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Job: Professor or Associate Professor in Digital Humanities

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

Tenured appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor in the field of «Digital Humanities». This is a Chair endowed by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation (“Sylivia Ioannou Chair in Digital Humantities”). The posting is open to applications within one or more of the following research foci: (a) Design and creation of databases (b) Digitisation of cultural heritage (tangible and non-tangible, archival material, etc.) (c) Digital recording and spatial analysis through GIS (d) Remote Sensing-Geophysics (e) 3D visualisation

Read full ad here.

Editors’ Choice: How Can Libraries and Digital Humanities Spaces Co-Exist?

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:30

Over at Hyperallergic, I have contributed a new article on the removal of books from the fine arts library at UT-Austin and the planned movement of books from the libraries at UW-Madison [Article Here]. The tales of these two libraries is an increasingly familiar one, wherein thousands of books are deaccessioned or moved into off-site storage in order to make way for a hip new “makerspace” or mixed-use area. These changes are not only redefining what a library is, they are redefining how we interact with them.

Questions over what a library is (e.g. Is it a book warehouse? Is it a social space?) should also incorporate how the digital humanities can co-exist spatially with books, rather than replacing them altogether. How do we create a trinity within libraries wherein digital humanities labs can work in tandem with books and people?

Read the full post here.

Editors’ Choice: A Digital Map Leads to Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:00

Last month, Dallas Robinson received an email from someone she didn’t know, asking if she would be open to receiving a large sum of money—with no strings attached. For once, it wasn’t spam. She hit reply…The gift from the stranger arrived thanks to a new online map, the Black-Indigenous Farmers Reparations Map, a project to promote “people-to-people” reparations.

Read the full post here.

Job: Postdoctoral Fellow & Project Coordinator in Digital Humanities and Popular Political Education, Smith

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

Putting History in Domestic Workers’ Hands will produce research on domestic worker history and create digitally-based products to support key elements of NDWA’s capacity-building initiatives… The Fellow will assist with research, content development and design for the core political education curriculum, provide expert assistance in popular education pedagogy, including advising on best practices for designing a multi-scalar, non-academic curriculum, and develop digital content management skills as applicable to the project’s goals, including content digitization, digital archiving, content maintenance and copyright clearance for digital materials. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work with Smith College faculty, staff, and undergraduate students, the NDWA Field Director, NDWA Field Coordinator, the NDWA Technology Development Manager, as well as other members of the project team.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Digital Research Studio Director, Claremont Colleges

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

The Claremont Colleges are seeking an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and highly organized Digital Research Studio Director (DRSD) to play a key leadership role in developing and supporting the Digital Humanities within the consortium.  This position is funded by a five-year grant from the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation.  The colleges are currently in Year 4; the award ends on September 30, 2019.  The purpose of the grant is to create and sustain an integrated system of support, training, and research for The Claremont Colleges that will make the consortium a model learning community where Digital Humanities’ (DH) methods and tools inform the work of scholars and students at all levels. The funds are being used to host an annual set of DH programs and events; train faculty and educate students; support digitally-infused course development; and maintain the collaborative capstone effort known as the Digital Humanities Research Studio.

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Job: Assistant Professor of English – Digital Humanities, Marshall University

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:30

From the ad:

Applications invited for a tenure-eligible assistant professorship in English with specialization in Digital Humanities. We are seeking a scholar with a well-developed Digital Humanities project as well as expertise and ability to teach in one or more of the following secondary areas: literary studies, media studies, professional writing, digital writing and rhetoric, and multimodal composition. The applicant should show evidence of a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of computing in the humanities, which could include the intellectual and cultural effects of text mining, quantitative analysis, visualization, and text and archive creation.

Read the full ad here.

CFP: Transacting DH – Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Collaboration

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:00

From the CFP:

In 2011, Tanya Clement and Dave Lester convened an NEH-supported conversation titled Off the Tracks, which led to the eventual publication of the Collaborators’ Bill of Rights. Prompted by this year’s presidential theme–Textual Transactions–this guaranteed panel supported by the Association for Computer in the Humanities (ACH) will address questions of “transaction” as a combination of form and function. What models of collaboration have evolved across DH projects over time? How have advisors and students negotiated their roles in digital humanities research projects? What are the rights and responsibilities of mentoring, supervising, directing, or staffing a digital humanities research project? What are the boundaries of these transactions? How can digital humanities transactions challenge our ideas of collaboration?

Read the full CFP here.

CFP: Keystone DH 2018

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:00

From the CFP:

We are excited to announce that this year’s Keystone DH will be held at Penn State University in State College. Now in its fourth year, Keystone DH is an annual conference and a network of institutions and practitioners committed to advancing collaborative scholarship in digital humanities research and pedagogy across the Mid-Atlantic. Recognizing how DH scholarship in practice necessarily bridges conventional academic distinctions, we invite contributions from across the field, including faculty researchers, unaffiliated scholars, librarians, technologists, artists and critical-makers. Deadline Extended to March 29!

Read full call  here.

Job: Head of Preservation and Digitization, Washington University

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:30

From the ad:

Under the direction of the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections Services Division, is responsible for the development and operation of a library-wide, comprehensive preservation and digitization program. Leads and manages all preservation/conservation and digitization efforts, including the management of general and special collection care and digitization activities, preservation/digitization lab and services, disaster planning and recovery, environmental monitoring, exhibition preparation activities, and education and outreach efforts.

Read more here.

Job: Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:00

From the ad:

The postdoc will advance the partnership in the Digital Humanities between the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, University Libraries, and faculty and students across Virginia Tech. The postdoc is expected to assume a high visibility position advancing the digital humanities at the intersection of research, outreach, and instruction appropriate to a land grant university. The postdoc will have workspace assigned in the Athenaeum, the new Digital Humanities collaboration space in Newman Library. The postdoc will also have an affiliation with the proposed Center for Humanities to be located in the new Liberal Arts Building, as well as appropriate humanities department(s), including English, History, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Religion and Culture, and Science, Technology, and Society. The postdoc will report to the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, while working closely with the Digital Humanities Librarian and the faculty advisory group for the Athenaeum.

Read the full ad here.

CFP: “The Digital and Democracy” – Digital Scholarship Colloquium 2018

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:30

From the CFP:

Join us for a rousing discussion of democracy and the digital at the fourth Digital Scholarship Colloquium hosted by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. We are now accepting proposals for papers, posters, panels, and/or demonstrations from scholars, students, librarians/archivists, technologists, non-profit researchers, and community organizers that interrogate the ways that digital tools work to either uphold or upend democracy, and how research might be used to advocate for positive impact within communities experiencing disruption and inequality. The colloquium is an opportunity to connect people to the scholarly work and digital tools that directly or indirectly affects their lives and civil liberties.

Read the full CFP here.

Resource: How to Scrape Reddit with Python

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:00

From the resource:

Last month, Storybench editor Aleszu Bajak and I decided to explore user data on nootropics, the brain-boosting pills that have become popular for their productivity-enhancing properties. Many of the substances are also banned by at the Olympics, which is why we were able to pitch and publish the piece at Smithsonian magazine during the 2018 Winter Olympics. For the story and visualization, we decided to scrape Reddit to better understand the chatter surrounding drugs like modafinil, noopept and piracetam.

In this Python tutorial, I will walk you through how to access Reddit API to download data for your own project.

Read more here.

Report: HathiTrust Research Center User Requirements Study White Paper

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:30

About the report:

This paper presents findings from an investigation into trends and practices in humanities and social sciences research that incorporates text data mining. As affiliates of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), the purpose of our study was to illuminate researcher needs and expectations for text data, tools, and training for text mining in order to better understand our current and potential user community. Results of our study have and will continue to inform development of HTRC tools and services for computational text analysis.

Read the full report here.

Editors’ Choice: Parsimony and Elegance as Objectives for Digital Curation Processes

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:00

I’m increasingly convinced that parsimony and elegance are key values for the socio-technical systems that enable long term access to information. This post is me starting to try and articulate what I mean by that and connecting that back to a few ongoing strands of work and thinking I’m engaged in.

Now that the book as been circulating around a bit, I’ve been able to both reflect on it and get to have a lot of great conversations with people about it. Along with that, I’ve been participating (or at least trying to participate when my calendar allows) in some ongoing conversations about the role of maintenance, capacity, care, and repair in library work.

My points of entry into these conversations have been Bethany Nowviskie’s  Capacity and Care, Steve Jackson’s piece Rethinking Repair, Hellel Arnold’s Critical Work: Archivists as Maintainers, and Andrew Russell and Lee Vinsel’s work in pieces like Innovation is overvalued: Maintenance often matters more. As I mentioned in a pervious post, I think there is a ton more that I need to sort through in Nell Nodding’s line of thinking on an ethics of care, and that is all tied up in this too. So take those as trail heads to what I think is going to grow more and more into a major part of our professional discourse. Notions of capacity and maintain all implicate notions of sustainability.

Less is More Sustainable and Mantainable

The specific prompt for this post was one conversation where I ended up saying something I’ve said a few times before. Something like; “If you can do it with an Access database then don’t gather requirements for a software engineering project.” Furthermore, “If you can do it with a spreadsheet, don’t build an Access database.” Beyond that, “If you can do it with a text file, then don’t set up a spreadsheet.” The general point in each of these situations is that you want to use the least possible tool for the job and then when the complexity of the work demands it, you justify the added complexity of the next thing.

 

Read the full post here.

DHNow is on Spring Break!

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:00

We are taking a week off for spring break. All posts nominated this week will be included for consideration when we return next week. Keep nominating!

Conference: Global Digital Humanities Symposium

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:00

From the post:

Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to continue its symposium series on Global DH into its third year. We are delighted to feature speakers from around the world, as well as expertise and work from faculty and students at Michigan State University in this two day symposium…Registration Closes March 9!

Read the program here.

CFP: Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black Conference

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:30

From the call:

The University of Maryland’s African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities Initiative (AADHum) has posted a call for proposals for their first national conference, to be held at the University of Maryland on October 18-20. The conference’s theme is “Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black.”

Read full CFP here.

CFP: Digital History Workshop, UvA Amsterdam

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:00

From the post:

The upcoming Digital History Workshop will take place on 22 March between 3-5pm in the eLab room (Turfdraagsterpad 9 BG 1 0.16). In this workshop, we discuss tools that enable researchers to build their own corpus from various online resources…In this workshop, Dr. Martin Reynaert (Tilburg University, Meertens Institute) will demonstrate how researchers can use these digital resources to build their own corpus, tailored to their specific research needs.

Read full post here.

Editor’s Choice: Visualizing Cultural Collections

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:00

Below is an overview of research projects that were carried out by student teams in the project course Visualizing cultural collections taught by Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk since 2014. Students with different disciplinary backgrounds including design, media studies, information science, and cultural management analyzed existing interfaces and developed new approaches for different case studies in collaboration with a broad range of cultural institutions.

 Read more here.

Resource: KITAB – Knowledge Information Technology and the Arabic Books

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 14:00

From the post:

KITAB provides a digital tool-box and a forum for discussions about Arabic texts. We wish to empower users to explore Arabic texts in completely new ways and to expand the frontiers of knowledge about one of the world’s largest and most complex textual traditions. We are leading with a tool that detects how authors copied from previous works. Arabic authors frequently made use of past works, cutting them into pieces and reconstituting them to address their own outlooks and concerns. Now you can discover relationships between these texts and also the profoundly intertextual circulatory systems in which they sit.

 Find out more  here.

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