Are you a UNCG faculty member working on a research project for which you would like to create a freely shared, open access digital component? If so, consider applying for a Digital Partners Grant of $22,500 worth of resources from the University Libraries, which will assist you in building an online scholarly product and making it broadly available for the long term
To apply, simply fill out a short one-page online form by January 12. The Selection Committee will review submissions and announce recipients by the end of February. We are happy to help you with the form! All you need is a good idea and we'll guide you through the application process. The awards' funding period is March 2016 - February 2017.
Why work with the University Libraries on your digital project? The University Libraries has considerable expertise in collaborating with faculty on long-term web hosting, web design, user interface development, programming, database design, metadata, usability testing, and digitization. We’re here on campus, and we’re committed to serving you and the broader scholarly community for the long term.
· English Professor Jennifer Keith worked with the Libraries to create an online, open access critical edition to accompany her book about early English poet Anne Finch. Her work was further supported by an NEH grant.
· Historian Loren Schweninger and the University Libraries created a searchable database of the materials in his Race and Slavery Petitions Project. Even with Dr. Schweninger’s retirement, the database remains available and has been expanded into the Digital Library on American Slavery developed and maintained by the University Libraries.
Perhaps you are interested in a scanning project to make materials searchable and available on the web, an online map putting a graphic element on data or research materials, processing of oral histories, or a web-based interface to large research data sets. The University Libraries are open to creative ideas, and are happy to consult with you about yours.
Examples of other Library collaborative digital projects may be found here.
The recipient(s) will receive up to $22,500 worth of resources (most likely from the Library IT department, but that depends on the needs of the applicant). The Library will provide its appropriate, existing hardware and software at no cost (but will not make expensive new purchases on behalf of the faculty).
Applicants must be UNCG faculty members. The digital project must be hosted on the Library's servers, and must be Open Access and freely shared. The Faculty member must resolve any copyright or intellectual property issues (but we can help with that).
Selection of the funded project will be based on the following criteria:
- Projects that build on the strengths of the Libraries' extant digital projects
- Projects that develop a library of resources that support a range of scholarly activities in general rather than creating teaching applications or custom-designed web sites for a specific course.