We are proud to announce that at the 2023 American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR) conference in Chicago in November, AAI’s Leigh Anne Lieberman and Melissa Cradic, together with colleague Tiffany Earley-Spadoni, received an award for their service to ASOR’s membership, and early career researchers in particular, in designing and leading the Digging Up Data Program. This program is supported by the AAI with grants from The Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
From the award announcement:
“Leigh Anne Lieberman, Tiffany Earley Spadoni, and Melissa Cradic have designed and implemented an innovative program, “Digging Up Data”, to build capacity and skills for the development of public-facing digital projects among ASOR’s membership. First pioneered by Leigh and Tiffany in 2021, their program initially consisted of a series of workshops and one-on-one sessions centered on skills, such as data literacy, data curation, and digital storytelling. Melissa has more recently expanded the program to include topics such as digital exhibitions and collections. In addition to the high demand for the initial series of workshops, with hundreds of ASOR members and attendance, this program has been made widely available free-of-charge online via YouTube. They have more recently established a professional development program that focuses on ASOR members early in their careers by mentoring early career scholars and advanced graduate students to build portfolios in digital humanities and prepare them to present public-facing digital research projects. Their program has led to the creation of an active and engaged community within ASOR’s membership, helping early career scholars develop critical digital skills and achieve tangible goals.”