RESOURCE: Textal Text Analysis App

The University College London (UCL) Centre for Digital Humanities, in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, has released Textal. Textal is a free iOS app “that allows users to analyze documents, web pages and tweet streams, exploring the relationships between words in the text via an intuitive word cloud interface. The app ...

RESOURCE: Using Data Curation Profiles to Design the Datastar Dataset Registry

The current issue of D-Lib Magazine includes an article by Sarah J. Wright, Wendy A. Kozlowski, Dianne Dietrich, Huda J. Khan, Gail S. Steinhart, and Leslie McIntosh titled, Using Data Curation Profiles to Design the Datastar Dataset Registry. From the abstract: The development of research data services in academic libraries is a topic of concern ...

RESOURCE: Crafting Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage: Mapping and Curation Tools for the Linked Jazz Project

In the current issue of The Code4Lib Journal, M. Cristina Pattuelli, Matt Miller, Leanora Lange, Sean Fitzell, and Carolyn Li-Madeo discuss using linked open data for the Linked Jazz project. The abstract reads: This paper describes tools and methods developed as part of Linked Jazz, a project that uses Linked Open Data (LOD) to reveal ...

RESOURCE: Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house

OCLC has released the third report in the “Demystifying Born Digital” series: Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house [pdf]. Designed to be a practical guide for those beginning to work with born-digital content, the report: [C]ollects the assembled wisdom of experienced practitioners to help those with less ...

RESOURCE: Archive Journal, Issue 3: Data Curation

Patricia Hswe (Penn State) and Erin O’Meara (Gates Archive) have edited the latest issue of the open access Archive Journal, focused entirely on data curation. As their opening contribution, “Curating the Analog, Curating the Digital,” explains: In essence, this issue explores the various roles, perspectives, and practices grounded in the commitment to preserve data, for ...

RESOURCE: Keeping Up With… Big Data

The latest issue of the Association of College and Research Library’s (ACRL) Keeping Up With… publication is devoted to big data. Written by Mark Bieraugel (Business Librarian at California Polytechnic State University), it covers the nuts and bolts of the topic and offers a bibliography that includes sections such as “Big Data and the Academy,” “Privacy and ...

RESOURCES: THATCamp Prime

THATCamp CNHM 2013 took place at George Mason University last weekend and included a Maker Challenge, which resulted in some great tangibles. Some of the notable projects include: Publishing Contract Repository: “This site aims to enable honest negotiations between authors and publishers by sharing information about contracts. Authors are encouraged to contribute copies of their contracts and to ...

RESOURCE: Hacking the Academy

The University of Michigan Press and MPublishing have released a new title from the digitalculturebooks imprint, the second in the Digital Humanities series: Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities. Edited by Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, with contributions from myriad scholars, the volume explores emerging questions about the future of ...

RESOURCE: Using The Amazon Cloud to Host Digital Scholarship Projects

In this video from the Coalition for Networked Information, Stewart Varner and Jay Varner (Emory University) discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to host digital scholarship projects. Using Amazon’s EC2 creates new possibilities for scholars to experiment with digital projects that often are not possible through institutional or private ...

RESOURCE: Crowdsourcing + Machine Learning: Nicholas Woodward at TCDL

Nicholas Woodward, Software Developer at the University of Texas Libraries, shares the text of the talk he gave at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries. Woodward describes his novel approach for transcribing the Digital Archive of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive, a collection of over 12 million pages: My approach looks to break up ...

RESOURCE: “What’s in it for Me?”; or, Collaboration is not an End in Itself

In April, Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Strategist at Emory University, delivered a talk at Case Western Reserve University as part of a colloquium on “Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship.” As he described in his write-up of the talk, the heart of Croxall’s argument is the idea that collaboration is not an end in itself. Furthermore, If you ...