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 ...

RECOMMENDED: What Libraries Did with Google Books

Mike Furlough (HathiTrust) has published a storify with his commentary on two recent articles on Google Books, Scott Rosenberg’s “How Google Book Search Got Lost” in Backchannel and James Somers’s “Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria” in The Atlantic. Furlough challenges the articles’ implication that Google Books is a failed project. But we’re still at ...

POST: Open-Access Publishing: What Authors Should Know

In a post at AHA today, Kritika Agarwal (AHA) interviews William Deverell (Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West) about the publication of his new OA monograph Water and Los Angeles: A Tale of Three Rivers, 1900–1941, released in 2016 by the University of California’s Luminos OA imprint. Q. Do you see any clear advantages ...

POST: Zines vs. Google Vision API?—? Part 1: Process

Matt Miller (Pratt Institute) has written a post on Medium entitled “Zines vs. Google Vision API?—? Part 1: Process,” which details the first phase of a project he has begun with digitized zines from the Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library. Miller discusses the early steps of the project and walks users through the steps of beginning to ...

CFP: Graphics and Cultural Heritage (GCH)

The 15th EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage will be held in Graz, Austria, September 27-29, 2017. It aims to foster an international dialogue between ICT experts and CH scientists to advance the understanding of critical requirements for processing, managing, and delivering cultural information to a broad audience. A call for papers is currently open. Submission deadlines ...

JOB: Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian, Middlebury College

From the announcement: The Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian supports and promotes the use of digital research methods within the library and across academic disciplines. The person in this position applies user-centered, universal design principles to digital projects, library web content and printed materials in a team-based work environment. Under the general direction of ...

JOB: Head Curator, Latin American and Caribbean Collection, University of Florida

From the announcement: The Special and Area Studies Collections Department seeks an experienced leader to provide strategic vision and overall management of a preeminent collection in a dynamic, engaging environment at the University of Florida. The Head Curator of the LACC will contribute to scholarship at the Smathers Libraries in this full-time, tenure-track faculty position. ...

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; ...