POST: From Trees to Webs: Uprooting Knowledge through Visualization

Scott B. Weingart has posted a preprint [pdf] of “From Trees to Webs: Uprooting Knowledge through Visualization,” in which he discusses the shift from visualizing the classification of knowledge as hierarchical and linear (tree) to the modern conception of knowledge as rhizomatic and networked (web). In the blog post announcing the work, which also contains ...

POST: Librarians and Digital Humanities Services Conversation

A recent post on the PhillyDH blog reports on a conversation among librarians at the University of Pennsylvania about digital humanities and service design. Post author Karrie Peterson posed these questions around library service design: How can we present a non-fragmented service interface to our constituents? How can we determine what levels of support we ...

POST: Library Acquisitions and ETDs

There have been a range of responses to the The American Historical Society’s “Statement on Policies Regarding the Embargoing of Completed History PhD Dissertations.”  In this post, Melanie Schlosser, the Digital Publishing Librarian at the Ohio State University Libraries, conducts a brief interview with Dracine Hodges, the Head of Acquisitions at Ohio State to “shed light ...

POST: On the Likelihood of Academia “Taking Back” Scholarly Publishing

Rick Anderson of The Scholarly Kitchen outlines his thoughts on how the academy can “take back scholarly publishing.” He discusses the noncommercial entities in libraries and academic departments that have the means to disseminate works, support legislation against commercial interests in scholarly communication, and encourage mandates by funding agencies to make publications open access.Anderson refers ...

POST: Mismatch Between Graduates’ Information Skills and Employers’ Needs

Alison J. Head, Founder and Director of Project Information Literacy recounts her findings from an IMLS planning grant study about how recent college graduates “find and use information in the workplace.” While recent graduates are able to find “instant information” on Google, they often missed the “social side of research,” a skill employers value highly. ...

POST: Respect Des Bits: Archival Theory Encounters Digital Objects and Media

In his latest post for The Signal, Trevor Owens explores digital objects through the lens of archival theory, such as respect des fonds, or the archival imperative to maintain original order. He explains: While the representations of digital objects often appear non-linear it is critical to not be seduced by the flickering and transitory view of ...

POST: Of Fences and Defenses

Kevin Smith (Duke University) has written a post exploring what it means to recognize fair use as a “postitive right” as opposed to an “affirmative defense.” Inspired by the language used in one of the amicus briefs filed in the Authors Guild, Inc. v. Hathi Trust case, Smith concludes: If we understand fair use as ...

POSTS: Museums, Digital Preservation Policies, and Copyright

Two recent posts address two important issues in museums: digital preservation policies and copyright. In a piece in The Signal, “Towards a Digital Preservation Policy For Museums,” Madeline Sheldon discusses her research into digital preservation policies, noting that, while libraries and archives tend to maintain published policies, she has only found one museum thus far that does ...

POST: When Are We Peers, When Are We Exploited? Rsp to NYT Op Ed by Jaron Lanier

Cathy Davidson responds to Jaron Lanier’s New York Times opinion article that talks about the social and economic inequities that have grown out of the Internet Revolution. Davidson reminds us of how important it is to be informed digital citizens so we can better understand the risks and rewards of participating in social media and ...

POST: Function over Form: understanding the TCP encoding philosophy

Sarah Wingo from the Text Creation Partnership (TCP), a group of libraries that encode early printed books, outlines one of the Partnership’s basic rules for marking up texts: function over form. Serving the goal of creating searchable texts, “TCP aims to capture structural information which will be useful for intelligible display, informed searching, and intelligent navigation. ...

POST: How Collaboration Works and How It Can Fail

In a thoughtful post, Elijah Meeks (Stanford University Libraries) considers the role of the librarian in digital humanities projects, touching on the question of academic hierarchies, alt-ac, and the professional designation of librarians as “staff”: Anyone who has worked with undergraduate and graduate research assistants knows that their effort and engagement is not demanded but ...