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Resource: Understanding How Beautiful Soup Works

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:30

From the resource:

Two years ago, when I first grabbed the transcripts of the TED talks, using wget, I relied upon the wisdom and generosity of Padraic C on StackOverflow to help me use Python’s BeautifulSoup library to get the data out of the downloaded HTML files that I wanted. Now that Katherine Kinnaird and I have decided to add talks published since then, and perhaps even go so far as to re-download the entire corpus so that everything is as much the same as possible, it was time for me to understand how BeautifulSoup (hereafter BS4) works for myself.

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Editors’ Choice: NYMG Review – Considering Digital Feminist Publishing in Practice

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:00

When I was young I use to play a lot of games. Zelda was my favorite, and I was better at it than all the boys in my family.

When I dreamed, sometimes I would dream I was in the body of Link, the playable lead male in all Zelda games. How weird it was to wake up and realize such a divide: my body a girl’s but in my dreams, fighting monsters to save the world, in a boy’s.

Now, I’m playing fewer games and spending more time writing. Writing in academic genres of course. Those that will eventually fulfil the requirements of a PhD and allow me to continue work as an academic.

When I write, sometimes I still feel like I’m being folded into another body. I understand all too well how the academic world I participate in has been strategically arranged to support the movement of certain bodies, certain ways of living, and and certain ways of being at the expense of others. And because of this, I’ve always felt an uncomfortable disconnect between my body, my experiences, my patterns of thought and the demands and expectations of traditional academic writing. I say this all, of course, while acknowledging the many privileges that come with my white and abled body.

As I’ve adapted to the goals of academia and academic writing, I tell myself the same advice we tell our students: we learn a discourse through participation. We develop identities through this participation. But even with this, I’m often left weary. Weary not only from trying to adapt, but also from how the goals that lead to academic success are often entrenched in institutional patterns that reproduce the same injustices we claim to be fighting against.

I write about these personal divides not just because. But because I hope for these personal anecdotes to make the significance of what follows more clear: this is, after all, a Web-text of the Month. And what I’m really here to talk about is NYMG: Feminist Game Studies, an inspiring new journal that recently published its first issue.

But what I’m really, really here to talk about are what steps that we, as digital rhetoricians, might take to disrupt the normative structures of academic writing and publishing. And how we may do so thoughtfully and ethically, as feminists. But this I will return to later…


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Job: Digital Humanist, The Long 19th Amendment Project

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University seeks a Digital Humanist committed to promoting feminist scholarship within the digital humanities to create a portal documenting the complexities and aftermath of the women’s suffrage movement as part of The Long 19th Amendment Project. The Digital Humanist will report to the Manager for Special Projects & Digital Services and will collaborate closely with the project steering committee and Digital Services staff.

Read the full ad here.

Job: PostDoc Research Associate – Digital Humanities, UIC

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

We seek a creative and organized postdoctoral research associate whose research project and tech skills will mesh with the missions of the Language and Culture Learning Center: helping faculty find and integrate technology into foreign language, literature, and culture classes and supporting them in this process, and training foreign language peer tutors. We welcome applications from energetic and focused scholars whose past experience and planned research projects engage with teaching with technology and with peer tutoring in the fields of foreign language, literature, and culture.

Read the full ad here.

CFParticipation: ACH Job Slam at DH2018

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:30

From the CFParticipation:

The ACH [Association for Computers and the Humanities] will host a Jobs Slam on Thursday, June 28, 2018 during the ACH’s General Meeting from 12:30 – 2 PM. The exact location of the meeting is still to be determined. Please stay tuned to @achdotorg on Twitter and the DH2018 conference website for information on locations.

The Jobs Slam is a lively event and a chance for employers to get the word out about upcoming jobs as well as for prospective employees to introduce themselves to everyone present.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: What does the data tell us? – Representation, Canon, and Music Encoding

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:00

*Keynote text delivered at the Music Encoding Conference, University of Maryland, May 24, 2018.

I am thrilled to be here with you today. I would like to begin by thanking the organizers, Raffaele Viglianti and Stephen Henry, for inviting me to give this keynote. I would also like thank the students and staff at the University of Maryland Libraries, MITH, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center who were involved in making this conference run smoothly. Thank you.

When Raff and Stephen invited me to give this keynote they told me that the theme of the conference was “encoding and performance.” My original inclination was to talk about the ways in which I have engaged with digital tools and methods to facilitate faculty research and pedagogical initiatives, discuss the affordances that digital editions and encoded music can bring to a music seminar, as well as, ways in which students might interact with these materials. I will talk a bit about these things, but what was really on my mind and the focus of this keynote, is the issue of representation and canon. My hope is that this talk will encourage discussion and reflection.


Between 2010–2015, I was working at the University of Connecticut (UConn) as the Music & Dramatic Arts Librarian and a digital humanities specialist. The music department offered degrees from the undergraduate through the doctoral level. One of my many responsibilities was to teach several sessions of a graduate music research and bibliography course, in which students would be introduced to key resources (both analog and digital) in music bibliography and research. One of the goals of this course was to expose students to the research process and activities, such as finding and accessing resources of primary and secondary materials, creating a bibliography, or writing a literature review.

Archival research was new to most of the graduate students enrolled in this course, therefore one of my goals was to not only discuss and show them the various thematic catalogues, indexes, or bibliographies that could lead them to manuscripts or early editions, but to also demonstrate the process of searching for digitized materials in the numerous digital open access collections that had come online in the 21st century, as well as how to locate interactive or analytical music resources.


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Job: Digital Project Coordinator (Limited Term), Duke University

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

Duke University is seeking a full-time Digital Project Coordinator to join the Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture for a limited term position July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.   The primary function of this position will be assisting a geographically-distributed cohort of Humanities and Social Science scholars — all participants in the 2017-2018 Summer Institute on “Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities” at the National Humanities Center — in the development, design, and implementation of sustainable digital projects for research and presentation.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Academic Technology Specialist, Stanford University Libraries

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

The Stanford University Libraries’ Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIDR) the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) of Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences are seeking an innovative, experienced, team-oriented Academic Technology Specialist to help lead the integration of technology into teaching, learning, and research activities in the digital humanities at Stanford and beyond.  This person will consult and collaborate with members of the Stanford community, as well as analyzing, designing, developing, and implementing computational tools for humanities research and teaching.

Read the full ad here.

Report: Frictionless Data – Making Research Data Quality Visible

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:30

About the report:

There is significant friction in the acquisition, sharing, and reuse of research data. It is estimated that eighty percent of data analysis is invested in the cleaning and mapping of data (Dasu and Johnson,2003). This friction hampers researchers not well versed in data preparation techniques from reusing an ever-increasing amount of data available within research data repositories. Frictionless Data is an ongoing project at Open Knowledge International focused on removing this friction. We are doing this by developing a set of tools, specifications, and best practices for describing, publishing, and validating data. The heart of this project is the “Data Package”, a containerization format for data based on existing practices for publishing open source software. This paper will report on current progress toward that goal.

Read the full report here.

Editors’ Choice: Twitter Conferences – To Do or Not To Do?

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:00

In August 2017, I virtually attended and presented at the Beyond 150: Telling Our Stories Twitter Conference ((#Beyond150CA). In collaboration with Unwritten Histories, Canada’s History Society, and the Wilson Institute, this event was the first Twitter conference to focus on Canadian history. This conference seemed like a great opportunity to present my work on “filles du roi” (daughters of the king) in seventeenth-century New France. But, the idea of presenting an entire conference paper in only 12-15 tweets was intimidating. Would I be able to get my points across in this format? Would I be able to delve into meaningful conversations with the “audience”? Would anyone be in the audience? Was I prepared to lay my research bare on the internet for anyone to find while it was still in a nascent state?

Instead of writing a conference paper, I prepared for this event as I have for roundtable sessions. I wrote an outline for my presentation, focusing on the argument that with filles du roi the French crown invested in children twice to build their North American empire between 1663 and 1673. These young girls (most were 19 years old), hailing mainly from urban poor houses, immediately added to New France’s population with their migration. Once they arrived, the young women were exited to marry quickly. Furnished with large dowries from the French crown, 98% of filles du roi married within three months and 75% of those women were pregnant when they married. They then exponentially grew the number of French subjects abroad with their 4,438 offspring. To incentivize large families, the Edict of 1670 provided tax breaks for families with more than 10 children. Although the average fille du roi married twice and birthed six children and inherited another three stepchildren, 20% of filles du roi birthed more than 10 children. This resulted in a much different social topography from continental France. New France had large, blended families. As vessels of reproduction, filles du roi were essential to France’s seventeenth-century imperial growth. Women and children were commodities to be traded and moved as demographic need dictated.

It was truly a challenge to reduce what became a book chapter to fifteen tweets. To aid our presentations, presenters could include visuals or video elements. Many of my tweets included a PowerPoint slide that provided either statistical evidence (graphs in my case) or additional text to round out the context and/or analysis. Some presenters chose to record short 1-2 minute commentaries in their slides. This was particularly engaging and allowed for them to provide additional analysis and explanation. In the future, I’d experiment with working a few video tweets into my twitter presentation.


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Job: Digital Humanist, The Long 19th Amendment Project

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University seeks a Digital Humanist committed to promoting feminist scholarship within the digital humanities to create a portal documenting the complexities and aftermath of the women’s suffrage movement as part of The Long 19th Amendment Project. The Digital Humanist will report to the Manager for Special Projects & Digital Services and will collaborate closely with the project steering committee and Digital Services staff.

Read more here.

Job: Senior Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

Library Technology Services is seeking a senior software engineer to assist in the building of modern web systems for our digital library solutions.  The ideal candidate will have skills in Angular, JavaScript, HTML and CSS to build modern web interfaces for our digital library solutions.  The ability to quickly prototype both frontend and backend systems is a must.   Working closely with our UI specialist to ensure conformance to library standards and accessibility requirements, will be part of ensuring that work meets organizational requirements.  The expectation is that this individual will have strong communication skills, the ability to design sites quickly and build prototypes rapidly to be reviewed during agile meetings and is able to work independently with little direction.

Read more here.

Announcement: Introducing ZoteroBib

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:30

From the post:

We think Zotero is the best tool for almost anyone doing serious research, but we know that a lot of people — including many students — don’t need all of Zotero’s power just to create the occasional bibliography. Today, we’re introducing ZoteroBib, a free service to help people quickly create perfect bibliographies. Powered by the same technology behind Zotero, ZoteroBib lets you seamlessly add items from across the web — using Zotero’s unmatched metadata extraction abilities — and generate bibliographies in more than 9,000 citation styles. There’s no software to install or account to create, and it works on any device, including tablets and phones. Your bibliography is stored right on your device — in your browser’s local storage — unless you create a version to share or load elsewhere, so your data remains entirely under your control.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Are Historians Still Ambivalent About Getting Published Online?

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:00

As earlier reports on historians’ use of technology demonstrated, most historians are gathering materials, analyzing their findings, and writing their scholarship in digital form. Curiously, however, a national survey in fall 2015 found that much of the profession remains skeptical about the value of disseminating their scholarship electronically (aside from digital versions of their print publications).  As of 2015, 26% of historians had reportedly published their work online (which was up substantially from the 20% among respondents in a similar 2010 survey), but the share with publications was less than half the share (58%) of historians who reported they had considered publishing their work online. (The latter was essentially the same share as in 2010.) Among those who had not published something online, this ambivalence appeared to arise from two principal sources—personal doubts about the value of this form of work, and a larger sense that there is little professional appreciation or credit for this form of work.

Read the full post here.

Report: The Academic Book and Its Digital Dilemmas

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 13:00

From the post:

Focusing in particular on the arts and humanities, this article asks how, and under what conditions, the digitally mediated long-form academic publication might hold a viable future. It examines digital disruption and innovation within humanities publishing, contrasts different models and outlines some of the key challenges facing scholarly publishing in the humanities. This article examines how non-traditional entities, such as digital humanities research projects, have performed digital publishing roles and reviews possible implications for scholarly book publishing’s relationship to the wider research process. It concludes by looking at how digital or hybrid long-form publications might become more firmly established within the scholarly publishing landscape.

Read more here.

Job: Digital Humanities Developer

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and CMU’s Digital Scholarship Center (dSHARP) seeks an experienced Digital Humanities (DH) Developer to collaborate on experimental interdisciplinary projects. This hire is part of a long-term initiative to foster digital humanities research at CMU. The DH Developer will work alongside researchers from Dietrich and elsewhere to plan and implement digital humanities projects, from statistical analyses of millions of legal documents to websites that crowdsource grammars of endangered languages. Located in CMU Libraries and under the supervision of CMU Library’s Program Director of Digital Humanities, the developer will be a generalist who can start up faculty projects into functioning prototypes capable of securing their own funding and external development support.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Soon You May Be Able to Text with 2,000 Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:30

Led by Unicode Consortium member Michel Suignard, the proposed Hieroglyphs will add over 2,000 new glyphs to the current Unicode standards. It will also provide greater global standardization and ease of use for Egyptologists through a searchable Hieroglyphs database. Over 2,000 new Hieroglyphs may soon be available for use on cell phones, computers, and other digital devices. The Unicode Consortium recently released a revised draft of standards for encoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs. If approved, the available Hieroglyphs will provide greater access and global uniformity for Egyptologists, covering a much longer period of Hieroglyphic usage than ever before. The proposal is part of a larger effort between the Unicode Consortium, ancient linguists, font designers, and the federal government to attempt to study, preserve, and then digitally represent ancient and endangered languages through the use of computer code.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Reflecting on Critical Making in Digital History

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:00

Editors Note: This is the second post in a two-part post exploring a digital history course taught at Carleton University in Winter 2018. Part one explains the premise behind #hist3812.

In part one, Graham explained the rationale and unfurling of HIST3812, Critical Making in Digital History. At the end of the course, he invited the students to craft a collaboratively written ‘exit ticket’ that explored their understanding of what the course accomplished. This exit ticket was not graded, although the students could incorporate it into their end-of-term portfolio of work.

The exit ticket was written on the final day of class (a 1.5 hr block of time) through a student-directed discussion and division of labour on an open Google document. Graham prepared the shell of the document before hand with suggested headers (which the students left largely intact). Graham observed the discussion, but periodically left the classroom, so that the students could discuss issues openly without him.

Read part one here and part two here.

Job: Head of Scholarly Communications at Emory University

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

Reporting to the Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications, the Head of Scholarly Communications leads the Scholarly Communications Office (SCO) and has leadership, management, policy, planning, and advocacy responsibilities for scholarly communications for all Emory libraries, including promoting scholarly repositories and scholarly communications services to the Emory community. Scholarly communications advocacy and services include contributing to the evolution of scholarly publishing and research data management practices in the academy; copyright guidance, advocacy and policy development for the creation, use, and re-use of content in all formats; open access advocacy and policy development, including management of funds to promote open access publishing and open data distribution; and promoting open access and data repositories in support of the library’s and university’s educational and research mission.

Read more here.


CFP: Convocatoria para taller de Escritura en Humanidades Digitales para América Latina

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:00


The Programming Historian en español invita a la comunidad académica hispanohablante a participar en el taller Escritura en Humanidades Digitales para América Latina que se llevará a cabo en la Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) del 1 al 3 de agosto de 2018. El objetivo del taller es reunir a un grupo diverso de investigadores en distintas áreas de las humanidades para escribir tutoriales sobre metodologías en humanidades digitales, abordando específicamente necesidades de investigación en América Latina y el mundo hispano. Durante el taller se facilitará la producción de los primeros tutoriales originales en español para ser compartidos con una audiencia global.

Para mas información, haz clic aquí.


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