Round-Up: Archival Futures, Neutrality and Speculative Knowledge Design

The texts of three provocative presentations relating to archival futures, current events, and digital libraries were shared online this week. While each of these texts in themselves merit individual attention, we thought that pulling them together might surface meaningful interconnections: “The Hubris of Neutrality in Archives,” by Samantha Winn (Virginia Tech). Delivered at the Mid-Atlantic ...

POST: robots.txt

Ed Summers (MITH) has written a post in response to the Internet Archive’s recent comments about the difficulties that robots.txt files present for web archiving. In”Robots.txt meant for search engines don’t work well for web archives,” his post on the Internet Archive blog, Mark Graham explained that the web archiving service has already “stopped referring to ...

CFParticipation: The Santa Barbara Statement on Collections as Data

The project team for “Always Already Computational: Collections as Data” has invited participation from “librarians, archivists, museum professionals, researchers, journalists, artists, educators, and data producers” in the development of the Santa Barbara Statement on Collections as Data. The Statement, framed as a “foundation that guides us all as we explore what collections as data looks like ...

RESOURCE: Endangered Accountability: A DLF-Sponsored Webinar on FOIA, Government Data + Transparency

The audio and slides from the Digital Library Federation’s #EndangeredData week webinar are now available. “Endangered Accountability: A DLF-Sponsored Webinar on FOIA, Government Data, and Transparency” marked the close of a week (April 17-21, 2017) dedicated to “raising awareness of threats to publicly available data; exploring the power dynamics of data creation, sharing, and retention; ...

JOB: Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian, RIT

Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian at The Rochester Institute of Technology Position open as of April 24, 2017 The Wallace Center (TWC) at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for an experienced and industrious Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian to support the nation’s first Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS) Bachelor Degree program ...

POST: New Technologies Challenging Author and Reader Roles

In a guest post on the British Library Digital Scholarship blog, Carol Butler (University of London) outlines her research on reader-author interactions in social networking and other digital interfaces. Butler is interested in drawing attention to the ways digital tools uncover some of the networking and reader response channels that were hidden and constrained by ...

POST: Hosting the Digital Ramamala Library at Penn, or, Thinking About Open Licenses for Non-Western Digitized Manuscripts

Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania) has posted on her blog the text of a talk she gave at the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, “Hosting the Digital Rāmamālā Library at Penn, or, thinking about open licenses for non-Western digitized manuscripts.” Porter’s post traces the history of the cataloging and digitization of the Ramamala Library, “one of ...

POST: The History of Looking at Data Visualizations

In a post on his blog Sapping Attention entitled “The history of looking at data visualizations,” Ben Schmidt (Northeastern University) digs into the lessons, the reading conditions, and the design concerns that come out of an investigation of the history of data visualization. One of the most important strands that emerged was about the cultural ...

RESOURCE: Data Privacy Project Learning Modules

The Data Privacy Project has launched X Learning Modules on the building blocks of privacy protection and digital security. The three modules, Mapping Data Flows, Risk Assessment, and Historical Overview offer background and details on threats and protections. Additionally, the Curriculum section, provides teaching materials, strategies, and hands on guides for librarians interested in exploring ...

RESOURCE: Perseids: Experimenting with Infrastructure for Creating and Sharing Research Data in the Digital Humanities

The latest issue of Data Science Journal includes an article from Bridget Almas (Tufts University), “Perseids: Experimenting with Infrastructure for Creating and Sharing Research Data in the Digital Humanities.” From the abstract: The Perseids project provides a platform for creating, publishing, and sharing research data, in the form of textual transcriptions, annotations and analyses. An ...

CFP: Current Research in Digital History 2018

Current Research in Digital History 2018 will be held March 17, 2018 at George Mason University, in Arlington, VA. From the call for proposals: The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media invites submissions for the first annual Current Research in Digital History conference. Submissions should offer historical arguments and interpretations rather than showcase ...