Resource Development Grants: 2017 CfP
Pelagios Commons invites proposals for short, self-contained projects that develop resources related to the semantic annotation of place references in online materials. Resource development may take various forms—including (but not restricted to) tool development (compatible within the Recogito and/or Peripleo platforms), gazetteer alignment, or digitisation of resources—but must be reusable in multiple contexts and made freely available. Submissions will be judged by the Pelagios Commons Committee on the basis of their **value to the community more broadly** and in particular to the following Pelagios Commons Working Groups: Linked Pasts, Multilingualism, Pedagogy and Time.
Timeframe: projects may start immediately after awards are granted (late April 2017), but *must* have concluded no later than 30 November 2017.
Amount: funds of up to £4,000 may be awarded. Primarily the award should meet direct personnel costs for development time, though some essential travel for distributed teams is allowed. The budget *cannot* be spent on equipment, capital investment, overheads or other costs excluded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s grant guidelines.
Payment: funds will typically be paid on receipt of a project completion report and demonstrable evidence of the resource. In exceptional cases partial payment in advance may be considered for non-personnel costs.
Reporting: Projects should produce *at least three* reports, to be posted on the Pelagios Commons blog: one introductory post, a progress report, and a final report on its conclusion.
Delivery: project leaders will be expected to present the results of their work at the next Linked Pasts symposium (venue TBC, end of November / beginning of December 2017). Travel and accommodation costs for one project member will be paid for by Pelagios.
Licensing: resources produced by the project must be made available under CC-BY, GPL, or more lenient licenses.
Submitted proposals should consist of:
i) a principal recipient with an institutional affiliation to which the grant will be paid;
ii) a description (maximum 5 pages, Arial 11 font) of the proposed resource and justification for its benefit to the community;
iii) an itemised budget with a detailed justification for each item;
iv) a timeline for the development of the resource with appropriate milestones;
v) a list of other project team members and their responsibilities.
In the past, successful proposals have been very clear about:
- What their projects are, and who is involved;
- How their projects will benefit the Pelagios community;
- What is needed (in terms of the grant) in order to make this happen.
Pelagios is a community-driven project. Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the activity of that community and to get in contact with Working Group leaders well in advance of the deadline, in order to consider ways in which their proposals might best serve (and leverage) the community. For previous award holders, and their updates, take a look at these posts on the Pelagios Commons blog.
Submissions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 April 2017.