Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Established: 1994. Affiliate since January 2003.

Statement of Purpose: Since 1994, under the founding direction of Roy Rosenzweig, the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has used 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. In twenty-plus years of award-winning work, RRCHNM has developed more than sixty projects, including online resources for teachers; online collections, exhibits and collecting sites; open-source software; 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, are funded by government agencies and private foundations, and are produced by teams of researchers, developers, designers and graduate students. In 2015, our projects attracted over 34 million visits and nearly 18 million unique visitors, and more than three million people used our software.