POST: Parsimony and Elegance as Objectives for Digital Curation Processes

Trevor Owens (Library of Congress) has written a thoughtful post introducing some themes around simplicity and complexity in digital preservation, in the context of maintenance, repair and an ethics of care. In “Parsimony and Elegance as Objectives for Digital Curation Processes,” Owens positions “unnecessary complexity” as a threat to sustainability while framing minimalism as the ...

POST: Reflections on Code4Lib 2018

The ACRL Techconnect blog has published “Reflections on Code4Lib 2018,” featuring contributions from Ashley Blewer, Bohyun Kim, and Eric Phetteplace. The three authors each discuss presentations that resonated with them, and helpfully link out to recordings and slides when available. Brewer, discussing Amy Wickner’s presentation on web archives, notes: Wickner, citing Terry Cook, spoke of ...

POST: Moving Ahead with Support for Digital Humanities

Quinn Dombrowski (University of California, Berkeley) and Joan Lippincott (Coalition for Networked Information) have published an article in the Educause Review introducing ways library and IT departments can develop comprehensive support for digital humanities at the campus level. “Moving Ahead with Support for Digital Humanities” summarizes a recent Educause/CNI whitepaper, Building Capacity for Digital Humanities: ...

RESOURCE: A Digital Humanities Reading List, Part 4 – The Role of Libraries

LIBER‘s (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group closes out their “Digital Humanities Reading List” series with a fourth and final post on the role of libraries: This theme examines a challenging question: what is the role of libraries in digital humanities? ...

PROJECT: Arabic Scientific Manuscripts of the British Library

In a new post on its digital scholarship blog, The British Library has announced a collaborative transcription project that will help “to create a freely available ground truth datataset for anyone wishing to advance the state-of-the-art in optical character recognition (OCR) technology for handwriting.” This project is a proof of concept exploring whether the creation ...

POST: What Can Data Visualization Learn from Feminism?

Paxtyn Merten (Northwestern University) has written an article in Storybench, a publication of the NU School of Journalism, discussing the work of Catherine D’Ignazio (Emerson College) on data literacy and feminism. In “What Can Data Visualization Learn from Feminism?,” Merten summarizes six points given by D’Ignazio to encourage “a feminist perspective on the design of ...

CFP: Slavery in the Machine (sx archipelagos)

sx archipelagos has issued a call for papers for a special section, “Slavery in the Machine,” guest edited by Jessica Marie Johnson: This special section aims to highlight scholarship situated at the intersection of technology and hemispheric American slavery. Topics may include but are not limited to: black code studies through a hemispheric lens plantation ...

CFP: Keystone Digital Humanities Conference

The Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, now in its 4th year at Pennsylvania State University, has issued a call for proposals for the 2018 conference (July 16-18). Recognizing how DH scholarship in practice necessarily bridges conventional academic distinctions, we invite contributions from across the field, including faculty researchers, unaffiliated scholars, librarians, technologists, artists and critical-makers. Whitney ...

EVENT: Digital Humanities Asia 2018 Summit

Stanford University will host the Digital Humanities Asia 2018 Summit on April 27-28, 2018. Organized by Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University), author of The Chinese Typewriter: A History, the two-day conference features an international group of speakers on a wide range of topics: [T]he DHAsia 2018 Summit will focus on four (4) areas of research ...

RESOURCE: Digital Cultures, Big Data, and Society

Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta) has shared his conference notes from the Digital Cultures, Big Data, and Society symposium, which took place at the Royal Irish Academy and University College Dublin (February 15-16, 2018). Rockwell gave a keynote, “Thinking-Through Big Data in the Humanities,” which he summarized in the notes: First, I outlined how the ...

JOB: Digital Collections Librarian, Swarthmore College

From the announcement: As a member of the Digital Initiatives + Strategies Department, the Digital Collections Librarian provides strategic and innovative leadership, operational planning, and management for the digital asset management and preservation program for the Swarthmore College Libraries. The incumbent will help shape future directions for digital asset management and preservation systems, and will ...