30,000 Getty Museum Images Published in Sleek New Viewer

30,000 Getty Museum Images Published in Sleek New Viewer

Posted by: on June 23, 2017   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

The IIIF Mirador viewer showing the Getty Museum’s Van Tromp Going about to Please His Masters (left) and the Yale Center for British Art’s Dort or Dordrecht: The Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed (right), both by J.M.W. Turner

Earlier this month, the Getty published more than 30,000 images from the Getty Museum’s collection using the sleek IIIF media viewer, Mirador. The Mirador viewer allows you to smoothly zoom and pan around an image, as well as compare multiple works from the collection, and eventually you’ll also be able to annotate works. The newly available images are from the Open Content Program, a collection of images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the pubic domain. All images added to the program in the future will be immediately available in the new viewer.

To browse the images and play with the Mirador viewer, you can go to getty.edu and search the collection – any image with a blue and read IIIF icon underneath it can be viewed in the new viewer (check out Van Gogh’s Irises).

To do a side-by-side comparison:

  1. Select an artwork from the Getty Museum online collection that has a IIIF icon (just below the image and to the right).
  2. Click the IIIF icon to open the Mirador viewer.
  3. Select “Change Layout” at the top right to add one or more slots where you’d like additional artwork images to display.
  4. Select another artwork (with an IIIF icon) that you’d like to compare. Go to the webpage for this object and drag the IIIF icon from that browser tab or window into the new slot you’ve just created. The two images will now appear side by side.

Enjoy!

Earlier this month, the Getty published more than 30,000 images from the Getty Museum’s collection using the sleek IIIF media viewer, Mirador. The Mirador viewer allows you to smoothly zoom and pan around an image, as well as compare multiple works from the collection, and eventually you’ll also be able to annotate works. The newly available images […]MORE

Women Writers Online: still free for one more week

Posted by: on April 12, 2017   |Comments (0)|Open Access

We’re nearing the tail end of Women’s History Month, and Women Writers Online, a database of transcriptions of early modern women’s writing, is still free to access for the rest of the month! WWO’s contents include short and long poetry, plays, novels, essays and religious content, midwifery books, and more. Writers at all levels of fame are represented, from Elizabeth I and Aphra Behn to anonymous and pseudonymous writers. Here are just a few of the texts:


Cavendish, Margaret (Lucas), Duchess of Newcastle: The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World, 1667. An early work of sci-fi!

Neither was it a wonder that the men did freeze to death; for they were not onely driven to the very end or point of the Pole of that World, but even to another Pole of another World, which joined close to it…

By this Poetical Description, you may perceive, that my ambition is not onely to be Empress, but Authoress of a whole World; and that the Worlds I have made, both the Blazing- and the other Philosophical World, mentioned in the first part of this Description, are framed and composed of the most pure, that is, the Rational parts of Matter, which are the parts of my Mind…And in the formation of those Worlds, I take more delight and glory, then ever Alexander or Cesar did in conquering this terrestrial world.


Sowernam, Ester: Esther Hath Hang’d Haman, 1617. One of several responses to Joseph Swetnam’s misogynistic pamphlet “The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women”, this text methodically points out holes in Swetnam’s logic and refutes his points in like manner.

He runneth on, and saith, They were made of a Rib, and that their froward and crooked nature doth declare, for a Rib is a crooked thing, &c. Woman was made of a crooked rib, so she is crooked of conditions. Joseph Swetnam was made as from Adam of clay and dust, so he is of a durty and muddy disposition.


Barbauld, Anna Laetitia (Aikin): Poems, 1773. Poetry about nature, politics and current events, the poet’s friends, and other subjects.

From glittering scenes which strike the dazzled sight
With mimic grandeur and illusive light,
From idle hurry, and tumultous noise,
From hollow friendships, and from sickly joys,
Will Delia, at the muse’s call retire
To the pure pleasures rural scenes inspire?
Will she from crowds and busy cities fly,
Where wreaths of curling smoke involve the sky,
To taste the grateful shade of spreading trees,
And drink the spirit of the mountain breeze?


And from her Sins of Government, Sins of the Nation, 1793:

If an oppressive law, or a destructive war, were of the nature of a volcano or a hurricane, proceeding from causes totally independent of our operations, all we should have to do, would be to bow our heads in silent submission, and to bear their ravages with a manly patience. We do not repent of a dangerous disorder or a sickly constitution, because these are things which do not depend upon our own efforts…But we are called upon to repent of national sins, because we can help them, and because we ought to help them.

There are some, whose nerves, rather than whose principles, cannot bear cruelty — like other nuisances, they would not chuse it in sight, but they can be well content to know it exists, and that they are indebted for it to the increase of their income, and the luxuries of their table.


Davies, Lady Eleanor: The Benediction, 1651. Davies published a number of works in which she interpreted Biblical prophecies in Daniel and Revelation through anagrams, numerology, and other tools to apply to current events. She anagrammed her own maiden name, Eleanor Audelie, as “Reveale O Daniel.” This document asserts God’s blessing on Oliver Cromwell.

By whom Decypher’d that Generals Thundring Donative his the Crown and Bended Bowe (Rev. 6.) That Seal or Box of Nard opened; as much to say, O: Cromwel, Renowned be Victorious so long as Sun Moon continues or livever.

Anagram, Howl Rome: And thus with one voice, come and see, O: C: Conquering and to Conquer went forth.


Take a look at the WWO database while it’s still Women’s History Month!

We’re nearing the tail end of Women’s History Month, and Women Writers Online, a database of transcriptions of early modern women’s writing, is still free to access for the rest of the month! WWO’s contents include short and long poetry, plays, novels, essays and religious content, midwifery books, and more. Writers at all levels of […]MORE

Rosarium is Live

Posted by: on February 3, 2017   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

Rosarium has been up and running for a few months, but I don’t think it’s been officially announced anywhere, so: Rosarium is live!

The Rosarium Project is an online collection of nonfiction writing about roses compiled and TEI-encoded by Julia R. Tryon, Assistant Professor and Commons Librarian for Research & Education at PC. It is expected to be of use to garden historians, to gardeners who may be interested in learning about older techniques and cultivars, and to scholars of leisure activity and lifestyles.

Currently the collection contains magazine articles dating from 1894 to 1922, with an eventual goal of expanding its chronological scope backwards to the sixteenth century. It is fully searchable. Results are sortable by date, reverse date, journal, title, or author, and can additionally be filtered by rose variety or other subject, by rose color, and by journal type (literary, women’s, arts, gardening, etc.). The user can add records to a bookbag which can then be emailed, generate citations, and learn more about people and terms mentioned in the articles by reading pop-ups which appear when names are clicked.

  • View Rosarium here.
  • More about Rosarium here.

Here are a few screenshots:

Rosarium has been up and running for a few months, but I don’t think it’s been officially announced anywhere, so: Rosarium is live! The Rosarium Project is an online collection of nonfiction writing about roses compiled and TEI-encoded by Julia R. Tryon, Assistant Professor and Commons Librarian for Research & Education at PC. It is […]MORE

Playing with Palladio

Posted by: on October 14, 2016   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

Palladio is a research tool for examining data across time and space.  It allows for the identification of patterns, clusters, and trends within data that may be difficult for an individual researcher interacting with the data to see.  Palladio serves as a means of enhancing (not replacing) traditional qualitative humanities research methods.  Data can be mapped, graphed to show network relationships, viewed and faceted as an interactive gallery, and more.  Palladio comes out of Stanford University’s Humanities + Design research lab.

I’m enrolled in an Introduction to Digital Humanities course through Library Juice Academy.  One of my assignments this week requires an examination of Palladio (as well as a similar tool, Google Fusion Tables).  Palladio peaked my interest.  My initial introduction and interaction with Palladio came through the very helpful Getting Started With Palladio tutorial by Miriam Posner.  This tutorial provides clear, easy to follow instructions for uploading data into Palladio and beginning to work with the data tools- definitely check it out.

After completing the Posner’s tutorial I got inspired to apply Palladio to some data we have access to through DPS projects.  I took a few minutes to aggregate data from a couple of different spreadsheets around the Dorr Letters Project.  My data looks like this:

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In less than a minute I was able to create this visualization graphing the “to” and “from” fields:

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And this map showing the origination location for each item of correspondence:

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I’ll continue to play with Palladio and update this post accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

Palladio is a research tool for examining data across time and space.  It allows for the identification of patterns, clusters, and trends within data that may be difficult for an individual researcher interacting with the data to see.  Palladio serves as a means of enhancing (not replacing) traditional qualitative humanities research methods.  Data can be […]MORE

Paleography Tips!

Posted by: on September 23, 2016   |Comment (1)|Digital Humanities

Leah Grandy, of the Loyalist Collection at the University of New Brunswick Libraries, has a few recent(-ish) posts on paleography, or deciphering historical handwriting. Grandy notes here that paleography training—previously thought to be necessary only for people studying medieval and early modern texts, which may be written in styles such as blackletter or secretary hand that they don’t necessarily encounter much in their modern lives—may also need to be extended to students and researchers of later centuries as well. Cursive, previously a staple of early education, is no longer taught in many schools, and as a result, undergrads are arriving at college who have trouble reading 18th-20th century handwritten primary sources. As someone who has deciphered written annotations for the Women Writers Project and sometimes transcribes documents on Shakespeare’s World for fun, I’m used to people recoiling in fear and/or disgust at the idea of facing down secretary hand, but it’s strange for me to think about people having a similar reaction to cursive!

In this post, Grandy offers a really helpful set of tips for reading or transcribing handwritten documents—whatever style they’re written in. Among them: comparing unclear letters/words to identifiable ones; looking up people and places; transcribing what you can identify and leaving blanks before coming back; guessing and going with your gut! If you’re a student or researcher dealing with handwritten primary sources, check it out.

Leah Grandy, of the Loyalist Collection at the University of New Brunswick Libraries, has a few recent(-ish) posts on paleography, or deciphering historical handwriting. Grandy notes here that paleography training—previously thought to be necessary only for people studying medieval and early modern texts, which may be written in styles such as blackletter or secretary hand […]MORE

“Hamilton” and Digital Humanities

Posted by: on June 24, 2016   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

The musical Hamilton, winner of a slew of awards including (most recently) 11 Tonys, has gained notice as a vehicle for educating children and teens about the early history of the United States. Public interest in the Founding Fathers’ lives and views is high — at the moment, Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton is at the top of the NYT’s paperback nonfiction bestseller list, where it has resided for 35 weeks, and also appears on the e-book nonfiction bestseller list, while Nathaniel Philbrick’s new book on George Washington has a place on the hardcover list. Some die-hard musical fans have moved beyond the Chernow biography into primary sources like Aaron Burr’s journals and John Laurens’s letters.

It’s not only the musical’s content that’s gained a spot in the public eye, though — its critical acclaim and widespread popularity have meant that DH-esque projects relating to its lyrics have attracted mainstream attention of a kind that similar projects on other subjects rarely get. Raplyzer, Eric Malmi’s 2015 program analyzing assonance and other rhymes in rap lyrics, was covered in a handful of sources as a light “computers, whatever will they do next” story — the non-specialist sources largely focused on the aspect of the project where the computer generated raps of its own, rather than on its analysis. (It goes without saying that rhyme analysis tools developed by literature scholars for poetry, like this one by Elise Thorsen and David J. Birnbaum, don’t even get that media attention.) Meanwhile, in 2016, Hamilton’s reputation led the Wall Street Journal itself to develop an algorithm similar to Malmi’s to use on the show’s lyrics; due to the show’s broad appeal, this was widely shared online.

Although the website Genius, a database of rap lyrics and other content with crowdsourced annotations, had been widely covered before its association with Hamilton, observers took particular note of the speed and thoroughness with which the site’s users marked up the show’s libretto. Genius’s strength, as it related to Hamilton specifically, lay in the breadth of knowledge of its crowdsourcing crowd: hip-hop aficionados picked up the references to Grandmaster Flash, Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, fans coming from a musical theatre background noticed the shout-outs to South Pacific and The Last Five Years, and history buffs provided more context for details that are elided or come up only in passing, like the Battle of Fort Necessity, the Whiskey Rebellion, Hercules Mulligan’s slave Cato, or New York’s prominence in the 1770s. These annotations help a reader understand the musical both as a 21st-century document and as a narrative of the 18th-19th century.

Crowdsourced digital humanities projects frequently deal with much larger corpora than this, which need to be put into indexable form before they can be used by researchers. Such projects are therefore less subjective and less demanding of subject area knowledge. A selection of crowdsourced DH projects:

Hamilton fans who would like to read the title character’s writings can find them at Founders Online. A few that may be of interest:

  • “The Farmer Refuted”, actually far more eloquently insulting than its paraphrase in the musical
  • First preserved letter from Hamilton to Eliza Schuyler, his future wife, apologizing for having offered to drive her and a friend to a party before remembering that he was not a good enough driver to do so
  • Draft of an Opinion on the Constitutionality of an Act to Establish a Bank, one of Hamilton’s most noted political successes. This draft, with cross-outs and additions, is an interesting look at Hamilton’s thought process!
  • Letters between Hamilton and Aaron Burr (1, 2, 3, 4) leading up to their duel, signed — indeed — “I have the honor to be your obedient servant, A. Hamilton/A. Burr”
  • And many more!

The musical Hamilton, winner of a slew of awards including (most recently) 11 Tonys, has gained notice as a vehicle for educating children and teens about the early history of the United States. Public interest in the Founding Fathers’ lives and views is high — at the moment, Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton […]MORE

text analysis with Voyant Tools

Posted by: on May 26, 2016   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

tl;dr: Voyant Tools is a free, open, web-based tool for textual analysis.

Voyant logoVoyant Tools is an open, web-based tool for textual analysis.  Using the tool is easy.  Go to the site and link to or upload your text (the system accepts a wide variety of formats including PDF, XML, TEI, and more).  Once you ingest the text or corpus you are presented with a dashboard of visualizations and tools.  Some of the tools built into Voyant include: Cirrus, a word cloud generator; Summary, a helpful overview of the corpus; Mandala, a visualization that shows the relationship between terms and documents; and many more (explore Voyant’s helpful documentation for the full list of tools).  Another great feature is the ability to generate a URL for the entire corpus dashboard or specific visualizations which can then be linked to or embedded into web-based writing.

Voyant Tools creators Stéfan Sinclar (@sgsinclair) and Geoffrey Rockwell (@GeoffRockwell) have also written a book called Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities (2016, MIT Press).  Rusty on your Greek and wondering what “hermeneutic” means, anyway?  So was I.  Hermeneutic means interpretive or explanatory and comes from the Greek “hermenēus,” interpreter.   The book is accompanied by an extremely rich and helpful web site, Hermeneuti.ca, that uses Voyant to visualize and interpret the book’s content while providing examples of how humanities scholars might integrate textual analysis visualizations into their writing.   One interesting example is found in Now Analyze That! in which speeches on the topic of race by Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright are analyzed.

Text analysis has been part of the digital humanities toolkit for some time.  Voyant has been in existence since 2013 and several examples of how it has been used in digital pedagogy are available.  These include Brian Croxall’s (@briancroxall) discussion of using Voyant Tools to analyze Hemingway; an explanation of how Voyant Tools was used to analyze a corpus of runaway slave advertisements in the U.S. antebellum south as part of a digital history course at Rice University; and a recent write-up on ProfHacker.

I decided to play with Voyant Tools using the corpus of correspondence presented on our Dorr Letters Project site.  I zipped up all 61 TEI files, uploaded the zip file to Voyant Tools, and got this dashboard:

Voyant Dashboard

How cool!?  There is a lot to unpack in this data but I’ll highlight a couple of the things that most struck me:

  • the most used words in the corpus are: dorr, letter, constitution and state (I didn’t remove the TEI Header, introductory text, or follow-up questions included in our TEI so what shows up in the dashboard is not just representative of the letter content)
  • the second 30 letters in teh collection were written by “Anti-Dorrites.”  isolating that part of the corpus and then comparing it to those letters written by Dorr might be revealing
  • it would be interesting to select only those letters written by Dorr and analyze the frequency of certain terms to see if patterns arise over time in relation to Dorr’s political views (of course, this is a small corpus so broad generalizations are dangerous)

Voyant Tools is simple to use and extremely interesting- give it a try yourself!

tl;dr: Voyant Tools is a free, open, web-based tool for textual analysis. Voyant Tools is an open, web-based tool for textual analysis.  Using the tool is easy.  Go to the site and link to or upload your text (the system accepts a wide variety of formats including PDF, XML, TEI, and more).  Once you ingest […]MORE

Digital Futures of Indigenous Studies

Posted by: on March 18, 2016   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a fantastic roundtable on Digital Futures of Indigenous Studies in the Digital Scholarship Lab at Brown University’s John D. Rockefeller Library. The event was “part of an ongoing initiative at the JCB to encourage and support a new generation of scholars and community members as they build consciousness about Indigenous issues not only in New England, but also in the United States and internationally”. The discussion centered on “the use of digital media to foster education, research, and outreach within Indigenous communities and studies.” There was a focus on how digital media and tools can help to create connections between people and materials, as well as the importance of relationship-building with Native communities, the ethics surrounding these projects, and project management issues of resource allocation, stewardship, and sustainability.

I was particularly impressed with Tobias Glaza and Paul Grant-Costa’s Yale Indian Papers Project. They focused on the importance of Indigenous communities as stakeholders in the project and collaborating with community members right from the beginning to answer questions like – What’s most important to the community? How do they tell their stories? What information should remain private? How do they want to access and use their digital history? With this approach, they published the New England Indian Papers Series – “a scholarly critical edition of New England Native American primary source materials gathered into one robust virtual collection.” Built on Yale’s Ladybird software and using a Blacklight front-end, the platform is clean and easy-to-use, and includes a document reader, scholarly transcription, and extensive metadata.

An eye-opening takeaway from Alyssa Mt. Pleasant’s presentation on the American Indian Studies (AIS) resources portal that she built at Yale, is the importance of maintaining a project’s stewardship to ensure its longevity. Unfortunately, the AIS portal, which took 3 years to build, wasn’t taken on by anyone else when she left Yale, and consequently, is no longer accessible.

Lisa Brooks from Amherst College gave a fantastic talk on the problem of trying to understand the history of Native spaces when the main existing reference points are colonial maps. She’s worked extensively on creating new historical maps of Indigenous spaces to support her research and is also engaged in the idea of maps as storytelling, often combining her maps with present-day photos of the locations to bring them to life. Her work is included in Amherst’s digital map collection, which was created using Esri’s ArcGIS platform, and is definitely worth checking out.

Another standout was Dana Leibsohn’s project, Vistas, which “seeks to bring an understanding of the visual culture of Spanish America to a broad audience.” Vistas was designed as a non-linear platform, in an effort to encourage multiple pathways between content that would support research in a variety of scholarly disciplines, as well as less formal modes of education and learning. Launched in the late 90’s, Vistas has undergone three major evolutions, from a website hosted by Smith College, to a DVD, and now back to an online version hosted by Fordham University. Dr. Leibsohn’s stewardship of the project over the years has clearly been integral to its longevity, which includes her commitment to tackling the challenges of migrating the platform to keep up with ever-evolving technologies.

There were also a couple of great discussions surrounding endangered Native languages, including a conversation on the power of digital activism to increase online, and particularly social media usage of these languages, as a way of preserving them.

Obviously all of these projects are contributing to content-collection, digital preservation, and scholarship needs, but it was great to hear that so many are focused on supporting Indigenous communities by facilitating access to their histories, preserving them, and ultimately, helping to amplify the voices of these communities.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a fantastic roundtable on Digital Futures of Indigenous Studies in the Digital Scholarship Lab at Brown University’s John D. Rockefeller Library. The event was “part of an ongoing initiative at the JCB to encourage and support a new generation of scholars and community members as they build consciousness about Indigenous […]MORE

Engaging Users and Remixing Content: New York Public Library’s Digital Collections

Posted by: on February 12, 2016   |Comments (0)|Facilities and Tools

As I’ve begun settling into Providence after my move from New York, I’m finally having some time to catch up on my library news. I had heard about NYPL’s recent release of more than 180,000 public domain items from their digital collections, including the first known photography by a woman and more than 40,000 stereoscopic views of the U.S., but as I delved deeper, I discovered all of the exciting tools and initiatives that they’ve integrated into the collections to encourage discovery, interaction, sharing, research, and reuse. In particular, I’ve been musing on the fantastic visual browsing tool. Data visualization is still often thought of simply as a graphic, sometimes interactive, representation of statistics and other data, but it also clearly has so much potential as a tool for discovery, by helping users to better understand the scope of the information that they’re searching or exploring.

A thousand skaters, Central Park

Strohmeyer & Wyman, “A thousand skaters, Central Park” (1889), stereoscopic image (via NYPL)

Beyond content visualization, NYPL is championing active user/content engagement with the Digital Collections API, a Remix Residency program and other tools from the creative folks at NYPL Labs, like The Green Book trip planner, which uses “locations extracted from mid-20th century motor guides that listed hotels, restaurants, bars, and other destinations where Black travelers would be welcome.”

For those of us who spend most of our days in the weeds of content management, NYPL’s Digital Collections initiatives are a great reminder to think innovatively about how we can better connect and engage users with digital collections.

For some Friday fun, check out their Stereogranimator and create some 3D images!

As I’ve begun settling into Providence after my move from New York, I’m finally having some time to catch up on my library news. I had heard about NYPL’s recent release of more than 180,000 public domain items from their digital collections, including the first known photography by a woman and more than 40,000 stereoscopic […]MORE

Cultural Institutions Embrace Crowdsourcing

Posted by: on October 1, 2015   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

A recent post on the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Blog, The Signal by Mike Ashenfelder takes a look at crowdsourcing’s value to library and cultural heritage digital projects. Citizen volunteers can participate in activities such as analyzing images, creating tags and metadata, subtitling videos, transcribing documents, correcting OCR’d (optical character recognition) text and more. Ashenfelder provides several international examples of digital projects that leverage the power of citizen volunteer participation.

For the complete post click here.

A recent post on the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Blog, The Signal by Mike Ashenfelder takes a look at crowdsourcing’s value to library and cultural heritage digital projects. Citizen volunteers can participate in activities such as analyzing images, creating tags and metadata, subtitling videos, transcribing documents, correcting OCR’d (optical character recognition) text and more. […]MORE

NYPL Now Loaning WiFi Hotspots

Posted by: on August 6, 2015   |Comments (0)|Spotlights

Tony Marx, director of the New York Public Library, has recently secured funding for a project that will allow the NYPL to offer it’s patrons free Wi-Fi hotstpot devices. Marx has been known for his vision of a more accessible library.

We’re human beings. We’re social animals. Even if you don’t need to come to the library to read a book, people come to the library to be together and to be in inspiring spaces

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arianna-huffington-tony-marx-nypl_559aca67e4b0759e2b50e20b

Learn more about the Library HotSpot here: http://hotspot.nypl.org/

If you’d like to learn more about Tony Marx, and the NYPL, check out his talk with Arianna Huffington at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Tony Marx, director of the New York Public Library, has recently secured funding for a project that will allow the NYPL to offer it’s patrons free Wi-Fi hotstpot devices. Marx has been known for his vision of a more accessible library. We’re human beings. We’re social animals. Even if you don’t need to come to […]MORE

Fales Library at New York University acquires Triple Canopy archive

Posted by: on July 22, 2015   |Comments (0)|Digital Publishing

The well known New York art journal Triple Canopy has agreed to host it’s archive at the Fales Library at New York University. The journal has been published (mostly online, though some print versions do exist) since 2007. Triple Canopy is a part of Common Practice New York and publishes physical art as well has performances and artist talks.

Browsers update, links rot and standards evolve – often at a rapid pace,” said Ms. Resnick, who initiated talks with the library about the unusual agreement. In an interview, she added: “For digital preservation you really have to be doing it and thinking about it all the time. And we just felt that it was completely beyond our capabilities.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/20/n-y-u-library-acquires-archive-of-the-digital-art-journal-triple-canopy/

 

The well known New York art journal Triple Canopy has agreed to host it’s archive at the Fales Library at New York University. The journal has been published (mostly online, though some print versions do exist) since 2007. Triple Canopy is a part of Common Practice New York and publishes physical art as well has performances […]MORE

White House Digital Initiative

Posted by: on June 1, 2015   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

A number of major U.S. publishers have agreed to work with the White House, and president Obama, on an initiative to expand access to e-books and digital content to low income students. The goal is to provide at least 250$ million in free e-books and to provide library cards for all low income students.

Several major U.S. publishers have agreed to participate, including Simon & Schuster, Bloomsbury, Macmillan, Random House-Penguin and HarperCollins. Also, nonprofits and libraries will be teaming up to produce an app that will be able deliver the digital books. The New York Public library is working with book donation nonprofit Firstbook to develop the e-reader app for these books – many of which are already in the public domain.  (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-to-announce-ebook-initiative-for-low-income-students/)

Read more about the initiative here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-to-announce-ebook-initiative-for-low-income-students/

Read the White House fact sheet here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/30/fact-sheet-spreading-joy-reading-more-children-and-young-adults

A number of major U.S. publishers have agreed to work with the White House, and president Obama, on an initiative to expand access to e-books and digital content to low income students. The goal is to provide at least 250$ million in free e-books and to provide library cards for all low income students. Several major […]MORE

UT Libraries release Derris collection

Posted by: on April 23, 2015   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

The University of Tennessee Knoxville has recently made public a digital collection of images and movie clips from William Derris. William Derris was an avid videographer and photographer who spent much of his time collecting imagery of the Great Smoky Mountains in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. The collection features some short films set to music composed by local folk musicians, as well as slide shows of iconic Smoky Mountain locales.

Read more about the project here  |  View the collection here!

Approximately 4,400 slides and eight reels of 8mm film shot by Derris were donated to UT Libraries. The film footage was first digitized, and then the most interesting Smokies content was excerpted to create shorter clips.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville has recently made public a digital collection of images and movie clips from William Derris. William Derris was an avid videographer and photographer who spent much of his time collecting imagery of the Great Smoky Mountains in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. The collection features some short films set to […]MORE

Coming soon! Digital Commons Promotional Video!

Posted by: on February 5, 2015   |Comments (0)|Open Access

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 8.58.39 AMThe DPS has been tirelessly working on a promotional video for the Digital Commons.  The catalyst for this video was Providence College reaching a milestone of 1 million full-text downloads from the Digital Commons site! The video is forthcoming. Stay tuned!!

The DPS has been tirelessly working on a promotional video for the Digital Commons.  The catalyst for this video was Providence College reaching a milestone of 1 million full-text downloads from the Digital Commons site! The video is forthcoming. Stay tuned!!MORE

Sneak Peak: Army Specialized Training Program Site

Posted by: on January 29, 2015   |Comments (0)|Digital Publishing

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We’ve been working on a new site designed to allow for the exploration of media related to the Providence College ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program). Users will have access to historical photos, articles, and correspondence relating to PC’s ASTP, dating back to World War II. The collection can be experienced through pre-made exhibits (sorted by media type), or by searching across the entire collection. The site is being built on top of a customized instance of Omeka, and should be live on the library.providence.edu web space “soon”.

Stay tuned for more updates and an announcement when we go live with the site!

 

We’ve been working on a new site designed to allow for the exploration of media related to the Providence College ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program). Users will have access to historical photos, articles, and correspondence relating to PC’s ASTP, dating back to World War II. The collection can be experienced through pre-made exhibits (sorted by […]MORE

At the Museum: Library of Congress Blog

Posted by: on November 13, 2014   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

The Library of Congress, Digital Preservation website has a blog called At the Museum, which highlights various museum’s digital collections and the people who work with these collections.  The most recent blog has an interview with Ellice Engdahl, Digital Collections & Content Manager, and Brian Wilson, Digital Access and Preservation Archivist of the Henry Ford Museum.  Previous posts include an interview with Marla Misunas, Collections Information Manager for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Please check it out! Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 10.17.02 AMScreen Shot 2014-11-12 at 10.16.54 AM

 

The Library of Congress, Digital Preservation website has a blog called At the Museum, which highlights various museum’s digital collections and the people who work with these collections.  The most recent blog has an interview with Ellice Engdahl, Digital Collections & Content Manager, and Brian Wilson, Digital Access and Preservation Archivist of the Henry Ford Museum.  Previous posts include […]MORE

Ithaka S+R’s “Sustaining the Digital Humanities”

Posted by: on June 21, 2014   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

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On June 18, 2014, Ithaka’s strategic consulting and research service, Ithaka S+R, published “Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase,” which assesses the role that higher education institutions are playing as faculty and staff continue to create digital resources. With an eye toward value and sustainability, the report casts a wide net, looking beyond just institutionally supported online journals, author-archived post-prints and institutional repositories, to digital collections, portals, encyclopedias, mapping tools, crowdsourced transcription projects, visualization tools, and more.

Read about the report here.
Download the full report here.

On June 18, 2014, Ithaka’s strategic consulting and research service, Ithaka S+R, published “Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase,” which assesses the role that higher education institutions are playing as faculty and staff continue to create digital resources. With an eye toward value and sustainability, the report casts a wide […]MORE

NERCOMP “Doing Digital Humanities on a Shoestring Budget”

Posted by: on June 9, 2014   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

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Yesterday, several members of Digital Publishing Services attended a NERCOMP (NorthEast Regional Computing Program) event on inexpensively creating and managing digital humanities projects. The event featured several speakers from a range of Northeastern higher ed institutions to discuss their projects and the motives, tools, and strategies behind them. Of the subjects covered, some highlights were: introducing gaming elements into a Classics course via collaborative online annotation; digital storytelling with iPads; virtual history narratives; publishing and analysis tools; and data preservation methods. The variety of the projects and methods served as a strong indication that digital humanities can be a feasible pursuit for many institutions, even those with a limited budget.

Information and downloadable materials are available at the NERCOMP event site. For an archive of live commentary on the event, you can search #NERCOMP on Twitter.

Yesterday, several members of Digital Publishing Services attended a NERCOMP (NorthEast Regional Computing Program) event on inexpensively creating and managing digital humanities projects. The event featured several speakers from a range of Northeastern higher ed institutions to discuss their projects and the motives, tools, and strategies behind them. Of the subjects covered, some highlights were: […]MORE

The National Jukebox at the Library of Congress

Posted by: on April 15, 2014   |Comments (0)|Open Access

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The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

You can find out more about the project here .

This project often involves a painstaking process of analyzing various copies of the same 78rpm recording  and finding just the right one for digitization.

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Here is a slideshow example of the workflow process from beginning to end.

The Library of Congress has been working on a great project called the National Jukebox, making historic sound recordings from their collection available for the first time digitally. The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary […]MORE

Browse articles from your tablet with BrowZine

Posted by: on March 6, 2014   |Comments (0)|Digital Publishing

BrowZine is a great new service, available from the Phillips Memorial Library, that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s scholarly journals from an iPad or Android tablet.

From the BrowZine website:

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BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet.

BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand.  The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines.

Get started using Browzine in three easy steps:

  • From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for “BrowZine” and download it for free
  • Open BrowZine and select our library from the list
  • Enter your username and library bar code (14 digit code on the back of your PC ID)

Then start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!

Browse your Discipline or favorite Journal title from here:

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Select an Article and Add to your own personal “Bookshelf”:

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It is recommended that you download a free PDF reader App (such as Adobe Reader), so you can save your PDFs and search within the article and edit as needed.

 

Happy browsing!

 

BrowZine is a great new service, available from the Phillips Memorial Library, that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s scholarly journals from an iPad or Android tablet. From the BrowZine website: BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet. BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in […]MORE

Digital Humantites Awards

Posted by: on February 19, 2014   |Comments (0)|Digital Humanities

humanities matter infographicIt’s award season time of year, and we are always interested in the DH Awards!  These annual awards allow the public to nominate and vote on exemplary projects in the digital humanities community.  Here are 2013’s winners:

Best DH visualization or infographic: Infographic – the Humanities Matter

Best use of DH for fun: Serendip-o-matic
“Serendip-o-matic connects your sources to digital materials located in libraries, museums, and archives around the world. By first examining your research interests, and then identifying related content in locations such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Europeana, and Flickr Commons, our serendipity engine helps you discover photographs, documents, maps and other primary sources.”

Best DH tool or suite of tools: Commons In A Box
“Commons In A Box (CBOX) is a free software project aimed at turning the infrastructure that successfully powers the CUNY Academic Commons into a free, distributable, easy-to-install package.” “CBOX takes the complexity out of creating a Commons site, helping organizations create a space where their members can discuss issues, collaborate on projects, and share their work.”

Best DH blog post, article, or short publication: “‘Psychopower’ of Cultural Diplomacy in the Information Age” by Natalia Grincheva

Best DH project for public audiences: Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive
See our post on Our Marathon from November.

Best DH contribution not in the English language: Eä – Revista de Humanidades Médicas & Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología

Explore more and learn about the runners up at: http://dhawards.org/dhawards2013/results/ or on Twitter @dhawards

It’s award season time of year, and we are always interested in the DH Awards!  These annual awards allow the public to nominate and vote on exemplary projects in the digital humanities community.  Here are 2013’s winners: Best DH visualization or infographic: Infographic – the Humanities Matter Best use of DH for fun: Serendip-o-matic “Serendip-o-matic […]MORE

Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive

Posted by: on November 19, 2013   |Comments (0)|Spotlights

A team from Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Net­works  (a research center for Dig­ital Human­i­ties and Com­pu­ta­tional Social Sci­ence) has devel­op­ed an extensive, crowd-sourced, dig­ital archive fea­turing sto­ries, photos, videos, oral his­to­ries, social media, and other mate­rials related to the Boston Marathon bomb­ings that took place on April 15, 2013.  The archive “will allow the public to explore not only what happened during the event, but also how the event was experienced by Bostonians, visitors to the city, and those many members of the Boston diaspora who were far away but deeply engaged in the unfolding events. The archive will serve as a long-term memorial, preserving these records for students and researchers, providing future historians with invaluable, local windows into an important national event.”

Explore the Our Marathon site or learn more on Twitter @OurMarathon

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A team from Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Net­works  (a research center for Dig­ital Human­i­ties and Com­pu­ta­tional Social Sci­ence) has devel­op­ed an extensive, crowd-sourced, dig­ital archive fea­turing sto­ries, photos, videos, oral his­to­ries, social media, and other mate­rials related to the Boston Marathon bomb­ings that took place on April 15, 2013.  The archive “will […]MORE

Archiving Public Broadcasting

Posted by: on November 14, 2013   |Comments (0)|Spotlights

The Library of Congress will begin an ambitious project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting wherein some 40,000 hours of public broadcasting dating back to the 1950’s will be digitally archived. Content will come from approximately 120 different public broadcasting stations (including WGBH Boston!) and will include interviews with John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. The archive will eventually be hosted online and will be freely available to the public.

Read through the Library of Congress’s release here

The Library of Congress will begin an ambitious project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting wherein some 40,000 hours of public broadcasting dating back to the 1950’s will be digitally archived. Content will come from approximately 120 different public broadcasting stations (including WGBH Boston!) and will include interviews with John F. Kennedy and Ronald […]MORE

Digitizing Frankenstein

Posted by: on November 7, 2013   |Comments (0)|Digital Publishing

Phase one of the Shelley-Godwin Archive has recently launched with digitized versions of all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein. The Archive is the result of institutional partnerships: New York Public Library, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, Oxford’s Bodleian Library, with contributions from the Huntington Library, the British Library, and the Houghton Library—totaling over 90% of all known relevant manuscripts.

Subsequent Shelley-Goodwin Archive project phases will include digitization of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, “bringing together online for the first time ever the widely dispersed handwritten legacy of this uniquely gifted family of writers.”

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Phase one of the Shelley-Godwin Archive has recently launched with digitized versions of all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein. The Archive is the result of institutional partnerships: New York Public Library, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, Oxford’s Bodleian Library, with contributions from the Huntington Library, the British Library, and the Houghton Library—totaling over […]MORE

Dorr Rebellion Project Site Highlighted in The Junto

Posted by: on October 10, 2013   |Comments (0)|Open Educational Resources

Providence College’s Dr. Erik Chaput (’03, ’05G and faculty in the School of Continuing Education) and Mr. Russell DeSimone (’67, local historian and collector) recently posted about the Dorr Rebellion Project Site on the early Americanists blog, The Junto. Dr. Chaput and Mr. DeSimone provide beautifully written, content-rich historical context leading up to and surrounding “the constitutional crisis that erupted in Rhode Island in 1841-1842.” The Dorr Rebellion Project Site is the resulting collaboration of the Phillips Memorial Library+Commons (Providence College), Dr. Erik Chaput and Mr. Russell DeSimone.

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View Dr. Chaput and Mr. DeSimone’s post here.

Providence College’s Dr. Erik Chaput (’03, ’05G and faculty in the School of Continuing Education) and Mr. Russell DeSimone (’67, local historian and collector) recently posted about the Dorr Rebellion Project Site on the early Americanists blog, The Junto. Dr. Chaput and Mr. DeSimone provide beautifully written, content-rich historical context leading up to and surrounding […]MORE

Letters of 1916: Creating History

Posted by: on October 4, 2013   |Comments (0)|Open Access

Trinity College Dublin has launched what it is calling “the first public humanities project in Ireland.” The Letters of 1916 project is crowd-sourcing digital history through public engagement and community collection building to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916). Community members are being invited to participate in the project by uploading private letters and photographs dating from the period.

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For more details see Letters of 1916: Creating History.

Trinity College Dublin has launched what it is calling “the first public humanities project in Ireland.” The Letters of 1916 project is crowd-sourcing digital history through public engagement and community collection building to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916). Community members are being invited to participate in […]MORE

Charles Darwin / Joseph Hooker Correspondence

Posted by: on June 18, 2013   |Comments (0)|Digital Publishing

1,200 letters between Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker, 300 of which have not been published before, are being made available in more than 5,000 images by Cambridge’s Digital Library (http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/). Their decades of correspondence include Darwin’s most famous letter, where he first reveals not only that he thinks species change, but also that he has worked out a completely new theory as to how.

“No single set of letters was more important to Darwin, or is more important now, than those exchanged with Hooker over 40 years.” — Alison Pearn

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For more information, and links to selected letters see: http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/darwin-hooker-letters.

1,200 letters between Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker, 300 of which have not been published before, are being made available in more than 5,000 images by Cambridge’s Digital Library (http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/). Their decades of correspondence include Darwin’s most famous letter, where he first reveals not only that he thinks species change, but also that he has […]MORE

Dorr Letters and XTF

Posted by: on June 7, 2013   |Comments (0)|Digital Publishing

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Just recently, Digital Publishing Services finished a semester long endeavor to put together a website with the purpose of sharing both the digital transcriptions and the original scans of the Dorr letters. The site is built on XTF (eXtensible Text Framework), which is a free, open source platform that provides a super customizable framework for working with the transforming and display of TEI (and many other encoding languages). The beauty of XTF lies within it’s text indexer tool, it automatically creates an index of your documents which then allows for search-ability across the entire collection, or within each document. XTF can be a bit daunting to learn for a newcomer as there are very many moving parts, that said I’d still recommend it, there are a number of helpful tutorials and documentation and the XTF community is strong and usually quick to help. If you’re working with XTF I’d suggest joining the XTF User List on Google groups immediately!

At present the project includes digital transcriptions of thirty letters from the Dorr Correspondence files in the Sidney S. Rider Collection at the John Hay Library (Brown University), the James Fowler Simmons Papers at the Library of Congress, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, and one letter from the private collection of Richard Slaney. These letters illustrate aspects of race, reform, antislavery and proslavery politics, and, of course, the Dorr Rebellion.

To see our XTF implementation in action, visit the Dorr Letters project page. You can browse or search through the Dorr letters. Once on a letter page you can then click “view page #” to see the original scan of that page. There also exists an option to view the raw TEI.

The letters were selected, edited, and transcribed from the original manuscripts by Dr. Erik J. Chaput and Russell DeSimone, with the assistance of Dr. Edward E. Andrews.

The letters were encoded by the Phillips Memorial Library + Commons Digital Publishing Services team including Deborah Angelo, Mark Caprio, Rachel Golub, Christiane Marie Landry, Marc Mestre, and  Hailie Posey.

Also, be sure to visit the Dorr Rebellion project page to learn more about the Dorr Rebellion. The site was recently updated with lesson plans created specifically for interaction with the Dorr Letters site. We will be doing some more updating to the site later this summer, so be sure to check back in.

Project questions or comments may be sent to dps@providence.edu

Just recently, Digital Publishing Services finished a semester long endeavor to put together a website with the purpose of sharing both the digital transcriptions and the original scans of the Dorr letters. The site is built on XTF (eXtensible Text Framework), which is a free, open source platform that provides a super customizable framework for […]MORE

Inti Web: Inti 75-76 Coming Soon!

Posted by: on May 3, 2013   |Comments (0)|Digital Publishing

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Inti: Revista de la Literatura Hispánica is a 39 year old academic journal started by Roger Carmosino. It has published research and analysis in all areas of Spanish and Latin literature and has often included creative writing written by Latin and Spanish authors and artists.

I’ve worked with my fellow Digital Publishing colleagues and Roger to revamp the Inti website that was originally created by web dev guru Chris Gubata. The goal of Inti web is to act as a digital extension of the themes surrounding each issue of Inti. We try to keep it up to date with pertinent links to multimedia (photos and videos), news articles, and interviews. The site is, by default, set to be viewed in Spanish, but not to worry, if you can’t habla Espanol, there is a handy toggle up at the top of the site that will automatically translate the page into English for you.

Check out Inti web here:
http://library.providence.edu/dps/publications/inti/

Check out the site for the latest issue of Inti (73-74) here:
http://library.providence.edu/dps/publications/inti/inti-73-74/index.php

Stay tuned for new updates as we finalize the content for Issue 75-76!

Inti: Revista de la Literatura Hispánica is a 39 year old academic journal started by Roger Carmosino. It has published research and analysis in all areas of Spanish and Latin literature and has often included creative writing written by Latin and Spanish authors and artists. I’ve worked with my fellow Digital Publishing colleagues and Roger […]MORE