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Opportunity: Join the ADHO Executive Board and Committees

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:00

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks nominations for committed individuals who would like to actively help further DH in all its breadth and diversity on a global scale for the following positions:

ADHO Executive Board Secretary
ADHO Admissions Committee Chair
ADHO Multilingualism/Multiculturalism Committee (MLMC) Chair

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Job: Postdoctoral Researcher Position

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:00

We’re hiring! The AAI/Open Context invites applications for two Postdoctoral Researcher positions in our new Data Literacy Program: Position 1: Postdoctoral Researcher (Data Interpretation and Public Engagement)This is a remote position. Full time (40 hours/week).  Application review will begin July 15, 2020 and will continue until filled. The Alexandria Archive Institute (AAI/Open Context) is a non-profit technology company working to improve research and teaching through innovative uses of the Web. Our work promotes greater transparency in the research process and broader collaboration through the curation and reuse of research data. The primary focus of our work is Open Context, an open access Web-based publication system for archaeology and other field sciences.

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Announcement: Virtual DH2020 Registration Now Open

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:30

Registration for the virtual DH2020 conference is now open! Presenters and participants can register via the DH2020 ConfTool. Once registered, you will need to sign up for a Humanities Commons account and request access to the DH2020 Humanities Commons group. Group access will be granted beginning on 10 July. More information about how to register can be found on the DH2020 Humanities Commons site.

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Editors’ Choice: How predictable is fiction?

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:00

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This blog post is loosely connected to a talk I’m giving (virtually) at the Workshop on Narrative Understanding, Storylines, and Events at the ACL. It’s an informal talk, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities we encounter when we take the impressive sentence-level tools of contemporary NLP and try to use them to produce insights about book-length documents.

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CFPapers: Virtual Workshop Twin Talks

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:00

This workshop is the third in a series where the main objective is to get a better understanding of the dynamics on the Digital Humanities work floor where humanities scholars and digital experts meet and work in tandem to solve humanities research questions. The best way to do this seems to be to give both parties the opportunity to present their achievements and to share their collaboration experiences with the audience. The insights gained should help those involved in the education of humanities scholars, professionals and technical experts alike to develop better training programmes.

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Job: Digital Library Application Programmer

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:30

As a member of the Library Technology Services Department, Digital Development Unit, the Digital Library Application Programmer performs duties related to the creation and support of software applications for the Libraries’ Digital Support Services Department and develops applications and services with an emphasis on the digital library system.

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Resource: A New Library of Congress Collection

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:30

Friends, data wranglers, lend me your ears; The Library of Congress’ Selected Datasets Collection is now live! You can now download datasets of the Simple English Wikipedia, the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, sports economic data, half a million emails from Enron, and urban soil lead abatement from this online collection. This initial set of 20 datasets represents the public start of an ongoing collecting program tied to the Library’s plan to support emerging styles of data-driven research, such as text mining and machine learning.

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Editor’s Choice: Recreating Revolutionary Cities: An Interview with Serena Zabin

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:00

More and more academics have turned to digital humanities to interrogate early modern history, which has led to an influx of 3D modeling projects of early urban spaces. Serena Zabin’s video game, Witness to the Revolution, is one great example. Set in 1770 Boston right after the Boston Massacre, the game investigates many historical questions that have stemmed from Zabin’s recent book, The Boston Massacre: A Family History.

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Resource: Who was your great, great supervisor?

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:00

British History Online has recently digitised and published the records of 22,000 history PhDs from UK and Irish universities. The records cover research degrees awarded between 1970 and 2014, drawn from the IHR’s annual print catalogues of recently completed PhDs. This latest set of records complements an existing BHO series covering degrees awarded 1901-1970 which was published online in 2018.

Together both sets provide opportunities to trace shifts and developments in historical research, and chart the role of individual historians—first as doctoral research students and then as supervisors.

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Announcement: Presenting the 2020-21 CDH Dataset Curation Grant Recipients

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:30

What can sixteenth-century maps teach us about climate change? How do musical patterns feature in the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti? How do Chinese national minorities feature in the collections of state-run Chinese archives?

These are just some of the questions inspiring the work of this year’s recipients of the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) Dataset Curation Grants, which support Princeton affiliates in learning about the analytical and technical practices of working with humanities data. Collaboration is critical to many of this year’s projects. Several grants went to teams comprising a researcher and a Princeton University Library (PUL) staff member; other recipients plan to take on undergraduate and graduate researchers for their project.

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Resource: How to calculate a rolling average in R

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:00

Rolling or moving averages are a way to reduce noise and smooth time series data. During the Covid-19 pandemic, rolling averages have been used by researchers and journalists around the world to understand and visualize cases and deaths. This post will cover how to compute and visualize rolling averages for the new confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19 in the United States.

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Report: The Proceedings of the Digital Orientalisms Twitter Conference 2020

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:00

On the 20th of June, The Digital Orientalist held its second twitter conference, the Digital Orientalisms Twitter Conference 2020 (#DOsTC2020). There were a total of eleven presentations focusing on themes pertaining to the conducting of digital African, Asian, and Middle Eastern Studies, the digital humanities, and research in the time of pandemic.We would like to extend our thanks to the audience, the Digital Orientalist’s team, and of course, the speakers. The speakers are listed below with links to their twitter profiles and the papers that they presented.

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Editors’ Choice: Situated Data Analysis

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:00

My latest paper, “Situated data analysis: a new method for analysing encoded power relationships in social media“, started out as an analysis of the data visualisations in Strava, but ended up as something more ambitious: a method that I think can be used to analyse all kinds of digital platform using personal data in different contexts. Here is a video teaser explaining the key points of situated data analysis:

This paper has been a long time in the works, and started off as part of the INDVIL project on data visualisations, where I was tasked with thinking about the epistemology of data visualisations. Working through revision after revision of my analyses of data visualisations in Strava I found that what really interested me about Strava was the many different ways that the personal data it collects from runners and cyclists are presented—or, more precisely, how the data are situated.

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Announcement: Conference paper out (short paper) DHN2020

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 15:00

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The Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 2020 conference was postponed but papers published online:

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Opportunity: ELO Amplify Anti-Racism Fellowships (June 21)

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:00

In the spirit of protest, change, and justice, and in an attempt to further strengthen its EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) framework, the Electronic Literature Organization invites applications for two dedicated Fellowships aimed to Amplify Anti-Racism: a creative and a scholarly one.

Deadline to apply: June 21st, 2020.

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Resource: Update: How to geocode a CSV of addresses in R

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:00

This post is an update from the previous post, “How to geocode a CSV of addresses in R”. We will be using the ggmap package again, and be sure to investigate the usage and billing policy for Google’s Geocoding API.

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CFP: The Third Workshop on Visualization for Communication (VisComm) at VIS 2020

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:30

 

At IEEE VIS this year, we’re organizing the third Workshop on Visualization for Communication, also known as VisComm. The deadline is July 16, so still plenty of time to put together a paper, whether on communicating around COVID-19 or not. We’re not only looking for the usual academic research, but also visual case studies, which means work by journalists, designers, or non-profits.

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EC: History Slam Episode 150: Dope is Death

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:00

In the 1970s, Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs to combat, what he called, public enemy number one. In New York City, groups like the Black Panther Party and Young Lords recognized the damage addiction was doing to local communities, but also felt that federal efforts to combat drug use were doing more damage. From overuse of methadone to police surveillance to removing access to medical and social services, addiction and the ensuring War on Drugs was particularly harmful for marginalized communities in the city.

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Report: Report from Spring 2020 Executive Roundtable on Acquiring Instructional Materials

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 15:00

On March 30-31, 2020 as part of the CNI Spring virtual Member Meeting, we held two convenings of an Executive Roundtable on strategies for acquiring instructional materials; this included both open educational resources and “inclusive access” type arrangements. It also discussed experiences in providing instructional materials support for the sudden transition to remote instruction that took place throughout higher education in March 2020 in response to COVID-19.

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Job: Postdoctoral researcher in Digital History – Academic Positions

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 15:00

The Digital History Advanced Research Projects Accelerator (DHARPA) at C2DH is looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher as part of a research project sponsored by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The postdoctoral researcher will work under the supervision of Professor Sean Takats and join a team that already includes two other postdoctoral researchers, a software developer, and an administrative assistant, and which collaborates with the larger C²DH research center.

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