We’re delighted to be announcing the recipients of the 2017 Resource Development Grants. There was significant interest in these grants this year – we received over a dozen high quality proposals, which collectively requested more than 3 times the amount of funds at our disposal, which shows just how much great work is being done.
Making these decisions was difficult, but also exciting, and thanks to all the Commons Committee members who helped with the process.
The projects which have been awarded grants are:
Annotating Place Names in the Chronicle of Gälawdewos – based at the University of Hamburg, this project aims to annotate places in this 16th century Ethiopian Chronicle as a test case for developing markup strategies for ethiopic texts within the digitization and encoding plan of the Beta maṣāḥǝft project. It will serve as the beginning of a planned gazetteer of ancient places in Ethiopia.
KIMA02: Towards a Sustainable Gazetteer – based at the University of Haifa and the Hebrew University, this project aims to extend the Hebrew language gazeteer KIMA by adding Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic data and medieval travel itineraries creating more historical, geographical and linguistic continuity with other Semitic language gazetteers, such as Syriaca and al-Thurayya.
Pelagios al sur – based at CONICET and CAICYT Argentina, this project aims to analyse texts from the so-called early moments of the Discovery and Conquest (16th-17th centuries), specifically those related to the so-called lands of the Río de la Plata (contemporary Argentina and Uruguay) and to register the names (placenames) of the spaces and geographical features existing in the socio-geographical environment.
Roman Empire Vector Map – a collaborative project based at the Humanities Lab at Lund University in Sweden, this project aims to create a tiled vector map to replace the current raster tiles of the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire (DARE).
All four of the projects will be blogging about their plans, their work in progress and their results over the next 12 months, and will be presenting their work at the 2017 Linked Pasts meeting in San Francisco in early December 2017. Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal – we wish we could have funded them all.