In January 2021, the AAI launched a new Sustainability, Collaboration, & Network Building Project with a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities through AAI’s current NEH Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant. The aim of this project is to develop institutional partnerships with libraries, museums, universities, professional societies, and other cultural heritage organizations in order to develop sustainable initiatives around digital data management, public humanities, and data literacy. The project is run by Dr. Leigh Anne Lieberman, who joined the AAI in January 2021 as Director of Strategic Partnerships. This project will work in conjunction with both the Data Literacy Program and the Digging Digital Museums Collections Project.
Project-Related Communications and Publications:
- June 2020: Project announcement: AAI receives Mellon Foundation grant for data literacy program in archaeology
- January 2021: Project Announcement: AAI / Open Context Welcomes Director of Strategic Partnerships
- March 2021: The Sustainability Sandbox: A Place to Reflect
- April 2021: The Sustainability Sandbox: #DayOfDH2021
- May 2021: The Sustainability Sandbox: What I Talk About When I Talk About Sustainability (Part 1)
- June 2021: The Sustainability Sandbox: What I Talk About When I Talk About Sustainability (Part 2)
- July 2021: The Sustainability Sandbox: Developing Sustainable Programs & Partnerships
- August 2021: Out-of-the-Box Tutorials vs. Customized Lesson Plans; or, How To Avoid Reinventing the Wheel
- September 2021: Partner Highlight: The American Society of Overseas Research
- October 2021: Partner Highlight: Dr. Kevin Garstki
- November 2021: (Future) Partner Highlight: You!
- January 2022: The Untold Potential of Open Data: Pedagogical Outcomes
- February 2022: Assessing Our Work
- March 2022: Partner Highlight: Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni
Sustainability Advisory Board:
Tom Elliott has spent more than two decades advancing the practice of digital humanities in ancient studies. He is the Associate Director for Digital Programs and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
Kitty Emery, an environmental archaeologist who specializes in the ancient Mesoamerican peoples and environments, is the curator responsible for the Environmental Archaeology Program at The Florida Museum at the University of Florida.
Kelsey George is the Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian at the Libraries of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Brian Hole is a researcher and publisher working within the humanities and information science, with a focus on ethics and inclusive systems. He is also the founder Ubiquity Press, a researcher-focused publishing company which specializes in open access academic journals and open data.
Charles E. Jones is Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities, George and Sherry Middlemas Arts and Humanities Library at The Pennsylvania State University.
John G. Kutz, a founding board member of the AAI, is a management consultant based in San Francisco, CA.
Brenda LeMay has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry globally. Her focus has been on the development of large scale wind and solar including negotiating commercial transactions, permitting, structuring policy, finance, and management.
Bethany Nowviskie joined James Madison University as Dean of Libraries and Professor of English after a career in research and library-based DH administration and the digital cultural heritage nonprofit sphere.
Benjamin W. Porter is an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley and an Associate Curator of Middle Eastern Archaeology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. An archaeologist and anthropologist, Porter focuses on the Bronze and Iron Age societies of the Middle East and Mediterranean.
Regina Lee Roberts is the Librarian for Communication and Journalism; Anthropology; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Lusophone Africa; and the Social Sciences Resource Group at Stanford University Libraries.
Christine Szuter served as President & CEO of the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, Arizona, an Indigenous museum, art gallery, and research center. Before arriving at Amerind, Christine was director of the graduate Scholarly Publishing Certificate program at Arizona State University where her work focused on publishing, digital humanities, and nonprofit management. She spent more than a decade as Director, Editor-in-Chief, and Acquiring Editor at the University of Arizona Press publishing 55-60 books annually in anthropology, archaeology, geography, environmental studies, Southwest studies, and space sciences.
Ece Turnator is the Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries where she studies and supports digital research methods in the humanities.
About the Mellon Foundation: The Mellon Foundation is the largest funder of the arts and humanities in the US, with a mission to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.
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