Sep 27, 2011 News
- What we learned from 5 million books [Video | 14:09 | TED Talk]
“Have you played with Google Labs’ Ngram Viewer? It’s an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.”
- The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls, a partnership between Israel Museum and Google.
For the first time, the annual meeting of AHA will feature a nearly two dozen of series on Digital History. These series will include workshops, demonstrations, a THATCamp, and several presentations about digital methods and tools applied to History.
- Do ‘the Risky Thing’ in Digital Humanities by Kathleen Fitzpatrick
- The Fight Over the Future of Digital Books by Dan Cohen
“On September 12, 2011, the Authors Guild sued the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University over digital copies of books from their vast libraries. Many of these scanned books are no longer in print and of interest only to scholars, but the lawsuit reflects the growing tension between professional authors and the libraries that hold their work.“
Sep 20, 2011 News
- Seeking New Landscapes – a rights clearance study in the context of mass digitisation of 140 books published between 1870 and 2010 [pdf | 2.3MB]
A study from British Library about rights clearance. The study examines the issue of orphan works, works for which the rightsholders cannot be traced. This is a problem for libraries and other institutions that work with mass digitisation. The study compared the manual rights clearance “it took an average of 4 hours research and clearance activity per book” with the use of ARROW project tools “In contrast the use of the ARROW system would take less than 5 minutes per title to upload the catalogue records and check the results.
An interactive website that teaches some basic programming concepts.
Sep 13, 2011 News
- How to Hack Academic Book Publishing in Two (Not So) Easy Steps
- Some Thoughts on the Hacking the Academy Process and Model
- Hacking the Academy – The edited volume
- Hacking the Academy: The Ebook Volume
- Twitter discussion about open “peer-to-peer” review
- How Twitter will revolutionise academic research and teaching
Sep 6, 2011 News
- Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist by George Monbiot [The Guardian]
- Le droit de citation redéfini par les Digital Humanities by André Gunthert
- Report: New-Model Scholarly Communication: Road Map for Change
- Building an iPad App for the Humanities? by William G. Thomas
- New Media in the Academy: Labor and the Production of Knowledge in Scholarly Multimedia by Helen J. Burgess and Jeanne Hamming [Digital Humanities Quarterly]