NEH funds virtual lab for digital humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation and Access Education and Training Program has awarded the School of Information a two-year grant to develop and implement a virtual laboratory featuring digital access and preservation tools.

These tools will be integrated into five master’s level courses in two SI specializations: Preservation of Information and Archives and Records Management. Students will gain hands-on experience managing humanities-related content across the records lifecycle.

The tools will also be accessed and integrated into the Digital Preservation Management Workshops hosted by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan. In the past year, nearly 50 professionals from a wide range of humanities-related institutions have attended these workshops.

Humanities scholarship depends on access to primary sources. As more of these sources are originally created in digital formats or have been digitally reformatted, the need is growing for a new generation of digital archivists and preservation specialists. This grant supports the creation of the first comprehensive virtual laboratory for the education of digital archivists and curators.

Lecturer David Wallace is principal investigator and Associate Professor Elizabeth Yakel is co-principal investigator; senior personnel are Margaret Hedstrom and Paul Conway, both associate professors.

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