Category: Resources

Resource: Strategies and Tactics in Changing Behaviour Around Research Data

The International Data Curation Conference (IDCC) continues to be about change. That is, how do we change the eco-system so that managing data is an essential component of the research lifecycle? How can we free the rich data trapped in PDFs or lost to linkrot? How can we get researchers to data mine and not data whine? While, for some, the pace of change is not quick enough, IDCC still demonstrates an impressive breadth of strategy and tactics to enable this change.

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Resource: Introducing staticAid, a Static Site Generator for Archival Description

A recent trend in web development (first brought to my attention at this year’s edUI conference) is a renewed interest in building static websites because they’re faster, more secure, allow for more transparent versioning of content, and are more maintainable over time than CMS-backed systems. With staticAid, I’ve tried to apply those ideas to archival description: JSON files generated via ArchivesSpace’s REST API are rendered as HTML with Jekyll.

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Resource: Building a Professional Website

About a year ago, I started thinking about building a professional website. It seemed like the “next” step in my professional life. If a built a website in my first year of graduate school, then when I started looking at jobs in year two, I would have a platform to advertise and promote. Having a website seems like a nice compliment to your Twitter presence (or another social media you’re active on).

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Resource: Download Hundreds of 19th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints

We recently featured hundreds of Van Gogh’s paintings, sketches, and letters downloadable from Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. But despite its name, that respected institution hasn’t devoted itself entirely to the work of the 19th-century post-impressionist painter; they’ve also got a serious stock of art from roughly the same period but the other side of the world in the form of Japanese woodblock prints. And like their Van Gogh materials, they’ve made them available to all of us in high resolution files, free for the downloading in their online collections.

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Resource: Resources from Developing Dartmouth’s First “Intro. to Digital Humanities” Course

I polled a number of DH colleagues on social media (Facebook and Twitter) who I know have taught their own introduction to DH courses or who have, like me, taught DH-inflected courses in an English department or similar program. I also met with a few DH colleagues on campus, including our DH librarian, Laura Braunstein, as well as my favorite DH critics. My goal was to collect a range of ideas and sample syllabi with different organizations, concentrations, and assignments in order to figure out what will work best to propose for Dartmouth’s students and for me. A number of people that I tagged in my queries responded that they, too, would benefit from having a list of resources for teaching an Intro to DH course. So, I am sharing most of the response stream here.

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Resource: The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams

The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE) is an ongoing project that makes available textual and contextual data of book epigrams (or: metrical paratexts) from medieval Greek manuscripts (seventh to fifteenth century).We define book epigrams as poems in books and on books: their subject is the very manuscript in which they are found. They record, react to, or motivate the production, the contents and the use of the book.

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Resource: A Very Preliminary Taxonomy of Sources of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Religious Data

In this post I want to attempt a very preliminary taxonomy of the kinds of sources that are available to religious historians who wish to use mapping or quantitative analysis of some kind or another. Let’s call this a taxonomy instead of a catalog, because I’m going to list the kinds of sources that I’ve come about rather than try to give a bibliography of all of the sources themselves.

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