Approximately a year following the conclusion of our first NEH Research and Development Grant, the Visual Media Workshop team at the University of Pittsburgh is embarking on its second NEH-funded project.
The first grant was dedicated to running an extensive case study of Images of Medieval Art and Architecture (http://www.medart.pitt.edu/), an early manifestation of a digital humanities project. The grant culminated in the creation of a website entitled The Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap (STSR) (www.sustainingdh.net), a resource for project managers interested in assessing the status and potential sustainability solutions for their digital projects.
With the second NEH grant, we (Dr. Langmead, Chelsea Gunn, and Aisling Quigley) will take the STSR "on the road," running facilitated workshops at carefully-selected universities across the United States (Georgia, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Utah). These two-day workshops will incorporate three major sections:
- A Project Survey (considering the scope, longevity, and sustainability priorities of the project at hand)
- An assessment of Staffing and Technologies (considering the socio-technical infrastructure of the project)
- An exploration of potential Digital Sustainability Plans (incorporating the NDSA levels of Preservation, file formats and metadata, permissions and data integrity, etc.)
As part of this grant, we have also proposed specific mechanisms for engaging with workshop participants and other interested individuals beyond the in-person workshops, offering virtual "office hours," for example, and other resources throughout the granting period.
Please see our brand new website at https://sites.haa.pitt.edu/sustainabilityinstitute/ to find out more about these workshops, office hours, and to view the Call for Participation! Here are the dates and locations of our workshops:
University of Pittsburgh (December 10-11, 2018)
Georgia Institute of Technology (January 17-18, 2019)
Oklahoma State University (February 28-March 1, 2019)
Brown University (April 4-5, 2019)
Brigham Young University (May 16-17, 2019)