Category: Announcements

Announcement: Help Us Nip Efforts to Defund NEH in the Bud

From the announcement:

News broke this morning that the in-coming Trump Administration has a budget blueprint that proposes the elimination of NEH, along with other cultural agencies, and a major downsizing of others. This news has elicited great concern from the humanities community, and it is undoubtedly time to rally support for the National Endowment for the Humanities. That said, this blueprint is not an official proposal.  The Trump Administration will be shaping its budget request over the coming months with broad input and we look forward to an opportunity to demonstrate the value of federal funding for NEH. We are also heartened by Republican support in Congress, which has been strong over the past few years. Indeed, Republican-controlled appropriations committees have supported increases for both NEA and NEH for the past two fiscal years. More broadly, many Republicans have opposed far more minor cuts to the agency.

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Announcement: New Wayback Machine – Beta

From the announcement:

While the adage goes that nothing ever disappears from the internet, anyone who created a Geocities site, or used their old university servers (or forgot to pay to renew domain registration) knows that more often than we’re led to believe, stuff goes away and we can’t find it anymore. The Wayback Machine has been a go-to for those looking for lost content and sites on the internet, but until now the search feature has required you to know the exact URL for the site you are trying to track down. This requirement is changing, with the launch of their new Beta search function.

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Announcement: New Viewer for Digitised Items in the British Library’s Collections

From the announcement:

Users of the British Library’s online catalogue may have noticed that some digitised collection items are now displayed in a new viewer. The new viewer, built with the ‘Universal Viewer‘ software and community and using the IIIF standard for image interoperability, makes several new features available to readers.

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Announcement: HTRC Releases New Dataset

From the announcement:

Unique in its sheer size and breadth, a new open dataset released by the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) will provide researchers with access to otherwise restricted information. The HTRC Extracted Features (EF) Dataset reports quantitative counts of words, lines, parts of speech, and other details extracted from each page of the more than thirteen million volumes found in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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Announcement: HistoryQuest DC Is D.C.’s Ultimate Building Map – CityLab

From the announcement:

It took the city’s office of historic preservation more than 15 years to make, covers 127,000 buildings, and it’s still not quite finished. If you like history, maps, weird old buildings, and killing time on the internet, you, my friend, have come to the right place. This week, Washington, D.C.’s Historic Preservation Office flicked the switch on their latest project—HistoryQuest DC, a truly magnificent interactive GIS map stuffed with info on some 127,000 buildings in the District, from the White House and the Capitol on down to the funkiest little alley rowhouse.

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Announcement: British Library Labs Symposium 2016 – Competition and Award Winners

From the post:

The 4th annual British Library Labs Symposium took place on 7th November 2016 and was a resounding success! More than 220 people attended and the event was a fantastic experience, showcasing and celebrating the Digital Scholarship field and highlighting the work of BL Labs and their collaborators. The Symposium included a number of exciting announcements about the winners of the BL Labs Competition and BL Labs Awards, who are presented in this blog post. Separate posts will be published about the runners up of the Competition and Awards and posts written by all of the winners and runners up about their work are also scheduled for the next few weeks – watch this space!

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Announcement: Archival Description Working Group Releases Whitepaper

From the post:
To accomplish DPLA’s initial goal of creating an aggregation of metadata for cultural heritage materials, the technological infrastructure developed centered on the item-centric library model for description: one descriptive metadata record for each individual digital “object.” While this method works very well for items catalogued singly, like books, it doesn’t reflect the diversity of descriptive practice. Archives and special collections have increasingly focused on aggregate-level description in digital objects, which more closely mirrors their traditional descriptive practices. This kind of description typically creates a single descriptive record for a grouping of related or similar objects.

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Announcement: PressForward Workshops at UC Berkeley

Interested in learning new ways to gather content from the open web and to share it with your students, colleagues, and scholarly communities? On October 18, the Berkeley Center for New Media and the University of California Davis Library will host two workshops on PressForward (http://pressforward.org/), a free, open-source WordPress tool that facilitates the easy collection, selection, discussion, and redistribution of content from the web.

 

Learn more and register for workshops here