Author: Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara

Job: Curator, Digital Publications, British Library

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From the ad:

Joining our Contemporary British Publications team, this role is an exciting opportunity to help the Library develop its ability to collect, manage and make available complex digital publications. The Library’s ‘Emerging Formats’ project is focused on UK publications created for the mobile web, as interactive narratives or in database format. This role will support the project in desk-based research on existing knowledge and capabilities; engaging with creators, libraries and users of complex digital publications; and in documenting the findings of the project.

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Job: People Not Property Project Coordinator, UNC Greensboro

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The People Not Property project manager will coordinate digitization and transcription activities involving student workers, volunteers, and registers of deeds in 26 North Carolina counties, providing access to approximately 30,000 pages of slave deeds recorded in the state before 1865. People Not Property is a three-year project of the UNC Greensboro University Libraries, funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives.

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Resource: salty – Turn Clean Data into Messy Data

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From the resource:

When teaching students how to clean data, it helps to have data that isn’t too clean already. salty is a new package that offers functions for “salting” clean data with problems often found in datasets in the wild, such as:

pseudo-OCR errors
inconsistent capitalization and spelling
unpredictable punctuation in numeric fields
missing values or empty strings

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Report: On the importance of web archiving

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From the report:

So, how can social science scholars and researchers take advantage of web archives?

Our Web Science and Digital Libraries (WS-DL) group at Old Dominion University (ODU) has been studying the challenges related to allowing researchers to create and share their own web archives for the past eight years. Our work is focused more on close reading of archived material than distant reading. For those interested in distant reading of web archives, the Archives Unleashed project, a collaboration between historians, librarians, and computer scientists, is developing excellent tools to enable researchers to perform large-scale analysis of web archives.

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Announcement: Wikipedia Leads Effort to Create a Digital Archive of 20 Million Artifacts Lost in the Brazilian Museum Fire

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From the announcement:

The staggering loss of a possible 20 million artifacts in the fire that consumed Brazil’s Museu Nacional in Rio boggles the mind—dinosaur fossils, the oldest human remains found in the country, and, as Emily Dreyfuss reports at Wired, “audio recordings and documents of indigenous languages. Many of those languages, already extinct, may now be lost forever.” Former Brazilian environment minister called the destruction of Latin America’s biggest natural history museum “a lobotomy of the Brazilian memory.”…

Sadly, as Dreyfuss points out, like many museums around the world, the Museu Nacional had not begun to back up its collection digitally. But it may not be entirely too late for that, in some small part at least. In an announcement last week, Wikipedia called for a post facto crowdsourced backup in the form of user-submitted photos.

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CFP: Finding Community in Digital Humanities – 2018 Digital Frontiers/IDRH Conference

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The Call for Proposals for the 2018 Digital Frontiers/IDRH Conference—Finding Community in Digital Humanities conference is now live! Please submit proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, an et. on or before Friday, April 6, 2018. 2018 marks the first year of conference collaboration between Digital Frontiers (University of North Texas) and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (University of Kansas).

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CFP: Ethics and Archiving the Web

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MITH is very excited to announce our participation in the Ethics and Archiving the Web National Forum which will be taking place at the New Museum in New York City, March 22-24. This collaboration between Rhizome and the Documenting the Now project will bring together activists, librarians, journalists, archivists, scholars, developers, and designers who are interested in generative conversations around the ethical use of the web in archives and memory work. If this sounds relevant to you please register today while spots are still available. In addition to the program of panels and talks there will also be a series of workshops on the Saturday following the main event. Continue below the fold for a bit more context on why this event is important to MITH’s work here at UMD.

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Job: Digital Preservation Specialist and Archivist, Bucknell University

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Reporting to the Head, Special Collections/University Archives and University Archivist, the responsibilities of the Digital Preservation Specialist and Archivist are two fold: work with the Bucknell University campus to establish an effective and sustainable digital preservation program and actively participate in the processing and description activities taking place in Special Collections/University Archives.

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