PROJECT: Mapping Consumers in the Black South African Press

Katie Carline (Michigan State University) has just launched a mapping project that visualizes “all the people whose names and addresses appear in testimonial advertisements and prize competitions in two black South African newspapers, Bantu World and Umlindi we Nyanga, between 1932 and 1937.” In a post on the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative blog, Carline explains ...

PROJECT: Arabic Scientific Manuscripts of the British Library

In a new post on its digital scholarship blog, The British Library has announced a collaborative transcription project that will help “to create a freely available ground truth datataset for anyone wishing to advance the state-of-the-art in optical character recognition (OCR) technology for handwriting.” This project is a proof of concept exploring whether the creation ...

PROJECT: Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade

Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University has just announced Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade, a “constellation of software and services built to address the challenges of connecting archives, databases, and collections that record the histories of slavery and enslaved peoples.” Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon ...

PROJECT: Early African American Film: Reconstructing the History of Silent Race Films, 1909-1930

A story at the UCLA Daily Bruin details the development and release of Early African American Film: Reconstructing the History of Silent Race Films, 1909-1930. Seven digital humanities students found 759 entertainment industry professionals involved in early silent race films and compiled them into a centralized database for the first time. The students, as well ...

PROJECT: Mediate: Identifying the Real Bestsellers of the 18th Century

Eleanor Shevlin (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) has written a post for the Early Modern Online Bibliography (EMOB) blog introducing Mediate, a project based at Radboud University and led by Prof. Alicia C. Montoya. As Shevlin explains, “While prior lenses for studying the Enlightenment have focused on either the canonical, history-of-ideas texts or the forbidden, ...

PROJECT: CWRC / CSÉC (Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada)

Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta) wrote about the launch of The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CSÉC), describing CWRC / CSÉC’s support for various digital scholarly editing projects and acknowledging CWRC Project Leader Susan Brown’s role in conceptualizing and managing the effort: The Collaboratory is a distributed editing ...

PROJECT: College Women

In a post on the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled “History Through the Eyes of College Women,” Mariam Abdullah features College Women, a project of the division of preservation and access. … a searchable collection of diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and photography from the archives of the earliest women’s college in the United States, the Seven ...

PROJECT: The Book Biography Machine

In “The Book Biography Machine at the Medieval Academy of America,” the authors of the metaLAB (at) Harvard blog discuss the development of The Book Biography Machine, an “interface that permits humanities scholars to map the diffusion of written works across geographic space and time in order to ask new questions about the history of ...

PROJECT: Rosa Parks Collection Now Online

In a post at the Library of Congress Blog, Erin Allen announced the online launch of the Rosa Parks Papers. The website includes nearly 2,500 digitized photographs, letters, and documents from the collection, which was opened to researchers in 2015. From the collection description: The papers of Rosa Parks (1913-2005) span the years 1866-2006, with the bulk ...

PROJECT: Open Syllabus Project (post updated)

In the New York Times, Joe Karaganis (Columbia University) and David McClure (Stanford University Library), announced the Open Syllabus Project, an open platform that aggregates more than 1 million syllabi and allows users to explore them via its Syllabus Explorer tool. At present, the Syllabus Explorer is mostly a tool for counting how often texts ...

PROJECT: Open Syllabus Project

Note from the dh+lib Review editors: Please see the updated version of this post. David Weinberger (Harvard Library Innovation Lab) announced the launch of the Open Syllabus Project (OSP) and its Syllabus Explorer in a recent blog post: The OSP is an open platform that so far has aggregated over a million syllabi. At the beta version of their ...