PROJECT: Early African American Film: Reconstructing the History of Silent Race Films, 1909-1930

A story at the UCLA Daily Bruin details the development and release of Early African American Film: Reconstructing the History of Silent Race Films, 1909-1930. Seven digital humanities students found 759 entertainment industry professionals involved in early silent race films and compiled them into a centralized database for the first time. The students, as well ...

PROJECT: Mediate: Identifying the Real Bestsellers of the 18th Century

Eleanor Shevlin (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) has written a post for the Early Modern Online Bibliography (EMOB) blog introducing Mediate, a project based at Radboud University and led by Prof. Alicia C. Montoya. As Shevlin explains, “While prior lenses for studying the Enlightenment have focused on either the canonical, history-of-ideas texts or the forbidden, ...

PROJECT: CWRC / CSÉC (Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada)

Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta) wrote about the launch of The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CSÉC), describing CWRC / CSÉC’s support for various digital scholarly editing projects and acknowledging CWRC Project Leader Susan Brown’s role in conceptualizing and managing the effort: The Collaboratory is a distributed editing ...

PROJECT: College Women

In a post on the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled “History Through the Eyes of College Women,” Mariam Abdullah features College Women, a project of the division of preservation and access. … a searchable collection of diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and photography from the archives of the earliest women’s college in the United States, the Seven ...

PROJECT: The Book Biography Machine

In “The Book Biography Machine at the Medieval Academy of America,” the authors of the metaLAB (at) Harvard blog discuss the development of The Book Biography Machine, an “interface that permits humanities scholars to map the diffusion of written works across geographic space and time in order to ask new questions about the history of ...

PROJECT: Rosa Parks Collection Now Online

In a post at the Library of Congress Blog, Erin Allen announced the online launch of the Rosa Parks Papers. The website includes nearly 2,500 digitized photographs, letters, and documents from the collection, which was opened to researchers in 2015. From the collection description: The papers of Rosa Parks (1913-2005) span the years 1866-2006, with the bulk ...

PROJECT: Open Syllabus Project (post updated)

In the New York Times, Joe Karaganis (Columbia University) and David McClure (Stanford University Library), announced the Open Syllabus Project, an open platform that aggregates more than 1 million syllabi and allows users to explore them via its Syllabus Explorer tool. At present, the Syllabus Explorer is mostly a tool for counting how often texts ...

PROJECT: Open Syllabus Project

Note from the dh+lib Review editors: Please see the updated version of this post. David Weinberger (Harvard Library Innovation Lab) announced the launch of the Open Syllabus Project (OSP) and its Syllabus Explorer in a recent blog post: The OSP is an open platform that so far has aggregated over a million syllabi. At the beta version of their ...

PROJECT: Digitizing History: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Archive

Bernard C. Moore (Michigan State University) has published a post on MSU’s Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative blog, detailing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Truth and Reconciliation Commission website. Moore opens by describing the impetus behind the project and its construction. Launched in coordination with the South African History Archive in 2013, in commemoration of ...

PROJECT: ‘A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980

The Mississippi State University History Department and Libraries have launched a digital history project entitled ‘A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980. Developed by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty, librarians, graduate and undergraduate students, the project documents two decades of civil rights struggles in Starkville, MS. The purpose of this project is to tell a ...

PROJECT: RRCHNM to Build Software to Help Researchers Organize Digital Photographs

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has announced a new project to develop open source software to help researchers organize digital photographs, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The tool, which will be called Tropy, is a response to the challenges of managing large collections of images ...