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.

Designing Digital Scholarship Ecologies

Micah Vandegrift,  “Designing Digital Scholarship Ecologies,” LIS Scholarship Archive, 2018.

Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication are transforming the practice of librarianship by 1) integrating throughout the research process, 2) re-positioning the core of libraries, 3) increasing focus on “back of the house” processes/skills, 4) facilitating an outward orientation. Approaching these through the frames of design and ecology offer a useful re-imagining of our current state and possible futures.

Training opportunities in digital scholarship

The SSRC (Social Science Research Council) Digital Culture program is posting a list of "trainings and resources for scholars hoping to increase their digital literacy and familiarity with digital tools and methodologies used in social science."


Current Research in Digital History conference

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media will hold its 2018 Current Research in Digital History conference at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

"CRDH is an annual one-day conference that publishes online, peer-reviewed proceedings. Its primary aim is to encourage and publish scholarship in digital history that offers discipline-specific arguments and interpretations. A format of short presentations provides an opportunity to make an argument on the basis of ongoing research in a larger project.

Lever Press Sets Gears in Motion

Despite slow start, open-access digital scholarship publisher expects to publish first works this year.

Librarians have been talking excitedly about Lever Press, an open-access publisher for digital scholarship led by liberal arts colleges, for several years... The press hired a senior acquisition editor in August and now has several works under contract, pending approval from the press's editorial board.

CFParticipation: Digital Art History Summer Institute

Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks
June 4-16, 2018 in Venice, Italy
Digital Technologies for Historical and Cultural visualization are transforming the ways that scholars can study and represent works of art, as well as growth and change in urban spaces and structures.


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