RESOURCE: Using Kraken to Train Your Own OCR Models

Christine Roughan, PhD student at NYU, has created a guide on how to train and implement OCR models using Kraken. Kraken is open-source command line software for performing OCR on text, and offers both pre-trained OCR models and the ability to produce artificial training data from a text provided by the user. This guide is ...

RESOURCE: Teaching with Digital Primary Sources: Literacies, Finding and Evaluating, Citing, Ethics, and Existing Models

Brianna Gormly (Franklin & Marshall College), Maura Seale (University of Michigan), Hannah Alpert-Abrams (University of Texas), Andi Gustavson (University of Texas), Angie Kemp (University of Mary Washington), Thea Lindquist (University of Colorado Boulder), and Alexis Logsdon (University of Minnesota) have released a whitepaper entitled “Teaching with Digital Primary Sources: Literacies, Finding and Evaluating, Citing, Ethics, ...

RESOURCE: Digital Collections Management Compendium

The Library of Congress has announced the launch of its Digital Collections Management Compendium (DCMC). The DCMC is a comprehensive set of guidelines and policies for LoC’s digital collection management. The DCMC is intended to promote “enduring access to the Library’s vast digital collections.” Senior Digital Collections Specialist Jesse Johnston writes, “This resource is primarily ...

RESOURCE: #DLFteach Toolkit

Edited by Erin Pappas (University of Virginia) and Liz Rodrigues (Grinnell College), the #DLFteach Toolkit is an open access and peer-reviewed collection of lesson plans and concrete instructional strategies. From their website: This publication emerged from #DLFteach workshops, office hours, Twitter chats, and open meetings. Community members and digital pedagogy practitioners expressed interest in lesson ...

RESOURCE: Recording of DSS+LES Anti-oppressive and Allyship Facilitation Training

As part of the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section’s ongoing work to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in our professional practice, DSS teamed up with the Literatures in English Section (LES) on September 6 to offer anti-oppressive and allyship facilitation training to executive board members, committee chairs, and discussion group conveners. Led by Tyler Dzuba and ...

RESOURCE: The Digital Humanities Literacy Guidebook

Spearheaded by Scott Weingart through a five-year A.W. Mellon Foundation grant, Carnegie Mellon University has created The Digital Humanities Literacy Guidebook, with information on various aspects of Digital Humanities. CMU described the resource as “your slim guidebook into this world, like the tourist map they give you when you check in at a hotel.” Contents ...

RESOURCE: Code of Best Practices and Other Legal Tools for Software Preservation

The Software Preservation Network (SPN) has posted all seven episodes of the Code of Best Practices and Other Legal Tools for Software Preservation webinar series on its website. Episodes include: The Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Software Preservation, Why and How? Beginning the Preservation Workflow Making Software Available Within Institutions and Networks ...

RESOURCE: Persian Language Rare Materials

For Nowruz, the Persian New Year, the Library of Congress has released a digital collection of its rare Persian-language manuscripts, an archive spanning 700 years. The collection is comprised of 155 manuscripts whose contents span a number of disciplines, including both literary and scientific topics. While most of the manuscripts are in Persian, some are ...

RESOURCE: Charters & Values Statements

DH practitioners, including librarians, are invited to use and contribute to a crowdsourced Charters & Values Statements Google Sheet. This list tracks charters, values statements, pledges, and codes for “DHy, digital or experimental scholarship or profession, [or] GLAM [work].” The document currently lists more than 20 examples, including: Student Collaborators’ Bill of Rights, UCLA DH ...

RESOURCE: University Libraries using Virtual Reality Technology to Preserve the Past

Michelle Rebaleati (University of Nevada, Reno University Libraries Multimedia Specialist) delivered a TedX talk on the use of virtual reality and digital archives for preserving the past at the recent TEDxUniversityofNevada. Her talk, “How virtual reality can help us preserve the past,” covered several digital projects, including: The Reno Street Art Project, “a multimedia time ...

RESOURCE: Preserve This Podcast

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) has launched Preserve This Podcast, a podcast about preserving podcasts, as well as a series of workshops designed to aid podcasters, producers, and archivists in learning to archive podcasts. In addition to the workshops and podcast episodes produced by Molly Schwartz (METRO), Mary Kidd (New York Public Library), ...