Author: Jeri Wieringa

The New Editors-at-Large Corner on Digital Humanities Now

Of the many projects that are part of the PressForward Initiative, Digital Humanities Now holds the distinguished role of being our flagship publication. With a large and ever-growing readership, DHNow serves the digital humanities community by highlighting significant pieces of scholarship, drawing attention to projects and resources, and sharing information about job and presentation opportunities. To do so, DHNow relies on the tireless efforts of a rotating team of volunteers who read through curated RSS feeds and nominate items of interest for publication.

One of the ongoing challenges for managing DHNow has been coordinating the efforts of these volunteers. While the PressForward Plugin provides an excellent interface for nominating content, there is still a significant amount of administrative work involved in creating user accounts, explaining processes, and communicating selection criteria. With the expansion of our editorial team during this last year, it became necessary to rethink our system for organizing and communicating with our editors-at-large.

The largest update has been the creation of the “Editors-at-Large Corner,” linked to from the main page of DHNow. Where before information was made available to editors on an individual basis, all of our instructions are now easy to locate on the main site. Our goal is to make our process more transparent to our editors-at-large, to our readers, and to the community at large. Within the Editors-at-Large corner, editors and others can find instructions for using the PressForward plugin, along with detailed descriptions of the types of content we look to publish. We have also posted the schedule of Editors-at-Large, both to enable editors to easily confirm their weeks and to provide readers a more stable picture of who is nominating content on any given week.

In addition to opening up our editorial processes, these features support large structural changes to our use of Google Forms for managing the Editor-at-Large information. We have automated our confirmation emails and created Google Apps Scripts to streamline the process of sending reminder and follow-up emails, allowing us to reduce the amount of work required for weekly maintenance. Additionally, in order to make it easier to share our system with others interested in running a crowdsourced publication, we have made our forms and scripts available as templates.

If you are interested in seeing these changes in action or have questions about the types of content we publish on Digital Humanities Now, please visit our new Editors-at-Large corner. And while you’re there, help us continue to improve by signing up to nominate content and providing feedback on your experiences.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to improve this model of a community-run, aggregation-based publication.

The New Editors-at-Large Corner on Digital Humanities Now | PressForward.

Job: Open Rank Faculty Position in Digital Humanities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GSLIS seeks to hire an outstanding full-time faculty member to join our iSchool.  We are particularly interested in candidates specializing in the digital humanities, but strong candidates in any related area involving the organization, management, preservation, retrieval, and analysis of information are encouraged to apply.  In particular, we seek candidates who can contribute to our active programs in digital libraries, data curation, and data analytics.

Applications from members of under-represented groups working in these or other areas of information science are particularly welcome.

See Job Posting at the Illinois Human Resources webpage.

Resource: Making Sense of Emergent Patterns in Networks

One of the properties of human relationships is that they are messy, inexact, and complex.  We should not expect to find one perfect way to group or cluster a network of human relationships.  If we do find such a perfect solution, maybe we have over-simplified the problem…

Finding logical and plausible clusters in complex systems is not a simple task — there is no one simple answer.  This is not like accounting, where everything should add up correctly every time, and you do get one right answer. Finding clusters in networks is often about sense-making, what are the logical patterns we see and what might they tell us?  In our human relationships, we always want “neat and clean”, but we always get “messy and fuzzy.”  The right software will help you through the messy, and help you make sense of it — it will not provide simple answers.

Read Full Post at The Network Thinkers.

Opportunity: Visualizing Time Challenge

ChronoZoom, an open source project initiated by Microsoft Research and UC Berkeley enables students to explore, create, and tell stories with timelines directly from within a web browser. As the 2013 recipient of the SXSW Interactive Award for Best Educational Resource, ChronoZoom is developing lesson plans to teach historical thinking concepts to middle and high school students.

We’ve teamed up with Microsoft Research and challenge you to use data and design to visualize time to make ChronoZoom an even better educational tool. ChronoZoom is both a dataset–accessible via an API–and an interface. The data includes entities like eras, events, historical figures and the relationships between them. Your challenge is to create a visualization using the API. Your project should work as a standalone piece, but innovative features may be incorporated into the official ChronoZoom application.

We’re offering up to $17,000 in prizes, including a trip to Moscow, Russia to meet with a member of the ChronoZoom Research and Design team. Because ChronoZoom is open-source, your visualization is subject to the Apache v2 license and certain prizes are limited to specific categories. Read the full Challenge Rules below for additional information and details on eligibility.

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Funding Opportunity: The National Digital Newspaper Program Accepting Proposals

The National Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting proposals for the National Digital Newspaper Program.  The National Digital Newspaper Program is a partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress to develop a searchable database of historically significant newspapers published in the United States.  The Library of Congress hosts the site for this project at Chronicling America, a collection of information and digitized newspapers published in the U.S. and territories between 1836 and 1922 available on the web for anyone to use.  The collection can now accept not only English titles, but Spanish, French, Danish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish publications as well.

Applications are due January 15, 2014.

See original post at the Library of Congress website.

Editors’ Choice: Virtual Paul’s Cross Project

A Digital Re-Creation of John Donne’s Gunpowder Day Sermon

The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project helps us to explore public preaching in early modern London, enabling us to experience a Paul’s Cross sermon as a performance, as an event unfolding in real time in the context of an interactive and collaborative occasion. This Project uses architectural modeling software and acoustic simulation software to give us access experientially to a particular event from the past – the Paul’s Cross sermon John Donne delivered on Tuesday, November 5th, 1622.

These digital tools, customarily used by architects and designers to anticipate the visual and acoustic properties of spaces that are not yet constructed, are here used to recreate the visual and acoustic properties of spaces that have not existed for hundreds of years.

Explore the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project

CFP: Digital Shorts at the 2013 ASA Annual Meeting

The Digital Humanities Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks ASA conference attendees to participate in a session entitled Digital Shorts: New Platforms of Knowledge and Dissent. The session will consist of “lightning talks” in which participants describe digital projects in 3-5 minute presentations, receive community feedback, and discuss issues raised by the talks. These presentations may address current projects, developing ideas and project proposals, or activities related to digital humanities work such as publishing and teaching. Contexts for projects presented in this session can include academic research, public history and museums work, and archival and library work. There is no need to write a mini-paper or formal presentation. Speaking from slides, a website, or memory are all encouraged. We will have a computer/projector in the room with PowerPoint loaded and live Internet access available.

Digital Shorts will take place Friday, November 22nd from 10:00am to 11:45am at the annual conference at the Hilton Washington in Columbia Hall 9.

To sign-up, please email a brief abstract of your intended lightning presentation (250 words MAXIMUM), your name, and affiliation to We will also accept additional presentations at the session, time permitting.

Important Note: This is informal, so you can (and should!) make a presentation even if your name appears elsewhere on the ASA program.

Lauren Tilton, Yale University (
Mary Battle, College of Charleston (
Katie Rawson, University of Pennsylvania (
Amanda Frisken, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury (

CFP: Digital Shorts at the 2013 ASA Annual Meeting | American Studies Association

Job: Senior Digital Humanities Web Developer/Architect

In order to shape and secure the future of innovative teaching and research at ISAW and beyond, we work with others to nurture new and important open information resources for the ancient world, especially those that connect and contextualize information across institutional, methodological, and technological divides. Accordingly, our Senior Digital Humanities Web Developer/Architects envision, create, and curate web applications that bridge gaps in content and function while handling the diversity of languages, scripts, geography, chronology, and methodology inherent in the study of the past-oriented humanities. You carry out this mission in constant, productive collaboration with scholars, students, and enthusiasts from both inside and outside the Institute, empowering them as co-creators, curators, and users.

Job: GeoSpatial Data Curator, University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara, one of ten campuses of the University of California system, seeks applications for a GeoSpatial Data Curator (an Associate Specialist position) to work with faculty, students, researchers, and Library staff to develop strategies and programs for the collection, description, organization, normalization, storage, preservation, integration, visualization and mining of geospatial data within the Library and across the spectrum of programs on campus. The position will offer its incumbent the chance to help define the emerging field of geospatial data curation and informatics.

CFP: Practices in the Digital Humanities

For this series, we have identified some initial topics. This list is in no way comprehensive; we encourage you to propose books outside of the topics below if they relate to practices in the digital humanities.

  • Building archives using various tools and techniques
  • Architecting user experiences for various audiences (scholars, students, publics)
  • Tracing digital culture and social media
  • Managing projects, budgets, and expectations
  • Mobile application design and development
  • Systems administration for large-scale and small-scale projects
  • Sustainability and maintainability of digital projects
  • Open source policies and challenges
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Implementing tools and policies for digital scholarly publishing
  • Building networked communities, followers, and fans
  • Designing database structures
  • Alt-Ac Voices

For more information about this series, or to submit a proposal please contact the Editorial Director Aaron McCollough at