    Designed to spur collaborations between US and German institutions to explore topics in the digital humanities. Applicants must apply as a team.
    Initiating or intensifying contact between distinguished scholars, junior researchers, scientists, librarians, information professionals, and others working on humanities projects.
    Deadline: To Be Announced
  • 20. Symposia/Workshops
    The "Big Digs" Go Digital (American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the German Archaeological Institute), on the application of digital technologies to better preserve, study, and make accessible the data from large-scale, long-term archaeological digs.
    Digital Music Notation Data Model and Prototype Delivery System (University of Virginia and Universities of Paderborn and Detmold), on developing methods, standards, and software for a scholarly music notation system.
  • 21. Digging into Data
    Seeks to answer the question: “What do you do with a million books?”
    Apply data analysis techniques to large collections of diverse cultural heritage resources
    An international grant competition sponsored by four leading research agencies: JISC, NEH, NSF, SSHRC (perhaps additional ones in the future)
    Applications must be submitted by teams of researchers involving at least two of the countries represented by the funders
    Deadline: To Be Announced Soon
  • 22. Railroads & the Making of Modern America
    William Thomas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NEH
    Richard Healey, University of Portsmouth, JISC
  • 23. Key point: Even institutions that don’t receive a grant may well continue to work together. These joint calls-for-proposals serve as a motivator and stamp of approval for international collaboration
  • 24. US Partnerships
    National Science Foundation
    Digging into Data
    Tools Curation
    Institute for Museum and Library Services
    Start-Up Grants
    Tools Curation
    Department of Energy
    Humanities High Performance Computing
  • 25.
  • 26. Library of Funded Projects
  • 27. Other NEH Grant Opportunities
    Division of Preservation & Access – grants for preserving and providing access to humanities materials; digitization; development of reference materials
    Division of Research Programs – grants to scholars and institutions for research projects (individual & collaborative)
    Division of Public Programs – grants for museum exhibits, library programs, & media projects (e.g. documentary films)
    Division of Education Programs – grants for seminars for teachers, curriculum development, & learning resources
    Office of Challenge Grants – matching grants for infrastructure (buildings, endowments)
  • 28. Application Strategies
  • 29. How do I apply?
    Step One:
    Visit the NEH website ( and READ THE GUIDELINES.
  • 30. How do I apply?
    Really— Read the Guidelines.
  • 31. Get samples and/or ask questions
    Draft your application and get someone to read it.
    Submit your application by the deadline and wait…these things take time.
  • 32. Additional Stages of Review
    The Staff
    The National Council on the Humanities
    The Chairman –
    Jim Leach, who previously spent 30 years representing southeastern Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives & the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University
  • 33. Improve your chances for success
    Read applications for your institution
    Become a panelist or reviewer
    Ask the staff to comment on a draft application
    Ask for sample proposals
  • 34. Improve your chances for success
    Panelists will only know you’re applying again if you tell them; bitter words about a previous submission usually distract from your argument and take up space
    Get a “why” or “why-not” letter with verbatim comments made by the panelists
  • 35. NEH peer review
    Some common misconceptions about peer-review
    The same panelist kills my application year after year
    Only certain schools or institutions are funded
    Panelists don’t understand my field
    You have to know someone at NEH to get a grant
    My application won’t get funded because NEH doesn’t fund new approaches or work in my field
    Only senior scholars get funded
    It’s too early
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  • 37. Other Opportunities
    MacArthur Foundation
    Digital Media and Learning Competition
    American Council of Learned Societies
    Digital Innovation Fellowships
    Institute of Museum and Library Services
    National Leadership Grants
    National Science Foundation
  • 38. Remember!
    We’re here to help!
  • 39. Thank you!
    General e-mail address:
    Brett Bobley, Director
    Michael Hall, Program Officer
    Jason Rhody, Program Officer
    Jennifer Serventi, Program Officer
    Subscribe to the ODH RSS Feed and follow NEH_ODH on Twitter
  • 40. Digital Scholarship Seminar
    January 2011