deadline approaches: Scholars' Lab/NEH Geospatial Institute

The Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia Library is now accepting applications for TRACK THREE of our NEH-funded "Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship," to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, 25-28 May 2010.

This program will bring together humanities scholars, software developers, and librarians and other cultural heritage professionals to discuss and develop geospatial tools, content, methods, policies, and infrastructure, in the context of open source and open access. Thirty-one leading scholars, developers, and higher-ed administrators serve on the faculty and advisory board of the Institute.

The National Endowment for the Humanities will support tuition, lodging costs, some meals, and up to $800 in travel expenses for attendees and Institute faculty members. Special funding is available for graduate students. The University of Virginia Library will also fund up to 5 short-term scholar- and developer-in-residencies at the Scholars' Lab to complement the Institute's focus on humanities GIS.

Three four-day Institute tracks are planned:

15-18 November 2009:
Track 1: Stewardship (for library, museum, GIS and digital humanities center professionals)
Track 2: Software (for Web developers, designers, systems administrators, and information scientists)
**all slots in Tracks 1 and 2 are now filled**

25-28 May 2010:
Track 3: Scholarship (primarily for humanities scholars, advanced graduate students, and post-docs)

Application DEADLINE for Track 3 is December 1st.  Special consideration will be given to those who apply as part of an institutional team already represented in Tracks 1 and 2, as the curriculum is designed to foster robust technical and social infrastructure, at a local level, for geospatial scholarship in the digital humanities. Slots are available, however, for solo participants, and we encourage applicants at all skill levels and at all stages in the development of their geospatial digital projects.  The curriculum for Track 3 will be refined with participant needs and interests in mind.

Apply to attend at the URL above, and please help us to distribute this message widely!

Bethany Nowviskie, MA Ed, Ph.D
Director, Digital Research & Scholarship, UVA Library
Associate Director, Scholarly Communication Institute

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