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Wired Humanities Project “Virtual Oaxaca” recognized by NEH & NMC

The Wired Humanities Project, in collaboration with Dr. Jonathon Richter (Center for Learning in Virtual Environments), Professor Gabriela Martínez, and graduate students Alina Padilla Miller and Yasmin Acosta-Myers, has received news from NEH that WHP has won a Digital Dissemination and Impact supplemental grant to underwrite the creation of “Virtual Oaxaca” — a map-based, three-dimensional space in Second Life (and, later, Open Sim).

WHP will be adding still images, videos, drawings, and curricular materials to the various spaces they create ( archaeological sites, artistic communities, museums, and the ethnobotanical garden), enabling their preservation and dissemination.  This is part of WHP’s NEH-funded Summer Institute, but also a step toward their vision of a Virtual Americas project.  The Smithsonian Latino Center, MERLOT, and the New Media Consortium are WHP’s national partners in Virtual Oaxaca, while the local partner, CLIVE, is housed in the UO’s Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE).

This NEH grant follows the news that WHP won the national New Media Consortium contest for a free sim island in Second Life through the end of September. This is where Virtual Oaxaca will be built, to gather photos, video clips, and curricular materials from teacher-participants  during the Oaxaca NEH Summer Institute, July-August, 2010.

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