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Resource: Doing OCR within R

Digital Humanities Now - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:40

One way of doing OCR on your own machine with free tools, is to use Ben Marwick’s pdf-2-text-or-csv.r script for the R programming language. Marwick’s script uses R as wrapper for the Xpdf programme from Foolabs. Xpdf is a pdf viewer, much like Adobe Acrobat, but it comes with OCR bundled within. Using Xpdf on its own can be quite tricky, so Marwick’s script will feed your pdf files to Xpdf, and have Xpdf perform the OCR. There’s a second part to Marwick’s script that will pre-process the resulting text files for various kinds of text analysis, but you can ignore that part for now.

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CFParticipation: Pelagios needs YOU

Digital Humanities Now - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:20

We would like to invite volunteers to join us in annotating the Greek geospatial documents that the wider Classics community has identified as being of interest to students of ancient geographical thought. These include the obvious texts such as Ptolemy and Strabo, as well as less obvious ones where itineraries (for example) still play a key role (such as in Aeschylus’s Persians or Pindar’s Odes).

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Assistant Systems Librarian at Arkansas State University

Digital Koans - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:33
Arkansas State University is recruiting a Assistant Systems Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: Assistant Systems Librarian will work under the direction and supervision of the Systems Librarian to optimize the library systems, technologies, software, and hardware needed for access to Library resources. Digital Scholarship | Digital Library Jobs | Library IT Jobs | […]
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Judiciary Committee Hearing on Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term

Digital Koans - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:32
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on moral rights, termination rights, resale royalty, and copyright term. Here's an excerpt from "Congress Takes On Copyright Term, Moral Rights, and More": How is this going to work? It's hard to say. Probably not very well. The hearing structure allows a handful of witnesses to […]
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Associate Director for the Digital Library at NCSU

Digital Koans - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:31
NCSU is recruiting an Associate Director for the Digital Library. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The Associate Director for the Digital Library provides vision and leadership for information technology; resource management and discovery; and digital projects and associated research and development. The position serves as administrator for three departments: Information Technology (23 FTE), Acquisitions […]
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"Technology and Digital Scholarship"

Digital Koans - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:30
Robert Harington has published "Technology and Digital Scholarship" in The Scholarly Kitchen. Here's an excerpt: According to The Guardian, 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years, but less than 1% of this information has been analyzed. The question for academic publishers and societies is one of […]
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Digital Curation News (7/16/2014) #digitalpreservation

Digital Koans - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:42
University of Alberta Launches DMP Builder: A Web-based Tool to Help Prepare Data Management Plans Video of APARSEN Webinar on Interoperability of Persistent Identifiers Crowdsourcing Approaches to Big Data Curation for Earth Sciences (Presentation) The Case For Yet Another Digital Preservation Evaluation Tool (in Archiving 2014 Final Program and Proceedings) Developing a Born-Digital Preservation Workflow […]
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Programmer/Analyst 4 (Lead Web Developer) at Penn State University

Digital Koans - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:33
Penn State University is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst 4 (Lead Web Developer). Here's an excerpt from the ad: The Penn State University Libraries Department for Information Technologies seeks an innovative, creative and enthusiastic Lead Web Developer to play an integral role in the implementation of web solutions to enhance the Libraries' support for resource discovery and […]
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"On Being a Hub: Some Details behind Providing Metadata for the Digital Public Library of America"

Digital Koans - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:32
Lisa Gregory and Stephanie Williams have published "On Being a Hub: Some Details behind Providing Metadata for the Digital Public Library of America" in D-Lib Magazine. Here's an excerpt: After years of planning, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched in 2013. Institutions from around the United States contribute to the DPLA through regional […]
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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Kansas State University

Digital Koans - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:31
Kansas State University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: This new position will be responsible for coordinating, evaluating, and optimizing digitization procedures, including capture, presentation, preservation, and other digital asset management activities. The incumbent will lead and participate in the strategic development of innovative, scalable, and sustainable digital collections […]
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"Degrees of Openness: Access Restrictions in Institutional Repositories"

Digital Koans - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:30
Hélène Prostand Joachim Schöpfel have published "Degrees of Openness: Access Restrictions in Institutional Repositories" in D-Lib Magazine. Here's an excerpt: Institutional repositories, green road and backbone of the open access movement, contain a growing number of items that are metadata without full text, metadata with full text only for authorized users, and items that are […]
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CFParticipation: Clotho – Network Analysis and Distant Reading on the Perseus Latin Corpus

Digital Humanities Now - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:30

How do we handle Latin texts with digital tools? How do we apply to Latin sources technologies and algorithms which have been developed for the linguistic study of modern languages? Clotho is a resource which aims to address these questions in an Open-Source format, providing network analysis, data extraction mechanisms, and document statistics. Using these tools, Lasciva Roma, a project of cultural network analysis around the lexical field of terms related to sexuality, was launched in 2014. This seminar will explore and review this project, focusing on how the community can use these tools, and how to ensure the tools and the data will not be lost.

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Resource: Making Your Code Citable · GitHub Guides

Digital Humanities Now - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:30

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) are the backbone of the academic reference and metrics system. If you’re a researcher writing software, this guide will show you how to make the work you share on GitHub citable by archiving one of your GitHub repositories and assigning a DOI with the data archiving tool Zenodo.

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Geospatial Data Librarian at Queen's University

Digital Koans - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:33
Queen's University is recruiting a Geospatial Data Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: Reporting to the Head, Academic Services Division the Geospatial Data Librarian is primarily responsible for identifying, developing, promoting, delivering and evaluating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and print cartographic information services. The Geospatial Data Librarian has primary responsibility for maintaining the Library's […]
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"EFF Urges Appeals Court to Keep Protecting Fair Use"

Digital Koans - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:32
EFF has released "EFF Urges Appeals Court to Keep Protecting Fair Use." Here's an excerpt: In this latest appeal, the Authors Guild (and its supporters) claim that fair use is being unjustly expanded, portraying Judge Chin's ruling and other recent court opinions as some kind of fair-use creep, stretching beyond the original intent of the […]
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Head, Library Systems & Information Technology at University of Saskatchewan

Digital Koans - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:31
The University of Saskatchewan is recruiting a Head, Library Systems & Information Technology. Here's an excerpt from the ad: Reporting to the Associate Dean, University Library, the successful appointee will: Provide visionary leadership and management for the development and delivery of library systems and technology products and services across the library Contribute to library planning, […]
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"Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce"

Digital Koans - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:30
John P. A. Ioannidis et al. have published "Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce" in PLOS ONE. Here's an excerpt: The proportion of the scientific workforce that maintains a continuous uninterrupted stream of publications each and every year over many years is very limited, but it accounts for the lion's share […]
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Digital Curation News (7/14/2014) #digitalpreservation

Digital Koans - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:49
Digital Forensics for Archivists, Part I and Part II LOLCats and Libraries: A Conversation with Internet Librarian Amanda Brennan Digital Preservation Analyst at UC San Diego HathiTrust Update on June 2014 Activities What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries? Long-term Access to Research Data as a Challenge to Migration (in Archiving 2014 Final Program […]
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Emerging Technology Librarian at Rochester Institute of Technology

Digital Koans - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:33
The Rochester Institute of Technology is recruiting an Emerging Technology Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: This position will identify and implement innovative uses of emerging information and web technologies to enhance the delivery of online content in a university setting including projects related to libraries, instruction, and student learning. Specific projects may include […]
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What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?

Digital Koans - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:32
The Library Copyright Alliance has released What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?. Here's an excerpt: The decision also demonstrates how the fair use right applies in the context of a specific library activity: mass digitization. The decision clearly indicates that the acts of a library digitizing the works in its collection, and the […]
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