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Resource: 2,000+ Early Modern Paintings Now Free Online

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:00

From the post:

Georges Seurat, Henri Rousseau, Giorgio de Chirico, Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh — all of us associate these names with great innovations in painting, but how many of us have had the opportunity to look long and close enough at their work to understand those innovations? To feel them, in other words, rather than just to know about them? The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has just recently made it possible for us to contemplate thousands of works of art including those of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern masters, zoomed in up close and at any length we like, by digitizing their collection and making it free online.

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CFParticipation: The Digital Dissertation – History, Theory, Practice

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:30

From the CFP:

How do these “new paradigms” play out in the context of the dissertation?  While digital dissertations have been around for twenty years or more, the precise processes by which they are defined, created and defended remain something of a mystery. Is an interactive pdf significantly different than its paper-based counterpart? What specific possibilities can a digitally networked environment offer that are impossible without its affordances?…This project, The Digital Dissertation: History, Theory, Practice, will consist of a definitive database of digital dissertation projects as well as an ebook whose chapters explore the larger implications of digital scholarship across institutional, geographic and disciplinary divides. Have you completed or advised a digital dissertation? Then please consider this project.

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Job: Faculty Position in Digital Humanities Computing, University of Oklahoma

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:00

From the ad:

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma seeks an innovative scholar in digital humanities/humanities computing for an open rank, tenured/tenure track faculty position. This search is part of a cluster hire in the new Data Scholarship Program (DSP)… The incumbent is expected to become a leader within a vibrant community of humanists and other researchers using computational tools. A successful candidate in this position will play an integral role in the development of the DSP. This initiative connects researchers from diverse scholarly domains for collaboration via common approaches and for improvement of educational opportunities and research support. The incumbent will take a leadership role in curriculum and research development for this cross-disciplinary program and contribute to teaching of undergraduate and graduate students in the Data Scholarship Program and the home department(s).

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Job: Associate or Full Professor, Literary Studies and the Digital Humanities, Michigan State University

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications for a scholar, at the level of Associate or Full Professor, whose work connects literary studies and the digital humanities to critical diversity. This position is part of the College’s Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, which will facilitate research programs, develop new curricula, and seek external funding for scholarship at the intersections of digital theory and practice with issues of social justice and human difference, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and religion.

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Resource: Data Packages for DH Beginners

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:00

From the resource:

I’ve written about this before: working in groups, my students are assigned a dataset at the beginning of the quarter. They learn how to work with it as the quarter progresses, doing a lot of secondary contextual research, interviewing an expert about it, manipulating the data, and finally building a website that makes a scholarly humanistic argument with the support of the data. You can see the mechanics of this on my course website.

People often ask me about the data I use, and indeed, that is a story in itself. I have 88 students this year, and since I don’t like any group to have more than seven people in it, I have 12 groups, each of which needs a dataset. (Really, some of them can share the same dataset; I don’t know why I get weird about this.) And they can’t just use any dataset. In fact, most of the data out there is inappropriate for them.

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Report: Recap of Race, Memory, and the Digital Humanities Symposium

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:30

From the report:

RMDH featured an all-star cast of Digital Humanities speakers, including opening and closing keynotes by Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson and Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman respectively, remarks from Dr. Marcia Chatelain, and an artist talk with Pamela Z. Each of these amazing women left participants with remarkable insights. Professor Johnson incorporated music, videos, literature and mapping to take us to Puerto Rico and New Orleans, to make us consider digital Blackness and Black codes, and what would happen if we refuse Blackness as null. If Johnson’s talk asked us to organize with our digital work, Professor Foreman showed us how. Through a history of the Colored Conventions and Langston Hughes’ poetry, Foreman showcased the digital archiving and organizing work her team at Colored Conventions Project are doing. Pamela Z’s outstanding electronic and contemporary classic performance was only enhanced by her discussion of how our best work comes from mistakes and imperfection—so don’t be afraid of them. Similarly, Chatelain reminded us that failure happens in the academy, and when it does we must move onto the next thing. Her talk on the #FergusonSyllabus showcases how #syllabi are a way for academics to teach and lead the public, as well as show that academics are invested in our society and that we have tools which can be helpful.

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Editors’ Choice: Critical Digital Praxis in Wikipedia – The Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:00

Wikipedia’s gender gap, which results in problems of representation attributed to the lack of women and non-male editors participating in the encylopedia’s production, is by now well-known and well-documented. A groundbreaking survey conducted in 2011, conducted by the Wikimedia Foundation, found that less than 10% of Wikipedia editors identify as women, and less than 1% as transgender. And while multiple efforts are underway to both understand and respond to the systemic bias resulting from this demographic, the problem persists. Many initiatives have sprung up in the years since these demographic statistics were released. One of the most popular of these has been the Art+Feminism Project, a loose collection of academics, librarians, artists and students who have worked together to organize over 280 Wikipedia “Edit-a-thons, or hands-on editing workshops, since March of 2014. Such Edit-a-thons provide participants with hands-on Wikipedia literacy training and guide them in direct-action editing meant to improve representation and coverage of articles on women and the arts. Sustained attention to the pedagogy behind “Edit-a-thons” opens doorways for critical praxis among other interventions. One such Edit-a-thon, recently conducted at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, provides opportunities for theorizing a type of critical digital praxis that intervenes in the encyclopedia’s systemic bias.

The Arts+Feminism Edit-a-thon, in acknowledging the encyclopedia’s systemic biases and resulting gender gap, provides direct opportunities for participants to reflect on Wikipedia’s ideological biases, and to respond to those biases through direct action. Such reflection and action in digital spaces is characteristic of a type of critical digital praxis, a model for making writing interventions in public digital cultures in order to both better understand the writing activities of those cultures and make meaningful impressions with/in them. In invoking the term “praxis,” we draw from Paulo Freire, whose major work Pedagogy of the Oppressed outlined a concept of liberatory pedagogy intended to empower the oppressed towards revolutionary self-realization.


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Job: Assistant Professor, European History (Medieval) & Digital Humanities, University of South Florida

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:00

From the ad:

The History Department of the University of South Florida seeks qualified candidates to research and teach European History (Medieval preferred), and Digital Humanities. This position is a 9 month, tenure earning, permanent position. Salary negotiable… Candidates should have exceptional research promise and demonstrable success in teaching university undergraduate courses in European History (Medieval preferred) and Digital Humanities. Successful applicants will hold a PhD in History with demonstrated research skills in Digital Humanities and their chosen History area specialty.

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Job: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities, The University of Hong Kong

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in information management, digital humanities, or one of the core-humanities/social science disciplines such as linguistics and sociology. They should have demonstrated experience with digital humanities tools and methodologies, a strong commitment in addressing social and behavioral science related questions, as well as interest in developing pedagogical and e-learning programs for students across the campus, particularly for Common Core Courses at undergraduate level.

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Announcement: New Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (DHAG) Guidelines Coming Soon

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:00

From the post:

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.  The updated and revised guidelines should be posted on the NEH website soon, but we wanted to give you a preview of some of the changes to the program for the next round.

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Conference: Dodging the Memory Hole 2017

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:30

About the conference:

Please join us at Dodging the Memory Hole 2017: Saving Online News on Nov. 15-16 at the Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco. Speakers, panelists and attendees will explore solutions to the most urgent threat to cultural memory today — the loss of online news content. The forum will focus on progress made in and successful models of long-term preservation of born-digital news content. Journalistic content published on websites and through social media channels is ephemeral  and easily lost in a tsunami of digital content. Join professional journalists, librarians, archivists, technologists and entrepreneurs in addressing the urgent need to save the first rough draft of history in digital form.

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Editors’ Choice: Colonial and Postcolonial Digital Humanities Roundtable

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:00

Below are my Skype remarks from the Colonial and Postcolonial DH roundtable at the College of William and Mary’s Race, Memory, and the Digital Humanities Conference. 

To my mind, the most significant contribution of digital humanities is to developing and sustaining the digital cultural record of humanity. We can debate about definitions and methods, but, fundamentally, the faculty, librarians, archivists, students, and those who work in galleries and museums who are equipped with digital humanities skills are uniquely poised to assemble this digital cultural record. They – we – do this by thinking critically about digital methods for humanities research and objects of knowledge and by building digital archives, maps, databases, and other digital objects that populate the digital cultural record.

Yet, as we engage in this work, we do so in the context of a politics of knowledge that hasn’t always been hospitable to those outside a dominant culture. With a background in postcolonial and African diaspora studies, then, I am inclined read our digital cultural record through the colonial and neocolonial politics that have shaped the cultural record in its pre-digital phases. Edward Said, for example, has offered language for describing how power operates through colonial discourse, representation, and the construction of the othered colonized subject as an object of knowledge. Scholars of Subaltern Studies have pointed out the importance of looking beyond nationalist historiography to recover unheard voices in the cultural record. Benedict Anderson’s work on imagined communities has identified the relationship between print culture and nationalism. And scholars like Gayatri Spivak and Anne McClintock have brought intersectional nuance to colonial cultural production through attention to race, gender, and sexuality.  These critiques of the cultural record have not gone away as the digital cultural record has been developed. The digital cultural record has largely ported over the hallmarks of colonialism from the cultural record, unthinkingly, without malice, in part because postcolonial critique has not made many in-roads in the practices of digital humanities scholarship.


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Funding: ACLS Digital Extension Grants

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 14:00

From the post:

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the third annual competition for ACLS Digital Extension Grants. The grants, which are made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seek to advance humanities scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research. The program is especially committed to fostering new connections among scholars from across the spectrum of US higher education institutions.

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Resource: CARTOColors

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:00

From the resource:

Picking colors is one my favorite things to do with visualization when I’m not in a rush for time. But when I can spare the minutes to pick and choose, it’s useful to have a quick reference. ColorBrewer is the go-to, but CARTOColors is a simpler take. It just shows you a bunch of schemes at once for sequential, diverging, and qualitative data.

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Job: Digital and Media Archives Coordinator at San Francisco Symphony

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

This position reports to the San Francisco Symphony Archivist and coordinates the preservation of the Orchestra’s digital heritage and A/V media. The Digital and Media Archives Coordinator works closely with the Archivist and is responsible for migration of obsolete media into archival formats, digitization projects that promote access and use of analog text and image collections, and long term preservation of born-digital heritage in all formats. This position will work across departments to preserve the Symphony’s Library of Recorded Sound Collection, SFS Media Collection, and other department-generated content of enduring value to the Symphony and the public. The Digital and Media Archives Coordinator will be the key figure in creating and implementing digital preservation and curation strategies for born-digital content created across the organization.

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Report: The State of Open Data Report 2017

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:30

From the report:

Figshare’s annual report, The State of Open Data 2017, looks at global attitudes towards open data. It includes survey results of 2,300 respondents and a collection of articles from industry experts, as well as a foreword from Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit Open Data Policies and Science Cloud at the European Commission.

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Resource: Which digital tool should I use?

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00

From the resource:

It can sometimes be overwhelming to decide which of the legions of digital tools out there are good for any given task, especially when you haven’t yet built expertise in the tools (or sometimes even the task). STEM people tend to lean towards the idea that the right tool is the one that gets the job done and former digital fellow Mary Catherine advocates tools that pass peer review, but those approaches inherently require a framework for evaluating those tools. The Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives Lisa Rhody’s Project Lab provides excellent guidance on how to scope goals so that it’s easier to evaluate which tools will help you accomplish those goals. A good first pass is to identify objectives and constraints.

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Job: Data Transformation Associate, Folger Shakespeare Library

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:30

From the job ad:

The Folger Shakespeare Library seeks a detail-oriented Data Transformation Associate to join our Digital Media and Publications (DMP) team for 18 months as part of the creation of a Digital Asset Platform funded through the Mellon Foundation. The Folger, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., is a well-respected cultural institution known for its leadership in digital initiatives. The DMP team works to develop the Folger’s online resources and connect them to a broad international audience, with staff expertise in programming, textual encoding, academic publishing, information architecture, usability testing, systems administration, digital content creation, and project management. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates who wish to further develop their skills and knowledge in an intellectually stimulating setting while contributing to a ground-breaking project.

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Announcement: Tropy 1.0 Released

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:00

From the announcement:

We are pleased to announce that the 1.0 release of Tropy is now available. While our crack team of developers continues to refine the software and add new features, Tropy is now officially out of its beta testing phase. If you haven’t yet tried Tropy, now is the perfect time to try this new tool for working with your archival research photos.

Read the full announcement here.

Resource: Getting started with NoSQL for storing and retrieving data

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 12:30

From the resource:

As a data journalist, I have been working with increasingly large datasets as my confidence has grown in programming and creating visualizations. Through my learning process, I have realized the pitfalls of some programs.

Excel, for instance, is good for smaller datasets – which I’d define as under 10,000 rows or records. But if the dataset is larger than that, this trusty spreadsheet program can freeze up when trying to run queries. And if you have been making edits or designing queries, you run the risk of losing your work.

SQL is significantly more powerful and is a dominant database program used by back-end developers. But while SQL can process large datasets, if your dataset isn’t in perfect condition or has empty fields, you will have to spend time cleaning before importing your dataset. In recent years, NoSQL has become a viable – and attractive – alternative. This primer will explain why a NoSQL system might be right for your database needs.

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