DHNow is taking a two week break during the end of the academic semester. Good luck to those taking or grading exams! We will resume normal publishing the week of May 19.
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is forming an Education and Training group as part of the NDSA Outreach Working Group. The initial aim of this sub group will be to provide a venue for NDSA member collaboration around education and training issues. The group will also work directly with Library of Congress staff managing regional train-the-trainer events through the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program and the National Digital Stewardship Residency.
If you are interested in getting involved in the Education and Training group, please contact the NDSA Outreach Co-chairs through NDSA@loc.gov.
Attached are the slides from my recent talk, “Ballad Sheet Forensics, Preservation, and the Digital Archive,” the final presentation at the Huntington Library’s Living English Broadside Ballads conference, April 4-5, 2014 (http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/broadside_conf.pdf). The talk focused on the need to reconsider our understanding of what constitutes the “information” that we are trying to capture and/or preserve through acts of digitization.
The MLA is excited to announce a new developer position dedicated to its WordPress-based scholarly communication platform, MLA Commons. This fast-growing site allows MLA members to create profiles, seek feedback on their work, establish and join groups to discuss common interests, and collaborate with like-minded scholars through new kinds of open-access publications.
The Edmonton Historical Board and the City of Edmonton Archives are helping to preserve and nurture collective memory in Edmonton through a website that explores the city’s built heritage: www.edmontonsarchitecturalheritage.ca.
The website is an endeavour of the Edmonton Historical Board (EHB) with support from the City of Edmonton Archives. The EHB is an advisory board to City Council which offers guidance to City Council on matters relating to historical issues and heritage policies; and encourages, promotes, and advocates for the preservation and safeguarding of historical properties, resources, communities, and documentary heritage.
Bob Ross was a consummate teacher. He guided fans along as he painted “happy trees,” “almighty mountains” and “fluffy clouds” over the course of his 11-year television career on his PBS show, “The Joy of Painting.” In total, Ross painted 381 works on the show, relying on a distinct set of elements, scenes and themes, and thereby providing thousands of data points. I decided to use that data to teach something myself: the important statistical concepts of conditional probability and clustering, as well as a lesson on the limitations of data.
So let’s perm out our hair and get ready to create some happy spreadsheets!
It’s that time again! The annual Digital Humanities conference schedule has been released, and this time it’s in Switzerland. In an effort to console myself from not having the funding to make it this year, I’ve gone ahead and analyzed the nitty-gritty of acceptances and rejections to the conference. For those interested in this sort of analysis, you can find my take on submissions to DH2013, acceptances at DH2013, and submissions to DH2014. If you’re visiting this page from the future, you can find any future DH conference analyses at this tag link.
The American Community Survey, an ongoing survey that the Census administers to millions per year, provides detailed information about how Americans live now and decades ago. There are tons of data tables on topics such as housing situations, education, and commute. The natural thing to do is to download the data, take it at face value, and carry on with your analysis or visualization.
However, as is usually the case with data, there’s more to it than that. Paul Overberg, a database editor at USA Today, explains in a practical guide on how to get the most out of the survey data (which can be generalized to other survey results).
I’m just back from the premier offering of the Texas Digital Humanities Conference, and I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to have such a superb event held so close to home, especially since I won’t be able to make the big Digital Humanities meeting this summer (or next summer, for that matter, since things are unlikely to get better here any time soon). There’s more to write about than what I am posting here, but I wanted to post my notes and links for both my future reference and as part of the conference’s wider historical record: interested readers should also check out the conference’s Twitter stream, #txdhc, and Geoffrey Rockwell’s notes.
It’s that time of year again, friends – when we inflict our quarterly massive list of manuscript hyperlinks upon an unsuspecting public. As always, this list contains everything that has been digitised up to this point by the Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts department, complete with hyperlinks to each record on our Digitised Manuscripts site. There will be another updated list here on the blog in three months; you can download the current version here: Download BL Medieval and Earlier Digitised Manuscripts Master List 10.04.13. Have fun!