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The Digital Studio for the Public Humanities -- DSPH -- encourages and supports public digital humanities research, scholarship and learning.  In collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, DSPH presents the following 2012-2013 grant awardees:

Robert Cargill

Robert Cargill, Assistant Professor, Classics
Digi-Tel Azekah: The Tel Azekah (Israel) Digital Reconstruction Project
The "Digi-Tel Azekah" Digital Reconstruction Project is a first of its kind digital reconstruction at the University of Iowa. This project will reconstruct the archaeological remains of the newly licensed archaeological site of Tel Azekah, Israel. The digital model produced by project Principal Investigator, Dr. Robert R. Cargill (Classics and Religious Studies, and part of the Public Digital Humanities Cluster Cohort) will be a 3D, real-time, virtual reality reconstruction of Tel Azekah, diachronically documenting all layers of all buildings at the site.

Paul DilleyPaul Dilley, Assistant Professor, Religion
Text and Image in Early Christian Egypt and Nubia

I propose to develop an online, public-access database of early Christian art and inscriptions from Egypt and Nubia, between the fourth and the twelfth centuries CE, entitled "Text and Image in Early Christian Egypt and Nubia."  Over the summer, I will work with two graduate research assistants to create the core of the database, scanning and tagging images of paintings; and entering inscriptions in the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) markup language.  Initially, we will enter in a corpus of approximately 100 well-preserved wall paintings, with associated texts; other art and inscriptions will be added gradually.  The database will be an asset for students and scholars, who will be able to perform searches while doing research on cultural history; and for the general public, which for the first time will have broad access to the extraordinary art which was saved from destruction by UNESCO salvage excavations in the 1960s, before the construction of the Aswan dam.
Barbara EcksteinBarbara Eckstein, Professor, English
People's Weather Map
Co-collaborators: Jim Giglierano, Geological Survey and Mark NeuCollins, Intermedia Artist
People's Weather Map is an interactive, place-based digital map of Iowa designed to provide historical and scientific information, and collect from the public experiential information on extreme weather events. 
Colin GordonColin Gordon, Professor, History
Digital Johnson County
This application to the inaugural Digital Studio for the Public Humanities (DSPH) small grant program seeks research support for the development of an online historical atlas of Johnson County.  Digital Johnson County is conceived as a research project in its own right, as a platform for future research, as an archival resource, as an outreach initiative, and as pilot project for development of a major external grant application.  Digital Johnson County would be composed of a back end database of geospatial data and geo-rectified historical imagery, and a front-end website which would allow users to build and layer maps, query the underlying database, and contribute their own content.
Adalaide MorrisAdalaide Morris, Professor, English
Project Director, Counter-Map Collection
Stephen VoyceStephen Voyce, Assistant Professor, English
Project Co-Director, Counter-Map Collection
The co-applicants propose to build a digital archive called the Counter-Map Collection, the first major online compilation of its kind. Often referred to as diagram art, radical cartography, and protest-mapping, a counter-map artfully subverts the typical coordinates and protocols of traditional map-making. Imagine, for example, attempts to chart “cities of memories,” “psychogeographies” and “conceptual countries.” Consider an interactive digital map that instantly plots the relationships between corporate conglomerates and government officials or one that fixes the location of every surveillance camera in Manhattan. Envision a room-sized global map made of junk computer parts or a map composed exclusively in braille.