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FYI: NEH Preservation and Access Research and Grants

Author: Helen Ag├╝era

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

FYI Body: NEH Preservation and Access Research and Grants

The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the
Humanities will be accepting applications for grants in the Research and
Development grant competition.

Eligible projects may include efforts to:

* Develop technical standards, best practices, and tools for
preserving and creating access to humanities collections.

* Explore more effective scientific and technical methods of
preserving humanities collections.

* Develop automated procedures and computational tools to integrate
humanities data in disparate online resources.

* Investigate and test new ways of providing digital access to
humanities materials that are not amenable to standard modes of digitization.

NEH especially encourages applications that address the following areas:

* Digital Preservation: how to preserve digital humanities
materials, including those for which no analog counterparts exist.

* Recorded Sound and Moving Image Collections: how to preserve and
increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these

* Preventive Conservation: how to protect and slow the deterioration
of humanities collections through the use of sustainable preservation

The new guidelines, which include sample proposal narratives, may be found
at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/PARD.html.

The application receipt deadline of July 30, 2009 is for projects beginning
May 2010. All applications submitted to NEH must be submitted
electronically through Grants.gov; see guidelines for details.

Prospective applicants seeking further information are encouraged to
contact the Division at 202-606-8570 or preservation@neh.gov .

A list of recent R&D awards (2005-2009) is available by emailing

Program staff will read draft proposals submitted six weeks before the

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