Category: Reports

Report: Reviewing First Decade of CLIR Postdoctorial Fellowships

From the report:

It’s rare to see in-depth historical and critical review of important programs within our community, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellowships have certainly been an extremely important innovation, so I’m delighted to share the announcement of this recent study (reproduced below).

The CLIR fellows have been ongoing guests at our CNI membership meetings (as part of CNI’s commitment to community leadership development), and so many readers of this list will have likely encountered some of the outstanding participants in this program at our meetings in recent years.

Source: CLIR Report Reviewing First Decade of CLIR Postdoctorial Fellowships

Report: National Academies Study on Digital Curation Workforce Issues

From the press release:

There is an urgent need for policies, technologies, and expertise in digital curation, said the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report. It recommends that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy lead policy development in digital curation and prioritize strategic resource investments for the field. Research communities, government agencies, commercial firms, and educational institutions should work together to speed the development and adoption of digital curation standards and good practices.

Source: National Academies Study on Digital Curation Workforce Issues

Report: Authors Alliance Guide to Rights Reversion

Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to attend a session offered by the Authors Alliance that was hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. As part of this session the Alliance announced the availability of a new guide that covers issues around rights reversion for authors who have published books.

The presentation placed this firmly in the context of being able to “preserve intellectual legacy in the digital age”, and sought to help monograph authors to manage ongoing access to their work, encouraging them to think about where and how they want to make their work available, particularly books that are now out of print or perhaps approaching the end of their commerical life.

Read the Full Post Here.

Report: CSDH/SCHN Cyberinfrastructure Conversations Summary

From the report:

We are posting here a high-level summary of the outcome of a series of conversations regarding the CFI Cyberinfrastructure Initiative among Canadian Digital Humanists. The conversations emerged from CSDH/SCHN consultations that began in the Spring of 2014. The document tries to reflect the priorities and areas of emphasis that have emerged from these discussions, and suggests several areas of focus for broad-based collaborative cyberinfrastructure that would serve the needs of many in the digital humanities research community.

Source: CSDH/SCHN Cyberinfrastructure Conversations Summary

Report: Mallet past present and future

From the post:

There was a conversation on Twitter about the current state of Mallet. My goal for Mallet is that it should do a few things very well. Future development will focus on making the process of using machine learning easier and more informative. Also, be sure to use the current GitHub version.

Before discussing where Mallet is going, I should describe where it came from.
Mallet was created by Andrew McCallum at UMass in 2002. I started working on the project when I joined Andrew’s lab in 2005.

Mallet past present and future – David Mimno.

Report: Data on the Web Best Practices

From the working draft:

This document provides best practices related to the publication and usage of data on the Web designed to help support a self-sustaining ecosystem. Data should be discoverable and understandable by humans and machines. Where data is used in some way, whether by the originator of the data or by an external party, such usage should also be discoverable and the efforts of the data publisher recognized. In short, following these best practices will facilitate interaction between publishers and consumers.

This early version of the document shows its expected scope and future direction. A template is used that shows the what, why and how of each best practice. Comments are sought on the usefulness of this approach and the expected scope of the final document.

Source: Data on the Web Best Practices

Report: “Researcher Perspectives on Publication and Peer Review of Data”

From the abstract:

Data “publication” seeks to appropriate the prestige of authorship in the peer-reviewed literature to reward researchers who create useful and well-documented datasets. The scholarly communication community has embraced data publication as an incentive to document and share data. But, numerous new and ongoing experiments in implementation have not yet resolved what a data publication should be, when data should be peer-reviewed, or how data peer review should work. While researchers have been surveyed extensively regarding data management and sharing, their perceptions and expectations of data publication are largely unknown. To bring this important yet neglected perspective into the conversation, we surveyed ~ 250 researchers across the sciences and social sciences– asking what expectations“data publication” raises and what features would be useful to evaluate the trustworthiness, evaluate the impact, and enhance the prestige of a data publication.

Source: “Researcher Perspectives on Publication and Peer Review of Data”

Report: NMC Horizon Report Higher Education Edition Released

From the Report:

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.

Source: NMC Horizon Report Higher Education Edition