POST: The Uncanny Valley and the Ghost in the Machine: a discussion of analogies for thinking about digitized medieval manuscripts

Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania) has published the text of talk she presented at the University of Kansas Digital Humanities Seminar in September. “The Uncanny Valley and the Ghost in the Machine: a discussion of analogies for thinking about digitized medieval manuscripts” presents a series of ruminations on digitized books: they’re not the original, but what ...

POST: Creating metadata for equity, diversity, and inclusion

Karen Smith-Yoshimura (OCLC) has authored a post on Hanging Together, OCLC Research’s blog. Smith-Yoshimura’s post, “Creating metadata for equity, diversity, and inclusion,” focuses on a recent discussion of OCLC’s focus group of metadata managers on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The focus group delved into some findings from OCLC Research’s report on the 2017 Research Library ...

POST: Digital Humanities and Undergraduate Library Instruction

Rebecca Bliquez (Seattle University) has published an article (.pdf) in the ACRL Instruction Section Instructional Technologies Committee’s Tips and Trends. Bliquez outlines some common ways digital humanities tools and methods can be integrated into undergraduate classrooms, such as digital exhibition creation, Wikipedia editing, digital mapping, and text analysis. Bliquez concludes: Given the challenges of engagement ...

POST: Explore, Transcribe and Tag at Crowd.loc.gov!

In a recent post, Lauren Algee (Library of Congress) highlights the Library of Congress’s new crowdsourcing platform, crowd.loc.gov. Crowd.loc.gov invites the public to volunteer to transcribe (type) and tag with keywords digitized images of text materials from the Library’s collections. Volunteers will journey through history first-hand and help the Library while gaining new skills – ...

POST: Open Access: The View from Latin America

Emma Clarke (Peter Lang Publishers) has contributed a post on the International Open Access Week website discussing the adoption of open access (OA) publishing in Latin America. She notes that, The popularity of OA in Latin America is soaring. Scholars in the region understand the importance of making their research accessible to all, especially since ...

POST: Hyperlocal Histories and Digital Collections

Jim McGrath (Brown University) has posted an extended version of a talk he gave at the 2018 Digital Library Federation Forum to his website. The talk, entitled “Hyperlocal Histories and Digital Collections,” examines collecting, curating, and preserving local history in conjunction with digital projects. McGrath opens by describing how he became attached to the term ...

POST: Twitterature: Mining Twitter Data

Christian Howard (University of Virginia) details her work on using Twitter for literary research in a recent blog post. With her collaborator Alyssa Collins, Howard uses Python to scrape and visualize Twitter data about the usage of the term #twitterature. #twitterature became an increasingly global term between 2011 and 2017, with a noticeable contraction in ...

POST: Congress Renews $5 Million Open Textbook Pilot For Second Year

In a blog post for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), SPARC Director of Open Education Nicole Allen outlines the extension of the Open Textbook Pilot, first established in March 2018. The bill, which will likely be signed into law in the next few days, provides “grants to colleges and universities to expand ...

POST: Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has released its Digital Strategy, an accompaniment to the organization’s 2019-2023 strategic plan, Enriching the User Experience. The Strategy major goals include “throwing open the treasure chest, connecting, and investing in the future.” In addition to pledging to “exponentially grow” the organization’s digital content, the Library of Congress plans to expand ...

POST: HathiTrust Research Center Extends Non-Consumptive Research Tools to Copyrighted Materials

HathiTrust has announced the extension of their non-consumptive research tools to copyrighted materials, expanding researchers ability to explore and data mine the complete 16.7-million-item HathiTrust corpus. From the announcement: This work has been several years in the making. A primary goal of HathiTrust is to enable the widest possible lawful research and educational uses of the ...

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 ...