weblog.hist.net

Dan Cohen verlässt CHNM, wird Leiter der Digital Public Library of America

Dan Cohen @ DPLA
Dass der jetzige Leiter des CHNM, Dan Cohen, seinen Posten verlässt, um die Leitung der in Entstehung begriffenen DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) zu übernehmen, ist ja bereits durchgetwittert und entsprechend verbloggt worden – vor allem und besonders durch Dan Cohen selbst. Was dieser Wechsel in der Leitungsposition für die zukünftige Ausrichtung des CHNM bedeutet, mit dem wir von hist.net im Projekt GPDH verbunden sind, wird sich weisen. Dan Cohen hat als Leiter des CHNM zahlreiche wichtige Projekte in den Digital Humanities angestossen, von den THATCamps über Zotero bis hin zu PressForward, um nur einige zu nennen.

Interessant ist aber auch das neue Projekt, dem sich Dan Cohen nun widmen wird. Ich bin gespannt, wie sich die DPLA zwischen bestehenden Projekten aggregatorisch-zusammenfassenden (Europeana) oder privatwirtschaftlichen Ansätzen (Google Books) positionieren wird – und wie es mit bestehenden Initiativen wie Hathi-Trust zusammenarbeitet.

Ergänzende Kommentare der geschätzten Leserschaft mit aktuellerem und breiterem Wissenstand sind wie immer herzlich willkommen.

Global Perspectives on Digital History Launches

Today, Peter Haber, Jan Hodel, and Mills Kelly (along with the indispensable help of Dan Ludington) are pleased to announce the launch of Global Perspectives on Digital History, the latest of the PressForward publications from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.

Like Digital Humanities Now, Global Perspectives on Digital History aggregates and selects material from our Compendium of Global Perspectives, drawing from hundreds of venues where high-quality scholarship is likely to appear, including the personal websites of scholars, institutional sites, blogs, and other feeds. It also seeks to discover new material by monitoring Twitter (someone else is going to have to do that for me given my aversion to the whole Twitterverse) and other social media for stories discussed by the community, and by continuously scanning the broader web through generalized and specialized search engines.

Unlike Digital Humanities Now, Global Perspectives on Digital History is focused more on history, rather than on digital humanities in general. This is not to say we won’t be bringing in content from other digital humanities disciplines that seems relevant to our readers’ interests in digital history. But, as much as possible, we will remain more tightly focused on a single discipline. The other big difference in approach with the first of the PressForward publications is that Global Perspectives on Digital History is a multi-lingual publication. Our initial languages are English, German, and French, but we expect to expand soon into other languages. The only thing holding us back at present is a lack of editors to help with the scanning of content in those other languages.

At present we are using the GoogleTranslate plug in for translation. If you have any experience with this plug in you know it is wholly insufficient for what we are about. Over the coming year, we will be exploring other options for machine translation of our content and hope to learn some things worth knowing through that exploration.

Like Digital Humanities Now, we will also be moving toward some traditional publication of content that appears on our site. Whether we use the model currently in use at Digital Humanities Now or something else, still remains to be seen. We are going to watch the development of the open peer review process carefully before deciding on our approach.

At present, we are splitting our coverage of digital history from around the globe between longer “think pieces” that we are tagging as “editor’s choice” content, and briefer entries we are tagging as “short takes.” We suspect we will expand into reviews and other content from around the globe that examines digital history sometime in the near future.

For now, please visit the site and be sure to let us know what you think.

Cross posted from edwired.org and PressForward.

CfP: «Vom Wandel der historischen Fachkommunikation»

Seit einigen Tagen sind die Panel-Themen der 3. Schweizerischen Geschichtstage (7. bis 9. Februar 2013) im Netz. Zu allen Panels können ab sofort noch Vorschläge eingereicht werden! Mit diesem Vorgehen geben die Organisatorinnen und Organisatoren allen Forscherinnen und Forscher die Möglichkeit, sich mit einem eigenen Beitrag um die Aufnahme in einem Panel zu bewerben.
(mehr …)

Occupy Archive – Archiving the Occupy Movements from 2011

Man muss ja nur schnell genug auf die Idee kommen …! Dan Cohen vom Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media war wieder einmal schnell genug und sammelt Bilder, Texte, Videos und Audioaufnahmen zu den weltweit aufkeimmenden Occupy-Bewegungen.

Hacking the Academy Is Live!

Wir zitieren:

MPublishing, the publishing division of the University of Michigan Library, is pleased to announce the open-access version of Hacking the Academy, The Edited Volume. The volume is forthcoming in print under the University of Michigan Press digitalculturebooks imprint.

This volume was assembled and edited by Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt from the best of over 300 submissions received during a spirited week when the two editors actively solicited ideas for how the academy could be beneficially reformed using digital media and technology. For more on the unusual way this book was put together, please start with Cohen and Scheinfeldt’s preface.

Via digitalculture (dort stehen auch alle Texte online).

THATCamp Switzerland: jetzt registrieren!

Die Anmeldung zum THATCamp Switzerland ist ab sofort online möglich!
(mehr …)

Talking Historians

Die Pläne für die hist.net-Talks sind nun auch schon einige Jahre alt, aber sie liegen noch immer in der Schublade. An der fehlenden Lust liegt es nicht, eher an Zeitmangel. Die Idee war simpel und wenig phantasievoll: Zusammen mit den Kollegen der Wiener Elektronischen Schule treffen wir uns alle paar Wochen zu einem rund 30 bis 60 Minuten dauernden Talk, um aktuelle Entwicklungen in den Digital Humanities und rund um die Projekte, die wir in Basel und Wien am Laufen haben, zu besprechen. Ein digitales Quartett sozusagen.

Aber wie gesagt, im Moment liegen die Pläne brach.
(mehr …)

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

[Folgenden Text haben wir von unseren Kollegen vom Center for History and New Media übernommen]

Many of those who follow the work of the Center for History and New Media know that we are in the middle of a special fundraising campaign in which the National Endowment for the Humanities will match donations to the CHNM endowment. Some of you have already given to this campaign, and we are tremendously grateful for your generosity. The endowment helps us to sustain dozens of educational, archival, and software projects, all of which have been and will be freely available to the millions of people who take advantage of them every year.
(mehr …)

Potential Digital Humanities Fellowship at CHNM

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University invites expressions of interest to join the Center in applying to the American National Endowment for the Humanities for one of NEH’s Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers.

NEH Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers (FDHC) support collaboration between digital centers and individual scholars. An award provides funding for both a stipend for the fellow while in residence at the center and a portion of the center’s costs for hosting a fellow. Awards are for periods of six to twelve months. The intellectual cooperation between the visiting scholar and the center may take many different forms and may involve humanities scholars of any level of digital expertise. Fellows may work exclusively on their own projects in consultation with center staff, collaborate on projects with other scholars affiliated with the center, function as “apprentices” on existing digital center projects, or any combination of these. The results of the collaboration may range from “proof of concept” to finished product.

The aims of the program are to 1) support innovative collaboration on outstanding digital research projects; 2) expand digital literacy and expertise; 3) promote the work of digital humanities centers; and 4) encourage broad and open access to the humanities. (For the full guidelines, see http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fdhc.html)

CHNM plans to select a scholar for its application by July 31, 2008. Interested scholars should send a CV and a 2-3 pp. description of 1) their general interest in the fellowship and the Center; 2) what specifically they would like to work on during the term of the fellowship; 3) any experience they might have that is applicable to this work; and 4) how this work dovetails with any current Center projects (e.g. the National History Education Clearinghouse, Zotero, Omeka, the Bracero History Archive, etc.) Send these two documents to chnm@gmu.edu with the subject line “NEH Fellowship” as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they come in, through July 31. The selected scholar will be notified soon thereafter, and CHNM will work with that scholar to submit a grant application to NEH by September 15, 2008.

Omeka Ready for General Use (beta version)

babelblog

The Center for History and New Media and the Minnesota Historical Society have justed released the public beta version of Omeka, a free and open-source software platform that provides museums, historical societies, libraries, and individuals with an easy-to-use platform for publishing collections and creating attractive, standards-based, interoperable online exhibits. Already in use at more than 150 sites, Omeka makes a variety of Web 2.0 technologies and approaches available to any user–small or large–who wants to foster a higher degree of interaction among users and site visitors. Omeka is now available for download and general use. System Requirements for this platform are:

  • Linux operating system
  • Apache server (with mod_rewrite enabled)
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater
  • PHP 5.2.x or greater
  • ImageMagick