CTS will serve as the host institution for a $750,000 grant received by PI Tara McPherson from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. The grant supports the creation of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, a scholarly organization that will bring together digital archives, humanities scholars and university presses to explore interactive platforms for scholarly publication, building upon the work undertaken by Vectors. Archive partners include the Shoah Foundation, Critical Commons, the Hemispheric Institute’s Digital Video Library and the Internet Archive. Press partners include MIT, Duke and California. Tara developed the grant with colleagues from Brown, NYU, UC-San Diego and Rochester, following on an earlier planning grant from Mellon. Phil Ethington and other USC colleagues contributed to that process through a series of workshops in 2008. The Vectors team (Erik Loyer, Craig Dietrich, Steve Anderson, George Brower, Tara) is creating the publishing platform, Scalar.
In addition to being published as a two-million-word two-volume reference book in 2012, the Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia will become a second-generation digital workspace and reference resource designed for collaborative exchange among scholars, teachers, students and performers who study Shakespeare worldwide. This project addresses three key opportunities for Renaissance studies and the digital humanities. It integrates a wealth of otherwise distributed resources in an encyclopedic and dynamic way. It offers multiple user models, balancing copyright constraints with individual and institutional access. And it combines user-generated content with peer review, modeling new modes of publication applicable beyond this field. An international team is developing core content, sponsored by Cambridge University Press, which will build and maintain the site. The Center for Transformative Scholarship (USC) will support design and prototyping of the workspace environment and its tools for analysis, interpretation, and collaborative publication. The Center for Transformative Scholarship will host a three-day Advisory Forum, Jan 28-29-30, gathering an international team of Shakespeareans and digital humanities specialists. Supported by a grant from the NEH Office for Digital Humanities, the Forum will establish the core concepts, functions, and goals of the electronic CWSE, review technical solutions and plan the developmental process. Later this year the editorial team, lead by Bruce Smith, USC and Katherine Rowe, Bryn Mawr, will demonstrate a prototype at Shakespeare conferences in the USA, England, and Japan.
The Labyrinth Project, a USC research initiative on database narrative and digital scholarship, was founded in 1997 by University Professor Marsha Kinder (School of Cinematic Arts). For the past ten years, it has been producing award-winning DVD-ROMs, websites, and museum installations that have been exhibited at new media, film and art festivals, museums, and academic conferences worldwide. All of their projects are broad collaborations with scholars, artists, scientists, curators, archivists, and students. The core Labyrinth group includes Rosemary Comella, Kristy H.A. Kang, Scott Mahoy and Kinder.
Edited by CTS Co-Director Tara McPherson, Vectors is an online, interactive publishing venue designed to explore emerging genres in humanities publication. Each year, Vectors pairs 5-8 international fellows (chosen via a competitive fellowship process) with our experienced design and technology team to create new formats for humanities publishing. Vectors publishes twice per year and is currently pursuing a variety of funding options. Vectors is co-located between CTS and IML and edited by Tara McPherson and Steve Anderson.