RECOMMENDED: A Matter of Scale

Matthew L. Jockers and Julia Flanders have published the script and slides from their keynote address, “A Matter of Scale,” at the recent Boston-Area Days of DH 2013. Jockers describes how he and Flanders, tasked with staging “a debate on the matter of “scale” in digital humanities research” for their keynote, quickly found themselves on the ...

POST: Patchwork Libraries

In a new post on his Sapping Attention blog, Ben Schmidt offers a visualization of the library sources of books included in Bookworm. Bookworm, a project that “explores new means of library data visualization,” takes books and metadata included in the Internet Archive’s Open Library as its source material. The visualization, beyond drawing attention to the number of books contributed ...

POST: Irreconcilable differences? Name authority control & humanities scholarship

A jointly-written post from OCLC Research describes an area of potential overlap for librarians and humanities scholars: names. Writing on hanging together, Karen Smith-Yoshimura, OCLC Research program officer, and David Michelson, Assistant Professor of early Christianity at Vanderbilt and director of The Syriac Reference Portal, describe a collaboration between OCLC Research and Syriac studies scholars to ...

RESOURCE: Nature, The Future of Publishing

Nature has dedicated a special issue of its weekly publication to exploring The Future of Publishing. The issue looks at OA publication models and arguments, features a Q&A with Robert Darnton, and highlights the role of libraries and information sciences in two articles: Richard Monastersky’s news feature, “Publishing frontiers: The library reboot,” considers the role of ...

RESOURCE: Open Monograph Press 1.0

The Public Knowledge Project has announced the release of Open Monograph Press in 1.0. OMP is a free, open-source platform: “for managing the editorial workflow required to see monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions through internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and publication.” In developing OMP as a new module, PKP has also provided ...

OPPORTUNITIES: Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations Publications Liaison

The ADHO invites applications for Publications Liaison, “a volunteer position to help increase the visibility of the association’s journals and other publications.” This would be a great opportunity for a librarian to get involved in a DH project. From the position description: ADHO publications are primarily owned by its constituent organizations; these publications include: LLC. ...

RESOURCE: Starting and Sustaining DH Centers

This past week, centerNet announced a new initiative around starting and sustaining DH Centers. A resources page, featuring “talks, articles, sample DH proposals, and other sources of information about ways to start and sustain DH centers,” has been added to the centerNet website. Additionally, a new centerNet listserv has been launched around the topic: DHCenterStartUp. ...

RESOURCE: Scalar

Is it a book? A website? Scalar, developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, was just openly released in beta, with access via the Scalar servers. The platform aims to provide a platform for multimodal scholarship, liberating authors from linear structures and plugin-heavy platforms to enable “long-form, born-digital scholarship online.” This free, user-friendly, open-source platform features an RDF ...

RESOURCE: Announcing a Free “Personal Digital Archiving” Publication

The Library of Congress has released a free PDF compilation of key blog posts from its digital preservation blog, The Signal. Intended as “a primer for the digital archive novice, as well as a refresher for those with more experience,” the publication addresses the challenges that individuals face in preserving their personal digital content. The ...

PROJECT: Telling Data: Artifacts and the Digital Humanities

At last week’s DH: The Next Generation symposium at Simmons College, a group from Harvard’s metaLAB presented on Data Artifacts. The research initiative: seeks to understand the collections data of libraries and other institutions as cultural objects—as artifacts, things assembled by human hands and minds, with stories to tell and values to express. In particular, ...

POST: JLA Lights the Way

On Saturday, the news broke that the entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration (JLA) had resigned in protest of the journal’s restrictive author agreement. In a post on ACRLog, Scott Walter (Editor of College and Research Libraries) puts this move in context with the open access movement and asks, “Why do so ...