The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library is accepting proposals for the 2015 Freedman Fellows Program. This program—supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment established by Marian K. and Samuel B. Freedman—is open to all full-time Case Western Reserve faculty members.
This year, the Freedman Fellows Program will select scholarly project(s) to support that best meet the following established criteria. The submitted project must:
Involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases)
Involve the use of digital tools and processes
Have clearly articulated project benchmarks and outcomes
Through the Freedman Center, the fellows program provides support for using emerging technologies at every stage of the project, from data generation to curation. The Freedman Center staff assists fellows with the use of digital tools and processes for data-mining, textual analysis, geospatial information systems mapping and data visualization, as well as with technical aspects such as design, visualization and presentation. Using Digital Case, the staff will assist with managing and curating research data, including storage, preservation, analysis and access. In the final stages, fellows will receive consultation about the available dissemination and publication options, and about using digital resources in teaching and learning.
The program’s funding model is flexible, providing a pool of funds that can be used to support projects of varying size. Proposed funding requests can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $15,000. Use of these funds is limited to supporting the expenses related to innovative scholarly or creative projects that meet the Freedman Fellows 2015 criteria.