About the funding:
ACLS invites applications for ACLS Digital Extension Grants, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.
This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars.
From the announcement:
A Space of Their Own aims to compile the most comprehensive resource to date for information on female artists active in the United States and Europe during this time…
Begun in 2017 and expected to launch by the fall of 2019, A Space of Their Own is the brainchild of the late Jane Fortune, founder of AWA. Fortune considered the project an outgrowth of her work researching and exhibiting under-appreciated Italian woman artists, and approached Gealt to direct the research.
To date, the project has compiled a (continuously growing) master list of 643 individual artists, reached out to over 2,000 museums, and recently put out a public request for information on women artists in European collections.
The sheer amount of data contained in JSTOR raises the question of what is the most effective way for scholars to search it. The answer to this question is inevitably going to be discipline-specific as scholars in different fields do have different strategies for retrieving bibliographic information.
For students and scholars in Classics, for example, the ability to search for articles that quote or refer to a specific text passage (or range of passages) is of essential importance. An index of cited passages, which is normally found at the end of monographs or edited volumens, serves precisely this purpose. Yet, when it comes to searching through archives of journal articles like JSTOR, full text search is often the only functionality offered. And, in many cases, it’s not sufficient, or not the most effective way of retrieving bibliographic information.
Cited Loci of the Aeneid is a proof-of-concept aimed at showing how technologies that are being developed rather independently in the field of Digital Humanities, if combined together, can enable whole new ways of searching through large electronic archives. It’s more a hack than it is a real project, and it is the result of an online conversation that went on for almost a year. This conversation brought together various research groups working on different yet intertwined topics: Neil Coffee, Chris Forstall, Caitlin Diddams and James Gawley who had been investigating in the Tesserae project the automatic detection of intertextual parallels within classical texts; Ron Snyder from JSTOR Labs who had been working on extraction of quotations of primary texts (e.g. Dante’ Commedia, Virgil’s Aeneid, etc.) and Matteo Romanello who had developed a system to capture canonical references to classical texts from the full text of journal articles.
From the announcement:
The following #MLA19 session will take place on January 3, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Suite 5 from 7-8:15 pm.
Screen/Post-Screen Digital Humanities
The screen shapes our concept of the digital, and further, the contemporary communication of graphical information. Figures like Johanna Drucker mobilize this fact toward charting fluid formations in visual epistemology–pre-screenic, screenic, and post-screenic in nature. “Images have a history,” Drucker writes, “but so do concepts of vision and these are embedded in the attitudes of their times and cultures as assumptions guiding the production and use of images for scientific or humanistic inquiry” (Graphesis 19). Drucker’s observation identifies the fact that visual epistemology and technological production are inextricably linked. The screen may be our primary means of conveying information in the present, but numerous histories of visualization prefigure and exceed the limits of the screen–“different technologies and media play their role in knowledge production as surely as do changes in optical instruments and observational techniques” (Graphesis 21).
From the ad:
The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on an AHRC-funded research project, ‘Networking Archives: Assembling and analysing a meta-archive of correspondence, 1509-1714’… This project, which was launched in October 2018, will bring together early modern correspondence data collected in ‘Early Modern Letters Online’ (EMLO), and merge this with metadata from the Tudor and Stuart ‘State Papers Online’ (Gale) to create the UK’s largest meta-archive of curated early modern correspondence of c.430,000 letters. Following the process of data gathering and cleaning, we will combine quantitative network analysis with traditional research approaches to discover what the meta-archive reveals about the ways in which ‘intelligence’ was gathered and transmitted in the early modern period, both in terms of political missives communicated for the consolidation of state authority and as learned exchanges within the international ‘republic of letters’.
From the resource:
What if text analysis could help with teaching the research process? In particular, with guiding students toward asking thoughtful and interesting research questions about the text? As opposed to traditional “close reading”, text analysis facilitates what many scholars call “distant reading”. In “distant reading”, texts can be analyzed at speeds and magnitudes way beyond human abilities. Because text analysis allows readers to see what may have been familiar in new, unfamiliar ways, it can also help with identifying previously overlooked or obscure aspects about that text.
I find a tool for text analysis, called Voyant-Tools, particularly conducive to the undergraduate classroom.
From the ad:
Reporting to the chair of the Digital Studies faculty board, the Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of Digital Studies will have a leading role in building the Digital Studies program. His or her responsibilities will include teaching five quarter-length courses per year (normally, two in Autumn, two in Winter, and one in Spring). These may include introductory courses on computer programming and statistics as well as courses on data management, data analysis, data publication via the Web, and natural language processing. These courses are intended to teach students how to make effective use of software tools and techniques relevant to scholarship in the humanities, with emphasis on textual, visual, and sonic data related to human language, culture, and history.
From the CFP:
We are delighted to draw your attention to our Call for Papers for DATeCH 2019, which will take place from 8-10 May 2019 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in the heart of Brussels, Belgium.
The International DATeCH (Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage) conference brings together researchers and practitioners seeking innovative approaches for the creation, transformation and exploitation of historical documents in digital form. This interdisciplinary conference, takes place at the intersection of computer science, (digital) humanities, and cultural heritage studies. The DATeCH 2019 is jointly organised by IMPACT Centre of Competence, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal, DARIAH-BE and CLARIN-Flanders.
From the report:
Our cultural, historic, and scientific heritage is increasingly being produced and shared in digital forms. The ubiquity, pervasiveness, variability, and fluidity of such content raise a range of questions about the role of research libraries and archives in digital preservation in the face of rapid organizational and technological changes and evolving organizational priorities. Ithaka S+R is interested in exploring the current landscape of digital preservation programs and services in order to identify research and policy questions that will contribute to the advancement of strategies in support of future scholarship. To this end, during June and July 2018, I talked with 21 experts and thought leaders to hear their perspectives on the state of digital preservation. The purpose of this report is to share a number of common themes that permeated through the conversations and provide an opportunity for broader community reaction and engagement, which will over time contribute to the development of an Ithaka S+R research agenda in these areas.
About the resource:
The reality is that most historical networks change over time. At certain points they may grow, or shrink, or dissolve completely. Actors or objects enter and exit these networks over the course of their existence. People or things may occupy highly central roles for a brief period of time – perhaps a day, a year, or a decade – but they rarely begin or end their existence within a network in such positions. Wouldn’t it be great if you could reflect these changes and developments in your visualization and analysis of a network?
Temporal Network Analysis, also known as Temporal Social Network Analysis (TSNA), or Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA), might be just what you’re looking for.
From the announcement:
Zotero makes it easy to collect research materials with a single click as you browse the web, but what do you do when you want to add a real, physical book to your Zotero library?
If you have an iPhone or iPad running iOS 12, you can now save a book to Zotero just by scanning its barcode…
This feature takes advantage of the new Shortcuts functionality in iOS 12, which can chain together series of actions to perform tasks.
To get started, you’ll first need to install Apple’s Shortcuts app, if you don’t yet have it on your iPhone or iPad.
From the ad:
To support research and programming in the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement cluster and to support the Dartmouth HASTAC program. This position will include project management, program coordination, and outreach responsibilities for both HASTAC and DHSE.
The DHSE cluster is committed to anti-racist, feminist principles and will support a broad range of projects linked to social engagement.
HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists that are changing the way we teach and learn. Our 16,000+ members from over 400+ affiliate organizations share news, tools, research, insights, pedagogy, methods, and projects—including Digital Humanities and other born-digital scholarship—and collaborate on various HASTAC initiatives.
[The text of my keynote at the Sound Education conference at Harvard on November 2, 2018. This was the first annual conference on educational and academic podcasts, and gathered hundreds of producers of audio and podcast listeners to discuss how podcasting can effectively and engagingly reach diverse audiences interested in a wide range of scholarly fields.]
Our formal communications take other forms that are more, shall we say, braggadocious. The academic monograph and article are necessarily shaped to show off expertise. These written forms have scholarly accoutrements, like the jewelry of footnotes, that make them dressed to impress. Mostly, of course, they are dressed to impress one’s peers.
On the other side of the academic house, press releases and magazine-like pieces from the university communications office are aimed at impressing the broader world, and to garner coverage beyond the walls of the academy. But these are also forms of writing that stay in a narrow lane, crowded as they are with spunky, crafted quotations from a world in which everything is a game-changing breakthrough.
But we’re here for podcasts. Let’s not dwell on these forms of academic expression other than to recognize them for what they are: genres. The press release and the academic article and the monograph may all be about scholarly research, but they are distinct genres, and throughout my brief remarks this morning, I want to encourage you to think about podcasts in terms of genres as well. I want you to think about the genre for your podcast.
Genres are enormously helpful structures. They are commonly agreed upon forms of communication that provide identifying signals to the audience about what they are reading, viewing, or in the case of podcasts, listening to. Genres give the audience, often unconsciously and rapidly, a general category for a creative work, which in turn colors its reception.
Genres prep the podcast listener’s ears and mind through repetition, recognition, and expectation. Conforming to a genre telegraphs structural information to the audience and makes audio more palatable and relatable.
From the ad:
The University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks applications for a 24-month postdoctoral fellowship to focus on creating a program of research support for the current and evolving geospatial research needs of faculty and students across disciplines. The Fellow will be instrumental in planning and developing library services related to creating, locating, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences… As part of a highly collaborative team in the University Libraries’ Department of Open and Digital Scholarship and CU Boulder’s Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, this position plays a key role in the University’s educational mission by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and collaborating with Libraries colleagues to connect them to the resources, technologies and tools that meet their research, teaching and learning needs.
From the ad:
Appointed for two years (with the possibility of a one-year extension) beginning in January 2019, the Bucknell Digital Humanities postdoctoral Fellow will work with faculty in the division of the Arts and Humanities to initiate, advance, present and complete Digital Humanities research projects via application of critical computing skills and methods. This is primarily a research-support position. However, it will involve occasional supervision of undergraduate students engaged in faculty research projects. The Fellow will be based in the new Hildreth-Mirza Hall, which houses the Bucknell Humanities Center, the Bucknell University Press, the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, and a robust DH infrastructure (e.g., the Humanities Lab).
From the ad:
The College of Wooster invites applications for a new interdisciplinary tenure-track position in Global Media, Cultural, and Digital Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a candidate in global media and/or digital studies with particular expertise in transnational film and media production and consumption; candidates with a film and/or digital production background and a cultural studies approach are particularly encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. (ABD considered), a well-defined research agenda with evidence of scholarly publication and media production; demonstrated teaching ability at the college level, particularly in interdisciplinary and innovative pedagogies and digital and new media; and a commitment to transnational perspectives and contexts and to inclusion and diversity.
From the announcement:
The Commons In A Box team, based at The Graduate Center, CUNY (GC), has partnered with the OpenLab at New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) to create Commons In A Box OpenLab (CBOX OpenLab), a free software platform for teaching, learning, and collaboration.
Today’s public release of CBOX OpenLab is the culmination of a two-year project, Learning in the Public Square: An Open Platform for Humanities Education, funded in 2016 by a $324,502 Digital Humanities Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities.
Commons In A Box (CBOX) has been developed by the team behind the CUNY Academic Commons, an academic social network for the 25-campus CUNY system. Built using the WordPress publishing platform, with BuddyPress for social networking, it is designed to simplify the process of creating commons spaces where members can discuss issues, collaborate, and share their work. Funded initially by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CBOX is being used by academic institutions, scholarly associations, and nonprofit organizations worldwide to foster community among their members.
About the funding:
As part of Code4Lib’s ongoing commitment to reducing economic barriers that prevent participation for underrepresented groups and achieving a balanced representation of the human experience, we are pleased to announce that we are now seeking applicants for our 2019 Diversity Scholarship program http://2019.code4lib.org/general-info/scholarships! The Code4Lib Scholarship Committee hopes to award 15 Diversity Scholarships, based on merit and need. Each scholarship will cover up to $1500 for travel costs, lodging, and conference fees for selected applicants to attend the 2019 Code4Lib Conference in San José, California. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM/ET. The scholarship will cover conference registration and hotel accommodations up front to scholarship awardees. Other incidentals like travel and meals may be reimbursed based on the amount awarded. Reimbursement will be managed independently at the conference. Pairing up housing with other scholarship awardees or conference attendees may also be accommodated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this arrangement. We want to ensure that financial issues do not discourage anyone from applying to this award.
Editors’ Choice: The Uncanny Valley and the Ghost in the Machine – a discussion of analogies for thinking about digitized medieval manuscripts
This is a version of a paper I presented at the University of Kansas Digital Humanities Seminar, Co-Sponsored with the Hall Center for the Humanities on September 17, 2018.
So this is great. We’re doing very important work making data about manuscripts available to the world, in ways that make it easy to reuse them, whether to build new projects or to just publish an image in a book or on a website. And I want to make it clear that I don’t intend anything in the rest of my talk to undermine this vital work. But. but.
I mentioned that I’m also the resident Digital Humanist on our team. And in addition to the technical work involved in that, the work of building tools (which I promise I will get to before this talk is finished) I do a lot of thinking about what it is we do. And there’s a question, one question that keeps me up at nights and drives the focus of my current research. The question comes out of a statement. And that statement is:The digitized manuscript is not the manuscript itself.
Or, as I prefer it, in meme form
This shouldn’t be a controversial statement, to anyone who has ever worked with a manuscript and then used a digital version of it. It’s obvious. This is an obvious statement. And yet we undermine this statement all the time in the ways we talk about digitized manuscripts – I do it to. How many times have you said, or heard someone else say, “I saw the manuscript online” or “I consulted it online” or “I used it online”? Not pictures of the manuscript or the digitized manuscript but the manuscript? So one question to come out of this is:If the digitized manuscript isn’t the manuscript, then what is it?
This is not actually the question that keeps me up nights, because although this is interesting, it’s not practical or useful for me. My job is to make these things available so you can use them. So the question that actually keeps me up at night is:If a digitized manuscript isn’t a manuscript, how can we present it in ways that explore aspects of the original’s manuscript-ness, ethically and with care, while both pushing and respecting the boundaries of technology? Although this practice of thinking about what it means to digitize a manuscript and what that becomes seems really philosophical, this is really practical question.
From the ad:
The National Library of Scotland is seeking a Digital Scholarship Librarian to develop and deliver a new research and support service that links researchers and library collections, with services and technical tools to enable new and creative methods of digital research.
This is a new role that will be responsible for developing a Digital Scholarship service. This will involve working externally with the research community, particularly in the area of Digital Humanities, whilst also working internally with staff across the Library. You will assist in ensuring collections are made available as data, in forms that can be used for research and creative uses. In addition, you will use your own digital scholarship experience to undertake digital research yourself to demonstrate the potential of this area.