Professors Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (NULab co-founder), David Smith, Ryan Cordell, and Ben Schmidt have secured a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a revolutionary search tool to aid scholars in accessing and fully utilizing digital data. The grant will enable these NULab faculty to refine a text-mining software called Proteus, co-invented by David Smith, enabling users to search for key phrases and passages from over 10 million pages of newspapers from the Library of Congress and 10 million books from the HathiTrust digital library. Using Proteus and a datavisualization tool called Bookworm (developed by Ben Schmidt), academics and amateurs alike will be able to build libraries of information on their topic of choice.

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