RESOURCE: Digital Preservation Tool Grid

Preserving (Digital) Objects With Restricted Resources (POWRR) has created a useful grid that tracks 24 different features of over 45 digital preservation tools, ranging from the very basic (e.g. Dropbox) to powerful, full-service platforms (e.g. Portico). The information was culled from tool websites, contacting the tool developers directly, discussion boards, and some direct tool testing, ...

RESOURCE: Catalog Search Plugin for Omeka

Lincoln Mullen, PhD candidate at Brandeis University, has created the Catalog Search plugin for Omeka, which builds upon Omeka’s Library of Congress Subject Heading plugin to search Archive Grid, the DPLA, Google Books, Google Scholar, the Hathi Trust, JSTOR, the Library of Congress, and WorldCat based on subject heading. See it in action at the ...

RESOURCE: CKAN

The Open Knowledge Foundation has announced the release of CKAN, an open source data management system that provides tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. CKAN is intended for large and small data publishers, and will soon power data.gov, the U.S. government open data portal that will soon be seeing a spike in ...

RESOURCE: Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy

The National Academies Press has released a new report outlining the need for increased empirical research on U.S. copyright law. Sponsored in part* by Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) and noted copyright expert Pamela Samuelson, Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy: describes a wide range of questions that are ripe for analysis:  ...

RECOMMENDED: Digital Public Library of America

April 18, 2013, marked the launch of the Digital Public Library of America. Writing in the New York Review of Books, Robert Darnton, Harvard’s University Librarian and a DPLA founder, marked the occasion with an exclamation point–“The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!“– and framed the project as representative of “the confluence of two currents ...

POST: The Limitations of GitHub for Writers

On ProfHacker, Konrad Lawson reports on the limitations of GitHub for writers, the last in a series of posts introducing and reviewing GitHub (with a posting on alternatives to GitHub in the works). He writes: GitHub, in its current form, can serve the needs of writers and scholars, just as it currently serves programmers, and ...

RESOURCE: First Folio Online

In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday (today, April 23), Sarah Werner offers a roundup of high-resolution facsimiles of the First Folio available online. Writing on the Folger Shakespeare Library’s blog, The Collation,Werner reviews the eight digital copies available from various institutions and points readers to additional resources on the First Folio. This post was produced through ...

RESOURCE: Keeping Up With…Digital Humanities

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has launched a new online publication called Keeping Up With…, appearing monthly and designed to introduce timely topics to academic librarians. The inaugural issue features Digital Humanities, and is filled with links to resources, tools,  and opportunities for self-learning. Written by Jennifer L. Adams and Kevin B. Gunn (both ...

RESOURCE: Group and Method: Collaboration in the Digital Humanities

Last week dh+lib featured a post from Caro Pinto that explored collaboration in the digital humanities in the context of librarian-faculty relationships. Now, Lisa Spiro has made available a PDF of the slides from a recent talk given at Case Western Reserve University’s Freedman Center Colloquium on “Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship.” As she explains ...

RESOURCE: NYPL Releases API

The New York Public Library was busy last week. In addition to announcing support for the DPLA, NYPL also released its Digital Collections API (Application Programming Interface), which allows users to submit large (and small) queries against the metadata for NYPL’s online collections. The API exposes the metadata, distributed under a CC0 license, for over ...

RESOURCE: Copyright Catalogs in the Internet Archive

The U.S. Copyright Office has added to the Interent Archive seven volumes of Catalogs of Copyright Entries (CCE), which were published by the Copyright Office from July 1891 through December 1977. The CCE volumes contain data on copyright registration, and are a useful tool for tracking down copyright owners. Although the current collection is simply ...