The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is calling for proposals for its Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) Program, a scholarly service offering collaboration between researchers and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to computational analysis of the HathiTrust corpus.
For this round of projects, HTRC will collaborate with researchers who have independently begun an HTRC project that they have set aside for reasons such as difficulty with dataset creation, questions about HTRC tool use, or lack of support generally. The proposals should demonstrate: a well-developed research question, identified analysis methods, unfinished analysis work with HTRC data and/or tools, and a feasible completion timeline within 6 months.
HTRC will review proposals on any topic that makes use of HathiTrust content and/or HTRC tools and services. ACS awards are delivered in the form of HTRC staff time and compute resources. Each awarded proposal will receive access to HTRC staff to collaborate on the proposed project during the award period. The staff consist of specialists in information science, computer science, cultural analytics, and HathiTrust. HTRC ACS support may include such activities as project scoping; navigating HTRC and HathiTrust tools, data, and collections; volume identification and workset/dataset creation; facilitating data access; and selecting, customising, or running analysis tools.
HTRC will encourage awardees to work with their campus library to find an opportunity to share their project with their campus community. Project work is intended to be collaborative, and awardees are expected to work with HTRC throughout the course of their award cycle to fulfill a set of agreed-upon outcomes. Projects will be supported from June 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021.Past and current projects can be read in https://wiki.htrc.illinois.edu/x/CADiAQ.
HTRC services are built to analyse, and are developed from, the text corpus of the HathiTrust Digital Library, a corpus of 17.3 million volumes digitised from over 50 research libraries in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Approximately 60 percent of the corpus is in copyright and therefore not available for close reading. However, the text of the entire corpus is available for data mining through the HathiTrust Research Center.
Complete proposals to be submitted should include a cover sheet, summary and rationale, project narrative, and bio-sketches for each project team member. Together, the summary and rationale and narrative sections must address: a relevant research context and problem, the proposal related to HTRC services, a description of the type of assistance sought from HTRC, a detailed characterisation of the data to be engaged, the expected project outcomes and steps needed to achieve them, and a description of impact of project.
Each proposal element should be a separate file within a zip file with PDF or MS Word formats. Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single zip file to email@example.com before April 30, 2020. Award notification will be on May 20, 2020 and project support period is June 15, 2020 - January 15, 2021.
All selected project teams must be led by a team member with a full-time appointment at a HathiTrust member institution, but may include collaborators from non-affiliated institutions. A list of HathiTrust member institutions can be seen in https://www.hathitrust.org/community. HTRC anticipates awarding 3-4 ACS projects this round, depending on the obligations requested from HTRC staff. All proposals will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives from HTRC and HathiTrust.
Respondents are urged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of proposal submission to discuss eligibility, project details, prerequisites, and HTRC support.
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