Academic authors in the humanities and social sciences often wait three or more years to see the first reviews of their scholarly monographs. Why does it take so long? As Oona Schmid, director of publishing at the American Anthropological Association (AAA), describes in our latest issue brief, it is because book reviewing still relies on […]
Ocular can recognize collections of documents that use historical fonts. The system is unsupervised: you don’t need document images that are labeled with human transcriptions in order to learn a particular historical font. Instead, Ocular learns the font directly, straight from the set of input document images you want transcribed. See full post here.
The Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. While it primarily targets journalists and aid providers, the Handbook can be used by anyone. It’s advice and guidance are valuable whether you are a news journalist, citizen reporter, relief responder, […]
Costume Core is a new application profile, building on existing metadata standards to create a specification for cataloging and encoding costume. This specification is being tested to consider its application for an inter-institutional digital resource for the study of the history of dress, HistoricDress.org. Source: Costume Core | An application profile for cataloging costume.
On the codespeak site today, you’ll find links to a customizable kit that anyone can use to host their own Speaking in Code gathering. It includes our starter bibliography, advice for welcoming a diverse group of participants and planning an event, and the framework of a Jekyll website (complete with instructions), ready for you to […]
Welcome to one of the world’s most beautiful Ramayana manuscripts. The original was prepared for Maharana Jagat Singh, the ruler of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar in Rajasthan, in the middle of the seventeenth century. Most volumes of the manuscript are now in the British Library. They were presented by Maharana Bhim Singh of Mewar […]
Not only did T.S. Eliot draw the cover for the first edition of his Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, featured yesterday, he even read it aloud for the audiobook edition. You may think the time of the audiobook, now a popular form on digital audio devices everywhere, must have begun long after the time of Eliot had […]
One way of doing OCR on your own machine with free tools, is to use Ben Marwick’s pdf-2-text-or-csv.r script for the R programming language. Marwick’s script uses R as wrapper for the Xpdf programme from Foolabs. Xpdf is a pdf viewer, much like Adobe Acrobat, but it comes with OCR bundled within. Using Xpdf on […]
Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) are the backbone of the academic reference and metrics system. If you’re a researcher writing software, this guide will show you how to make the work you share on GitHub citable by archiving one of your GitHub repositories and assigning a DOI with the data archiving tool Zenodo. View full post […]
Stamen has long aspired to make it easier for people everywhere to visualize data, particularly on and with maps. In our recent partnership with Tableau, we’ve helped to improve a tool that does just that. Tableau’s latest version, 8.2, comes complete with a mapping suite designed by us. Suddenly it’s that much easier for people […]