Vatican Secrets unlocked (comment)


Courtesy of H-HistBibl, below is a link to an article that appreared in The Atlantic concering a new crowd-sourced system for developing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) programs that can read and render manuscript material (at least when it is created by professional scribes).  The system was first tested on the manuscripts in the Vatican's Archivum Secretum and employed high school students as research assistants.

Universities in Holland and England conclude open-access publishing agreements

Below is a link to and excerpt from an article in The Scientist concerning Dutch negotiations with Wiley, Sage and Springer for a "publish and read" model for Open Access that combines access for Dutch authors to paywalled articles and Open Access publication of articles by Dutch authors into a single fee.  Springer has also concluded similar agreements with Sweden, Austria and the UK and is in the process of negotiating an agreement with German universities.

Facendo il libro at the NY Academy of Medicine (comment)


The New York Academy of Medicine has opened a new online and physical exhibit focusing on the creation of the  Fasciculus Medicinae, an influential medical work published in Italy in 1491.

The exhibit includes full-text digital reproductions of different editions of the book accompanied by essays concerning its production.  The  exhibit's homepage includes a discussion of the goals of the exhibiti including ways that it breaks new ground in creating online exhibitions.  The curators used Islandora to display a newly digitized source in different ways.

Sexism in Academe (comment)


Courtesy of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, below is a link to an interview of Kelly Baker by David M. Perry that appeared in Pacific Standard magazine on April 24, 2018.

Baker is the editor of Women in Higher Education and the author of four books. The most recent book is entitled Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia,

Below is an excerpt:


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