May 26, 2022

Vanderbilt-led Effort to Build New Digital Environments Receives $149,000 Mellon Grant

From Vanderbilt University:

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a strategic planning grant of $149,000 to Vanderbilt University to support the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education, a multi-institutional effort to guide the collaborative development of national-scale digital projects.

Vanderbilt and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) co-sponsor the effort to play a national role in the future of digital access to scholarly works for students, faculty and the broader public.


“This grant will enable universities and key associations representing higher education through the Committee on Coherence to create a concrete plan in support of one of the most important goals of our time, greater access to information for the public good,” [Connie Vinita] Dowell, [Vanderbilt’s Dean of  Libraries] said. “We are grateful to the foundation for its support and to Charles Henry and CLIR staff for their leadership and partnership.”

“A unified digital environment could open the world of information to a truly international audience that before had no hope for such access,” said Henry, president of CLIR. “If you look at these projects in aggregate and pull them together, they represent almost every facet of knowledge organization within the context of higher education.”

Projects being examined include the HathiTrust, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Digital Preservation Network, among others.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education Membership List

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Hat Tip/Thanks: Matt R. Weaver

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