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CFP: 2017 International Data Curation Conference

The International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will take place in Edinburgh from 20-23 February 2017. The organising committee are now inviting submissions. IDCC, now in its 12th year, brings together digital curation professionals and educators with data producers and consumers to consider digital curation in a multi-disciplinary context. The theme for this year’s conference is embedding digital curation.

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CFP: Dodging the Memory Hole 2016, Saving Online News

Join us at “Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving Online News,” where we will explore solutions to the most urgent threat to cultural memory today – the loss of online news content. Journalistic content published on websites and through social media channels, is fragile and easily lost in a tsunami of digital content. Join other professional journalists, librarians, archivists, technologists and entrepreneurs in addressing the urgent need to save the first rough draft of history in digital form.

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Editors’ Choice: Syllabus for Teaching Digital Public History

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This fall quarter I am teaching my digital history course. You can find the draft of the syllabus here. While the title of the course hasn’t changed since the last time I taught it, I’ve made two substantial changes to the overall structure of the course. First, the course focuses more heavily on public history instead of a range of digital methodologies. The course remains motivated by my belief that it’s easier to teach digital humanities when it’s motivated by a scholarly question—in other words, teaching digital humanities in the abstract can be difficult to grasp, but seeing methods and frameworks applied in practice helps make things more concrete.

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CFP: Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference

Bibliography Among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference to be held in Philadelphia from 12 to 15 October 2017, will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The Bibliography Among the Disciplines program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations.
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CFP: Researchers, Practitioners and the Archived Web

The second biennial RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials) conference is seeking contributions.This conference seeks to explore the value of web archives for scholarly use, to highlight innovative research, to investigate the challenges and benefits  of working with the archived web, to identify opportunities for incorporating web archives in learning and teaching, and to discuss and inform archival provision in all senses.

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Job: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of U.S. Art History, George Mason University

The George Mason University Department of History and Art History invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of U.S. Art History.
From the ad:

Areas of specialization in the art and material culture of the United States from any time period from the colonial era to the present will be considered. Special preference will be given to candidates who can teach the history of photography or have expertise in digital humanities.

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Editors’ Choice: A Life Reduced to Data

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In 1861, the census for the colony of New South Wales (as it was back then) recorded just one Chinese woman living in Balmain in Sydney. The historian Eric Rolls, writing in 1992, commented that this ‘lone woman is exceptional and inexplicable’. Inexplicable? My partner and collaborator Kate Bagnall is a historian of Chinese Australia and she recently investigated this case again, making use of digitised resources that were not available in the 1990s. Kate now believes Ah Happ was the first Chinese mother in NSW. But was she the woman in the 1861 census?

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Editors’ Choice: Counting words in HathiTrust with Python and MPI

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In recent months we’ve been working on a couple of projects here in the Lab that are making use of the Extracted Features data set from HathiTrust. This is a fantastic resource, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone at HTRC for putting it together and maintaining it. The extracted features are essentially a set of very granular word counts, broken out for each physical page in the corpus and by part-of-speech tags assigned by the OpenNLP parser. With just the per-page token counts, it is possible to do a really wide range of interesting things – tracking large-scale changes in word usage over time, looking at how cohorts of words do or don’t hang together at different points in history, etc. It’s an interesting constraint – the macro (or at least meso) scale is more strictly enforced, since it’s harder to dip back down into a chunk of text that can actually be read, in the regular sense of the idea.

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