Celebrating Transatlantic Collaboration on Digitization
NEH and JISC working together to digitize scholarly resources
WASHINGTON (January 23, 2008)—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) celebrated transatlantic collaboration in the field of digitization on January 21 at an event at King's College London.
The event marked a further stage in a collaboration between the two organizations that began formally with a joint call for proposals in November. The call invited scholars in the
NEH Chairman Bruce Cole led a delegation to the
The grants are part of the wider International Partnership of Research Excellence (IPRE), an initiative instigated by the late Professor Sir Gareth Roberts of the
“The NEH has long recognized that the humanities are a global endeavor—and this is especially true in the burgeoning new field of the digital humanities. By partnering with our colleagues at the Joint Information Systems Committee, together we will begin to build a 'virtual bridge' across the Atlantic through our support of projects that use digital technology to unify collections of artifacts, documents, manuscripts, and other cultural materials,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole.
“This is a particularly exciting and important program which has already generated a great deal of interest from scholarly communities on both sides of the
Projects awarded grants through the program will join the Digital Library of Core Materials on
Dr. Malcolm Read, JISC Executive Secretary, welcomed the delegation during the event, and also speaking was Robert K. Englund, Professor of Assyriology at the
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Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places.
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is a joint committee of the
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