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Resource: AKDC Debuts New Data Visualization Tool, Layer Cake

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 13:00

From the post:

The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT has released its prototype of Layer Cake, a 3-axes mapping tool that enables users to build maps layering narrative, time, and space simultaneously. Envisioned by AKDC Program Head, Sharon C. Smith, Ph.D., the tool has become a reality thanks to the programming expertise of James Yamada (Master in Design Studies, Harvard GSD).

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Report: Using Omeka to Design Digital Art History Projects

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:30

From the post:

Last week at the College Art Association 2017 conference,  I chaired and presented at an Omeka-centered panel,  “Using Omeka to Design Digital Art History Projects.” The panel demonstrated how art historians, visual resource librarians, and material culturalists are designing digital art history projects with Omeka to teach threshold concepts in the field.

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Job: Software Engineer, The University of Texas at Austin

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:00

UT Austin is recruiting a software engineer.

Design and develop custom code, configure existing software packages, and assist in the integration of new and existing applications, all using best practices in software development and systems administration. Work with team members to conceptualize and prototype. Plan phases of the software development life cycle for a variety of projects. Communicate and coordinate with systems administrators, software engineers, and external vendors to assist in resolving problems with software products and enterprise systems in a timely manner. Provide operational and customer support related to software applications hosted by TDL. Assist in the research, preparation, and documentation of software requirements with end users specifications.

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Editors’ Choice: Copyright – the Immoveable Barrier that Open Access Advocates Underestimated

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:00

 In calling for research papers to be made freely available open access advocates promised that doing so would lead to a simpler, less costly, more democratic, and more effective scholarly communication system. To achieve their objectives they proposed two different ways of providing open access: green OA (self-archiving) and gold OA (open access publishing). However, while the OA movement has succeeded in persuading research institutions and funders of the merits of open access, it has failed to win the hearts and minds of most researchers. More importantly, it is not achieving its objectives. There are various reasons for this, but above all it is because OA advocates underestimated the extent to which copyright would subvert their cause. That is the argument I make in the text below, and I include a personal case study that demonstrates the kind of problems copyright poses for open access. I also argue that in underestimating the extent to which copyright would be a barrier to their objectives, OA advocates have enabled legacy publishers to appropriate the movement for their own benefit, rather than for the benefit of the research community, and to pervert both the practice and the concept of open access.

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Job: GLAM Strategist at Wikimedia Foundation

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:30

From the ad:

The WMF recently received a major grant to support the development of Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons. This grant allows us the opportunity to hire an additional a GLAM (Galleries, Libraries Archives and Museums) specialist to help further develop tools, organizational partnerships, and advocacy to support the grant while helping grow the use of Structured Data on Commons in both our Wikimedia and external GLAM-Wiki communities.

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CFP: Mount Vernon Regional GIS Symposium for Historical Resources

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:00

From the CFP:

Over the last decade, new technologies and improvements in affordable computing power have allowed for significant advances in the way that researchers and conservation managers are approaching decisions of what land to protect. Publicly available datasets and satellite and aerial imagery have been steadily increasing in resolution and land managers are gaining access to information that allows them to identify, compare, and prioritize potential projects at a parcel scale across entire landscapes. Simultaneously, improvements in the ability to host large quantities of data and analysis tools online are opening new opportunities to share this information with the public to help inform large-landscape conservation planning.

Read the full CFP here.

Job: Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian at Boston College

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:30

From the ad:

Boston College Libraries seek a Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian to guide digital preservation and digital archiving activities for an increasing amount of born-digital and digitized content. Working closely with the Head of the Digital Library Program and in concert with team members and professionals across the libraries, he or she will consider all stages of the digital life cycle, from the point of capture through to repository ingest. S/he will establish and document policies; contribute to planning for projects and ongoing production; advise on equipment, metadata, standards and formats; and communicate broadly with collaborators and stakeholders within the library and externally.

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Resource: Annotate Charts using ChartAccent

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:30

From the Post:

Some say annotation is the most important layer for charts meant for public consumption. It directs readers where to look and what’s important. But the process is not always straightforward. ChartAccent is an application slash research project that aims to make annotation easier. Plug in some data, make a chart, and do some clicking and dragging. Done.

Learn more here.

Announcement: Internet Archive Files Amicus Brief in Support of Fair Use and Innovation in Libraries

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:00

From the announcement:

Today marks the beginning of Fair Use Week, which celebrates the importance of fair use for libraries, students, teachers, journalists, creators, and the public. Last week, the Internet Archive joined the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries on a friend of the court brief in the Capitol Records v. Redigi case.

Read full announcement here.

Editors’ Choice: Encoding vs. Decoding

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:00

What makes visualization powerful is our ability to go beyond the mere decoding of values from a chart. That makes it interesting, but it also makes it complicated. So far, we have focused our understanding largely on the encoding side of visualization. We need to learn much more about the complex and powerful decoding side.

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CFParticipation: DH Awards 2016 Voting

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 14:00

From the post:

Please vote for the following resources from 2016 in the DH Awards 2016. Have a look over the resources in each category and then fill out the form linked to at the bottom of the page in order to vote. For frequently asked questions please see http://dhawards.org/dhawards2016/faqs2016/ for more information. We are sorry if your nominated resource wasn’t passed by the committee, all decisions are final once voting opens. If there are errors in your link or title please email james at dhawards.org and we will correct these.

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CFP: Women’s History in the Digital World

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:30

From the CFP:

The Women’s History in the Digital World conference brings together historians, archivists, curators, digital humanists and more to present on their work, network and collaborate on current and future projects at the intersection of women’s history and digital scholarship. If you would like to propose a paper reflecting on your current research, teaching, curation or technical development of women’s history please follow the guidelines below. All time periods and global regions are considered. This is a chance to gain feedback on your work at various stages of development and students, academics, information and library professionals and independent scholars are all welcome to apply.

Read full CFP here.

CFParticipation: First 3 Chapters of Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation for Comment

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:00

From the post:

As I mentioned in December, I’m working on a book called The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation for Johns Hopkins University Press. For an overview of the book go read that post. At this point I have a full working rough draft of the book together and I’m getting to a point where it could really benefit from readers input and insights. To that end, I’m posting drafts of the first three chapters up as Google Docs which you should be able to comment on and suggest edits to. When I’ve posted drafts of essays like this in the past I’ve received fantastic comments that has helped me refine both my writing and my thinking. So now we will see if the same kind of thing works for a book.

Read full CFP here.

Editors’ Choice: What We Talk About When We Talk About Digital Humanities

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:00

The first day of Alan Liu’s Introduction to the Digital Humanities seminar opens with a provocation. At one end of the projection screen is the word DIGITAL and at the other HUMAN. Within the space they circumscribe, we organize and re-organize familiar terms from media studies: media, communication, information, and technology. What happens to these terms when they are modified by DIGITAL or HUMAN? What happens when they modify one another in the presence of those master terms? There are endless iterations of these questions but one effect is clear: the spaces of overlap, contradiction, and possibility that are encoded in the term Digital Humanities.

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CFP: Japanese Language Text Mining

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:30

Emory University is accepting applications for an interdisciplinary workshop–Japanese Language Text Mining: Digital Methods for Japanese Studies.

From the CFP:

The workshop will bring together researchers working across the fields of computational text analysis and Japanese Studies. We welcome applicants from both fields. Applications from research pairs or teams (combining different specialties) are encouraged. Faculty, professionals, and Ph.D. students at all levels are welcome. The workshop sessions will focus on the unique challenges of digital analyses of Japanese texts.

Read full CFP here.

Job: Taxonomist, Career Opportunities at APA

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:00

From the ad:

The Taxonomist is responsible for the ongoing development, revision, and maintenance of APA’s controlled vocabulary/taxonomy (Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms), which is used primarily to index APA’s electronic research databases…The Taxonomist is responsible for initiating and executing plans for semantic content enrichment processes to support continuous improvement of existing products, product line extensions, and new product development to create new streams of revenue to support the mission of APA and its Directorates. The Taxonomist sets the direction for taxonomy content as well as all metrics to measure its value. The Taxonomist collaborates with the OPD management group and the Machine Aided Indexing Specialist to develop indexing tools to promote effective application of index terms that result in more precise retrieval for end-users.

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Opportunity: ILiADS 2017

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:30

From the ad:

The ILiADS Planning Committees welcome proposals from project teams who would like to join us for ILiADS 2017! At ILiADS, ideas grow through collaborative, iterative processes. During this week of digital immersion, teams composed of some mix of researchers, librarians, technologists, and students are invited to build upon established digital pedagogy or scholarship projects and/or launch new ones. Whether you’re learning how to clear significant hurdles or you’re just getting off of the ground, ILiADS’ expert Liaisons will consult with teams to advance their goals. Over the course of the week, team members will learn more about their own collaboration and how to sustain their project into the future. Projects of all types, and at any juncture, are welcomed.

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Job: Associate/Full Professor, Michigan State University

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:00

From the ad:

The Department of History at Michigan State University seeks a historian at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with research and teaching expertise at the intersection of digital history and critical diversity.

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Editors’ Choice: Using History to Preserve and Rebuild Cleveland Neighborhoods

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:30

When you look at the larger picture, it’s obvious that the work that Cleveland Housing Court Judge Ray Pianka did here at the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities – funding, mentoring, and shaping policy – was just a small part of his life’s work.  If I didn’t know that already, it would have been made abundantly clear to me following his sudden and unexpected death on January 21.  As news of his death spread, tributes poured in on social media from people and organizations all over the city of Cleveland, and from all walks of life.  Councilmen.  Housing court officials.  African-American religious leaders.  Polish-American and Irish-American cultural organizations.  Police officers.  Community development officials.  Elected county office holders.  And maybe what he himself would have considered most important of all, from friends and neighbors in his beloved Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.  All of them, and all of their organizations, had a story to tell of how his work and his support had helped them and furthered their organization’s mission, and all of them knew that their church, community, neighborhood, government department, city or county had lost someone very special when he died, someone who one county official lamented was “almost irreplaceable” and who another official called “the most loved judge in Cleveland.”  And yet, while what he did here was just a small part of his life’s work, it was clearly an important part and his work here furthered his mission of using local history to help preserve and rebuild Cleveland neighborhoods.

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Resource: Teaching materials for visualization

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 15:00

From the post:

Enrico Bertini, who has taught information visualization at New York University for the past few years, put up his class materials for open use. There are lecture slides, exercises, and a course diary of his own teaching experiences. Should be useful if you want to teach or learn on your own.

Read full post here.

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