SPARC-ACRL forum "Understanding the Implications of Open Education: MOOCs and More" June 29, 2013
The number of historical documents which are available in digital form has dramatically increased throughout the last five to ten years. Consequently, there has also been a significant growth in the development of computerized tools for the support of the analysis of such documents. The project “Script and Signs. A Computer-based Analysis of Highmedieval Papal Charters. A Key to Europe’s Cultural History”, which is funded by the e-humanities initiative of the German Ministry of Education, therefore organizes a international symposium. The aim of this symposium is to bring the world’s leading experts on historical document analysis from a diverse set of fields, such as Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Medieval History and Auxiliary Sciences of History together.
This inital point provide a compilation of results of single projects in order to focus on them in the future.
TOPOI – Calls For Papers: The Philosophy of Information
Deadline for paper submissions: 1 August 2013.
The information revolution has been changing the world profoundly and irreversibly for some time now, at a breathtaking pace, and with an unprecedented scope, making the creation, management, and utilisation of information vital issues. Such revolution has brought enormous benefits and opportunities. However, it has also greatly outpaced our understanding of its foundations and consequences, and raised conceptual issues that are rapidly expanding, evolving, and becoming increasingly serious. Today, philosophy faces the challenge of providing a foundational treatment of the concepts and phenomena underlying the information revolution, in order to foster our understanding and guide the responsible construction of our information society. This challenge is met by the philosophy of information, a thriving new area of research that investigates the conceptual nature and basic principles of information, including its ethical consequences.
The Centre for Creative and Cultural Research is seeking two PhD students to join its new Flagship Program, Digital Treasures.
Preservation Week 2013 might be over, but digital preservation must go on every week of the year. In truth, preservation is an ongoing, long lasting process that requires active management. Don’t despair, though. I have some helpful suggestions to help keep you in the preservation-y mood until next year.
The North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements project provides online access to all known runaway slave advertisements (more than 2300 items) published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1840. These brief ads provide a glimpse into the social, economic, and cultural world of the American slave system and the specific experience within North Carolina. Working from microfilmed copies of these rare publications, the project team scanned the ads to provide digital images, create full-text transcripts and descriptive metadata, and develop a searchable database. TheNCRSA website includes digital scans of the ads, contextual essays to address their historical research value, full text transcripts, an annotated bibliography to aid researchers, and a searchable database.
With this year’s M/MLA topic of “Art & Artifice,” the new Permanent Section on Digital Humanities will explore issues of, experiments with, and provocations on design.
This week marks the release of a new version of Prism, a web-based tool for “crowdsourcing interpretation,” constructed over the course of two academic years by two separate cohorts of graduate fellows in our Praxis Program at the Scholars’ Lab.
This week the Digital POWRR project staff has posted a large amount of information describing approximately eighty tools used in digital preservation activities. See http://digitalpowrr.niu.edu/tool-grid/.
While a relatively small number of general, integrated front end/ingest applications like Archivematica and Curator’s Workbench are currently available, individuals and institutions pondering a digital preservation initiative can also bring a number of these tools together to assemble an ingest workflow suited to their specific needs.
As we found in the considerable amount of time required to review each of these tools and its capabilities, accumulating the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions in this matter can be quite a challenge. Hopefully, our list of available tools can help to shorten the amount of time and effort required.
In February 2013, the Humboldt Chair of Digital
Humanities announced possible jobs. Funding from the European
Social Fund has now been finalized ( “http://sites.tufts.edu/perseusupdates/2013/05/02/reinventing-humanities-publication-project-receives-e1-1-million-grant-from-the-saxon-ministry-of-science-and-european-social-fund/”>http://sites.tufts.edu/perseusupdates/2013/05/02/reinventing-humanities-publication-project-receives-e1-1-million-grant-from-the-saxon-ministry-of-science-and-european-social-fund/)
and we are pleased to announce two positions: one for someone
to supervise systems and text processing workflow; the other
for someone with expertise in interactive design.
Applicants should have completed their most recent degree after
January 4, 2011. Positions will begin June 1, 2013 or as soon
as a suitable candidate is found, and will run through December
2014. Pay will be commensurate to experience under Saxon and
System and workflow manager
We are looking for an addition to our team who will develop and
administrate scalable systems and workflows for processing and
visualizing billions of words. Our text analysis includes the
latest technologies in OCR, linguistic annotation, named entity
identification, text reuse and topic modeling. You will be
working in an international and interdisciplinary group of
young scientists, aiming to create a new generation of tools
and methods for learning, analyzing and interacting with
languages. The job will range from general systems
administration to the planning, implementing, managing and
monitoring of completely novel software systems.
Required skills and experience:
We are looking for an addition to our team who will join us in
developing new methods by which users can interact with
historical sources in general and with the collections in the
Perseus Digital Library in particular. In this position, you
will build ‘gamified’ user interfaces for eLearning
applications which enable students to contribute to current
research, to receive and give feedback, and to track and
analyze their learning progress. You will be working in an
international and interdisciplinary group of young scientists,
aiming to create a new generation of tools and methods for
learning, analyzing and interacting with languages.
Required skills and experience:
Please send a CV and a (short) cover letter to “mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org.
From May 2-4 the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosted a conference titled “Dark Side of the Digital” (Twitter: #c21dsd). The conference brought together scholars of media, literature, sociology, communications, law and policy, and the general orientation of the conference was to explore, in a relatively free environment, the worries and concerns scholars have about the digital transformation. While the conference was not directly about the Digital Humanities, and as far as I know no papers were given that addressed the “narrow” or “Type I” Digital Humanities; on the other hand, if one accepts the broader definitions of DH that some of us prefer, arguably the whole conference was about or was an example of DH–although not about the Dark Side ofthe Digital Humanities, in the sense that the MLA session by that name, also sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, was about scholarly concerns about digital scholarly practices in the digital age, while this conference was for the most part about stuff in the world outside the Academy.
JITP welcomes work that explores critical and creative uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, and research. We invite submissions of audio or visual presentations, interviews, dialogues, or conversations, creative works, manifestos, or jeremiads as well as traditional long-form articles. Submissions might explore content-neutral uses of technology, such as blogs, clickers, or multimedia projects, used in any discipline. Submissions might also focus on disciplinary uses of technology, such as software designed specifically to aid language learning or physics instruction. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.
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Dr. Helen Tibbo Receives IMLS Grant for CRADLE project JMLA Review: Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works Skills for the Future: Educational Opportunities for Digital Curation Professionals Digital Stewardship Education at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College Bridging By Design: The Curation and Management of Digital Assets Specialization [...]
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Today, the White house issued an important Executive Order on open data. Acknowledging the public and economic benefits derived from the open availability of government weather and GPS data, the Executive Order mandates all government data, where possible and legally permissible will be open and machine readable. The Order also ensures that “data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable.” Effectively making Openness the default for government data. According to John Wonderlich of the Sunlight Foundation:
“Today’s Executive Order demonstrates a new approach to open data, moving beyond rhetoric and aspiration, requiring agencies to publicly report on what data can be made public, building a new backbone for federal open data policy, and setting an example for other governments to follow”
This Order also comes on the heels of an increasingly bright spring for OA advocates. In addition to the White House Directive mandating OA, FASTR and FRPAA, Several state legislatures are considering OA for state funded research. Most recently, the California and New York State legislatures began considering such legislation. COAPI applauds these efforts and signed letters notifying legislators in each state of our support. Residents of these states may consider contacting their representatives.
Read more about the Order here:Executive Order Shows Path Forward
A full report on the Digitisation Doctor workshop of April 15 is now available, along with many of the presentations given on the day. A brief summary of the day with links to presentations can be found below:
Project Open Data, a new White House resource, is an online collection of code, best practices, and case studies developed to help agencies adopt the framework presented in the memorandum on “Managing Government Information as an Asset to Promote Interoperability and Openness.”
via Project Open Data.
We will be putting software prototypes in front of researchers to gather feedback on both the concepts and implementation, and coordinating open-source development projects to implement many of these ideas. We would love to have you join this effort – please sign up to participate.
We are asking for your help to identify “Open Science” Champions of Change—outstanding individuals, organizations, or research projects promoting and using open scientific data for the benefit of society.