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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 48 | 23. Juli 2009
DFG/NEH Bilateral Programme in the Digital Humanities - Results from 2008 and Two New Calls for 2009 

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Research Foundation) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the United States are pleased to announce the awardees from 2008 and two new Calls for Proposals within the DFG/NEH Bilateral Programme in the Digital Humanities.

Announcement of DFG/NEH Joint Digitization Project Awardees

These grants provide funding for up to three years of development for new digitization projects, the addition of important materials to existing digitization projects, or the development of infrastructure to support U.S.-German digitization work. Each project was sponsored by both an American and a German institution, whose activities will be funded by NEH and DFG respectively.

The grants were awarded to:

RELISH: Rendering Endangered Languages Lexicons Interoperable Through Standards Harmonization (Max-Planck-Institut for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen and Eastern Michigan University). The project aims to unify two digital collections of endangered languages with special attention given to harmonizing the European and American standards for language documentation and lexicon building.

AEGARON-Ancient EGyptian ARchitecture ONline: A Repository for Standardized Architectural Information & Drawings (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Cairo, and Fowler Museum of Cultural History at UCLA). The project will support the development of a digital library of three-dimensional renderings of ancient Egyptian structures based on a variety of existing sources using CAD technology, rendered as image files, and contextualized by metadata.

Emblematica Online: Emblem Digitization, The German Emblem Database, and The OpenEmblem Portal (University of Illinois and the Herzog August Bibliothek). The project focuses on the digitization of emblem book collections at University of Illinois and the Herzog August Bibliothek; the development of a central OpenEmblem Portal; and the creation of an extensive database of interoperable metadata.

Announcement of DFG/NEH Joint Digitization Workshop Awardees

DFG and NEH are also pleased to announce the awardees from the DFG/NEH Bilateral Symposia and Workshops programme. These grants require collaboration between U.S. and German entities and provide funding for up to two joint symposia or workshops in the area of digital humanities.

The grants were awarded to:

The "Big Digs" Go Digital (German Archaeological Institute and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens), on the application of digital technologies to better preserve, study, and make accessible the data from large-scale, long-term archaeological digs.

New methods for working with old languages: Corpus Linguistics and the future of Textual Scholarship (Humboldt University in Berlin and Tufts University), on state-of-the-art computing in field of classical philology and cyberinfrastructure for the study of historical linguistic sources.

Digital Music Notation Data Model and Prototype Delivery System (Universities of Paderborn and Detmold and the University of Virginia), on developing methods, standards, and software for a scholarly music notation system.

Epigraphic Interoperability Workshops (Heidelberg University Academy of Sciences and New York University), on developing interoperability for important digital resources dedicated to the study of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Future of DFG/NEH Grant Programs

DFG and NEH will again offer two grant programs with deadlines in 2009. The Enriching Digital Collections Programme will build on the success of the Joint Digitization Program, offering similar opportunities for digitization work, but also allowing teams to pursue additional research and development activities in support of humanities digital collections. Proposals for Enriching Digital Collections projects may include,

  • developing tools and infrastructure to enhance the use of digitized resources by humanities scholars;
  • digitizing humanities collections that are relevant to the American or German scholarly community (or to both of them) for use in research and higher education;
  • developing a detailed plan for the digitization of humanities collections that could benefit humanities research and performing a limited pilot;
  • digitization program to test shared infrastructure and procedures;
  • connecting existing split digitized collections and detailing suitable transatlantic standards and communication strategies; and
  • creating a virtual archive or resource that would join complementary materials (analog or digital) internationally.

The deadline for this grant program is 8 October 2009.

NEH and DFG will also again offer DFG/NEH Bilateral Symposia and Workshops. News on those guidelines and submission dates will be forthcoming.