Digital Partners


Simply fill out this online form.

We are happy to help you with the form! All you need is a good idea and we'll guide you through the application process.

  • Submission deadline: January 9
  • Selection Process: The Selection Committee will review submissions and announce recipients by the end of February. The awards' funding period is March 2017 - February 2018.

Submission Requirements

  1. Must be submitted by UNCG faculty member
  2. Digital project must be hosted on the Library's servers
  3. Digital project must be Open Access and freely shared
  4. Faculty member must resolve any copyright or intellectual property issues (but we can help with that).

Selection Priorities

  1. Projects that build on the strengths of the Libraries' extant digital projects
  2. Projects that develop a library of resources that support a range of scholarly activities in general rather than creating teaching applications or custom-designed web sites for a specific course.

The Award

The recipient(s) will receive up to $22,500 worth of resources (most likely from the Library IT department, but that depends on the needs of the applicant). The Library will provide its appropriate, existing hardware and software at no cost (but will not make expensive new purchases on behalf of the faculty). The University Libraries commits to maintaining the scholarly product and making it broadly available for the long term.

Examples of the types of digital projects that the Libraries might support through this program:

  • Create a web-based critical edition
  • Develop a searchable database of historical materials
  • Create a mash up of geospatial data and historical photos in the form of an interactive online map
  • Convert cassette tape oral histories to digital audio, create transcripts, and make available via a searchable web site
  • Create a web based tool and user interface for exploring and analyzing large research data sets
  • Use your imagination! We're open to creative ideas.

2016-2017 Current Projects

Dr. Chris Hodgkins, English & Dr. Robert Whalen, Dept. of English, Northern Michigan University

Dr. Hodgkins co-edited George Herbert: The Digital Temple, and has received a three-year NEH Scholarly Editions Grant to co-edit a born-digital edition of The Complete Works of George Herbert.

As a part of an ongoing effort by the University Libraries locally to maintain and preserve the research of the University's faculty in perpetuity, The University Libraries will work with Dr. Hodgkins to acquire, archive, and maintain a local copy of the George Herbert: The Digital Temple web application, while also working with him and Dr. Whalen on the longer-term design and development of The Complete Works of George Herbert.

The University Libraries also will work with Dr. Hodgkins to update, expand and diversify the web presence of the George Herbert Society.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff, Biology

Over the past two years Dr. Kirchoff's M.S. student, Rebecca Dellinger-Johnson, has developed an online, visual identification guide to the Oaks of the Southeastern United States. This is the first online visual guide of its kind anywhere in the world. Her work won The Graduate School's 2015 Award for Innovative Use of Technology in a Thesis/Master's Production or Dissertation, and the USDA team has offered to feature the key on its website. A pilot version of the key is currently hosted on the Department of Biology's web space.

The University Libraries will give the key a permanent home at UNCG and provide functionality and design updates to the tool. Dr. Kirchoff and the University Libraries will also provide for the continued improvement of the key while giving it the maximum possible exposure on

Sheryl Oring, Art

The University Libraries will work with Professor Oring to create a searchable web-based archive of her on-going public art project entitled I Wish to Say, consisting of dictated postcards to the U.S. President and including more than 2,000 postcards and supplemental photographs created during performances held in dozens of states over several years.

Dr. Stephen Sills, Center for Housing and Community Studies & Mr. Todd Drake, MFA

The goal of Dr. Sills' collaboration with the University Libraries is to provide information to the general public about housing insecurity in North Carolina, particularly in rural areas, through an interactive map and searchable database. This application will emphasize the rich history of the mobile home as an affordable housing option and chronicle how that role in society has changed over time. Additionally, the project will look at the mobile home as a continued solution to low income housing needs and current developments in mobile homes, such as the tiny house movement.