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Editors’ Choice: It looks like you’re writing an argument against data in literary study…

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:00

would you like some help with that?

I’m not being snarky. Right now, I have several friends writing articles that are largely or partly a critique of interrelated trends that go under the names “data” or “distant reading.” It looks like many other articles of the same kind are being written. This is good news! I believe fervently in Mae West’s theory of publicity. “I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.” (Though it turns out we may not actually know who said that, so I guess the newspapers failed.) In any case, this blog post is not going to try to stop you from proving that numbers are neoliberal, unethical, inevitably assert objectivity, aim to eliminate all close reading from literary study, fail to represent time, and lead to loss of “cultural authority.” Go for it! Ideas live on critique.

But I do want to help you “spell our names right.” Andrew Piper has recently pointed out that critiques of data-driven research tend to use a small sample of articles. He expressed that more strongly, but I happen to like the article he was aiming at, so I’m going to soften his expression. However, I don’t disagree with the underlying point! For some reason, critics of numbers don’t feel they need to consider more than one example, or two if they’re in a generous mood.

Read full post here.

Announcement: OSP wins a Digital Science ‘Catalyst Grant’

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:00

From the post:

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve won a Catalyst Grant for innovative research tool-building projects, offered by Digital Science.  The grant will support the extension of the OSP into other languages, beginning with German, Spanish, and Japanese (languages in which we have large document collections).

Read more here.

Announcement: DocNow and Rhizome Receive IMLS National Forum Grant!

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:30

From the post:

We are thrilled to announce that Documenting the Now, MITH’s Mellon-funded collaborative social media preservation initiative with Washington University and the University of California, Riverside, has been awarded a National Forum Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), as part of a new collaboration with arts organization Rhizome. For full details about this exciting opportunity, read the text from yesterday’s announcement from Rhizome below.

Read more here.

Job: Digital Humanities and Ancient World Postdoc Positions, University of Helsinki

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:00

From the ad:

The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires is recruiting members for three teams which investigate identity-building processes. Each team has a methodologically specific approach yet collaborates on four work packages. Applications are invited for 2-5 Postdoctoral Researchers for a fixed term of 2-3 years, preferably starting on 1 January 2018 to work in the University of Helsinki.

Read full ad here.

CFP: Virtual Identities and Self Promoting at the 2018 PCA

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:00

From the call:

Virtual Identities and Self Promotion aims to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues surrounding creating a sense of self in online environments.   These new technologies have changed the way we think and how we have constructed our identities and consequently have informed our relationships and interactions within both online and offline arenas.

Read full CFP here.

CFP: Feminisms and Rhetorics 2017

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:30

From the call:

The Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative is seeking reviewers for the Feminisms and Rhetorics 2017 Conference to pair with our upcoming blog carnival on Feminism and Digital Rhetoric. We are interested in conference reviews on digitality, multimodality, technology, materiality and the ways these themes intersect with feminist aims and research.

Read full CFP here.

Resource: The Newberry Opens Collection of 30,000 French Revolution Pamphlets to Digital Scholarship

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:00

From the post:

Over the past year and a half, the Newberry has digitized more than 30,000 French Revolution pamphlets representing contemporary commentators’ views on citizenship, royal execution, and the separation of church and state. Quickly printed and distributed in response to the latest political upheavals, the pamphlets offer a window into how the French people confronted the Revolution and its legacy.

Read full post here.

Editors’ Choice: Digital History and Historical Argumentation

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:30

Is argumentation in digital history different? how is it the same? Argumentation in digital history is not innately different from argumentation found in other forms of history. If you want to reach historians, write for historians. The signposting of historiography and/or historical context helps other historians to understand where your argument fits in the larger disciplinary conversations.

In “Revisiting “A Kind of Memo” from Casey Hayden and Mary King (1965),” I used a digital tool, Juxta, to pinpoint differences between an archived copy of a historical document and the far better know published version. I first anchored the essay in an extremely familiar historiography before offering my particular intervention. Similarly, in “Under This Name She is Fitly Described”: A Digital History of Gender in theHistory of Woman Suffrage a computational analysis of the six-volume text, I connected my argument to the work of suffrage historian Ellen Dubois, as well as Joan Scott’s point that gender was originally a linguistic concept.

Read full post here.

Editors’ Choice: An Anthropologist’s Visit to DHSI to Learn about Sound

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:00

I knelt down with my knees in the sand, feeling a bit silly and bit nostalgic of my more artistic childhood, and held my audio recorder close to the tips of the waves as they rolled into the beach’s shoreline. I was careful to block the wind with my body because, as I learned the hard way, the best way to filter out the sounds of the wind is to block the wind as much as possible from hitting the recording device. Mufflers can only block so much. I took a few recordings, each just over three minutes to be sure I had ample audio recorded to work with and ample space for mistakes (per Dr. Barber’s advice when recording soundscapes).

My experience at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria (UVic) combined a lot of learning and a bit of magic. In this blog post, I’m going to share a bit about why I went to DHSI to take a course on Sounds and Digital Humanities and what I got out of it, in terms of new things learned and thoughts sparked.

Read full post here.

Announcement: Library of Congress Launches

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:30

From the post:

The Library of Congress today launched, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate the exciting discoveries that are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from data challenge winners and innovators-in-residence and blog posts and video presentations from leaders in the field.

Read full post here.

Report: A Splendid Torch – Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:00

The Council on Library and Information Resources has published a report on Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries.

From the report:

Six essays, written collaboratively by current and former CLIR postdoctoral fellows, explore the contributions that today’s academic libraries—as providers of resources, professional support, and space—are making to learning and teaching. Topics include the continuing evolution of the learning commons, information literacy instruction, digital humanities teaching in libraries, spatial literacy, collaboration in digital special collections, and 3-D printing and pedagogy.

Access the full report here.

Job: Associate Director of Digital Liberal Arts, Middlebury College

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:30

From the ad:

Middlebury College is looking for a faculty position, Associate Director of the Digital Liberal Arts / Professor of the Practice. Situated within the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research and reporting to the Dean for Faculty Development and Research, this open-rank faculty member will play a leadership role in sustaining and growing Middlebury’s efforts in digital scholarship and innovative pedagogy. The position will commence January 2018 and be appointed until June 2021, with potential for renewal.

Read full ad here.

Resource: Social activism in the United States – Digital Collection & Primary Sources

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:00

From the post:

This article outlines some of the high-quality digital collections and primary source materials available online on the history of activism in the United States. This list is not exhaustive, but focuses on strong multimedia collections that can have applications as both resources for original research and use as educational materials for classroom instruction and discussion.

Read more here.

CFP: DH Pedagogy and Praxis Roundtable

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:30

From the CFP:

First developed in 2013, the Praxis Network ( brought attention to the ways in which digital humanities was being used to rethink the nature of student training, campus partnerships, and pedagogy. Five years later, at DH 2018, we propose to reflect on these efforts, to assess the current state of digital humanities training and its relationship to and effects on praxis-oriented pedagogy. We seek proposals from a broad range of audiences – student perspectives are welcome, and participants need not have been involved in the programs originally listed as part of the Praxis Network.

Read the full CFP here.

CFP: Newberry Open Data Grant

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:00

From the call:

To help support innovative scholarship using digital technologies, the Newberry Library invites proposals for projects incorporating open-access full-text data files from its French Revolution Pamphlets Digital Initiatives. The winning applicant for the Newberry Open Data Grant will receive $1,000 to aid in the development of their digital project. Applicants should seek to apply technologies such as digital mapping, text mining, and data visualization to reveal trends, support arguments, or tell stories via open data.

Read full CFP here.

Editors’ Choice: Bridgebuilding in Digital History

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:30

I’m publishing my position statement for “Arguing with Digital History”, a workshop being held at George Mason University in September. We were asked to respond to the following questions:

  • How is argumentation in digital history different from other forms of history, and how is it the same?
  • Should DH argumentation be inherently disciplinary, or should it be interdisciplinary?
  • Why is there not more digital history that makes explicit arguments in conversation with the scholarly literature, for an academic audience? What are the barriers to making arguments in digital history? If possible, include examples from your projects.
  • What successful models have you found for making explicit arguments in conversation with the scholarly literature for an academic audience? In those models, what is the relationship between traditional venues for publication and digital projects?
  • If applicable, how have you used digital history to make explicit arguments in conversation with the scholarly literature, for an academic audience? What is the relationship between the arguments you have made and the digital part of your project?

Read full post here.

Editors’ Choice: “Peer Review” is younger than you think. Does that mean it can go away?

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:00

This is a blog post I’ve had sitting around in some form for a few years; I wanted to post it today because: 1) It’s about peer review, and it’s peer review week! I just read this nice piece by Ken Wissoker in its defense. 2) There’s a conference on argumentation in Digital History this weekend at George Mason which I couldn’t attend for family reasons but wanted to resonate with at a distance. It’s still sketchy in places, but I’m putting it up as a provocation to think (and to tell me) more about the history of peer review, and how fundamentally malleable scholarly norms are, rather than as a completed historical essay in its own right.

Read the full post here.

Job: Digital Scholarship Librarian, UC San Diego

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

Candidates for this newly created position must have a passion for digital scholarship and collaborating with faculty, researchers, students, librarians, and other partners. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will facilitate and play a leading role in the Library’s digital scholarship activities, contributing towards the vision and development of forthcoming initiatives, including a center to support digital scholarship, and to provide a more cohesive and holistic service environment for scholars.

Read the full post here.

Job: Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist, Bucknell University

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:30

From the ad:

As a member of the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Group, the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to utilize technological solutions in the fulfillment of teaching, learning and research objectives.

Read the full ad here.

Editors’ Choice: Why We Need the Data Ethics Canvas

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:00

To mark the launch of the ODI’s Data Ethics Canvas, Amanda Smith and Peter Wells share the thought behind it, why it is important and how they hope it will be used by organisations and sectors

Data is emerging as a vital and virtual form of infrastructure that we rely on. This creates the opportunity to build better societies but also the risk that we lose trust, not just in data or facts but also in businesses and governments.

One of the ways that we can address this is to improve data ethics.

The choices made about what data is collected and how it is used should not be unfair, discriminatory or deceptive. Our new paper and tool will help you learn how to do this.

Sectors and organisations are being called upon to develop their own data ethics principles, policies and processes. Increasingly, those collecting, sharing and using data are exploring the ethics of their practices and, in some cases, being forced to confront those ethics in the face of public criticism. Debates are accelerating on issues like the monetisation of personal data, bias in data sources and algorithms, and the consequences of under-representation in data.

For some time, the Open Data Institute has been working on measures to help organisations build trust in how they collect, use and share data, and to foster better use of data overall. Trust is an essential component of society. When trust breaks down, the public lose faith in the institutions that provide them with services, and organisations lose the ability to share data and collaborate in ways that could improve all our lives.


Read the full post here.


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