THATCamp "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities"

Posted in Digital Humanities, Open Access on July 5th, 2010

THATCamp Paris 2010 issued a "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities." THATCamp is a "a user-generated 'unconference' on digital humanities."

Here's an excerpt:

9. We call for open access to data and metadata, which must be documented and interoperable, both technically and conceptually.

10. We support the dissemination, exchange and free modification of methods, code, formats and research findings.

11. We call for the integration of digital humanities education within social science and humanities curricula. We also wish to see the creation of diplomas specific to the digital humanities, and the development of dedicated professional education. Finally, we want such expertise to be considered in recruitment and career development.

12. We commit to building a collective expertise based upon a common vocabulary, a collective expertise proceeding from the work of all the actors involved. This collective expertise is to become a common good. It is a scientific opportunity, but also an opportunity for professional insertion in all sectors.

13. We want to help define and propagate best practices, corresponding to needs identified within or across disciplines, which should derive and evolve from debate and consensus within the communities concerned. The fundamental openness of the digital humanities nevertheless assures a pragmatic approach to protocols and visions, which maintains the right to coexistence of different and competing methods, to the benefit of both thought and practice.

14. We call for the creation of scalable digital infrastructures responding to real needs. These digital infrastructures will be built iteratively, based upon methods and approaches that prove successful in research communities.

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    Digital Repository Services Librarian at Georgia State University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 5th, 2010

    The Georgia State University Library is recruiting a Digital Repository Services Librarian. Minimum salary: $45,000.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Georgia State University Library seeks an enthusiastic, collegial, self-starter to serve as the manager of the Digital Archive @ Georgia State University, the University’s institutional repository, which highlights the research and scholarly productivity of members of the University community. The University Library administers the archive to collect, organize, disseminate, and preserve the digital scholarly output of Georgia State University faculty, students and staff. The repository is hosted on the Digital Commons platform and currently includes ETDs, conference materials and journals.

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      DuraSpace Announces Registered Service Provider Program

      Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, DuraSpace, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on July 5th, 2010

      DuraSpace has announced its new Registered Service Provider Program.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Today, the DuraSpace not-for-profit organization announced its new Registered Service Provider Program to establish partnerships with companies that provide support services to institutions using the DSpace and Fedora digital repository software.

      The new program will establish an network of service providers offering a range of services including customer support, technical consulting, software development, and systems integration. The program will benefit universities, libraries, museums, research institutions, and others that require support in building or maintaining repository-based systems built with DSpace, Fedora, and related open source and commercial technologies.

      Registered Service Providers will be easily identified. They will be featured on the DuraSpace web site ( and relevant project websites, with contact information and a profile of their service offerings. Providers will also exhibit their affiliation with DuraSpace by displaying the special DuraSpace Service Provider Logo on their marketing materials and websites.

      Registered Service Providers share the DuraSpace commitment to ensuring that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage. Service Providers are active participants in open source software communities and are committed to providing expertise and technical consulting to enable customers to achieve their goals with open technologies.

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        Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-07-04

        Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on July 4th, 2010
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          Institutional Repositories: BibApp 1.0

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on July 1st, 2010

          The BibApp development team has released BibApp 1.0.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          BibApp is a campus research gateway and expert finder. It matches researchers on your campus or research center with their publication data and mines that data to see collaborations, create visualizations of areas of research, and find experts in research areas. With BibApp, it is easy to see what publications can be placed on the Web for greater access and impact. BibApp can push those publications directly into an institutional repository.

          BibApp allows researchers and research groups to promote research, find collaborators on campus, and make research more accessible. It also allows libraries to better understand research happening in local departments, facilitate conversations about author rights with researchers, and ease the population of the institutional repository. Finally, BibApp allows campus administrators to achieve a clearer picture of collaboration and scholarly publishing trends on campus.

          BibApp is the result of a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Illinois Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois ( provided generous funding for the development of the 1.0 release of BibApp.

          BibApp is a Ruby on Rails application, coupled with the Solr/Lucene search engine, and either MySQL or PostgreSQL as its datastore. It uses open standards and protocols such as OpenURL and SWORD and automatically pulls in data from third party sources such as Google Books and the Sherpa/Romeo publisher policy database. BibApp imports publication data in RIS, MEDLINE and Refworks XML bibliography formats and exports data in several citation formats (APA, Chicago, IEEE, MLA, more) via CiteProc. BibApp also provides a web services API for delivering data as XML, YML, JSON, and RDF. BibApp is released under a University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License (

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            Digital Media Librarian at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 1st, 2010

            The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is recruiting a Digital Media Librarian. Minimum salary: $51,000.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Under the direction of the Acting Head of Access Services, this position will work closely with faculty, staff, librarians and students to lead media services, explore new technologies and provide innovative ways to offer digital materials in support of the teaching and research mission of the university. This position will be responsible for the effective and efficient administration of the Media Department and Slide Library. This position will work with librarians and staff responsible for online resource collection development, acquisition, maintenance and user discovery, and participate in library-wide explorations new technologies and services. Also, this position will provide reference, instruction, liaison assistance and other services as needed, for the visual and performing arts departments, and work on projects and perform other duties as assigned.

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              Digital Video Presentations from the University of North Texas’ Open Access Symposium

              Posted in Open Access, Texas Academic Libraries on July 1st, 2010

              The University of North Texas has released digital videos of the presentations at its 5/18/10 Open Access Symposium.

              Here's a representative sample of the presentations:

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                Library Systems Specialist at Western University of Health Sciences

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 1st, 2010

                The Western University of Health Sciences Library is recruiting a Library Systems Specialist.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Under the direction of the Associate Director of Information & Electronic Services, the Library Systems Specialist will oversee the administration and maintenance of the library automation systems including installation and configuration of software applications; and to analyze library automation needs and recommend appropriate solutions.

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