Digital Resource Creation and Digital Humanities

Digital Resource Creation and Digital Humanities

Within this grant category, the Foundation welcomes applications for:

  1. Digital Resource Creation projects
  2. Digital Humanities projects

Digital Resource Creation projects should focus on the digitisation, transcription, and accessibility of Jewish archival or library collections, and the creation of accompanying metadata, using techniques such as OCR, TEI, or Linked Open Data. Collections may contain a variety of records including documentary, audio-visual, photographic or born-digital materials. Successful proposals may also include the enhancement of existing online databases, digital corpora, aggregating portals and other online resources that give academic researchers and the general public access to primary source materials. Applicants should present a strong rationale for why the specific collection(s) they propose to work with should be prioritised for digitisation.

Digital Humanities projects should employ digital humanities tools and methods to conduct original research related to the wealth of material pertaining to Jewish history, literature, and culture, to be found in European archives, libraries, and memory institutions. The Foundation expects these projects to utilise established digital humanities approaches such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data visualisation, to research and analyse new questions regarding European Jewish heritage and culture.

Within this category, the Foundation particularly welcomes initiatives to incorporate Jewish heritage materials into more established projects. Please note these established projects need not be exclusively focussed on Jewish history, and successful proposals may concern the inclusion of Jewish heritage materials into broad disciplinary, national, or international digitisation and Digital Humanities projects.

Eligible costs include additional staff hours for the creation, processing and indexing of digital materials or the cost of hiring an external digitisation specialist; equipment costs including the purchase of hardware and software (no more than 35% of the overall budget); travel for project partners to meet. The Foundation favours proposals that include multiple funding sources, as well as clear evidence of institutional commitment to the initiative in the form of gifts in kind and other forms of financial commitment.

For more information about the application process and the Foundation’s funding priorities in this area please read the notes of guidance and a sample of the application form is also available to view.

The Grant round is open until 21 April 2021.