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Job: Digital Research Studio Director, Claremont Colleges

From the ad:

The Claremont Colleges are seeking an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and highly organized Digital Research Studio Director (DRSD) to play a key leadership role in developing and supporting the Digital Humanities within the consortium.  This position is funded by a five-year grant from the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation.  The colleges are currently in Year 4; the award ends on September 30, 2019.  The purpose of the grant is to create and sustain an integrated system of support, training, and research for The Claremont Colleges that will make the consortium a model learning community where Digital Humanities’ (DH) methods and tools inform the work of scholars and students at all levels. The funds are being used to host an annual set of DH programs and events; train faculty and educate students; support digitally-infused course development; and maintain the collaborative capstone effort known as the Digital Humanities Research Studio.

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Job: Assistant Professor of English – Digital Humanities, Marshall University

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Applications invited for a tenure-eligible assistant professorship in English with specialization in Digital Humanities. We are seeking a scholar with a well-developed Digital Humanities project as well as expertise and ability to teach in one or more of the following secondary areas: literary studies, media studies, professional writing, digital writing and rhetoric, and multimodal composition. The applicant should show evidence of a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of computing in the humanities, which could include the intellectual and cultural effects of text mining, quantitative analysis, visualization, and text and archive creation.

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CFP: Transacting DH – Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Collaboration

From the CFP:

In 2011, Tanya Clement and Dave Lester convened an NEH-supported conversation titled Off the Tracks, which led to the eventual publication of the Collaborators’ Bill of Rights. Prompted by this year’s presidential theme–Textual Transactions–this guaranteed panel supported by the Association for Computer in the Humanities (ACH) will address questions of “transaction” as a combination of form and function. What models of collaboration have evolved across DH projects over time? How have advisors and students negotiated their roles in digital humanities research projects? What are the rights and responsibilities of mentoring, supervising, directing, or staffing a digital humanities research project? What are the boundaries of these transactions? How can digital humanities transactions challenge our ideas of collaboration?

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CFP: Keystone DH 2018

From the CFP:

We are excited to announce that this year’s Keystone DH will be held at Penn State University in State College. Now in its fourth year, Keystone DH is an annual conference and a network of institutions and practitioners committed to advancing collaborative scholarship in digital humanities research and pedagogy across the Mid-Atlantic. Recognizing how DH scholarship in practice necessarily bridges conventional academic distinctions, we invite contributions from across the field, including faculty researchers, unaffiliated scholars, librarians, technologists, artists and critical-makers. Deadline Extended to March 29!

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Job: Head of Preservation and Digitization, Washington University

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Under the direction of the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections Services Division, is responsible for the development and operation of a library-wide, comprehensive preservation and digitization program. Leads and manages all preservation/conservation and digitization efforts, including the management of general and special collection care and digitization activities, preservation/digitization lab and services, disaster planning and recovery, environmental monitoring, exhibition preparation activities, and education and outreach efforts.

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Job: Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech

From the ad:

The postdoc will advance the partnership in the Digital Humanities between the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, University Libraries, and faculty and students across Virginia Tech. The postdoc is expected to assume a high visibility position advancing the digital humanities at the intersection of research, outreach, and instruction appropriate to a land grant university. The postdoc will have workspace assigned in the Athenaeum, the new Digital Humanities collaboration space in Newman Library. The postdoc will also have an affiliation with the proposed Center for Humanities to be located in the new Liberal Arts Building, as well as appropriate humanities department(s), including English, History, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Religion and Culture, and Science, Technology, and Society. The postdoc will report to the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, while working closely with the Digital Humanities Librarian and the faculty advisory group for the Athenaeum.

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Report: HathiTrust Research Center User Requirements Study White Paper

About the report:

This paper presents findings from an investigation into trends and practices in humanities and social sciences research that incorporates text data mining. As affiliates of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), the purpose of our study was to illuminate researcher needs and expectations for text data, tools, and training for text mining in order to better understand our current and potential user community. Results of our study have and will continue to inform development of HTRC tools and services for computational text analysis.

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Editors’ Choice: Parsimony and Elegance as Objectives for Digital Curation Processes

Creative Commons Image by Marjan Krebelj via Flickr

I’m increasingly convinced that parsimony and elegance are key values for the socio-technical systems that enable long term access to information. This post is me starting to try and articulate what I mean by that and connecting that back to a few ongoing strands of work and thinking I’m engaged in.

Now that the book as been circulating around a bit, I’ve been able to both reflect on it and get to have a lot of great conversations with people about it. Along with that, I’ve been participating (or at least trying to participate when my calendar allows) in some ongoing conversations about the role of maintenance, capacity, care, and repair in library work.

My points of entry into these conversations have been Bethany Nowviskie’s  Capacity and Care, Steve Jackson’s piece Rethinking Repair, Hellel Arnold’s Critical Work: Archivists as Maintainers, and Andrew Russell and Lee Vinsel’s work in pieces like Innovation is overvalued: Maintenance often matters more. As I mentioned in a pervious post, I think there is a ton more that I need to sort through in Nell Nodding’s line of thinking on an ethics of care, and that is all tied up in this too. So take those as trail heads to what I think is going to grow more and more into a major part of our professional discourse. Notions of capacity and maintain all implicate notions of sustainability.

Less is More Sustainable and Mantainable

The specific prompt for this post was one conversation where I ended up saying something I’ve said a few times before. Something like; “If you can do it with an Access database then don’t gather requirements for a software engineering project.” Furthermore, “If you can do it with a spreadsheet, don’t build an Access database.” Beyond that, “If you can do it with a text file, then don’t set up a spreadsheet.” The general point in each of these situations is that you want to use the least possible tool for the job and then when the complexity of the work demands it, you justify the added complexity of the next thing.


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Editors’ Choice: Visualizing Cultural Collections

A data visualization

Below is an overview of research projects that were carried out by student teams in the project course Visualizing cultural collections taught by Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk since 2014. Students with different disciplinary backgrounds including design, media studies, information science, and cultural management analyzed existing interfaces and developed new approaches for different case studies in collaboration with a broad range of cultural institutions.

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Resource: KITAB – Knowledge Information Technology and the Arabic Books

From the post:

KITAB provides a digital tool-box and a forum for discussions about Arabic texts. We wish to empower users to explore Arabic texts in completely new ways and to expand the frontiers of knowledge about one of the world’s largest and most complex textual traditions. We are leading with a tool that detects how authors copied from previous works. Arabic authors frequently made use of past works, cutting them into pieces and reconstituting them to address their own outlooks and concerns. Now you can discover relationships between these texts and also the profoundly intertextual circulatory systems in which they sit.

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