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 31
  • Selection Process: The Selection Committee will review submissions and announce recipients by the end of February. The awards' funding period is March 2020 - February 2021.

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.

2017-2018 Projects

Dr. Ignacio L├│pez Alemany, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The University Libraries will assist in the creation and hosting of an original eBook publication for use in the classroom and shared freely via the Internet.

This project creates a proof of concept for the creation of interactive, digital editions of foreign language literature texts for students, enriched not only by vocabulary and cultural footnotes but also pictures of old pieces of clothing, instruments, weapons, etc. to clarify their meaning when they appear in the text. Additional information about locations (such as pictures or videos of a particular castle, palace, or street) could help the reader better understand the geographic context of the work. This proof of concept could be the beginning of the creation of a collection of Classical Texts.

Dr. Charles Egeland, Anthropology

As currently structured, the rapidly accumulating datasets being produced are difficult to manage in a synthetic way, particularly in a field like paleoanthropology that is built on multi-disciplinary work. Synthetic, "big picture" paleoanthropological questions are, in many ways, inherently spatial in nature and thus particularly amenable to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approaches.

What is currently lacking in paleoanthropology is an easily accessible medium where vast amounts of information can be updated, visually interpreted, and, most importantly, conceptualized in a spatial context.

The University Libraries will create a web-based mapping application based upon their existing mapping framework. Such a tool would be valuable not only for scholars in their attempts to link human cultural adaptations with changing environments over time, but also for students studying broad trends in human evolution.

Dr. Lynn Sametz, Biology

The University Libraries will host and making available for download the VL HERPS software.

2016-2017 Projects

Dr. Benjamin Filene, History

Dr. Filene is leading an effort to interpret and contextualize Charles Aycock, his place in history and his place in memory at UNCG, and will be the main focus of a 10-person cohort of History/Museum Studies Master's students for a year and a half. The project aims to foster a campus dialogue about race and remembrance, a topic of great relevance to the contemporary university community.

The University Libraries Web Application Development Team created an interactive mapping application for Dr. Filene based upon our Campus Map tool, and will provide in-classroom training.

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 worked 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 works with Dr. Hodgkins to update, expand and diversify the web presence of the George Herbert Society.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff, Biology

Dr. Kirchoff's M.S. student, Rebecca Dellinger-Johnson, 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 was hosted on the Department of Biology's web space.

The University Libraries gave the key a permanent home at UNCG and provided 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 worked closely 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.