The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326, which provides a snapshot of research library experiences with digital scholarship centers or services that support the humanities (e.g., history, art, music, film, literature, philosophy, religion, etc.) and the benefits and challenges of hosting them. The survey asked ARL libraries about the organization of these services, how they are staffed and funded, what services they offer and to whom, what technical infrastructure is provided, whether the library manages or archives the digital resources produced, and how services are assessed, among other questions.
This is a collection of blogs from the HASTAC 2011 Conference on December 1-3, in Ann Arbor, MI. Please leave any additions in the comments, and I’ll edit this post to include them.
By Geoffrey Rockwell
These are my notes on a symposium organized by Tokyo University on “The Establishment of a Knowledge Infrastructure for the Next Generation and the Mission of Digital Humanities.” This was organized by Masahiro Shimoda.
What are the access requirements for digital cultural heritage collections? This was one of the questions that the National Digital Stewardship Alliance started exploring earlier this year. Different access requirements result in very different kinds of preservation storage systems, and the NDSA Infrastructure working group wanted to know more about the kinds of requirements that are in place for its members’ collections.
In this paper, the authors attempt to identify problematic issues for subject tagging in the humanities, particularly those associated with information objects in digital formats.
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Infrastructure working group has been conducting a year-long exploration of NDSA member preservation storage systems. This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of posts discussing some of the results of a survey of the membership’s approaches to preservation storage.
Europeana has released The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid: A Business Model Perspective on Open Metadata (PDF).
How does an invisible system shape the experience of an end user?
I found myself pondering this question again and again throughout the 2011 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, which took place November 20-21. This event is jointly sponsored each year by Northwestern University, Loyola University, University of Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
This report provides a synopsis of the presentations as well as the broader group discussion of the summit. More specifically, this report highlights key emergent themes and concludes with recommendations for strategic research directions for advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the curation of research data. Briefs of the individual presentations are provided at the end of the report.
Over the past year, the working group has been engaged in a project to identify, describe and contextualize established and emerging digital preservation standards, best practices and guidance documents.