Hello DLF-connected friends and colleagues!

As the Lead PI on the Mellon-funded Visualizing Digital Scholarship in
Libraries and Learning Spaces (i.e., the Immersive Scholar project), I'd
like to share with you the following Call for Proposals
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below. Deadline is 20 August.

The goal of the creative residency is to collaborate with a team of
technologists and librarians to produce a scholarly visual work that will
be featured on one or more of the large-scale digital walls in the James B.
Hunt Jr. Library. Through the residency will will also be asking the
following kinds of questions:

   - What are the markers of a ‘scholarly community’ and how are they
   created and reified?
   - How is this type of scholarly production (large-scale visualization)
   evaluated and ‘counted’?
   - What role do libraries take in the active/passive creation and
   curation of immersive visualizations as distinctive objects in our
   - How are various individuals credited and intellectual or applicable
   labor valued around visualization projects?
   - In what ways do questions of open pedagogy and scholarship,
   infrastructure investment, and the evolution of the research library
   intersect with this project?

If you know of someone (sociologist, engineer, visual artist, creative
coder, data wonk, social activist, digital humanist, analog humanist, etc.
etc.) whose work would be a good match for the project and who could
benefit from participating, please feel free to share this CFP.

Profiles of our current resident are available
<>, and I am very interested
in recruiting
a pool that represents a diversity in life experiences and also
disciplinary background.

Thanks so much for your assistance. Be well!

Micah V.


Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces

Creative Residency Call for Proposals


   - Application Deadline: 8:00am EST, August 20th, 2018
   - Duration: 4-6 weeks
   - Start date: Flexible, Spring Semester, 2019
   - Stipend: $25,000

The NCSU Libraries invites proposals from artists, scholars, and creative
technologists for a four-to-six-week residency to create immersive
scholarly visual content for one or more of the large-scale digital walls
in the award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NC State University in
Raleigh. The residency is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon-funded
Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces grant
(“Immersive Scholar”), and is part of the NCSU Code+Art program.

Residents are encouraged to interrogate the intersections of data,
knowledge, and culture through visual expression. This residency offers an
opportunity for the selected project to influence the way that people look
at the university’s role in supporting data visualization and digital art,
similar to the manner that the Hunt Library has started to change the way
that people think about academic libraries in the 21st century.

Libraries have long been places where people have explored new ways of
interacting with information and data. The NCSU Libraries’ Code+Art program
continues this tradition by bringing an aesthetic eye to the increasing
role of data in our lives by combining creative and computational thinking
in a library’s physical spaces. Code+Art provides the lens that focuses
this residency program.

Program Details

The resident will produce a large-scale work of digital art or
visualization. Creations could include generative art or dynamic,
data-driven visualizations of high aesthetic quality. The data underlying
the piece may or may not be literally interpretable, depending on the
resident’s scholarly approach.

To generate broader impact and a larger audience, the work will:

   - Be open source
   - Follow principles of responsive design
   - Follow principles of universal design
   - Be documented using principles of literate computing
   - Be broadly distributed to other libraries and learning spaces with
   similar visualization facilities

Additionally, the work should be scholarly output that is citable and
impactful. NCSU Libraries staff and collaborators will explore with the
resident innovative approaches to peer review, sharing, and credit for the
work created during the residency.

The work will be displayed on one or more of the Hunt Library’s large video

The resident must have sufficient knowledge required to produce the work
described in their application for this residency. Experience in open web
technologies is strongly preferred, but other technologies could be
considered if the requirements for open source and broad distribution can
be met.

To further support the resident, the library will hire a student worker to
assist the resident with content production. The resident can specify the
student’s title and skill set. If additional technology skills are needed
beyond what the student employee can provide, the residency stipend may be
used to hire technical help.

The residency includes a stipend of $25,000 that can be used to cover
housing, travel, and other expenses incurred by the project.

Women and historically underrepresented communities are especially
encouraged to apply.

Support and Community Engagement

The resident will work closely with NCSU Libraries staff, who will
facilitate engagement with the NC State community and the broader scholarly
community. Libraries staff have expertise in visualization, making, data
management, and other areas of research support, and will be available to
the resident for consultation.

The resident will be expected to engage with the NC State community through
a talk and/or workshop, to be determined and facilitated with Libraries

NC State University is a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels in
science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social
sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine. Collaborations with NC State
researchers and students will grow from the vision and needs of the
resident, and can be facilitated by Libraries staff, who maintain deep
relationships with the campus community.

This residency is funded as part of a larger, “Immersive Scholar” grant.
Immersive Scholar is a three-year effort funded by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation to develop extensible models and programs for the creation and
sharing of digital scholarship in large-scale and immersive visualization
environments. The resident, therefore, will be part of a larger, national
network of participating institutions and advisors. Work completed under
this residency must be designed to be open source, and will be shared to
the grant’s participating cohort for display at their respective

Eligibility Requirements

   - Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
   - Must not be a currently enrolled student
   - Must not be a UNC system employee


   - Statement of interest (500 words or less)
   - Narrative and visual sketches of proposed work (500 words or less)
   - Campus engagement plan outlining how the resident proposes to
   collaborate with faculty and students
   - Description of spaces, technologies, and support needed for project
   (500 words or less)
   - Resume/CV
   - Online portfolio of past relevant works
   - 1 letter of reference

Selection and Notification Process

Proposals will be selected by the Immersive Scholar personnel based on the
following criteria:

   - Creativity of proposal
   - Whether the proposal is extensible, desirable, and feasible for
   distribution to multiple visualization installations
   - Proficiency in web or creative coding technologies
   - Good collaboration skills
   - Value of proposed outcomes to digital scholarship
   - How successfully the proposal advances a design philosophy that
   ensures accessibility of the finished work
   - How successfully the proposal incorporates the goals of diversity and

 Applicants may be contacted for an interview or a presentation of previous


Please see for more information about the grant
and send inquiries to [log in to unmask]

Submit applications through this Google Form
All applications must be submitted by 8:00am EST, August 20th.

Micah V.
Open Knowledge Librarian
Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center
NCSU Libraries


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