CLIR Receives Mellon Grant for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies

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Contact: Kathlin Smith

Washington, DC, October 2, 2012-The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $896,000 to support a program of Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies. The program will fund a cohort of five fellows for two years at five institutions of higher learning, starting in September 2013.

“The increasing use of large and sophisticated datasets of surrogate texts, images, sound recordings, and multimedia composites in scholarly research requires us to better understand the methodological changes and strategies that digital data entail, as well as to address ways to preserve, sustain, migrate, and reuse this information in support of medieval studies,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry. “This generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers CLIR a unique opportunity to provide leadership to address the grand challenge of data, perhaps the most pervasive and complex phenomenon facing higher education today.”

“This is as innovative a program as it is exciting,” said CLIR Board Chairman Stephen Nichols. “With all the digital manuscript repositories coming online, data curation is a major desideratum for medieval studies. It is yet another opportunity to extend the partnership between research libraries and scholars.”

This program complements the CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, launched this year with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “With this humanities component, CLIR will have an unprecedented cross-disciplinary perspective. We will be able to determine what aspects of data and its curation persist across these fields of study, as well as to extrapolate the unique aspects by discipline, leading to more rigorous and nuanced discovery and recommendations,” said Henry.

CLIR will post fellowship openings in November at The application deadline will be December 31, 2012, and awards will be announced in June 2013.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.