We use digital media and computer technology to democratize history: to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.
Since 1994—under the founding direction of Roy Rosenzweig—we have worked to create software and websites that are freely available to the public. In twenty-plus years of award-winning work, RRCHNM has developed more than sixty projects, including educational resources and courses; open-source software, online exhibits and collecting sites; and forums to develop knowledge and build community among those in the humanities working with digital technology.
Those digital projects emerge from our engagement with the practice of history in universities, schools, libraries, archives, museums, and communities. They are shaped by collaborations with practitioners and audiences, and are produced by teams of researchers, developers, designers and graduate students.
In 2014, our projects attracted over 30 million visits and 18 million unique visitors. More than 3 million people use our software and tools.
We depend on grant funds from government agencies and private organizations to support this work. An endowment raised with the assistance of a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant and over 300 donors, and support from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of History and Art History, at George Mason University, help provide the infrastructure of the Center.
Our team of thirty-five includes scholars, researchers, developers, programmers, designers, project managers, educators, multimedia developers, and graduate and undergraduate students. Our backgrounds include history, sociology, English, museum studies, teaching, computer science, graphic design, and journalism.
RRCHNM is part of the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Center directors are faculty in the department, and students from the PhD program work as research assistants, and undertake practicums as part of the Digital History Fellowship program.
Looking for collaborators for a grant proposal? We work with a range of partners to apply collaboratively for funding to create new digital projects, contributing history content creation, design and development of databases, websites, exhibits, and online courses, professional development workshops for teachers and faculty, and collaboration on existing tools or projects.
Looking to develop digital tools, build or redesign a website, construct a digital collection, or online exhibition, create teaching resources, provide training in the use of digital technologies, plan workshops or conferences, or develop a digital and social media strategy? We can help.
Please contact RRCHNM to learn more.
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