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Monday, March 02, 2009

JISC/NEH digitization grants favor OA projects

Guidelines for the JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants were posted on January 12, 2009. The grants provide up to $300,000 for digitization projects involving collaboration between U.S. and English/Welsh institutions. Proposals are due March 26. See especially:

... Both [National Endowment for the Humanities] (as a taxpayer-supported federal agency) and JISC endeavor to make the products of their grants available to the broadest possible audience. Our goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the public in the United States, England, and Wales to have ready and easy access to the wide range of NEH and JISC grant products. For projects that lead to the development of Web sites, all other considerations being equal, NEH and JISC give preference to those that provide free and open access to the public. ...

Grantees should provide broad access to all grant products through the Internet, on-site use, interlibrary loan, or duplication of materials at cost, insofar as the condition of the materials and intellectual property rights allow. We strongly encourage projects that offer free and open public access to online resources. All other considerations being equal, preference will be given to projects that provide free, online access to digital materials produced with grant funds. ...