Article: $1.4 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant expands Enslaved.org research

Document, History, Open Data, Open Decision-Support, Research

$1.4 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant expands Enslaved.org research

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $1.4 million to Michigan State University for Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade, or Enslaved.org, a first-of-its-kind database containing millions of records cataloging the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants. Enslaved.org, developed and maintained by MSU researchers, links data collections from multiple universities, archives, museums and family history centers. The

Mellon Foundation funded the initial two phases of Enslaved.org – the first beginning in 2018 and the second in 2020 – which provided support for both proof-of-concept and implementation.

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Article: Mainz University Library joins Open Library of Humanities platform

Access, Document, Open Decision-Support, Research

Mainz University Library joins Open Library of Humanities platform

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.

Professor Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU): “Open access in the humanities will not necessarily be achieved by the same author-pays system as that in the sciences. OLH journals admit material solely based on quality through peer review. With the support of institutions such as Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, we will expand this model so that high-standard academic research material in the humanities is available to anyone who wishes to read it.”

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