POST: Digital Library Federation Names Three New “DLF Futures Fellows”

Digital Library Federation (DLF) named three distinguished fellows for its new DLF Futures fellowship program, which “offers financial support and a communications platform for mid-career digital library practitioners whose projects and areas of research open up new, perhaps unexpected possibilities and future directions for the field.” From the post: DLF’s 2018-19 Futures Fellows are Ana Ndumu ...

POST: Redesigning WOAH: Women of Ancient History

Sarah Bond (University of Iowa) has written a blog post reflecting on “the ways in which digital humanities projects can be used to amplify, to visualize, and to give agency to underrepresented groups.” Bond asks “How can digital humanities contribute to social justice?,” and goes on to provide examples of DH projects that explicitly seek ...

POST: IMLS Announces Investment of $8.1 Million to Strengthen America’s Libraries

Late last week, the IMLS announced 45 grants (totaling $8,155,005) to libraries and other information organizations. These include awards to many digitally-inflected projects including The Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University, The Trustees of Indiana University’s Shared BigData-Gateway for Research Libraries, and The Digital Library Federation (DLF) and HBCU Library Alliance. Information on all of the ...

POST: The Gospel of Unicode: Digital Love Letter(s) and Art Through Numbers

Sarah Bond (University of Iowa) has written a blog post reflecting on a recent news item she reported in Hyperallergic discussing the proposed addition of over 2,000 hieroglyphs into Unicode. In “The Gospel of Unicode: Digital Love Letter(s) and Art Through Numbers,” Bond gives a brief introduction into the development of Unicode and its use ...

POST: Launching the Boston Research Center

Dan Cohen (Northeastern University) has just published a blog post about Northeastern University’s new grant from the Mellon Foundation to establish a Boston Research Center (BRC). Cohen writes that The BRC will seek to unify major archival collections related to Boston, hundreds of data sets about the city, digital modes of scholarship, and a wide ...

POST: Kathleen Fitzpatrick on Open Scholarship, Humanities Commons, and more

The Open Access In Media Studies blog published an interview with Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Michigan State University) conducted by Jeroen Sondervan (Utrecht University and OA Media Studies) and Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College). The interview covers Fitzpatrick’s work on open access initiatives in the humanities, and touches on the roles of academic libraries and librarians in that ...

POST: Tropy: A Tool I Wish I Had When Writing My Dissertation

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Profhacker column has published a post by Lee Skallerup Bessette (University of Mary Washington) entitled Tropy: A Tool I Wish I Had When Writing My Dissertation. In the piece, Bessette highlights the research photo management tool released by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason ...

POST: Search and Replace: Josephine Miles and the Origins of Distant Reading

As part of their forthcoming book, The Teaching Archive: A New History of Literary Study, Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore College) and Laura Heffernan (University of North Florida) have published an article in Modernism/Modernity that highlights the work of Josephine Miles, a founding scholar of computational methods in the humanities. They argue that, rather than credit ...

POST: Reviewing is an Act of Leadership

Sharon Leon (Michigan State University) has posted a version of her panel talk at the Organization of American Historians‘ annual meeting, focusing reviewing digital public history projects. We can and should do our best to create a culture of reviewing that is humane and constructive. In that effort we might turn the groundbreaking work of the HuMetricsHSS ...

POST: Social Data Initiative

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has announced a new initiative to enable researchers to study Facebook data: Recent revelations about the abuse of Facebook data and spread of disinformation make clear that social media can have negative ramifications for society. Today the SSRC begins an extraordinary Social Data Initiative at the frontiers of digital ...

POST: Evaluating Digital Humanities Beyond the Tenure Track Parts 1 and 2

Beth Seltzer (Bryn Mawr College) has authored two posts on evaluating work in the digital humanities, as part of a series of MLA Committee on Information Technology blog posts. Part 1, “For Employees” and part 2, “For Employers,” focus on ways to evaluate the work of “alt-ac” and “other digital humanities professionals not working in traditional tenure-track ...