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DepositEnvironmental Systems for the Archives of the Stearns County Historical Society, Inc.

The Stearns County Historical Society is requesting support for an HVAC system for its 1,300 sq. ft. archival storage area. The total cost for the project is $75,047. Of this amount, $33,503 is requested from NEH. The purchase and installation of the equipment will require three months and two months of evaluation. As a result of installing a designated HVAC system in the archival storage area, temperature and humidity levels will remain stable throughout the year: 68 degrees Fahrenheit, +/- 2 degrees F., and humidity levels will be 40%, +/-5% RH. The efficiency of the system will be 95%. This will result in $2,000 to $3,000 savings for the area. The savings will be applied to the conservation of the archival collection. The 8,000 plus Research Center patrons will have available to them environmentally stable documents, photographs, negatives, oral histories, diaries, and numerous family and business records which can be used to support sound humanities scholarship.

DepositFolger Shakespeare Library Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities: “Early Modern Digital Agendas”

Early Modern Digital Agendas is an expansively defined training institute. Its exercises will instill a working knowledge of the methods and models that are currently broadening the interpretive horizons of early modern scholars. It will create a forum in which participants can historicize, theorize, and evaluate digital tools and approaches, with discussion growing out of, and feeding back into, their own projects. Each week builds on the previous one. During the first, participants will work with online catalogues and textual archives. In the second, they will investigate additions to the textual corpus through digital and interoperable editions. During the third, participants will explore corpus linguistics, the latest methods for visualizing that work, and the implications these advancements have for research in the humanities. With these tools, participants will create a digital footprint to disseminate their period-specific discoveries of the best DH approaches and sources.

DepositNinety-Nine Problems: Assessment, Inclusion, and Other Old-New Problems

Developing less burdensome and more equitable ways to support scholarly difference is a preeminent challenge when thinking about the future of assessment and promotion in higher education. At stake in this is the very capacity of institutions to do the work of scholarly inclusion, to recognize the range of approaches well captured in the digital humanities caucus of the American Studies Association’s succinct 2016 characterization of humanities work that is “innovative, critical, boundary-pushing, justice-based, and experimental work—scholarship that takes a diversity of forms, that reaches and is produced by thinkers, teachers, practitioners, and makers from a wide range of communities and contexts.” Assessment potentially shadows or highlights scholarly identity at every institutional juncture, and this is as true for undergraduate research work as it is for matters of promotion, tenure, or contract renewal for faculty and staff. With that in mind, this article surveys responses to the challenges of assessing DH work in institutional settings, and also reviews the work of Five College Digital Humanities 2016 draft report on digital assessment, “The New Rigor.”

DepositModeling semantically Enhanced Digital Edition of Accounts (MEDEA) for Discovery and Comparison on the Semantic Web

Historical accounting documents are a genre of texts that have considerable research potential if we treat them as humanities sources. MEDEA is a cooperative international project whose principal investigators recommend creating digital scholarly editions of accounts as a first step in a process that will open the information contained within them to the affordances of the Semantic Web. MEDEA researchers are at work on a bookkeeping ontology that can be used to intermediate between XML markup and exposing Linked Open Data as RDF. The information contained in the texts of accounts can then be used to explore humanities questions at levels from the granular or local to the regional or global. This paper reflects presentations from a multi-speaker session at DH2016 in which MEDEA participants discussed the kinds of humanities information found in accounts, the forms of electronic representation available for working with them, and an evolving bookkeeping ontology based on CIDOC-CRM.

DepositLa fonction des niches dans les bibliothèques romaines

In the libraries of Celsus at Ephesus and of Rogatianus at Timgad, the function of which is attested by inscriptions, bookcases are usually reconstructed in the niches. These examples have been used to identify other buildings which contained niches as libraries. However, Lora Johnson, in her 1984 Ph.D. thesis, rightfully questioned such an interpretation of the niches. The reconstruction of bookcases seems implausible, since the access to them would have been either impossible, or at least very difficult. The niches were more likely used for the display of statues. Similar arrangements can be found in various buildings, such as nymphaea or the scaenae frontes of theatres. Thus, the mere presence of niches inside a building does not allow to speculate about its function. This article aims at drawing attention to Lora Johnson’s work, the conclusions of which seem confirmed by new archaeological studies.

DepositProjeto “Música Sacra em Évora no Século XVIII”

Nesta sessão irão ser apresentadas quatro comunicações no âmbito do projeto “Música Sacra em Évora no Século XVIII”, coordenado por Filipe Mesquita de Oliveira. Filipe Mesquita de Oliveira apresentará a comunicação intitulada “Os hinos Ut queant laxis e Fortem virili pectore no contexto da produção musical de Ignácio António Ferreira de Lima no fundo musical da Sé de Évora; Luís Henriques: “A música sacra na Sé de Évora no início do século XVIII: Uma abordagem inicial aos repertórios, espaços e intervenientes”; João Pedro Costa: “Évora no último fulgor absolutista: O Te Deum como veneração a D. Miguel I” e Rita Faleiro: “Um olhar sobre os manuscritos do fundo musical da Sé de Évora: questões inerentes ao trabalho de estudo”.

DepositA Journal-Driven Bibliography of Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) seeks Level II funding to develop a bibliographic resource through which the journal can create, manage, export, and publish high-quality bibliographic data from DHQ articles and their citations, as well as from the broader digital humanities research domain. Drawing on data from this resource, we will develop visualizations through which readers can explore citation networks and find related articles. We will also publish the full bibliography as a public web-based service that reflects the profile of current digital humanities research. The bibliography will be maintained and expanded through incoming DHQ articles and citations, and through contributions from the DH community. DHQ is an open-access online journal published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), hosted at Brown University and Indiana University, and serves as a crucial point of encounter between digital humanities research and the wider humanities community.

DepositDigital Documentation and Reconstruction of an Ancient Maya Temple and Prototype of Internet GIS Database of Maya Architectur

This is a request for Level II Start-Up funding for an international project to develop and test a working prototype for a new platform for an online, searchable database that can bring together GIS maps, 3D models, and virtual environments for teaching and research. (The planning phase was funded by a Level I Start-Up Grant in 2009.) The prototype will employ existing digital collections on Maya architecture at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Copan, Honduras and a highly-accurate, hybrid 3D model being developed by the project that will test and demonstrate the platform???s capabilities. Art historians and archaeologists from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History will work with computer experts from ETH Zurich, FBK Trento, and the University of California to design this online tool.

MemberMohd Muzhafar Idrus

Mohd Muzhafar Idrus (PhD) has taught English at all levels at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and received 2014 Outstanding E-Learning Award from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. He served as ESL Lecturer at Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, West Virginia University. His field of specialization includes popular culture, literature, and discourse analysis. His research on Malay popular television fiction has appeared in International Journal of Youth and Adolescence, The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, and International Education Studies. He has been a member of the editorial board for International Journal of Literature and Arts and Environment and Social Psychology.

MemberAndrea Talaber

I’m currently a National Scholarship holder at the Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences. I’m also an external lecturer at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague and the Visiting International Fellow in the Humanities at the Silesian University in Opava. I defended my doctoral thesis at the European University Institute in June 2016. My PhD research examined national day commemorations in Czechoslovakia and Hungary from 1918 to 1989. I’m the Senior Associate Editor at the European Review of History/ Revue européenne d’histoire. I’m also fascinated by Austro-Hungarian coffee houses.