On These Grounds is a project of a core team of experienced digital history experts, archivists, and historians of slavery from Michigan State University, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and the Omeka Team at at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media to

  • create, evaluate, revise, and disseminate a LOD ontology focused on adequately describing the lived experiences of those enslaved individuals who labored in bondage at higher education institutions that are represented in those institutions’ archival holdings;
  • create a set of resources, both descriptive guidance and supports, that will enable other colleges and universities to undertake this work;
  • and, aggregate the resulting data in the service of increasing the discoverability of this information and of fostering new scholarship on the lived experience of those enslaved persons who labored in the service of institutions of higher education.