Category: News

Report: Frictionless Data – Making Research Data Quality Visible

About the report:

There is significant friction in the acquisition, sharing, and reuse of research data. It is estimated that eighty percent of data analysis is invested in the cleaning and mapping of data (Dasu and Johnson,2003). This friction hampers researchers not well versed in data preparation techniques from reusing an ever-increasing amount of data available within research data repositories. Frictionless Data is an ongoing project at Open Knowledge International focused on removing this friction. We are doing this by developing a set of tools, specifications, and best practices for describing, publishing, and validating data. The heart of this project is the “Data Package”, a containerization format for data based on existing practices for publishing open source software. This paper will report on current progress toward that goal.

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Job: Digital Humanist, The Long 19th Amendment Project

From the ad:

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University seeks a Digital Humanist committed to promoting feminist scholarship within the digital humanities to create a portal documenting the complexities and aftermath of the women’s suffrage movement as part of The Long 19th Amendment Project. The Digital Humanist will report to the Manager for Special Projects & Digital Services and will collaborate closely with the project steering committee and Digital Services staff.

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Job: Senior Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University

From the ad:

Library Technology Services is seeking a senior software engineer to assist in the building of modern web systems for our digital library solutions.  The ideal candidate will have skills in Angular, JavaScript, HTML and CSS to build modern web interfaces for our digital library solutions.  The ability to quickly prototype both frontend and backend systems is a must.   Working closely with our UI specialist to ensure conformance to library standards and accessibility requirements, will be part of ensuring that work meets organizational requirements.  The expectation is that this individual will have strong communication skills, the ability to design sites quickly and build prototypes rapidly to be reviewed during agile meetings and is able to work independently with little direction.

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Announcement: Introducing ZoteroBib

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We think Zotero is the best tool for almost anyone doing serious research, but we know that a lot of people — including many students — don’t need all of Zotero’s power just to create the occasional bibliography. Today, we’re introducing ZoteroBib, a free service to help people quickly create perfect bibliographies. Powered by the same technology behind Zotero, ZoteroBib lets you seamlessly add items from across the web — using Zotero’s unmatched metadata extraction abilities — and generate bibliographies in more than 9,000 citation styles. There’s no software to install or account to create, and it works on any device, including tablets and phones. Your bibliography is stored right on your device — in your browser’s local storage — unless you create a version to share or load elsewhere, so your data remains entirely under your control.

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Report: The Academic Book and Its Digital Dilemmas

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Focusing in particular on the arts and humanities, this article asks how, and under what conditions, the digitally mediated long-form academic publication might hold a viable future. It examines digital disruption and innovation within humanities publishing, contrasts different models and outlines some of the key challenges facing scholarly publishing in the humanities. This article examines how non-traditional entities, such as digital humanities research projects, have performed digital publishing roles and reviews possible implications for scholarly book publishing’s relationship to the wider research process. It concludes by looking at how digital or hybrid long-form publications might become more firmly established within the scholarly publishing landscape.

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Job: Digital Humanities Developer

From the ad:

The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and CMU’s Digital Scholarship Center (dSHARP) seeks an experienced Digital Humanities (DH) Developer to collaborate on experimental interdisciplinary projects. This hire is part of a long-term initiative to foster digital humanities research at CMU. The DH Developer will work alongside researchers from Dietrich and elsewhere to plan and implement digital humanities projects, from statistical analyses of millions of legal documents to websites that crowdsource grammars of endangered languages. Located in CMU Libraries and under the supervision of CMU Library’s Program Director of Digital Humanities, the developer will be a generalist who can start up faculty projects into functioning prototypes capable of securing their own funding and external development support.

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Job: Head of Scholarly Communications at Emory University

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From the ad:

Reporting to the Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications, the Head of Scholarly Communications leads the Scholarly Communications Office (SCO) and has leadership, management, policy, planning, and advocacy responsibilities for scholarly communications for all Emory libraries, including promoting scholarly repositories and scholarly communications services to the Emory community. Scholarly communications advocacy and services include contributing to the evolution of scholarly publishing and research data management practices in the academy; copyright guidance, advocacy and policy development for the creation, use, and re-use of content in all formats; open access advocacy and policy development, including management of funds to promote open access publishing and open data distribution; and promoting open access and data repositories in support of the library’s and university’s educational and research mission.

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CFP: Convocatoria para taller de Escritura en Humanidades Digitales para América Latina

CFP:

The Programming Historian en español invita a la comunidad académica hispanohablante a participar en el taller Escritura en Humanidades Digitales para América Latina que se llevará a cabo en la Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) del 1 al 3 de agosto de 2018. El objetivo del taller es reunir a un grupo diverso de investigadores en distintas áreas de las humanidades para escribir tutoriales sobre metodologías en humanidades digitales, abordando específicamente necesidades de investigación en América Latina y el mundo hispano. Durante el taller se facilitará la producción de los primeros tutoriales originales en español para ser compartidos con una audiencia global.

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Resource: An Archive of 8,000 Benjamin Franklin Papers Now Digitized & Put Online

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Let me quickly pass along some good news from the Library of Congress: “The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time…. The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that the First Continental Congress sent to Franklin, then a colonial diplomat in London, to deliver to King George III; letterbooks Franklin kept as he negotiated the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War; drafts of the treaty; notes documenting his scientific observations, and correspondence with fellow scientists.”

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Conference: 2018 IIIF Conference, Washington, DC

About the conference:

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Community is pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 IIIF conference is open on Eventbrite. The conference will be held between Monday May 21 and Friday May 25 in Washington, D.C., and is hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Registration closes May 4. Please note that the Tuesday May 22 Showcase and Folger reception require a separate, free registration. IIIF provides an open framework for organizations to publish their image-based resources, to be viewed, cited, annotated, and compared by any compatible image-viewing platform. Newcomers to IIIF will learn about IIIF best practices, how to adopt the framework at their institutions, and receive updates on the latest developments in the community.

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