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 ...

RESOURCE: A Digital Humanities Reading List: Part 2

LIBER‘s (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group has released its second installment of “must-read papers, articles and reports.” The second theme focuses on libraries finding and connecting with DH research communities and includes eleven pieces that speak to how “DH offers ...

RESOURCE: Metrics Toolkit

Robin Champieux (Oregon Health and Science University), Heather Coates (IUPUI), and Stacy Konkiel (Altmetric) have released a Metrics Toolkit for understanding “what a [scholarly] metric means, how it is calculated, and if it’s a good match for your research question.” Champieux, Coates, and Konikel describe the purpose of the toolkit: We developed the Metrics Toolkit ...

RESOURCE: A Digital Humanities Reading List: Part 1

LIBER’s Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group has just released its first installment of “must-read papers, articles and reports.” The first theme focuses on policies and portfolios and includes Stewart Varner (UPenn) and Patricia Hswe’s (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) article about DH in libraries and Bethany Nowviskie’s (DLF) “Skunks in the Library: A ...

RESOURCE: Digital Scholarship Resource Guide: Text Analysis

Samantha Herron, a 2017 Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress, has written a post on The Signal detailing common forms of textual analysis. Herron describes techniques such as stylometry, “the practice of using linguistic study to attribute authorship to an anonymous text,” and topic modeling. Her summary also includes examples of tools like Voyant, ...

RESOURCE: Format Aside: Applying Beall’s Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals

The Idealis recently featured a College and Research Libraries article by Texas A&M librarians Joseph D. Olivarez, Stephen Bales, Laura Sare, Wyoma vanDuinkerken, that examines Jeffrey Beall’s criteria in determining if a publication is predatory.  From the abstract: Jeffrey Beall’s blog listing of potential predatory journals and publishers, as well as his Criteria for Determining ...

RESOURCE: The East St. Louis Digital Humanities Club

This week, Howard Rambsy II (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) published his last post on a semester of working with the East St. Louis Digital Humanities Club on his blog, Cultural Front. Rambsy, along with graduate student Rae’Jean Spears (SIUE), posted weekly reflections on the newly formed partnership between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and an after-school digital humanities ...

RESOURCE: Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship

Dan Cohen (Northeastern University) has shared a summary of his recent digital scholarship presentation at Brown University on his personal blog. In “Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship (or Anything Else New in a Large Organization),” Cohen introduces the “three critical elements of institutionalization” as presented in his talk: routinizing, normalizing, and depersonalizing. Drawing from his experience at ...

RECOMMENDED: Identifying Early Modern Books: Challenges for Citation Practices in Book History and Early Modern Studies

Archive Journal has published an essay by Meaghan Brown (Folger Shakespeare Library), Paige Morgan (University of Miami), and Jessica Otis (Carnegie Mellon University), “Identifying Early Modern Books: Challenges for Citation Practices in Book History and Early Modern Studies.” The article considers the tools and methodologies of bibliometrics, offering insights into the study of citations to ...

RESOURCE: RDA Research Data Collections WG Recommendations

The RDA Research Data Collections Working Group has published and seeks comment on “Recommendations on Research Data Collections.” From the abstract: Recent efforts of the Research Data Alliance have established a conceptual model for the management of research data that promotes the use of digital objects, transcending the traditional notion of files and decoupling questions ...

RESOURCE: Digital History & Argument White Paper

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media published a white paper produced from the Arguing with Digital History Workshop earlier this fall. The paper was written collaboratively by workshop participants and edited by Stephen Robertson Lincoln Mullen (both at George Mason University). From the introduction: This white paper aims to help bridge the ...