In recent years the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) has awarded grant funding to researchers for starting up, or implementing, innovative DH projects. In the spirit of sharing information – and of indulging these projects in some deserved “show and tell” opportunities – the ODH regularly brings together project directors to engage in lightning talks and to demo the work they’ve accomplished with NEH backing.

On September 20 the public is invited to the 2012 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, in the NEH Building, Room M-09, where 34 project directors will deliver brief talks, accompanied by no more than three PowerPoint slides, about their grant-funded work. What kind of technology will attendees learn about? Gaming technology used for enhancing archives; facial recognition software; tools for rapid mapping; and algorithms for attributing authorship are just a few. Registration is available online via a Google Doc (what else?) until September 17, the deadline for registering. Also, registration is FREE!

Besides the lightning talks, the ODH will also host a roundtable consisting of librarians, researchers, and funding agency representatives, gathered to discuss a report from the Council on Library and Information Resources, One Culture. Computationally Intentional Research in the Humanities. One Culture describes the work accomplished by the scholars who participated in the eight projects awarded funding by the Digging into Data program, which had international backing from the NEH, NSF, JISC in the UK, and SSHRC in Canada. Participants in the roundtable discussion include Christa Williford, an author of the report, and Leslie Johnston, Chief of Repository Development at the Library of Congress.

This event presents a valuable opportunity to see and hear the latest in DH innovations, as well as talk and network with project directors and other DH specialists and find out more about the kinds of grant programs that the ODH sponsors.

For more about ODH grant programs, see: