May 28, 2022

Digital Annotation: Receives $752,000 Award From Mellon Foundation

A new blog post by Peter Brantley from informs all of us that the collaborative digital annotation project has just been awarded $752,000 by the Mellon Foundation to, “investigate the use of annotation in humanities and social science scholarship over a two year period.”

Brantley writes:

This grant was established to address potential impediments in the arts and humanities which could retard the adoption of open standards. These barriers range from the prevalence of more tradition-bound forms of communication and publishing; the absence of pervasive experimentation with network-based models of sharing and knowledge extraction; the difficulties of automating description for arts and disciplines of practice; and the reliance on information dense media such as images, audio, and video. Nonetheless, we believe that with concerted work among our partners, alongside groups making steady progress in the annotation community, we can unite useful threads, bringing the arts and humanities to a point where self-sustaining interest in annotation can be reached.

The blog post continues with examples of how is working with partners to serve “traditional scholarship” (incl. Project Muse and Michigan Publishing), “scholarship in transition” (incl. MLA Commons), and “new scholarship” (incl. Project Scalar).

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