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Editors’ Choice: Data for Black Lives

8 hours 6 min ago

Every aspect of our social and economic lives. New data systems have tremendous potential to empower communities of color. Tools like statistical modeling, data visualization, and crowd-sourcing, in the right hands, are powerful instruments for fighting bias, building progressive movements, and promoting civic engagement. But history tells a different story — one in which data is too often wielded as an instrument of oppression, reinforcing inequality and perpetuating injustice. Redlining was a data-driven enterprise that resulted in the systematic exclusion of Black communities from key financial services. More recent trends like predictive policing, risk-based sentencing, and predatory lending are troubling variations on the same theme. Today, discrimination is a high-tech enterprise. In this opening panel, we discuss the role that data and technology can and should play in Black communities.

Watch the discussion here.

Editors’ Choice: MCN2017 and the Museum Museum Gap

8 hours 37 min ago

As a first time attendee of MCN last week, I didn’t know entirely what to expect, other than all things digital plus museums. The program was really quite diverse, and ranged from relatively technical discussions (sometimes dry; sometimes hilarious) to more meta-professional sessions that really did function as a kind of group therapy. The latter sessions were clearly necessary for many attendees. Rachel Ropeik starkly describes how this year’s MCN teemed with stories of disillusionment, marked by a distressing number of people talking about leaving the field. This post is an attempt to set Ropeik’s trenchant observations next to some overarching questions from the pre-conference Digital Provenance Symposium hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Art, and how MCN and the musetech community are doing at actually building shared digital practices.

Read the full post here.

Funding: New Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (DHAG) Guidelines

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:00

From the announcement:

Now that the leaves are turning colors and autumn is here, it’s time to think about pulling together the components for an application to the January 2018 deadline of the Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program.

So what’s new for the January 2018 deadline?…

Read the full announcement here.

Job: Digital Archivist and Institutional Repository Librarian, WPI

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:30

From the ad:

Serve as the first-level technology and application manager for the library’s institutional repository service (currently using Bepress’s Digital Commons); and as the library’s chief liaison to Information Technology in developing requirements and functionality of other digital scholarship and repository platforms (such as Samvera); and as the lead functional liaison to university faculty, departments, and other librarians working with digital archives, digital publishing, and digital exhibit technologies and services… Work in collaboration with the staff of the Archives & Special Collections department to develop diverse digital collections including digital text, images, music and video; digitized archival materials; born-digital records including web sites; digital games and data; digital cultural and university heritage artifacts; curricular materials; works of art; and digital representations research and engineering artifacts and scientific instruments.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Digital Research Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:00

From the ad:

The Digital Research Fellow will be tasked with developing, building, and trialing a structure for accessing and researching texts, images, and metadata relating to the major themes of the project, with an emphasis on the Folger’s unique collection of food-related manuscripts. Working closely with co-directors and Folger stakeholders, the post-doc will help establish and implement editorial and mark-up conventions for creating a searchable corpus of food-related texts and images. The corpus will provide quantitative and qualitative data for the team’s innovative explorations of a wide range of issues in food pathways and cultures of the period through a variety of techniques, including data mining, data visualization, mapping, network analysis, and text analysis.

Read the full ad here.

Announcement: Major Milestones for Omeka (Omeka S 1.0 Release)

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:30

From the announcement:

Today, the Omeka team is releasing the first major point release for Omeka S: 1.0. It is available for download today. We are also revealing a redesigned, Omeka.org, which represents a major undertaking of effort that has happened at the edges of all other pressing design, development, and outreach work.

One year following the Beta, the release of Omeka S 1.0 demonstrates the stability of the platform.

Created with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Omeka S is engineered to ease the burdens of administrators who want to make it possible for their users easily build their own sites that showcase digital cultural heritage materials and share those resources as linked open data.

Read the full announcement here.

Announcement: Decolonizing Digital Humanities – A Discussion and Zotero Workshop

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:00

About the workshop:

Together we will have a discussion of what it means to decolonize the Archive as well as the field of Digital Humanities. Please come ready to participate! Please bring your computer. After the discussion, we will have a hands-on Zotero workshop. Learn how to use Zotero for organizing your bibliographic references…

Organized by Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage’s CLIR Fellow, the workshop will be livestreamed on Recovering’s facebook page (@RecoveringUSHispanicLiteraryHeritage) and Borderlands Archives Cartography’s facebook page (@bacartography).

Read more here.

CFP: Canadian Society for Digital Humanities 2018 – Gathering Diversities

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:30

From the CFP:

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (http://csdh-schn.org/) invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers, posters, and digital demonstrations for its annual meeting, which will be held at the 2018 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Regina, from May 26th to 28th (https://www.congress2018.ca/). The theme of this year’s Congress is “Gathering Diversities.” The Program Committee encourages submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities.

Read the full post here.

Editors’ Choice: Digital History & Argument White Paper

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:00

This white paper is the product of the Arguing with Digital History Workshop organized by Stephen Robertson and Lincoln Mullen of George Mason University, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The two-day workshop, which involved twenty-four invited participants at different stages in their careers, working in a variety of fields with a range of digital methods, was conceived with a focus on one particular form of digital history, arguments directed at scholarly audiences and disciplinary conversations. Despite recurrent calls for digital history in this form from digital and analog historians, few examples exist. The original aim of the workshop was to promote digital history that directly engaged with historiographical arguments by producing a white paper that addressed the conceptual and structural issues involved in such scholarship. Input from the participants expanded the scope of the white paper to also elaborate the arguments made by other forms of digital history and address the obstacles to professional recognition of those interpretations. The result was a document that aims to help bridge the argumentative practices of digital history and the broader historical profession. On the one hand, it aims to demonstrate to the wider historical discipline how digital history is already making arguments in different forms than analog scholarship. On the other hand, it aims to help digital historians weave the scholarship they produce into historiographical conversations in the discipline.

To produce the white paper, the organizers, Robertson and Mullen, shaped documents created by small groups in the course of the workshop, together with the response papers submitted by participants prior to the workshop, into a draft document. That draft was made available as a Google doc to the participants, and those who had been invited but had to withdraw, for comments. Robertson and Mullen then revised the draft in response to that feedback to produce the final white paper. All those who participated in the workshop or provided feedback on the draft are credited as authors of the white paper.

A roundtable on the white paper, featuring participants in the workshop, will be held as part of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, from 1.30 pm to 3.00 PM on January 6, 2018.

 

Read the full white paper here.

Job: Digital Scholarship Archivist, MIT

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP ARCHIVIST, MIT Libraries, to coordinate, facilitate, and enhance activities to advance student, faculty, and public awareness and use of, learning with, and access to digital archives and special collections. Will assist with the coordination of digital collections’ workflows and the creation of digital assets from archives and special collections materials; and work with the Libraries’ technology tools and platforms to expand access to Institute Archives and Special Collections content through the website and other medium.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Data Management Specialist, Colorado State University

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

This position is responsible for the coordination and deployment of data services during the research life cycle. This includes advising researchers on creating and implementing data management plans at CSU; partnering with the College Liaison Librarians in outreach to CSU faculty, working with the Data Management Committee, the Information Science & Technology Center (ISTeC), and the Office of the Vice President for Research; and providing training and consulting services. This position offers an exciting opportunity to support a scholarly communications program that will provide support services relating to organizing, preserving, and sharing research data.

Read the full ad here.

Report: Faculty Attitudes toward Open Access and Scholarly Communications

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:30

From the report:

Access to scholarship in the health sciences has greatly increased in the last decade. The adoption of the 2008 U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy and the launch of successful open access journals in health sciences have done much to move the exchange of scholarship beyond the subscription-only model. One might assume, therefore, that scholars publishing in the health sciences would be more supportive of these changes. However, the results of this survey of attitudes on a campus with a large medical faculty show that health science respondents were uncertain of the value of recent changes in the scholarly communication system.

Read the full report here.

Editors’ Choice: Walter Forsberg Digital Dialogue – Yes, We Scan

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:00

As part of the Digital Dialogues series at Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities (MITH), Walter Forsberg, Media Archivist for the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian, presented “an overview of the new museum’s audiovisual digitization programs and activities, in place since 2014.” Forsberg “discuss[ed] how NMAAHC established digital file-management workflows, target specifications, equipment sourcing, and access platforms, alongside screenings of newly-digitized collections” and “showcase[d] highlights from the museum’s ‘Great Migration Home Movie Digitization’ public project, and announce[d] details regarding the institution’s new Robert F. Smith Fund—a partnership program aimed at digitizing and sharing collections of African American cultural material held by other institutions.”

 

For a storify recap and video of the talk, see here.

CFP: Global Digital Humanities Symposium at Michigan State University

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:00

From the call:

Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its symposium series on Global DH into its third year. Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. The most engaged global DH scholarship, that which MSU champions, values digital tools that enhance the capacity of scholarly critique to reflect a broad range of literary, historical, new media, and cultural positions, and diverse ways of valuing cultural production and knowledge work…With the growth of the digital humanities, particularly in under-resourced and underrepresented areas, a number of complex issues surface, including, among others, questions of ownership, cultural theft, virtual exploitation, digital rights, endangered data, and the digital divide.

Find out more here.

CFP: Our (Digital) Humanity – Storytelling, Media Organizing, and Social Justice

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:30

From the call:

The Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice Community Conference will take place at Lehigh University and in the adjacent Southside of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania April 20-22, 2018.  The conference is also referred to as ODH2018. This innovative community conference will locate the budding field of digital humanities at the intersection of public humanities, digital scholarship, oral history, “media organizing” & social justice. The conference will create an inter-generational convergence space for members of social movements, community based public historians, students, and activist-scholars to network, share their digital projects, offer digital capacity building trainings and strengthen collaboration.

Learn more here.

Job: Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Idaho

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

The University of Idaho Library seeks an innovative, flexible, and highly collaborative librarian who will help promote, develop, and maintain the digital services and projects of the library and the relationships that make these services and projects possible. Reporting to the Dean, this position will work within the Data and Digital Services (DDS ) department and closely collaborate with other library units such as Special Collections and Archives and User and Research Services. This position will work with the Head of DDS to oversee the day-to-day operations of the digital initiatives laboratory and will work closely with members of the DDS department to maintain and monitor the functionality of the libraries many online representations, including the library website, digital collections, and VIVO application.

Read full ad  here.

CFParticipation: Call for New Blog Members at The Junto

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:30

From the post:

Here at The Junto, a group blog of early American historians, we’re looking for new voices to expand our coverage of this exciting field. We are seeking new members to further diversify the content of the blog and join our community of like-minded friends and scholars. New members commit to posting at least six times a year, and to helping with the blog’s administration. All Juntoists create and edit their own posts, solicit guest posts, organize interviews, reviews, and roundtables, and shape the direction of the blog.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Write Out Loud – Risk & Reward in Digital Publishing

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:00

Language is a source of power that makes things happen in the world, and that is an important and challenging lesson to teach in college writing courses. Once students recognize the profound implications of our work with language, many of the skills instructors value — argumentation, organization, revision, editing, proofreading — become much easier to teach. In addition, given that many of us work with students for merely one semester, when we want or need at least two, teaching students how and why language matters in the world helps ensure that they will continue to work on their writing once they leave our classrooms.

During my career as a graduate student, I became increasingly aware of the power of language as I began to publish my writing online (mainly through blogs on HASTAC) and in academic journals. People would quote my work, share it with others, and contact me to discuss their ideas. They would tell me how my writing about pedagogy prompted them to do something different in their classrooms. As someone who thinks deeply about feminist and antiracist politics of citation, publishing for a wide audience made me even more meticulous about citing those whose labor and ideas have enabled my own thinking.

Read more here.

Job: Asst. Professor – Technology, Media, and Persuasion

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 13:00

From the ad:

The Department of Communication (http://communication.ucsd.edu/) within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is seeking to make an appointment at the Assistant Professor level, to begin Fall, 2018 in the following area: Critical Studies of Technology, Media, and Persuasion. Candidates must have a PhD and an active and creative research and teaching program that focuses on technology, media, and persuasion in the digital age; explores the blurred boundaries between corporate and public interests; and considers possibilities for configuring novel forms of politics, civil society, and popular culture. Areas of particular interest include: emergent forms of media and data manipulation and distribution by state, corporate, and non-governmental actors; data mining and algorithmic targeting of consumers, citizens, and political actors by government and corporations; the impact of advertising, promotional communication, and consumer culture on civil society, industries, human subjectivity, and political movements.

Read full ad here.

Job: Lecturer, Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

Loyola University Chicago, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities invite applications for a full-time, renewable, three-year Lecturer position in Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, beginning August 13, 2018 for academic year 2018-2019. The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities is home to a variety of funded and internal Digital Humanities projects (See http://luc.edu/ctsdh/researchprojects/) and the MA program in Digital Humanities. The candidate will be responsible for supporting ongoing research projects in the Center and for teaching courses related to that program, including required Digital Humanities and special topics seminars at the MA and advanced undergraduate level.

Read the full ad  here.

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