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Report: The 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:00

From the report:

I’m filing this conference report from the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which just wrapped in Orlando, Florida. The conference is a project of Anita B.org, which has been a community for women in computing since 1987. According to the GHC conference website, it’s the largest gathering of women in computing in the world; this year, it sold out within hours, and they estimate over 18,000 attendees were on site. As the name suggests, it skews towards computing (and women), so it’s a great fit for HASTAC folks who identify as women and are interested in a few days of being steeped in academic and industry tech.

Read the full report here.

Job: Project Manager, Digital Projects, NYU Libraries

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Project Manager, Digital Projects, reporting to the Associate Dean, Digital Library Technology Services, will lead New York University Libraries’ efforts to complete several technology initiatives. The Project Manager, Digital Projects will research cloud services, work with the Hemispheric Institute and DLTS developers and designers on the HIDVL site redesign. They will also work on the implementation of new software programs such as; stackmap, ems software, as well as integration with ArchivesSpace. This will be a one-year, fixed-term position.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Digital Scholarly Publishing Specialist, NYU Libraries

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

Reporting jointly to the NYU Press and the NYU Libraries, the Digital Scholarly Publishing Specialist develops and manages a variety of digital services and projects ranging from advising and assisting NYU faculty and advanced graduate students in electronic dissemination of their scholarly work to the development of innovative publishing initiatives, such as multi-media enhanced book projects and sustainable online publications.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Assistant Professor of Convergent Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:30

From the ad:

The College of Media invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Convergent Media, including the interaction between the old and new media systems and platforms. Successful candidates should demonstrate an innovative research and teaching agenda. Appointments will be made on a tenure-track, 9-month academic year basis in one of the College’s three departments — Advertising, Journalism, or Media & Cinema Studies — beginning August 16, 2018.

Read the full ad here.

Editors’ Choice: The Suffrage Postcard Project – A Replica Archive

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:00

At the 2017 Australian Historical Association Conference, in a panel about digital history, Professor Victoria Haskins discussed what she described as a “replica archive.”  Haskins’ research is concerned with Indigenous domestic servants in Australia and the United States – women whose lives, she rightly notes, are often difficult to uncover in the archives.  Technology, however, has fundamentally changed the relationship historians have with archives.  Following the hours and hours of archival research undertaken across her long and distinguished career, Haskins has amassed copious photographs and photocopies which feature the voices of these women.  Bringing together these photographic fragments from many archives, Haskins suggests, creates a new archive – a replica archive.

The Suffrage Postcard Project can likewise be seen as a replica archive.  Women’s suffrage postcards, though considered ephemeral at their time of production, were numerous.  Postcard scholar Kenneth Florey suggests that more than 1000 suffrage-related postcards were printed in the United States during the 1910s and approximately 2000 in Britain.[1]  Suffrage memorabilia more generally was received enthusiastically by the American and British public, especially in the years prior to World War I.[2]

The majority of the women’s suffrage postcards were printed during the 1910s, a decade which would see the acquisition of qualified suffrage for British women in 1918 and the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment in the United States by 1920.  This era is broadly described by scholars as the “golden age” of picture postcards.[3]

Women’s suffrage postcards were so numerous, in fact, that even today such ephemera is not inscrutably hidden in the archives.  Many archival collections, especially those which focus upon women’s history, hold large collections of suffrage postcards – for example, at Harvard University’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and the Women’s Library at the London School of Economics.  Such collections feature both pro-suffrage and anti-suffrage postcards, which were predominantly produced during the first two decades of the twentieth century.  Suffrage organizations and commercial publishers alike produced women’s suffrage postcards.

But the partial nature of such collections, together with the geographical dispersion of the archives themselves, means scholars can only ever gain a fragmentary perspective.  Though archives such as these are partially digitized, they are often largely inaccessible to the public.  Aware of such limitations, Florey published his seminal work, American Woman Suffrage Postcards: A Study and Catalog (2015).  Bringing together digitally as many women’s suffrage postcards as possible, The Suffrage Postcard Project goes a step further.

 

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Job: Digital Scholarship Librarian, Washington and Lee University

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

As a member of a library team emphasizing digital humanities, data, and collections in the liberal arts, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will have a role in advancing digital scholarship writ large at Washington and Lee. This is a position for an individual with wide-ranging interests in digital initiatives.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Digital Publishing Lead, George Mason University Libraries

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to lead efforts in management of digital publishing platforms and tools for Mason Publishing and the George Mason University Press. Reporting to the director of Mason Publishing/GMU Press, the digital publishing lead will interact with faculty, students, and library staff in supporting digital publishing platforms, software, and other publishing tools.

Read the full ad here.

CFP: International Digital Curation Conference 2018

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:30

From the CFP:

The focus of IDCC in 2018 is sharing practical lessons on the efforts made so far to curate data and pursue a digital data commons. Papers should address one of three overarching themes:

  • Data
  • Skills and services
  • Value

We want to hear from different communities on data processing pipelines – what works and where do tools fail you? How realistic is it to use other people’s data? And what challenges emerge from the current policies and drivers for openness?

Read the full CFP here.

Resource: Version 8 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography Released

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:00

About the resource:

Digital Scholarship has released Version 8 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 680 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions. Printed from the HTML page, it is over 130 pages long.

Read more here.

Job: Assistant Professor of English in Digital Humanities/Big Data, Texas Christian University

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:00

From the ad:

The English Department at TCU, which offers Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees within a teacher-scholar model, invites applications for a tenure-track position inCandidates who combine digital humanities (e.g., distant reading, big data analysis, GIS) with secondary expertise in American literature or Global literature are especially welcome. We seek scholars with a developed research agenda, a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and the desire to join colleagues within the department and beyond in contributing to new programs in big data and the digital humanities. Current DH work in the department is supported by a New Media Studio and by DH/IT library staff who are committed to working with academic departments.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

This position is responsible for supervising a staff of six developers, designers, project managers and four graduate research assistants, and initiating and leading grant-funded projects such as digital collections and exhibits, open-source software, and training in digital literacy and skills. The incumbent collaborates with the other senior staff to manage the center, represent it to the wider community, and plan its overall direction. The successful applicant will also have a tenure-line position in the Department of History and Art History at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Read the full ad here.

Announcement: AIA Workshop, Turning Spatial with Pleiades – Creating, Teaching, and Publishing Maps in Ancient Studies

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:00

From the announcement:

The workshop will focus on ways that Pleiades and its partner resources can be used to involve undergraduates in scholarly research; to prepare maps for teaching, presentation, and publication; and to connect one’s own digital projects to the scholarly graph of Linked Open Data for ancient studies. In particular, we aim to teach participants — through hands-on instruction — to create dynamic digital maps that can be printed or placed in presentations for class use and to construct research plans and student projects that rely on “the Pleiades ecosystem” for source data and tooling.

Read the full announcement here.

Resource: 1,000+ Historic Japanese Illustrated Books Digitized & Put Online by the Smithsonian – From the Edo & Meji Eras (1600-1912)

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:30

About the resource:

We like to highlight Japanese book culture here every so often (see the related content below) not just because of its striking aesthetics and consummate craftsmanship but because of its deep history. You can now experience a considerable swath of that history free online at the Freer|Sacker Library’s web site, which just this past summer finished digitizing over one thousand books — now more than 1,100, which breaks down to 41,500 separate images — published during Japan’s Edo and Meiji periods, a span of time reaching from 1600 to 1912. “Often filled with beautiful multi-color illustrations,” writes Reiko Yoshimura at the Smithsonian Libraries’ blog, “many titles are by prominent Japanese traditional and ukiyo-e (‘floating world’) painters such as Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716), Andō Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).”

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: What improv comedy can teach us about visualizing data

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:00

While storytelling can take on many forms and span several disciplines, the techniques and methods we use to tell good stories are fairly similar. Understanding those similarities and what makes a particular story effective on a particular medium can help us become better storytellers. There are certain tricks to improv comedy, for example, that can help us better visualize data.

For both data visualization and improv, the storyteller is inviting an audience into an artificial world. This is a big ask. We’re asking our audience to suspend their understanding of reality for a moment and accept new rules and conditions. For example, when an actor walks on stage, arms outstretched, complaining about the imaginary fishbowl she’s carrying that’s brimming with water, the actor is asking the audience to picture a fishbowl in her hands. What’s more, she has to account for the fishbowl for the entire scene — is she holding it the whole time, is water spilling out of it at all, does she ever put the bowl down, or if it breaks, what happens to the fish?

When we visualize data, we are doing the same thing. We are asking our audience to understand shapes and forms on a digital screen to be something other than what they are. We do this by constructing the world within which these shapes exist — as well as the rules that govern them. We create space with coordinates and maybe gravity — a bar chart, for example, establishes a “ground” and the bars themselves are stacked piles or filled cylinders. This gives the height of the bars meaning.

An important thing we can learn from improv comedy is that we must maintain the logic of the environment we’ve established. If the actor on stage forgets she’s holding a fishbowl and slowly drops her arms as the scene progresses, the scene is ruined. The audience’s trust is lost. The world the actors have asked the audience to imagine has been broken.

 

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Resource: Visualizing Social Networks -Palladio and the Encyclopédistes

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:30

From the post:

There are numerous digital tools for studying networks that can be of use to humanists. One such tool is Palladio, a digital humanities package developed in the Humanities + Design Lab at Stanford University.[1] Palladio lends itself to qualitative studies because the visualizations that it produces (maps, network diagrams, and tables) are familiar to most humanists, and because it allows for the filtering of data through categories chosen by the user. Digital tools offer an opportunity to pursue such research with lower technical barriers to intervention—including easier communication, tools for sharing data, and collaborating on writing. Visualization tools like Palladio allow academics to produce their own diagrams without necessarily hiring a designer.In a pair of posts I will walk through some examples of diagrams produced in Palladio.

Read more here.

CFP: Code4Lib 2018 Keynote Speakers Nominations

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:00

From the call:

Nominations for invited speakers/keynotes for Code4Lib 2018 in Washington, D.C. will open on September 18th and close on October 15, 2017. Voting will start on Monday, October 23, 2017 and continue through Monday, November 13, 2017.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: How the Tampa Bay Times Visualized the Racial Breakdown of Police Shootings in Florida

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:00

Earlier this year, Neil Bedi, a reporter and developer on the Tampa Bay Times’ data and investigations team, produced “If You’re Black,” an interactive story exploring more than 800 officer-involved shootings that occurred in Florida between 2009 and 2014. The piece was part of a larger project named “Why Cops Shoot.”

Bedi and his colleague Connie Humburg, a computer assisted reporting specialist at the Times, showed that there were evident racial patterns in the numbers – black people were shot more often than whites. The breakdown of unarmed people shot by police skewed even more black, Bedi and Humburg report.

Storybench spoke with Bedi about how his team tackled the project and why less is more when it comes to marrying code and story.

Read full post here.

CFP: Our (Digital) Humanity – Storytelling, Media Organizing, and Social Justice

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:00

From the call:

We are calling on scholars, media makers, public historians, artists, designers, technologists, and social justice activists to submit a session proposal for the Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania  April 20-22, 2018.

Read more here.

CFP: Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Call for Submissions

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:00

From the call:

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy seeks scholarly work that explores the intersection of technology with teaching, learning, and research. We are interested in contributions that take advantage of the affordances of digital platforms in creative ways. We invite both textual and multimedia submissions employing interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Besides scholarly papers, the submissions can consist of audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials.

Read the full CFP here.

Resource: Getting Started with Data Visualization in R Using ggplot2

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:30

From the post:

Creating a customized graph that communicates your ideas effectively can be challenging. This tutorial will introduce you to the popular R package ggplot2, its underlying grammar of graphics, and show you how to create stylish and simple graphs quickly. We will also go over some basic principles of data visualization.

Read more here.

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