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Editors’ Choice: A Brief Visual History of MARC Cataloging at the Library of Congress

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:00

The Library of Congress has released MARC records that I’ll be doing more with over the next several months to understand the books and their classifications. As a first stab, though, I wanted to simply look at the history of how the Library created digital card catalogs to begin with.

Read full post here.

Job: Digital Technologies Librarian at Trinity University

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:00

Trinity University is recruiting a Digital Technologies Librarian.

From the ad:

The Digital Technology Librarian will assist librarians and teaching faculty with the use of emerging teaching technologies and other digitally based tools, in support of information literacy goals and curricular requirements . . . S/he also will assist with maintaining the library’s website, conducting usability studies and assessing technology-based teaching and access. Finally, the successful candidate will assist in the development of tools and systems that support digital scholarship, particularly in the humanities.

Read full ad here.

Resource: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to d3.js

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:30

From the resource:

The landscape for learning d3 is rich, vast and sometimes perilous. You may be intimidated by the long list of functions in d3’s API documentation or paralyzed by choice reviewing the dozens of tutorials on the home page. There are over 20,000+ d3 examples you could learn from, but you never know how approachable any given one will be.

Access resource here.

Job: Visiting Assistant Professor

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:00

From the add:

The Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL) seeks a dynamic librarian for the position of Mary P. Key Diversity Resident… The Resident will contribute to the Libraries’ ongoing efforts to deeply engage with and support digital humanities scholarship by acting as a liaison for multidisciplinary area studies research centers. Situated at the intersection of disciplines, resources, and services, this position will support the University’s efforts to create distinctive and internationally recognized scholarship and to facilitate knowledge exchange on a global scale.

Read full add here.

Job: Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Newcastle

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:30

The University of Newcastle, Australia is seeking a Professor of Digital Humanities.

From the ad:

The Professor of Digital Humanities will lead the development of Digital Humanities in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the Faculty and wider university. The role is a leader in research and teaching in the context of new multidisciplinary clusters who can bring staff and students to take advantage of the new opportunities provided by digital resources, tools and communication, and thus enhance the School’s role as a significant contributor globally to innovative teaching and research in humanities and social science.

Read full ad here.

Editors’ Choice: A Gospel of Health and Salvation

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:00

This is part of a series of technical essays documenting the computational analysis that undergirds my dissertation, A Gospel of Health and Salvation. For an overview of the dissertation project, you can read the current project description at jeriwieringa.com. You can access the Jupyter notebooks on Github.

My goals in sharing the notebooks and technical essays are three-fold. First, I hope that they might prove useful to others interested in taking on similar projects. In these notebooks I describe and model how to approach a large corpus of sources in the production of historical scholarship.

Second, I am sharing them in hopes that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” If you encounter any bugs, if you see an alternative way to solve a problem, or if the code does not achieve the goals I have set out for it, please let me know!

Third, these notebooks make an argument for methodological transparency and for the discussion of methods as part of the scholarly argument of digital history. Often the technical work in digital history is done behind the scenes, with publications favoring the final research products, usually in article form with interesting visualizations. While there is a growing culture in digital history of releasing source code, there is little discussion of how that code was developed, why solutions were chosen, and what those solutions enable and prevent. In these notebooks I seek to engage that middle space between code and the final analysis – documenting the computational problem solving that I’ve done as part of the analysis. As these essays attest, each step in the processing of the corpus requires the researcher to make a myriad of distinctions about the worlds they seek to model, distinctions that shape the outcomes of the computational analysis and are part of the historical argument of the work.

Read More: Know Your Sources (Part 1), Extracting Text from PDFs, and Downloading Corpus Files.

Job: Digital Collections Program Manager

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:30

From the announcement:

Harvard Library seeks a skilled, innovative, and collaborative professional to serve as Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library.  The incumbent leads, coordinates, participates in, and/or collaborates on a series of initiatives and activities designed to build digital collections that facilitate access to and discovery of the library’s holdings, as well as new research and teaching methods utilizing digitized collections. 

Source: Harvard University – Job details

Job: University of Massachusetts Amherst Data Services Librarian

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 00:00
From the job ad: The UMass Amherst Libraries seek a dynamic and innovative Data Services Librarian. The incumbent will lead the UMass Amherst Libraries‘ efforts to support faculty, researchers and students in the management of their research data throughout the research life-cycle.

Source: University of Massachusetts Amherst Job Posting: Data Services Librarian (Librarian III or IV)

Resource: Introduction to the Principles of Linked Open Data

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:00

From the resource:

This lesson offers a brief and concise introduction to Linked Open Data (LOD). No prior knowledge is assumed. Readers should gain a clear understanding of the concepts behind linked open data, how it is used, and how it is created.

Access resource here.

Editors’ Choice: Study Early America? You Should Look at the Loyalist Claims

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:00

If you are a friend, family member, or co-worker of mine there is a really good chance you’ve heard me blurt something out about the Loyalist Claims Commission. You were also probably very nice about it and kindly nodded your head when you had no idea what in the world I was talking about. Bless you.

However, I find it interesting that when I bring up the Loyalist Claims in my Early Americanist circles that the majority of people scratch their heads when I ask if they’ve checked for evidence in this vast document collection. Why would someone who studies anything outside of loyalism care to look through the thousands of documents dedicated to a mass reimbursement program? Well, I’ve got about 2000 words to go, so let me convince you.

Read full post here.

CFP: Open Epigraphic Data Unconference

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 14:00

From the CFP:

This one-day workshop, or “unconference,” brings together scholars, historians and data scientists with a shared interest in classical epigraphic data. The event involves no speakers or set programme of presentations, but rather a loose agenda, to be further refined in advance or on the day, which is to use, exploit, transform and “mash-up” with other sources the Open Data recently made available by the Epigraphic Database Heidelberg under a Creative Commons license. Both present and remote participants with programming and data-processing experience, and those with an interest in discussing and planning data manipulation and aggregation at a higher level, are welcomed.

Read full CFP here.

CFParticipation: Call for Nominations to EADH Executive Committee

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 13:30

From the post:

The executive committee of The European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) seeks to elect four positions on its executive committee for the term 2017-2020, and now opens its Call for Nominations. The committee highlights the importance of a diverse and representative executive, and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds. For further information, please see EADH’s diversity and inclusivity statement. This year we especially welcome the nomination of candidates able to represent research students and Early Career Researchers.

Read full post  here.

CFP: Metadata and Semantics Research

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 13:00

From the CFP:

The management of the cultural information has to deal with challenges related to (i) metadata modeling, specification, standardization, extraction, evaluation, mapping, integration and effective use, (ii) knowledge representation as conceptualization to provide the context for unambiguously interpreting metadata, and (iii) information integration from different contexts for the provision of integrated access and advanced services to the users.

Read full post here.

CFP: Future Past – Researching Archives in the Digital Age

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:30

From the CFP:

This conference aims to promote the understanding and collaboration between archivists and researchers; explore challenges posed by digital access to collections, and improve methodologies (e.g. education/training for researchers in what information is available from online catalogues, how archivists can improve catalogue descriptions so researchers can find relevant records more easily and how you can understand the context of records showing up in searches)

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Editors’ Choice: Are Digital Literacies Generic or Context-specific?

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:00

I was recently asked by Sally Pewhairangi whether I thought digital literacies could be taught as generic skills, out of any particular context, and whether they would then transfer. When I was asked this question, examples of cooking and learning languages were offered (citing chef Tim Ferris). For example, could we learn the rules of cooking, then apply them to different ingredients and cuisines? Does “content” matter that much?

Read full post here.

Editors’ Choice: Remembering in May, Digital, Meaning-Making, and Community Building with Archives

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:00

I’ve been traveling a lot this past year with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). I’ve been meeting with folks to learn and share about digital scholarship. Most often, the response is, “what is digital scholarship?” Yes. Digital scholarship is a term that doesn’t really work, and that won’t persist. The term is a marker of a particular time, and it will fade to be simply scholarship. The addition of “digital” is really a shorthand for “scholarship in and for the digital age, scholarship in these times.”

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Job: Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 14:00

From the ad:

Middlebury College seeks a creative and user-focused information professional to join our library staff as  Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian. The Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian will catalyze and support the use of digital research methods within the library and across academic disciplines. Specifically, the person in this position will apply user-centered, universal design principles to digital projects, library web content and printed materials in a team-based work environment. Working in close collaboration with colleagues, the Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian will also teach information skills, provide research and technology assistance, and create print and web-based instructional and publicity materials.

Read full ad here.

CFP: Historia Ludens – Conference on History and Gaming

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 14:00

From the CFP:

This conference follows up on the workshop “Playing with History” that has been held in November 2015 in Huddersfield. Gaming and History is gaining more and more traction, either as means to “gamify” history education or museum experiences, or as computer games as prism into history like the popular History Respawned podcast series (http://www.historyrespawned.com/). Besides discussing gamification or using (computer) games, we also want to explore gaming and playing in a broader historical-cultural sense. Can “playing” be used as category for historical scholarship, maybe alongside other categories such as gender, space or class?

Read full CFP here.

Job: Project Manager, UVA

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

The University of Virginia School of Architecture seeks a Project Manager for the first phase of the UVA Landscape Studies Initiative. This position is funded by the Mellon Foundation and is a three-year appointment to begin in August 2017.The Project Manager will lead the first phase of the UVA Landscape Studies Initiative under the direction of the Faculty Directors. The position works closely with faculty and staff across the School of Architecture, UVA Libraries, and the College of Arts & Sciences to set a research and implementation agenda for an innovative digital resource in landscape design history. Under the direction of the Project Manager, the interdisciplinary Landscape Studies Initiative research group will create a database of landscape places, terms, and types that are geo-spatially referenced on a global scale. The digital resource will make use of a suite of visualization tools to support new creative interpretations and critical cartographies of historic landscapes. The digital resource will function as both a research platform and pedagogic tool. Digital humanities and technical experts on the team will create metadata terms, catalogue images and texts, and design a database interface and search engine.

Read full ad here, Posting Number 0620834.

Editors’ Choice: Video Games and Ancient War—Gaming as Pedagogy

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:00

War and games have much in common: multiple contestants compete to win within a physically determined set of realities, each using strategies that are frequently buffeted by interventions of chance and chaos. It is no surprise, then, that war games have been used as predictive tools by military leaders since at least the early 19th century (see the recent collection Zones of Control [2016]). Less familiar is the idea of using games as reconstructive tools in academic military history, although the ancient historian Philip Sabin (Lost Battles [2009]; Simulating War [2014]) has done excellent work on this topic.

Read full post here.

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