CLIR Releases Report on Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

June 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Council on Library and Information Resources released a new report, “One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge“.  This report documents the first eight projects and participants of the Digging into Data Challenge, which was co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada and the NSF.

The report makes several recommendations to promote and support computationally intensive research in the humanities that are important for small liberal arts colleges, including:

  • Take a more inclusive approach to collaboration, including library, information technology and other academic staff, undergraduates, and citizen scholars
  • Adopt models for sharing credit among collaborators: This recommendation has implications for tenure and promotion for those who participate in collaborative projects at small colleges.
  • Make greater, sustained institutional investments in human infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure and Adopt models for sharing resources among institutions: Scholars at small liberal arts colleges may be effectively prevented from participating in computationally intensive projects if they must rely solely on the resources of their own institution.
  • Researchers should create opportunities for students to develop these kinds of expertise: Such opportunities would enable undergraduates to engage in humanities research and develop important technology expertise.

Wheaton College Digital History Projects Receives Grant from NEH Office of Digital Humanities

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Wheaton College Digital History Project has received a Level I Digital Humanities Start-Up grant from the Office of Digital Humanities of the National Endowment of the Humanities. The grant is entitled, “Encoding Financial Records for Historical Research,” and funded

A meeting of historians of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, archivists, and technical experts to discuss the development of a module for financial records for the Text Encoding Initiative to allow for additional mark-up and analysis of those records found in manuscript collections.

Many of the records being encoded by the Wheaton College Digital History Project consist of financial records.

Wheaton College Library Receives Two Digital Humanities Grants for TAPAS Project

March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

The library at Wheaton College partners in the TAPAS Project or TEI Archival Publishing and Access Service, which will help faculty and staff at small liberal arts colleges publish and store materials marked up according to the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Recently, this project received two digital humanities grants:

The Brown and Wheaton libraries received a $250,000National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which began in December 2011 and will run for two years. And the Wheaton library and SHANTI received a $50,000 Start-up Grant from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which began in January and will run one year.

Find out more about the TAPAS Project from their NITLE Symposium Poster  Video: [vimeo]

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