The Library Digital Initiative (LDI) Grant Review Committee is pleased to announce the grant recipients for Round Three of the Internal Challenge Grant Program. In April, funding was awarded to the following projects.

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine received a grant for the Biomedical Image Library (BIL). A collaboration between the Countway Library and the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at the Harvard School of Public Health, will develop a central catalog and collection of biomedical images produced in support of basic biomedical research. Biologists, medical scientists, and clinicians will be able to use the Biomedical Image Library to distribute their work to the community or to identify and retrieve data for novel analysis. Moreover, educators and students will find a ready collection of images to support learning. BIL will also provide access to data such as stacks of serial sections or moving pictures that cannot be published through traditional means.

The Photographic Archives of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology was funded for Maya Archaeological Photographs from the Carnegie Institute of Washington Collection. This project will provide access through VIA, (Visual Information Access) to digital images of approximately 10,000 Maya archaeological photographs selected from the Carnegie Institute of Washington Collection. Many of the buildings, monuments, and artifacts that are recorded in the photographs no longer exist, are badly damaged or are so difficult to access that they are unavailable to researchers. The selected material represents all of the images from the sites of Chichén Itzá and Copán, two of the most significant components of the collection. The digital images, descriptive cataloging records, and searching capabilities will allow improved access to the photographs for government researchers working on accurate restoration and reconstruction of the sites, linguists needing undamaged scripts, in addition to, archaeologists, historians, publishers, and producers.

Note: The call for proposals for the LDI Internal Challenge Grant Program, Round Four will be announced in August, with an October review deadline. The LDI Steering and Grant Review Committees have agreed to postpone this round for six months to allow time for LDI staff to investigate the demands that grant projects place on LDI resources.
For more information on the LDI Challenge Grants, or on projects currently in process, contact Wendy Gogel in the Office for Information Systems (495-7324, wendy_gogel@harvard.edu).


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