NBC 29: Monticello Archaeologists Awarded $325,000 Grant to Expand Digital Archive. “Archaeologists at Monticello have been awarded a grant that will help them as they continue to dig and learn about the history of Thomas Jefferson and his estate. The grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities is called ‘expanding the digital archaeological archive of comparative slavery research consortium.’ It sounds like a lot but what that means is the grant is going towards Monticello’s massive digital archive. The $325,000 grant will help grow the amount of researchers that are internationally working with Monticello.”
Baylor University: National Endowment for the Humanities Awards a Digital Advancement Grant to Baylor Researchers to Develop an Automatic Architecture Analysis System. “Elise King, assistant professor of interior design in Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, and David Lin, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, have been awarded a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand and develop their prototype for an open-source system that reads and analyzes floor plans automatically. The project — ‘Digital Floor Plan Database: A New Method for Analyzing Architecture’ — will allow users to compare thousands of plans to discover common design elements, examine spatial relationships over time and mine for patterns across datasets.”
NEH Press Release: NEH Announces $12.8 Million for 253 Humanities Projects Nationwide. “The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced the awarding of $12.8 million to support 253 humanities projects across the nation. NEH grants will supplement private and public funding to underwrite a virtual exhibition of more than 90 pieces of New Deal art from the town of Gallup, New Mexico, the conservation of fragile books from the personal library of author C. S. Lewis, archival research for a book on the Nazi plunder of musical instruments and manuscripts during World War II, and hundreds of other vital projects.” There’s not a ton of detail in the release, so I might do followups with details on individual projects.
Carnegie Mellon: CMU Wins NEH Grant for Advanced Computer Analysis of Teenie Harris Archive. “A collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and the Carnegie Museum of Art aims to identify, annotate and organize the massive body of work of photographer Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris. The project has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to create a set of image identification tools using machine learning and computer vision techniques. The software developed by the STUDIO will be open-source and compliant with international digital image standards, allowing the tool to be applied to collections across the globe.”
NEH: NEH Commits $1 Million to Cultural Organizations Impacted by Hurricane Harvey. “The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will award up to $1 million in emergency grants to preserve humanities collections and help restore operations at libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical institutions in the areas of Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey, Acting Chairman Jon Parrish Peede announced today.”
New York Times: N.E.H., Once Targeted by Trump, Announces $39.3 Million in New Grants. “A literacy program on American military bases, an effort to revitalize Native American languages, a four-part TV documentary about the Atlantic slave trade and several large-scale projects relating to America’s founding period are among the 245 recipients of new grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities across the country.”
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the winners of its Chronicling America data challenge. “We invited members of the public to produce creative web-based projects demonstrating the potential for using the data found in Chronicling America. Entries could be data visualizations, web-based tools or other innovative and interesting web-based projects. Entries came through Challenge.gov, the U.S. government’s hub for federal prize and challenge competitions. The nationwide competition garnered extremely high-quality entries on a variety of subjects, which showed the importance of and potential for making this rich historical data openly available.”