in Providence, Rhode Island, has announced a $1.3 million grant from the to launch a new digital scholarship initiative.
To be administered by the university's library and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the initiative will support the development, publication, and preservation of scholarly digital publications, with an emphasis on long-form digital publications by faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. As part of the initiative, the university will put in place editorial, design, and enhanced technical resources to guide the development of such publications and will hire a digital scholarly editor to oversee the project and work closely with faculty to turn their scholarship into digital publications and disseminate those publications through other channels.
"With this new initiative, Brown will do far more than merely signal its commitment to supporting faculty working on digital projects," said Brown faculty dean Kevin McLaughlin. "It will spearhead an effort at building an approach to digital publication at the level of the academic institution that can become a model for universities — not just to support, but to promote the recognition of important new modes of scholarship certain to play increasingly important roles in the future of scholarship and its dissemination."