Category: Announcements

Announcement: Online Tool Aims to Help Researchers Sift Through 15 Centuries of Data

Digital humanities scholars from NC State University and Texas A&M University are launching a powerful new system to help researchers more quickly and accurately sift through hundreds of thousands of archives and articles related to materials dating from 450 A.D. to the 20th century. The new tool, called BigDIVA, will be formally unveiled later this month.

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Announcement: RRCHNM to Build Organizing Software for Digital Photographs

We are pleased to announce funding for a new project to develop a freely licensed and open-source software tool, called Tropy, which will allow archival researchers to collect and organize the digital photographs that they take in their research, associate metadata with those images, and export both photographs and metadata to other platforms. Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,

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Announcement: World Statistics Day

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The theme of World Statistics Day is official statistics. Your data visualization will need to relate to international data provided by a national statistics office, such as the US Census Bureau or the UK’s Office for National Statistics, across one or more of the 5 continents. It can be on weather, agriculture, baby names – the choice is yours! Please click below for further information.

Competition opens on Tuesday 7th July 2015 00.00 (EDT) and closes on Friday 2nd October 23.59 (EDT).

Source: Sponsor: World Statistics Day

Announcement: AHA Council Approves Guidelines for Evaluation of Digital Projects

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At its June meeting, the AHA Council approved the “Guidelines for the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians.” The approval of the guidelines was the culmination of the work of the ad hoc committee appointed in early 2014 by then-president Ken Pomeranz. The committee was charged with developing a set of guidelines that departments could use to evaluate the work of scholars using digital media for research, publication, and teaching.

AHA Council Approves Guidelines for Evaluation of Digital Projects.

Announcement: Walters Art Museum goes CC0

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In 2012, the Walters Art Museum, in Baltimore, Maryland, became one of the first American cultural institutions to adopt an open license model for their digitized collections. Using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license, they released over 18,000 images into the OpenGLAM world. These images were not only available via the Walters website, but, also on Wikimedia Commons.

Since their uploads to Wikimedia, the images have been used in over 4,098 Wikimedia project pages, including Wikipedia articles in over 50 languages. In June 2015, those pages were viewed over 8.4 million times!

While those numbers are impressive, today marks yet another milestone for OpenGLAM: The Walters Art Museum has released their digitized images and metadata under a CC0 license.

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Announcement: NeDIMAH launches NeMO

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The European Science Foundation Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH) has recently launched the NeDiMAH Methods Ontology (NeMO).

NeMO is a comprehensive ontological model of scholarly practice in the arts and humanities and was developed by the Digital Curation Unit (DCU), ATHENA RC, in collaboration with the NeDiMAH Ontology Working Group.

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Announcements: MITH partners on $1.25 Million Mellon Grant

A $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund research, education and training at the intersections of digital humanities and African American studies at the University of Maryland. The grant will help to prepare a diverse community of scholars and students whose work will both broaden the reach of the digital humanities in African American history and cultural studies and enrich humanities research with new methods, archives and tools.

Continue reading: MITH partners in $1.25 Million Mellon Grant Awarded to UMD’s Arts and Humanities College – Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

Announcement: HathiTrust Research Center adds 5 billion pages to help scholars see farther

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Partnering with close to 100 research libraries from around the world, HathiTrust holds about 595 terabytes of digitized textual data — that’s about 157 miles, or 10,000 tons of text. In 2010, HathiTrust launched the HTRC to help researchers around the world accomplish tera-scale data mining and textual analysis. The HTRC is a collaborative effort among Indiana University; the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC);and the University of Michigan.

Until recently, the HTRC had access to less than a third of the full HathiTrust repository. That all changed this year, and now the HTRC is working with the University of Michigan to enable analysis of the entire 5 billion pages of textual data in the HathiTrust repository.

“This will be the first time that a researcher could analyze, as data, a collection that is equivalent to some of the largest research libraries in the world,” says Robert McDonald, associate dean of libraries at Indiana University.

Source: HathiTrust Research Center adds 5 billion pages to help scholars see farther | iSGTW