RESOURCE: From Disclaimer to Critique: Race and the Digital Image Archivist

The new preview issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly features an article from Kate Holterhoff (Georgia Institute of Technology), “From Disclaimer to Critique: Race and the Digital Image Archivist,” in which she argues that archivists and curators ought to shift away from their reliance on disclaimers for offensive objects in collections, and, instead, leverage metadata and annotations in order ...

RESOURCE: A Splendid Torch: Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released a new report, A Splendid Torch: Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries, which features six essays by CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows that “explore the contributions that today’s academic libraries—as providers of resources, professional support, and space—are making to learning and teaching.” The individual essay titles and ...

RESOURCE: Social activism in the United States: Digital collection & primary sources

In the Internet Resources section of this month’s College & Research Libraries News, Jennifer Kaari (Mount Sinai West and St. Luke’s) provides an annotated list of digital collections of primary resources focused on social activism in the US. This article outlines some of the high-quality digital collections and primary source materials available online on the ...

RESOURCE: Feminist Research Practices and Digital Archives

In her recent article in Australian Feminist Studies, “Feminist Research Practices and Digital Archives,” Michelle Moravec (Rosemont College) examines the ethical considerations of putting archival materials online. After reviewing issues that arose in conjunction with the British Library’s digitisation of the feminist magazine Spare Rib in 2013, I offer three questions researchers should consider before consulting materials in ...

RESOURCE: Syllabus: Women and gender non-conforming people writing about tech

Sarah Myers West (University of Southern California) and Jillian C. York (Electronic Frontier Foundation) have created and invited contributions to a syllabus of “Women and gender non-conforming people writing about tech.” Their work was inspired by Siva Vaidhyanathan’s (University of Virginia) twitter thread and Gabriella Coleman’s (McGill University) letter in response to a recent Los Angeles Review of Books digital ...

RESOURCE: The JavaScripting English Major

Moacir P. de Sá Pereira (New York University) has released The JavaScripting English Major, a fifteen-session course aimed at helping humanities students to code projects in JavaScript. The course, built in support of de Sá Pereira’s Digital Literary Studies: Novel Maps of New York class, presents a series of lessons covering both the conceptual and ...

RESOURCE: Public Libraries as Publishers: Critical Opportunity

The Idealis has featured an article by Kathryn M. Conrad (University of Arizona Press) in the Journal of Electronic Publishing, “Public Libraries as Publishers: Critical Opportunity.” The paper examines how public libraries can engage their communities by offering publishing services. From the abstract: Libraries have a long and distinguished history of publishing, since their earliest ...

RESOURCE: Writing an extension to add new GREL functions to OpenRefine

Owen Stephens (Open University) has authored a post documenting the development of the Google Refine Expression Language (GREL) extension he wrote to add functionality to OpenRefine. [W]hile OpenRefine extensions could be complex, writing one that simply added a new GREL function was quite straightforward with a little boilerplate code and the actual GREL function written in ...

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; ...

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 ...