Author: the Editors

Resource: DH Course Registry Metadatathon

About the resource:

The DH Course Registry Metadatathon was a part of the DARIAH Annual Event 2018 held in Paris, France on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Participants in the Metadatathon learned about the benefits, functionalities and QA procedures of the Course Registry…The workshop was targeted towards researchers and lecturers who teach courses in DH or related fields, as well as towards DH programme coordinators who want to showcase their teaching activities outside their university network.

The videos (and slides) from the event are now available to watch on

Source: DH Course Registry Metadatathon, Paris 2018: Videos now online

Job: Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian, Emory University

Emory University is searching for a Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian. From the job ad:

Reporting to the Head of Collection Development, Exhibitions, and Engagement, the Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian (SDSL) is the primary technical lead on the Pitts Theology Library staff. The SDSL is responsible for developing and maintaining library software systems, which currently include the OpenRoom room booking tool, the library entrance web application, the Digital Image Archive, digital signage, the library website, and digital companions to the library’s exhibitions program including the exhibitions website.

Editor’s Choice: Mapping search data from Google Trends in R

This is a quick introduction on how to get and visualize Google search data with both time and geographical components using the R packages gtrendsR, maps and ggplot2. In this example, we will look at search interest for named hurricanes that hit the U.S. mainland and then plot how often different states search for “guns.”

Source: Mapping search data from Google Trends in R

Editors’ Choice: “Material and Digital Rhetorics: Openings for Feminist Action”

It’s time for our “Material and Digital Rhetorics: Openings for Feminist Action” blog carnival to come to a close…In October when we shared our CFP on topics tied to feminist theory and practice, digital rhetoric, and new materialism, we had two goals in mind: (1) to better understand current feminist digital rhetoric concerns and (2) to consider what feminist new materialist perspectives offer to how we think about and define the work of digital rhetoric.

At the heart of this call, we aimed to gain a stronger awareness of what openings for feminist action may be possible in attending to our digital/material worlds. As this carnival comes to a close, three openings stand out.

Find links to the posts in this roundup here: Wrap Up for “Material and Digital Rhetorics: Openings for Feminist Action”

Job: Assistant Professor of English for New Media

Dakota State University seeks an Assistant Professor of English specializing in Digital Media Design and Digital Humanities. From the call:

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to teach courses in our English for New Media degree program and some area of specialization in the digital humanities. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in recruiting and outreach and have a strong background and interest in teaching general education courses in writing and composition. The teaching load is four courses per semester including first-year composition courses and new and existing courses in both our undergraduate English for New Media program and the Digital Humanities graduate certificate program and other duties as assigned.

Find more information and the application here: Assistant Professor of English for New Media

Job: Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian

Ball State University is looking for an Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian. From the post:

The Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian will play a central role in maximizing the visibility and impact of scholarship and creative content at Ball State University, classified as a “high research activity” institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. As a key team member within the University Libraries Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office, the Librarian will collaborate with faculty, students, and staff across the University to increase access to research available in Cardinal Scholar, Ball State’s institutional repository. The Librarian will recommend and implement creative, inclusive strategies for developing and promoting repository content, which may include faculty publications as well as student scholarship, research data, educational resources, and other materials. Additionally, the Librarian will foster broad campus engagement with open access initiatives and will promote awareness of open resources available for research and teaching.

Find more information and the application here:


CFP: CNI Spring Meeting

From the Call:

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Spring 2018 Membership Meeting on April 12-13 in San Diego, CA, at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. Please note that this year’s spring meeting will fall on THURSDAY & FRIDAY.

Project briefings are 30-minute, 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted; anyone may submit a proposal, including non-members. 

Find the CFP here: Call for Proposals, CNI Spring Meeting

Resource: Python Programming for the Humanities

From the Resource:

The programming language Python is widely used within many scientific domains nowadays and the language is readily accessible to scholars from the Humanities. Python is an excellent choice for dealing with (linguistic as well as literary) textual data, which is so typical of the Humanities. In this book you will be thoroughly introduced to the language and be taught to program basic algorithmic procedures. The book expects no prior experience with programming, although we hope to provide some interesting insights and skills for more advanced programmers as well. The book consists of 10 chapters. Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 are still in draft status and not ready for use.

Find the Resource here: Python Programming for the Humanities by Folgert Karsdorp

Editors’ Choice: Distant Reading after Moretti

The question I want to explore today is this: what do we do about distant reading, now that we know that Franco Moretti, the man who coined the phrase “distant reading,” and who remains its most famous exemplar, is among the men named as a result of the #MeToo movement.

I feel deeply for his victims. But given the context of this panel, what I want to focus on, today, is how his actions might prompt us to revisit some more longstanding issues regarding gender, power, and distant reading (which, following Andrew Goldstone, I’ll use in the lowercase-d lowercase-r sense to refer to the subset of computational methods that derive from statistical modeling and computational linguistics that are most commonly applied to analyze texts at scale).

Because sexual harassment is a structural, as well as personal problem, as Sara Ahmed has recently observed. By describing it a structural problem, Ahmed calls attention to how sexual harassment is sustained not only by the harassers themselves, but also by the institutions that shelter them. She explains how the confidential nature of most institutional inquiries ensures that “people remain, networks stay alive, and structures and processes are not put under investigation.” This is in large part because no one outside of the individual actors gets to know what happened, and as a result, the structural nature of the problem never becomes visible.

Read the full post here: Distant Reading after Moretti | Lauren F. Klein

Resource: Transverse Reading Gallery

From the Resource:

This site focuses on mapping the plot structures of interactive narratives, and in particular gamebooks – that is, playable print stories. The project data mines, analyzes, and visualizes the branching plot structures of hundreds of interactive stories, with examples from different decades, nations, and languages.

Find the site here: Transverse Reading Gallery