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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.

Resource: An Archive of 8,000 Benjamin Franklin Papers Now Digitized & Put Online

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:00

From the post:

Let me quickly pass along some good news from the Library of Congress: “The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time…. The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that the First Continental Congress sent to Franklin, then a colonial diplomat in London, to deliver to King George III; letterbooks Franklin kept as he negotiated the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War; drafts of the treaty; notes documenting his scientific observations, and correspondence with fellow scientists.”

Read more here.

Conference: 2018 IIIF Conference, Washington, DC

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:30

About the conference:

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Community is pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 IIIF conference is open on Eventbrite. The conference will be held between Monday May 21 and Friday May 25 in Washington, D.C., and is hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Registration closes May 4. Please note that the Tuesday May 22 Showcase and Folger reception require a separate, free registration. IIIF provides an open framework for organizations to publish their image-based resources, to be viewed, cited, annotated, and compared by any compatible image-viewing platform. Newcomers to IIIF will learn about IIIF best practices, how to adopt the framework at their institutions, and receive updates on the latest developments in the community.

Read more here.

Job: Supervisor, Library Applications Programming at University of Oregon

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:00

From the ad:

The Supervisor, Library Applications Programming, provides high level technical leadership, management and direction in planning, developing and maintaining the library’s public and staff Web environment and applications to support library workflows and services. The Supervisor supervises the programming staff of the Application Development & Integration team (ADI), coordinates needs assessment, design, testing, maintenance and support of a wide variety of library applications, working to ensure compliance with accessibility guidelines and standards.

Read more here.

Job: Metadata Product Manager, California Digital Library

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Metadata Product Manager provides product management and metadata strategy experience in support of the CDL’s Discovery & Delivery (D2D) program goals. In close coordination with the D2D technical team manager and D2D product management supervisor, lead a team of developers and analysts. Overall product management responsibility for Zephir, a custom metadata management service provided to the HathiTrust Digital Library. Assess and advise on metadata strategies for consortial data workflows and data integrity, collection analysis, and discovery and delivery services. Collaborate with CDL product managers, service owners, leadership, and with analysts and other staff in organizations external to CDL, such as vendors and cross-institutional partnerships, to achieve D2D goals. Maintain awareness of new technology and digital library industry trends, and identify opportunities for improvement of current services, or the creation of new services based on a deep commitment to addressing stakeholder and end user needs.

Read more here.

Job: Director, Arts & Humanities Research Computing, Harvard University

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:00

From the ad :

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to understanding our users and devoted to making it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn, and work through the effective use of information technology. We are recruiting an IT workforce that has both breadth in their ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines – and depth in specific areas of expertise. HUIT offers opportunities for IT professionals to learn and work in a unique technology landscape and service-focused environment. If you are a technically proficient, nimble, user-focused and accountable IT professional who also connects with the importance of collaborating well in a team environment we are looking for you!

Read more here.

CFP: ACRL 2019 Conference – “Recasting the Narrative”

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:30

From the CFP:

ACRL 2019 contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due May 4, 2018.  Submit proposals via the online form available on the conference website. Learn about the overall process, see examples of successful proposals, and discover ways to strengthen your proposal submission in this webcast featuring members of the ACRL 2019 Conference Committee.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Teaching Machines, or How the Automation of Education Became ‘Personalized Learning’

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:00

This is the transcript of the talk I gave this evening at the CUNY Graduate Center. 

…I do want to talk a little bit this evening about the work I’ve been doing as a Spencer Fellow. That’s not what it says in my title and abstract, I recognize. And that’s the curse of making up titles and abstracts in advance: sometimes you sit down to prepare a talk and realize you really want to say something else entirely, and so your task becomes trying to thread things all together so that no one who shows up expressly to hear you expand on the ideas advertised on the flyer is too frustrated or disappointed…

I love old teaching machines, yes even BF Skinner’s teaching machines, despite their deeply problematic usage. I love them, in part, because they are objects. These objects carry a history. They reflect an ideology. They have substance. They have weight – literally, culturally, intellectually, politically. They are material artifacts, and we can talk about how they were made, how they were manufactured. And that seems particularly important, that materiality. It helps us see design and functionality and production and history and even ideology in ways that I think today’s digital teaching machines and teaching machine-makers are more than happy to obscure.

Read full post here.

Report: Personal Archives and History

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:30

From the report:

This week, the University of Houston Libraries hosted the 2018 Personal Digital Archiving Conference (April 23-25). You can check out the Twitter conversations by searching for the #PDA18 hashtag or view the conference website (and presentation abstracts) here:

On Monday, I presented on Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage with my colleagues, Dr. Gabriela Baeza Ventura and Dr. Carolina Villarroel. We talked about Recovery’s mission, our collections, and our developing US Latinx Digital Humanities programming. We thought this conference provided us with a great opportunity to talk about how important personal archives are for US Latinx history. (You can watch the video on our Facebook page here.)

Read the full report here.

Job: Director of Library Technology and Collection Management, CSU Fresno

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

The Director is primarily responsible for developing strategic directions for managing access to physical and virtual collections and digital services and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Technology Services and Collection Management Division including materials in all formats, electronic resources management, collection development and collections budget management, and cataloging in all formats. The Director also leads this division in meeting and expanding library and digital scholarship needs and ensuring the continued implementation of technologies that serve teaching and research at Fresno State.

Read the full ad here.

CFParticipation: Digital Mitford Coding School

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:30

From the CFParticipation:

We invite you to join members of the Digital Mitford project team from Monday May 21 through Friday May 25, 2018 for the Sixth Annual Workshop Series and Coding School, hosted by the Pitt-Greensburg’s Center for the Digital Text and the University of Pittsburgh Library Sytem.  Registrations (online or check) are due by Tuesday, May 1. Join us if you want to learn text encoding methods and their applications in the Digital Humanities–in the unusual context of an active digital archive project. The Coding School is an unusual learning opportunity because it is part of an annual face-to-face summit for the Digital Mitford editing team to brush up on project methods and make major decisions.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Good AI Computing Well

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:00
Two Directions in AI

In the inaugural issue of AI & Society, published in 1987, Ajit Narayanan identified two directions that propelled the discipline of artificial intelligence. The first was “Implement and be damned” whereby programs are produced to replicate tasks performed by humans with relevant expertise (p. 60). Motivated by efficiency, these programs might only tangentially be identified as AI, Narayanan noted, because, rather than adhering to certain computing principles, they might simply be written in a particular programming language associated with AI. (See, for example, Lisp.) The second direction was “We’re working on it,” which he associated with “grandiose claims” about the future of AI systems that “‘could control a nuclear power station’” or “‘shield us from incoming missiles’.” But both directions in AI shared the same dangers, according to Narayanan: an economic imperative that would further displace the care of humans for that of profit and a misplaced belief in the power of computation to solve problems more accurately than humans, perhaps even perfectly. To combat these dangers, he pointed to the importance of accountability to the general public; for, “as long as AI is removed from the domain of ordinary people, AI will remain unaccountable for whatever products it produces” (p. 61).

AI Now

In the three decades since Narayanan made his argument, much has changed, with ordinary people being dialed into the everyday relevance of AI, as well as its potential for transformative societal effects. In addition to the near constant heralding of the practical benefits of AI on college campuses, to the aging, in music streaming, and with transportation, AI has also been celebrated for its potential in creative endeavors in IBM’s Watson advertisements that have featured Bob Dylan and Stephen King. (Much-needed parody of Dylan’s ad is available here.) And although such celebration may be premature, the success of Google’s AlphaGo points to the very real possibility of strategic, quotidian invention on the part of AI.


Read the full post here.

Job: Digital Publishing Librarian, Columbia

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 13:30

From the ad:

The Columbia University Libraries seek a creative, service-oriented Digital Publishing Librarian to lead publishing services for its Digital Scholarship division. This new position reports to the Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Projects and is part of a newly-formed team that encompasses scholarly communication, digital humanities, and emerging technologies. The Digital Publishing Librarian occupies a key role, helping define, execute, and assess digital publishing partnerships with the Columbia community, including developers, library subject specialists, project managers, faculty, and students.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Digital Scholarship Technologist, UMass Amherst

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 13:00

From the ad:

The UMass Amherst Libraries seek a dynamic and innovative Digital Scholarship Technologist. The Digital Scholarship Technologist develops applications and tools to support incoming and ongoing academic research projects, with a focus on building infrastructure to support digital scholarship. In collaboration with stakeholders, identify requirements, develop workflows, and implement digital services solutions for incoming and ongoing research projects and curricular initiatives. Potential projects may include data mining, text analysis and other related digital scholarship methods, consultation on solutions for digital scholarship projects.

Read the full ad here.

CFParticipation: Call for Associated Researchers to work on 19th – 21st century European historical newspapers

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:30

From the call for participation:

The impresso project is looking for associated researchers working in History, Digital Humanities, Media studies and related fields to work with us on the development of novel tools for the study of historical newspapers. We invite you to bring your field expertise in historical research methodologies. impresso. Media Monitoring of the Past consists of a vibrant, interdisciplinary team of historians, computational linguists, engineers and designers based in Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Reviewing is an Act of Leadership

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:00

[At Jeff McClurken’s invitation, I was recently part of a panel focused on reviewing digital history at Organization of American Historian’s annual meeting. My portion of the discussion was to focus on reviewing digital public history projects, which have their own particularities that make them different that some other genres of digital history. I welcomed the opportunity because I think that the work of review is one of the most important of an historian’s professional obligations. Below is a version of my comments.]

A generous and conscientious review process at a crucial stage can make the difference between a mediocre project and a great one. And, a careful review after a project launches can be an essential authorizing element for that work and the people who produced it.

The work of a reviewing is an act of leadership in the field—-in digital history, in academic history, in public history. As such, we would do well to consider the qualities that seek in effective leaders before we turn to the form and content of an effective review.

We seek out leaders

  • who prize collaboration and cooperation;
  • who have vision, but make room for other voices;
  • who honor many types of experience and expertise;
  • who acknowledge the important contributions of others;
  • who clearly admit that they do not have all the answers.

Individuals who embody these qualities often stand out as the people we turn to help us move our work forward. They are people we trust. I would submit, that these are also the people we want to review our work.

We can and should do our best to create a culture of reviewing that is humane and constructive. In that effort we might turn the groundbreaking work of the HuMetricsHSS Project to help structure our thinking. The project is working through a process to create and disseminate a “humane evaluation framework” that builds upon the values that participants have identified as central to humanities and social science disciplines, including collegiality, quality, equality, openness, and community.


Read the full post here.


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