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NEH Launches New Website

April 24, 2012 – On April 10, the National Endowment for the Humanities launched a new website. After a complete overhaul, the new provides a more user-friendly platform for people seeking grants and for the public interested in humanities research, scholarship, and public programs.  A new “EXPLORE” section allows users to access information about more than 200 documentaries, radio programs, and apps produced by broadcasters and others with NEH grants. A prominent new rotator will showcase news of NEH and books, seminars, and other projects growing out of Endowment funding.  Each NEH division and program will have its own series of pages to feature projects, news about grants and opportunities to meet program officers in the field. 

Other features include:

  • Links to all 56 state and territorial humanities councils and their calendars of activities
  • HUMANITIES Magazine, now in a richly illustrated magazine format
  • EDSITEment, the Endowment’s prize winning K-12 educational site funded by a partnership between NEH and the Verizon Foundation
  • Chronicling America, the joint project of the NEH and the Library of Congress to digitize historic American newspapers
  • Information on NEH’s funded projects sorted by topics of interest, state by state and at particular universities

According to the NEH, the redesign is part of an administration effort to modernize and streamline web operations, to consolidate websites for ease of maintenance, clarity and cost savings over time, and to make the work of government more accessible to all Americans.  The new was built in-house using Drupal, an open source content management system.  It is hosted on cloud infrastructure.  It replaces an 11 year old interim site.   The new back-end architecture makes it possible to alter and enlarge the website’s capabilities without costly new redesigns.

Additional information about the new site is available on the NEH website.

[Posted by: Erin Mosley] 

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