January 19, 2017
EMOB Members who also receive ASECS emails have no doubt already seen this announcement for a new institute series at West Virginia University aimed at providing both authors and editors with the training that will enable them to produce a variety of digital forms of scholarships. That the project is a joint effort of the journal Kairos and the English department and library at West Virginia is especially promising. So too is its targeting of authors and editors. Deadline for proposals is February 15th…
KairosCamp! A Digital Publishing Institute for Authors and Editors
24 July – 4 August 2017
Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Digital Publishing Institute (DPI) at West Virginia University is proud to host two sets of institutes for authors and editors in the digital humanities over the 2017-18 academic years. KairosCamp’s goal is to help authors and editors produce digital scholarship in all forms. These workshops aim to help authors and editors build, edit, and maintain digital humanities projects. By offering hands-on workshops, we hope to spread best practices in scholarly multimedia production through sustainable and collaborative publication outlets. Feel free to check out our grant narrative, explaining what-all we have planned!
KairosCamp has been a long-time dream of the editors of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the longest, continuously running scholarly multimedia journal in the world. Kairos celebrated its 20th anniversary on January 1, 2016, and the staff of KairosCamp come from the staff and editorial board members of the journal. These digital writing studies and rhetoric scholars have the most significant amount of expertise when it comes to teaching and mentoring scholars to build scholarly projects grounded in digital media. The Digital Publishing Institute at WVU Libraries and the English Department at West Virginia University are excited to offer, through the generous support of the National Endowment of the Humanities, this first series of KairosCamps.
National Endowment for the Humanities
West Virginia University Libraries
West Virginia University English Department
WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
December 28, 2016
Suppose one were to ask undergraduates to engage in the most basic of digital computational projects–say measuring the percentage of words used in dialogue in a given novel compared to percentage of words dedicated to narration. How would one calculate that and what tools are needed?
What other elementary computational exercises might one use in an undergraduate classroom?
Finally, how many of you ask undergraduates to explore digital computation of any kind? Which digital tools are necessary for such projects? And how useful is this kind of exercise in the classroom?
October 8, 2016
EMOB readers may be interested in a new digital humanities project, Mediate, based at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Funded by the European Research Council, Mediate is headed by Professor Alicia C. Montoya. Through the use of a robustly designed database of library auction catalogs, this multi-component project seeks to develop a new avenue for Enlightenment studies. While prior lenses for studying the Enlightenment have focused on either the canonical, history-of-ideas texts or the forbidden, underground works of the time, Mediate aims to study the middlebrow bestsellers and their overlooked role in shaping the Enlightenment. In doing so, the project seeks to “propose a new conceptual framework that takes as its starting-point the heuristic concept of middlebrow culture” (http://mediate18.nl/?page=home).
As the project’s website explains,”The MEDIATE project is organized in six interrelated subprojects:
- MEDIATE database construction (Van de Camp)
- Mapping the field: library auction catalogues, books and their circulation (Blom)
- Readers: Library owners, reception networks
- Still to be determined
- Texts: Sampling religious works
- Synthesis: Toward a new history of “the” Enlightenment (Montoya)”
(See Mediate website, “about”)
Not surprisingly, its project partner is Western Sydney University, the new home of Prof. Simmon Burrows and his The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe (FBTEE) database that we have previously written about.
Mediate project members have begun to present their work, with this past July seeing a number of demonstrations including at the SHARP 2016 conference in Paris and the Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium at Western Sydney University.
September 25, 2016
This following announcement from Daniel Cook (University of Dundee) may interest those working on digital resources.
The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is pleased to call for nominations for the annual prize for the best digital resource supporting eighteenth-century studies.
The prize is sponsored by Adam Matthew Digital, and is judged and awarded by BSECS.
This prize promotes the highest standards in the development, utility and presentation of digital resources that assist scholars in the field of eighteenth-century studies broadly defined. Nominated resources should meet the highest academic standards and should contribute in one or more of the following ways:
- by making available new materials, or presenting existing materials in new ways
- by supporting teaching of the period at university level;
- by facilitating, or itself undertaking, innovative research.
The prize is intended to benefit the international research community, and the competition is open to projects from any country. Resources supporting any scholarly discipline are eligible. Websites or other resources and projects may be nominated by either creators or users.
They must have been first launched on or after 1 January five years prior to the year in which the prize is awarded. The winner will be announced at the BSECS Annual Conference.
The award of £200 is made annually. The winner is announced at the annual conference in January.
Nominations open: 1st September in any year
Deadline: 13th December in any year
The nomination form and a list of past winners can be found on the BSECS website at: https://www.bsecs.org.uk/prizes-and-awards/
September 17, 2016
Brittany Miller has created an interactive map of France’s Burney’s Evelina using David Rumsey’s 1836 map of London. Miller’s map may be helpful for those teaching Evelina.
July 29, 2016
This invitation to participate in a national survey and posted on SHARP-L may be of interest to EMOB readers:
Researchers at the University of Illinois are working as part of a scholarly publishing initiative to develop a service model for university libraries that supports scholar-driven, openly accessible, scalable, and sustainable scholarly publishing practices.
You are invited to participate in a national survey of humanities scholars with an interest in digital publishing: https://illinoislas.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3K81QduAtOFRYaN
In order to develop a service model that meets your needs, we are hoping to learn more about your current publishing practices, your objectives for publishing, and how you consume and want to consume research results.
The survey should take no longer than 30 minutes.
“Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment” is a Mellon-funded initiative, in partnership with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the African American Studies Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Find out more about the project.
Outcomes of this research will inform the development of a library-based scholarly publishing service model. Our findings will be disseminated broadly through conference presentations and journal articles within the domains of library and information science, the digital humanities, and scholarly publishing.
Link to survey.
Thank you for your participation!
Questions? Please email research team via Maria Bonn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katrina Fenlon (email@example.com).
PWW research team:
Ronald W. Bailey
May 19, 2016
Readers may be interested in the NEH Digging into Data Challenge Grant, which can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digging-data-challenge. It is designed for projects using large-scale digital analysis. With a funding ratio of 16%, it’s certainly worth a try. I would love to hear what sorts of digital analysis projects are underway.
On a separate note, during a recent visit to the Massachusetts Historical Society, currently celebrating its 225th year, I saw “The Private Jefferson” exhibit, which placed digital facsimiles next to original documents. Viewers could magnify the digitized text so as to better read it. Jefferson remained as enigmatic as ever, but the exhibit provided a rich conduit into the archival clues to his life. It was superb. I would love to hear about how readers use digital technology for teaching or in library exhibits.
December 4, 2015
Readers will be familiar with the decision by Ashgate Press’s parent company Informa (which also owns Taylor & Francis, Routledge, and Garland) to close its Burlington, VT office. Though we can discuss the practice of having one reviewer for manuscripts, no one can contest that Ashgate has published stellar work in the early modern period. Indeed, it has added voices and diversity, enriching and broadening an academic conversation that is tightly controlled.
More information on the decision can be found here at Inside Higher Ed, at Burlington’s own 7 Days, and on the website below. I have not published with Ashgate myself, though I have served as a reader. For the record, I am all for the practice of having two readers. But I also think that Ashgate’s departure results in a loss of voices, diminishing the academy.
If you are interested in learning more, or in contributing to the petition, please see Rabia Gregory’s web site and petition.