POST: Irreconcilable differences? Name authority control & humanities scholarship

A jointly-written post from OCLC Research describes an area of potential overlap for librarians and humanities scholars: names. Writing on hanging together, Karen Smith-Yoshimura, OCLC Research program officer, and David Michelson, Assistant Professor of early Christianity at Vanderbilt and director of The Syriac Reference Portal, describe a collaboration between OCLC Research and Syriac studies scholars to ...

RESOURCE: Nature, The Future of Publishing

Nature has dedicated a special issue of its weekly publication to exploring The Future of Publishing. The issue looks at OA publication models and arguments, features a Q&A with Robert Darnton, and highlights the role of libraries and information sciences in two articles: Richard Monastersky’s news feature, “Publishing frontiers: The library reboot,” considers the role of ...

RESOURCE: Starting and Sustaining DH Centers

This past week, centerNet announced a new initiative around starting and sustaining DH Centers. A resources page, featuring “talks, articles, sample DH proposals, and other sources of information about ways to start and sustain DH centers,” has been added to the centerNet website. Additionally, a new centerNet listserv has been launched around the topic: DHCenterStartUp. ...

Digital Humanities (101)

The following, “Digital Humanities (101),” was presented on Wednesday, March 12, 2013, by Josh Honn, Digital Scholarship Fellow, Center for Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation, and Geoff Morse, Coordinator of Humanities and Social Sciences, to librarians and staff at Northwestern University Library. This presentation was also a chance to quasi-officially launch “A Guide to Digital ...

RESOURCE: Announcing a Free “Personal Digital Archiving” Publication

The Library of Congress has released a free PDF compilation of key blog posts from its digital preservation blog, The Signal. Intended as “a primer for the digital archive novice, as well as a refresher for those with more experience,” the publication addresses the challenges that individuals face in preserving their personal digital content. The ...

RESOURCE: How to Git

Over on the ACRL TechConnect Blog, Eric Phetteplace has provided an introduction to Git and its potential relevance, along with instructions on tackling it, promising: “If you are generally afraid of anything that reminds you of the DOS Prompt, you’re not alone and you’re also totally capable of learning Git.” In an earlier post on ...

POST: Talking About Digital Pedagogy

In a post on the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative site, Ashley Wiersma, CHI Fellow and doctoral candidate in history at Michigan State University, examines the digital, the pedagogical, and the location of authority. She concludes: The power of digital pedagogy lies in its innovative and disruptive nature, which urges scholars to re-examine educational structures long ...

RESOURCE: Up and Running with Omeka.net

Looking to explore Omeka? Miriam Posner, coordinator of the UCLA Digital Humanities program, recently published a pair of posts, drawing on her experience teaching an introductory Omeka Workshop at THATCamp Feminisms West. In the first post, Posner sets up an account, adds items, and forms collections; in the second, she creates a digital exhibit. Omeka is a ...

RESOURCE: Medievalists and the Scholarly Digital Edition

The freshly-released Volume 34 of Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing includes Dot Porter’s essay, “Medievalists and the Scholarly Digital Edition.” Porter, the soon-to-be Curator of Digital Research Services at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, considers medievalists’ use of digital resources, opening with a brief ...

PROJECT: Postcolonial Digital Humanities

Adeline Koh, a visiting faculty fellow at Duke and assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College, and Roopika Risam, a PhD candidate at Emory, have launched a new site dedicated to “Global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality and disability within cultures of technology.” The site includes Founding Principles (including alt genealogies of DH), a ...

RESOURCE: Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries

A new report from the Association of Research Libraries and Ithaka S+R investigates the financial and technological longevity of digital special collections: While many research libraries have begun to digitize their collections and share best practices around the steps required to create digital content, much less is known about what happens post-launch…[this study] offers a ...