The American Council of Learned Societies has made five awards that will enable innovative digital projects to extend their reach and achieve greater scholarly impact. ACLS Digital Extension Grants, which are generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support existing projects as they seek to add diversity to the digital record, create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities, and make digital resources available to broader scholarly audiences at diverse institutions. This year’s grantees, each receiving up to $150,000, were selected from a highly competitive and interdisciplinary field of nearly 100 applications.
“This new grant program builds on the successes of our ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships, which over 10 years promoted the centrality of digital methodologies to humanistic scholarship,” said ACLS Vice President Steven Wheatley. “After consulting a wide range of digitally engaged scholars, ACLS developed the Digital Extension Grant program to foster diverse communities of users around the most compelling approaches to digital inquiry. The inaugural cohort of grantees promises to do just that by engaging new scholarly audiences and enriching the digital domain.”
Applications for Digital Extension Grants undergo rigorous peer review by an interdisciplinary panel of scholars with broad expertise in digital scholarship. Among the projects they selected this year are an extension of data visualization software that will facilitate humanistic inquiry into social networks, the expansion of an atlas of early satellite surveillance imagery that offers invaluable information about the archaeology and geography of areas marred by recent conflicts, and the further development of an archive that preserves the oldest records of the lives of Africans in the Americas.
The projects selected for the 2016 ACLS Digital Extension Grants are:
Enhancing the Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive: A Project to Add Content, Improve Technology, and Strengthen Collaborative Networks
Principal Investigator: Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University
Project Team: Cliff Anderson, Paula Covington, Dale Poulter, Kara Schultz, and Angela Sutton, Vanderbilt University
Fibra: Toward a Humanistic Analysis of Social Networks
Principal Investigator: Dan Edelstein, Stanford University
Project Team: Nicole Coleman, Stanford University; Ethan Jewett, Developer; Eetu Mäkelä, Aalto University
Photogrammar: Seeing and Hearing America’s Documentary Record
Principal Investigator: Laura Wexler, Yale University
Project Team: Taylor Arnold, Catherine DeRose, Monica Ong Reed, and Lauren Tilton, Yale University; Courtney Rivard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The Automated Scribal Identification Project
Principal Investigator: Michael Penn, Mount Holyoke College
Project Team: Catherine Chin, University of California, Davis; Nick Howe, Smith College; Ayda Kaplan, Independent Scholar; Adam McCollum, University of Vienna; Claire Woods, Duke University
The CORONA Atlas Project: Expanding Access to Historic Satellite Imagery on Global Scale
Principal Investigator: Jesse Casana, Dartmouth College
Project Team: Jackson Cothren, University of Arkansas
Further information on this year's supported projects is available on the ACLS website.
Contact: John Paul Christy, 212-697-1505.