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Funded 2020-2022 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


The Scholar-Curated Worksets for Analysis, Reuse & Dissemination (SCWAReD) project is intended to produce a suite of curated, targeted HTRC worksets and illustrative, reusable research models (the curated worksets, a scholarly introduction, derived datasets and related documentation, and a research report) that demonstrate the collaborative workset-building, textual analysis, workflow development, and dataset creation activities typically carried out by the Research Center. HTRC is excited to partner with co-PI Dr. Maryemma Graham and her team at the University of Kansas to develop a flagship research model based on the Project on the History of Black Writing. SCWAReD will result in at least three additional exemplar worksets and research models related to historically under-resourced and marginalized textual communities that will be developed through a funded round of HTRC’s Advanced Collaborative Support program. The goal of the projects will be to explore new methods for creating, analyzing, and reusing curated digital library collections, along with research data derived from these collections. SCWAReD aims to address inequities in both library collections and digital humanities research by identifying gaps within HathiTrust and by using computationally-assisted efforts to recover content that is already part of the HathiTrust Digital Library, but that may be difficult to discover with traditional metadata, in a traditional catalog, from within a massive digital collection.

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Call for Proposals for SCWAReD ACS program (Deadline December 7, 2020)

SCWAReD Advanced Collaborative Support Application FAQs

Position open for project postdoctoral scholar at Indiana University

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Indiana University press release

U. of Illinois press release

U. of Kansas press release


Project Leadership

John Walsh, Ph.D.

John A. Walsh is the Director of the HathiTrust Research Center and Associate Professor of Information and Library Science in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University. He also has an appointment as an adjunct (affiliate) Associate Professor of English at Indiana University. His research involves the application of computational methods to the study of literary and historical documents. Walsh is an editor on a number of digital scholarly editions, including: the Petrarchive (Co-Editor), the Algernon Charles Swinburne Project (Editor), and the Chymistry of Isaac Newton (Technical Editor). He has developed the Comic Book Markup Language (CBML) for scholarly encoding of comics and graphic novels. Walsh is the creator of TEI Boilerplate, a system for publishing documents encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange. He has also served as the Technical Editor for Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), the online journal of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, since the journal’s founding in 2007, and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative (jTEI) from 2014-2019. Walsh’s research interests include: computational literary studies; textual studies and bibliography; text technologies; book history; 19th-century British literature, poetry and poetics; and comic books. 

J. Stephen Downie, Ph.D.

Stephen Downie is associate dean for research and a professor at the School of Information Sciences, and Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center. He has been an active participant and leader in the digital libraries and digital humanities research domains. At Illinois, Downie leads the HTRC’s Research Support Services (RSS) unit, which is responsible for providing the staff and technical support for HTRC’s ACS program. Downie was PI for the Mellon-funded WCSA and WCSA + DC projects where he led—and now continues to lead—the development of the HTRC workset and the Extracted Features models and their realizations as production products. Similarly, Downie is responsible for the ongoing development and deployment of both the HTRC Workset Builder 2.0 and HTRC Bookworm tools.

Maryemma Graham, Ph.D.

Dr. Maryemma Graham is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kansas. In 1983 she founded the Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Mississippi, which has been hosted since 1998 under her leadership at the University of Kansas. Graham has published 10 books and more than 100 essays, book chapters, and creative works. Graham has been a John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Humanities Center, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, a Ford and Mellon Fellow and has received more than 15 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


This project is supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Any opinions, findings & conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the researchers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Mellon Foundation.



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