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Digital Literacy: Funding Opportunity to Enlist "Citizen Archivists" and Improve “Crowdsourcing”

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission announced it is seeking projects that encourage citizen engagement with historical records, especially those available online, and/or projects that train people on how to enhance digital literacy skills for using historical records. The Commission, notes, in part:

The development of new online tools for literacy and engagement is highly encouraged. Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in basic archival processes. For example, projects may wish to enlist "citizen archivists" in projects to accelerate digitization and online public access to historical records. This may include, but is not limited to, improving crowdsourcing efforts for identifying, tagging, transcribing, annotating, or otherwise enhancing digitized historical records. Training in digital literacy for such "citizen archivists" should also be included. Projects might also develop digital archives training for the public. For example, projects may seek to increase individual understanding of technology operations and concepts so that people can engage in effective personal digital archiving. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can adopt without cost. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

Applications are due by October 8.  The application requirements may be found on www.grants.gov (LITERACY-201510)

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