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 ...

POST: On Changing the Rules of Digital Humanities from the Inside

Melissa Terras (University College London) reflects on the recent conversations around both the inclusivity of digital humanities and issues of gender, race, class, and disability as they relate to DH work. In the post, she describes her experience working with the TEI guidelines for gender, an issue that also came up at the Women’s History in ...

POST: Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities

In a column in the Chronicle of Higher Education, William Pannpacker argues for the shared value of DH collaborations between teaching-focused liberal arts institutions and research-focused universities. Emblematic of these “multi-institutional partnerships” is the Praxis Network, “developed as a partnership to share information about efforts to reboot graduate education and prepare Ph.D.’s for a range ...

POST: Historicizing the Digital for Digital Preservation Education

Once again, The Signal features an excellent interview highlighting the work of digital preservationists. This time, Trevor Owens talks with Alison Langmead and Brian Beaton, who are co-teaching a course on digital preservation at the University of Pittsburgh. Their innovative approach to structuring the course is described as “Media Archaeology meets Historical Epistemology”: [W]e wanted to ...

POST: The Digital Public Library of America: Details, the Librarian Response and the Future

Micah Vandegrift, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Florida State University Library, discusses the recently-launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and its implications for librarians and libraries in general, providing a helpful overview of the project and its aims and stakeholders. Vandegrift clarifies that “DPLA is not a public library, a content repository, or a threat ...

POST: Humanities Unbound: Careers & Scholarship Beyond the Tenure Track

Despite the amount of discussion that alternative academics, or alt-ac, has generated recently, much of it has been speculative or anecdotal. Now, Katina Rogers, Senior Research Specialist the University of Virginia’s Scholarly Communication Institute, discusses the findings of her research over the past year on alt-ac employees and employers. The study looked at “perceptions of ...