RESOURCE: FAIR Principles for Library, Archive and Museum Collections

Lukas Koster and Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer (both University of Amsterdam) have published an article in the Code4Lib Journal entitled, “FAIR Principles for Library, Archive, and Museum Collections: A Proposal for Standards for Reusable Collections“: In this article[2] we propose a body of requirements for making LAM collections findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR), as well as ...

RESOURCE: New NER Toolchain and Demo

The Semantic Lab at Pratt Institute has unveiled a new Named Entity Recognition (NER) toolchain and demo, in which six NER tools are combined into a single “dockerized” server to “lower the difficulty in leveraging them.” The tools used are: DBpedia Spotlight Stanford NLP (using the english.muc.7class.distsim.crf.ser.gz classifier) NLTK trained on the Groningen Meaning Bank ...

RESOURCE: Mashups and Matters of Concern: Generative Approaches to Digital Collections

Mitchell Whitelaw (Australian National University) has just published an article in the Open Library of the Humanities on remaking digital collections. Whitelaw examines how projects like Drifter (2016) and Succession (2014) remix  sources to create new kinds of digital collections. He argues: Such approaches generate an expansive range of unforeseeable outcomes, while retaining a highly ...

RESOURCE: Digital Humanities and Academic Libraries: An Australasian Survey

Clare McKenzie and Kerry Ross (University of Wollongong) have shared a summary report and anonymized data for their 2017 study investigating the service and collaboration models within Australian and New Zealand academic libraries in support of digital humanities activities and projects at their institution. The authors’ analysis does not show a strong formal commitment or engagement ...

RESOURCE: Creating Web APIs with Python and Flask

The Programming Historian has published Patrick Smyth’s (CUNY) new tutorial on creating web APIs. The guide aims to teach users how to make their data more accessible. The goals of the lesson are to: Learn what an API is and when you should use one. Learn how to build a web API that returns data ...

RESOURCE: Hacking heritage: understanding the limits of online access

Tim Sherratt (University of Canberra) has submitted a pre-print of a chapter he authored, “Hacking heritage: understanding the limits of online access,” to Humanities Commons. The chapter will be published in The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites. From the abstract: As cultural heritage collections become available ...

RESOURCE: Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science In Libraries

Matt Burton (University of Pittsburgh), Liz Lyon (University of Pittsburgh), Chris Erdmann (North Carolina State University), and Bonnie Tijerina (Data & Society) have shared a project report, “Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science In Libraries,” via D-Scholarship, the institutional repository of the University of Pittsburgh. From the abstract: The Data Science in ...

RESOURCE: Recording available for IRUS-USA Webinar

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has made available recordings and slides from its March 23, 2018 webinar on institutional repositories and usage statistics. From the description: IRUS-USA (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics USA) is an experimental collaboration between Jisc and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) at CLIR. Based on the successful IRUS-UK model and with the ...

RESOURCE: A Digital Humanities Reading List, Part 4 – The Role of Libraries

LIBER‘s (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group closes out their “Digital Humanities Reading List” series with a fourth and final post on the role of libraries: This theme examines a challenging question: what is the role of libraries in digital humanities? ...

RESOURCE: “Natural Allies”: Librarians, Archivists, and Big Data in International Digital Humanities Project Work

Alex H. Poole and Deborah Garwood (both Drexel University) have submitted a pre-print of their article, “‘Natural Allies’: Librarians, Archivists, and Big Data in International Digital Humanities Project Work,” to ResearchGate. From the paper introduction: This paper first reviews the literature, concentrating on the relationships among digital humanities (DH), Library and Information and Science (LIS), ...

RESOURCE: Digital Cultures, Big Data, and Society

Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta) has shared his conference notes from the Digital Cultures, Big Data, and Society symposium, which took place at the Royal Irish Academy and University College Dublin (February 15-16, 2018). Rockwell gave a keynote, “Thinking-Through Big Data in the Humanities,” which he summarized in the notes: First, I outlined how the ...