Mellon Foundation grant will spur digital scholarship at UC

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $700,000 grant to the Digital Scholarship Center at the University of Cincinnati. The award is a renewal grant to a previous grant that helped established the center. The UC Digital Scholarship Center is a collaboration between the university’s libraries and its college of arts and sciences to bring machine learning and data visualization to large datasets in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences.

The center is doing innovative work in areas that you might not expect to involve big data and machine learning. The research includes data visualization, computational text analysis, 3D modeling, and geographic information systems to discover complexity and nuance in datasets that typically are not studied with digital techniques.

“Our work with the first phase of Mellon support has brought UC Libraries into a wide range of close partnerships across our institution, from the students, faculty, departments and colleges with whom we collaborate to the university senior leadership upon whose internal support we are reliant,” said Xuemao Wang, principal investigator for the grant, vice provost of digital scholarship and dean and university librarian. “We are excited about the possibilities of this second phase and its potential impact on our university and city, as well as the network it will build with the larger community of research universities and library organizations.”