(23 August 2013) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of USD437,000 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with Indiana University for an exciting new project in the HathiTrust Research Center. The “Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis: Prototyping Project” (WCSA) project will be directed by HTRC Co-director and GSLIS Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie, GSLIS-affiliated faculty member and Professor of Library Administration Timothy Cole, and Beth Plale of Indiana University.
Requirements for creating scholarly worksets are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, both as humanities scholarship has become more interdisciplinary and as it has become more digital. Developing the ability to slice through the massive HathiTrust corpus and to construct the precise set of materials needed for a particular scholarly investigation will open exciting new opportunities for conducting research with digital content in the humanities and beyond. Given the unprecedented size and scope of the HathiTrust corpus—in conjunction with the HTRC’s unique computational access to copyrighted materials—this project will engage scholars in designing tools for exploring, locating, and analyzing content from the HathiTrust so they can conduct computational scholarship at scale, based on meaningful worksets. Read the full announcement here.