13.0055 Guide to Good Practice; NEH Newsletter

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 55.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (128)
Subject: Guide to Good Practice : A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

[2] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (232)
Subject: NEH Newsletter: EdSitement; MarcoPolo partnership

Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 17:36:31 -0500
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Guide to Good Practice : A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

June 1, 1999



Guide to Good Practice=20
in the Digital Representation=20
and Management of Cultural Heritage Materials.


=FF=04June 1, 1999

The National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH)
<http://www.ninch.org> is undertaking a project to review and evaluate curr=
ent practice in the digital networking of cultural heritage resources in or=
der to publish a =FF=05Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation=
and Management of Cultural Herita
ge Materials.=FF=06 The Guide will be published in print and electronic for=

A NINCH Working Group on Best Practices has outlined the scope and
purpose of the Guide. It will divide into two sections: one on the
capture and creation of digital cultural heritage resources; the other on
the management and maintenance of that digital data. The Guide will
encompass all genres. To encourage broadest use of digital resources, the=
Guide will focus on object-types (e.g., manuscripts, paintings,=20
performance documentations, etc.,) going beyond the limited perspectives
of institution types or disciplines (e.g,. museums or history). The
primary audience will be institutions or researchers preparing to create
and manage digital cultural heritage resources with little extensive
knowledge of current technical and information standards, metadata and
best practices. Funders will be an important secondary audience, for whom
the Guide could provide a set of key criteria for assessing the
fundability of digital projects.=20

The Working Group will proceed by commissioning a survey of the field to
discover and define exemplary practice. The survey will include
interviews with practitioners and reviews of published guidelines and
projects that demonstrate good practice; it should also reveal areas for
which good practice still needs to be developed and documented. The
Working Group will announce a call for nominations of practitioners and
projects to be considered by the survey.

As a starting point, the Working Group has created an initial definition
of good practice consisting of six principles each of which has a set of
evaluative criteria, by which to judge current practice
<http://www.ninch.org/PROJECTS/practice/criteria-2.html>. The Working
Group has built into the process a stage in which it may refine and
extend these criteria as a result of the survey. The survey is not
intended to be a comprehensive review of current practice; its purpose is
to gather material, experiences and opinions for the writing of the

The Working Group proposes to hire a consultant or consultants to conduct
the Survey and write the Guide in close consultation with the Working
Group. Those responding may address one or both parts of this project:
the Survey (Phase 1) and the Guide (Phase 2). This RFP is also available
at: http://www.ninch.org/PROJECTS/practice/rfprfp.html


The following prospectus outlines the intended contents of the Guide:


Table of Contents

Establishes the scope and context of the Guide and summarily discusses cont=
ingent issues not covered in detail.

This section will include but not be limited to the following:
* an overview of principles and general issues common to all formats;
* a detailed discussion of the issues and techniques pertaining to
digitizing specific types of original formats and creating appropriate
* a discussion of the different strategies to be considered with
particular digital materials for particular uses and audiences.

A discussion of general issues in the management and maintenance of digital=
cultural heritage materials. These will include but not be limited to:
* intellectual property and access management;
* strategies for the storage, archiving, and long-term maintenance of
large collections of digital data in accordance with newly-developed
standards and technologies;
* the documentation of all practice.

The discussion will include links to web pages and projects that
exemplify model practice and its documentation. The guide will also
indicate the areas that need to develope good practice that is also well

The Afterword will concentrate on the range of potential uses of digital
material. Focusing on model projects that exemplify best practice, as
determined by the Working Group's evaluative criteria, it would examine
the power of the medium to connect and re-combine material, and use
digital objects in often unforeseen ways.

An outline schedule of work would include:

1. Initial survey
The consultant will commence by interviewing practitioners and reviewing
projects drawn from an initial small pool of approximately ten
practitioners and projects from diverse cultural communities, applying
the criteria for evaluating practice established by the Working Group.

2. Submission of Report 1.
The consultant will present initial findings in written form to the
Working Group.

3. Working group review and project evaluation.
The Working Group will discuss its response to the findings and make
modifications to the evaluative criteria and survey method, as
appropriate, with the consultant.

4. Main survey
The consultant will proceed, interviewing practitioners, reviewing
existing statements and guidelines on good practice and investigating
exemplary projects nominated by an open call to the community, issued by
the Working Group.

5. Submission of Report 2.
The consultant will write a report on the survey findings, including a
bibliography and/or other compilation of useful resources gathered
through the survey, and present it to the Working Group for its review.

6. Working group review and project evaluation.
The Working Group will review and evaluate the survey report. On the
basis of the survey report, the Working Group will then review and make
modifications to the proposed form and content of the Guide, as appropriate=

This will complete Phase 1 of the project. If the Consultant has proposed
to work only on Phase 1, his or her work will then be complete. If the
Consultant has proposed to work on both Phase 1 and 2, his or her work
may continue uninterrupted. If a Consultant has proposed to work only on
Phase 2, his or her work will now commence.

7. Writing of the Guide
A consultant will proceed to write the Guide, according to a timetable
mutually agreed to by consultant and Working Group.

8. First Draft of Guide manuscript due.

9. Working group review and evaluation of guide manuscript draft 1.
Consultant and Working Group will discuss a first draft of the Guide,
after which the consultant will revise the Guide as needed.

10. Final Draft of Manuscript due.

11. Publication
The Working Group will then proceed with making arrangements for the
electronic and print publication of the Guide.

The Working Group expects to be able to hire a consultant in the Summer
of 1999. Deadline for completion of the Guide manuscript will be by the
Spring/Summer of 2000.

Qualifications for a consultant include:
* a working and/or practical knowledge of networking cultural heritage
material and of the range of issues entailed;
* proven research and analytic skills;
* proven writing skills; in particular an ability to write about complex
issues in a clear style;
* a diplomatic manner;
* the ability to work closely with a team;
* the ability to post material to the project's website.

A grant is expected to be available in the range of $60,000-$100,000 for
the completion of the consultant's portion of this work. The deadline for
receipt of proposals is 5pm (EST) =FF=03Monday June 21, 1999.

Electronic proposals must be available at a URL; print proposals must be in=
ten copies.

Components of a proposal shall include:
* a narrative (maximum 5 pages) explaining how the project would be
accomplished, including:
>>detailed work plan (including, if more than one person will be=20
working, the specific role of each);
>>detail of resources for completing the project;
* your qualifications for the project (including qualifications of
others who would work with you);
* budget (applicants are invited to submit variant budgets for variant
levels of work);
* resume (including resumes for others who would work with you);
* names and telephone numbers of references (minimum of 3);
* references to relevant writings by you and/or others who would work with=

URLs or paper proposals should be sent to: David Green, Executive
Director, National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage, 21
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036; david@ninch.org.

NINCH Working Group on Best Practices
June 1, 1999

Kathe Albrecht (from May 24, 1999)=20
American University/Visual Resources Association
LeeEllen Friedland
Library of Congress
Peter Hirtle
Cornell University
Lorna Hughes
New York University
Kathy Jones
Peabody Museum, Harvard University/American Association of Museums
Mark Kornbluh
H-Net =20
Joan Lippincott
Coalition for Networked Information
Michael Neuman=20
Georgetown University
Thorny Staples
National Museum of American Art (through 2/1/99)
University of Virginia Library (from 2/1/99)
Jennifer Trant (through May 24, 1999)
Art Museum Image Consortium=20
Don Waters/Rebecca Graham (through May 24, 1999)
Digital Library Federation
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David L. Green
Executive Director
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington DC 20036
202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 10:29:23 -0500
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
Subject: NEH Newsletter: EdSitement; MarcoPolo partnership

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June 3 1999

EdSitement News: Learning Guides; Marco Polo Partnership

I will not be forwarding this new newsletter from the NEH as a matter of co=
urse but I did want to alert the community to its existence (subscription d=
etails are included) and to draw attention to the news from NEH's EdSitemen=
t project:=20
1. the latest issue of the "Crossing Borders," learning guides (this issue =
on teaching Socrates, Chaucer, African life, mapmaking traditions and the f=
ederal legislative process); and=20
2. the MarcoPolo Partnership, a cluster of seven organizations "exploring t=
he frontiers of Internet-based education" that has created five discipline-=
specific educational Web sites (humanities, sciences, mathematics, economic=
s, and geography), geared prim
arily toward teachers of grades 8 through 12. <http://www.wcom.com/marcopol=

David Green

>From: NEH Subscription Robot <subscribe@linux.neh.gov>
>>Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 22:02:19 -0400 (EDT)
>To: david@ninch.org

JUNE 1999

In this issue: NEH summer highlights-chautauquas and teacher institutes/sem=

New subscriptions: Send an e-mail to newsletter@neh.gov and type the word
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in the body of the message.

Comments: Send to outlook@neh.gov.

by William R. Ferris, Chairman
Although colleges, universities, and schools are now in summer mode,
summertime is hardly a slack time for the humanities. The work of basic
research, through NEH summer stipends, fellowships, and collaborative
research, is ongoing, as is the work of preservation in libraries and
archives. NEH museum exhibitions around the country draw steady crowds.
And the state humanities councils are loaded with activity. Among their
programs are the famed chautauquas, whose costumed characters bring history
to life for people of all ages in communities throughout the nation. As yo=
plan your summer vacations, perhaps you will have an opportunity to visit
one of these extraordinary events. (A following article has information an=
schedules.) We also look forward to a rewarding summer for the professors
and high-school teachers who will attend the Endowment's and the state
councils' summer institutes and seminars. Please continue to forward NEH
Outlook to others interested in the humanities.=20

by Michael Bagley, Director of Governmental Affairs =09
On May 27, Chairman Ferris testified at a reauthorization hearing before th=
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on behalf of the
Endowment's interests. (For full text of the Chairman's statement, go to
http://www.neh.gov/html/chairman/speeches/19990527.html.) Neither NEH nor
the National Endowment for the Arts has been reauthorized for several years=
Both have had to receive exemptions allowing their annual funding to go
forward. At the end of the hearing, Committee Chairman Jim Jeffords (R-VT)
indicated he was confident that if he brought a reauthorization bill to the
Senate floor, it would receive sufficient support for passage.

On the appropriations front, the House may delay until September a vote on
the Interior bill, which includes NEH's budget for next fiscal year. Ralph
Regula (R-OH), chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee,
has indicated he may delay the vote because of concerns about his
subcommittee's allocation, which was reduced through the Budget Resolution
by $2.7 billion below last year's level. By contrast, the Senate Interior
Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by Slade Gorton (R-WA), had its
allocation reduced by only $600 million. Both the House and Senate
subcommittees will determine the Endowment's level of funding. President
Clinton has requested $150 million for NEH, which is currently funded at
$110.7 million. Meanwhile, both Rep. Regula and Sen. Gorton have expressed
strong support for the Endowment through direct discussions with Chairman
Bill Ferris.

A re-examination of the cold-war era in light of documentary sources newly
available with the political transformation of the former Soviet Union and
its Eastern European satellites is the topic of one of this summer's NEH
seminars for college teachers, scheduled to take place at George Washington
University. Participants in the four-week seminar on "New Sources and
Findings on Cold War International History" will have the opportunity to
study the former communist countries' documents firsthand and to learn how
they fit into a newly emerging conception of the cold war.
This summer, NEH is offering 23 seminars and institutes for college and
university teachers, and 29 for schoolteachers. Information about the
higher-education program is at http://www.neh.gov/html/awards/seminar2.html=
For the high-school program, the location is

Crossing Borders, the series of learning guides accompanying EDSITEment, th=
Endowment's compilation of 50 top humanities Web sites, has a new addition.
Volume 6, just published and newly on line, offers lesson plans,
specifically linked to EDSITEment's resources, on teaching Socrates,
Chaucer, African life, mapmaking traditions, the federal legislative
process, and more. The EDSITEment learning guides, called "Crossing
Borders" because they help students gain multiple perspectives combining
complementary points of view, are available both in hard copy and on the
Web. Online access to the six learning guides completed to date is at
http://edsitement.neh.gov/guides/g_intro.htm. For print copies, call the
EDSITEment hotline at 1-800-205-9060. EDSITEment is located at
http://edsitement.neh.gov. There were a record-breaking 40,000
user-sessions at the site last month.

Several of this summer's NEH and state-humanities-council institutes for
schoolteachers will include add-on sessions providing the participants with
guidance in the use of EDSITEment and its learning guides.

In other EDSITEment news, a summit meeting of the MarcoPolo Partnership wil=
take place June 8 in Washington, D.C. Organized and funded by the MCI
Worldcom Foundation, this partnership is a cluster of seven organizations,
including NEH and its collaborator in the development of EDSITEment, the
Council of the Great City Schools, that are exploring the frontiers of
Internet-based education in anticipation of the day when Web sites will be
de rigueur in every student's school experience. The partnership has
created five discipline-specific educational Web sites, including
EDSITEment, aimed at providing the highest quality content and professional
development free of charge and easily accessible to all educators. The fiv=
Web sites represent the humanities, sciences, mathematics, economics, and
geography and are geared primarily toward teachers of grades 8 through 12,
although some of the sites' resources are also appropriate for college-leve=
work and for family activities. For more information about the MarcoPolo
Partnership and links to the Web sites, go to

EDSITEment is one of five finalists being considered for the prestigious
Computerworld Smithsonian award in the education category. The winner will
be announced June 7 at a gala at the National Building Museum in Washington=
D.C. The award honors vision and leadership in the innovative use of
information technology. The winner and runners-up will be archived in the
Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology at the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of American History.=20

It's summer and time to gather under the big tent to interact with
period-clad scholars who bring important figures and eras in American
history to life. Called "chautauquas" after the 19th-century cultural
movement that began on the shore of New York state's Lake Chautauqua, these
engaging public programs for the whole family are again traveling this
summer to communities in many parts of the nation, thanks to the work of
several state humanities councils. See the following listing for themes an=
schedules of events near you:

The Great Plains Chautauqua Society, Inc. (North Dakota, South Dakota,
Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa state humanities councils) sponsors
"Behold Our New Century: Early 20th-Century Visions of America," with
scholars portraying social activist Jane Addams, Andrew Carnegie, American
Indian physician Ohiyesa (Charles A. Eastman), Theodore Roosevelt and Booke=
T. Washington: http://www.gp-chautauqua.org/.

Heartland Chautauqua (Missouri and Illinois state humanities councils) will
explore life during the Civil War through the stories of Union spy Elizabet=
Louisa Van Lew, Louisa May Alcott, Sojourner Truth, William Tecumseh
Sherman, and black soldier A. A. Burleigh:
http://www.umsl.edu/community/mohuman/chautauq.htm and

The New Hampshire Humanities Council looks at the shaping of New England
identity through "appearances" by Abigail Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
William Lloyd Garrison, Mark Twain, Daniel Webster, and Phillis Wheatley:

The Nevada Humanities Committee sponsors chautauquas in Las Vegas, North La=
Vegas, Reno, Pahrump, and Boulder City with portrayals of Theodore
Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Reinhold Niebuhr, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary McLeo=
Bethune, J. Robert Oppenheimer and others:

On May 8, NEH Director of Governmental Affairs Michael Bagley and his
deputy, Marna Gettleman, attended the opening of the Alaska Native Heritage
Center in Anchorage on behalf of Chairman Bill Ferris. The center last
November received an NEH challenge grant of $300,000, which has helped
attract additional funding for the project from private sources.
Participants in the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Senator Ted Stevens,
Anchorage Mayor Rick Mystrom, and Alaska Lieutenant Governor Fran Ulmer.
For details and pictures, go to

Based on the overnight Nielsen ratings, an estimated 12 million viewers
watched the broadcast of "MacArthur," produced by Boston's WGBH-TV as part
of its American Experience series. Funded by NEH, "MacArthur" aired on
public television stations nationwide on May 17 and 18.

Philadelphia public-radio station WHYY last year received NEH funding to
support interviews with humanities scholars in a series about American
popular songs. Two parts of the series, on lyricists Dorothy "On the Sunny
Side of the Street" Fields and Harry "I Only Have Eyes for You" Warren,
aired this spring on the station's popular arts-and-entertainment talk-show
program, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which is distributed by NPR and carrie=
by some 280 stations. A third part, on "Show Boat" composer Jerome Kern, i=
expected to air in September. The show has an audience of 2.8 million
listeners. =20

"Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening," a 30-minute film documentary developed with
NEH support, airs on PBS Wednesday, June 23, at 10:30 p.m. ET (check local
listings). The film revisits the life and work of the 19th-century
Louisiana author who shocked the Victorian establishment with her novel "Th=
Awakening." The book is among the five most-read American novels in
colleges and universities today.

Ken Roemer, director of four NEH summer seminars for schoolteachers on
20th-century Native American literature, has won the Wordcraft Circle of
Native American Writers and Storytellers' 1998 Writer of the Year Award for
his book "Native American Writers in the United States." Prof. Roemer
teaches English at the University of Texas at Arlington.... William and
Mary history professor Philip D. Morgan has received Columbia University's
1999 Bancroft Prize, which recognizes outstanding work in the field of
history, for his NEH-supported book "Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in
the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry," published by the
University of North Carolina Press. Prof. Morgan received an NEH research
fellowship for the project in 1991.... Lady Bird Johnson, upon receiving a
copy of Chairman Ferris's remarks at the 25th anniversary celebration of th=
Texas Council for the Humanities last March, wrote: "Your feelings for the
humanities make my heart soar. Your descriptions open the eyes of those of
us who have come to take the treasures of Texas for granted, and cause us t=
appreciate them all the more. What you are doing here and around the
country would have fulfilled Lyndon's deepest hopes for the Endowment."
President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation that brought the two
endowments into existence in September 1965.

Inspiring Educators: NEH Summer Programs Attract Teachers

June 8=09
MarcoPolo Partnership=09
Summit on Internet Content for the Classroom=09
Washington, DC

June 10
Ohio State University
Baccalaureate Address, College of the Humanities
Columbus, OH

June 11
Canton Rotary Club- speech
First Ladies' Library and Museum- visit
Canton, OH

June 13
National History Day
Welcoming Ceremony Address
College Park, MD

David L. Green
Executive Director
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington DC 20036
202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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