Back in October, we introduced the MITH/UM Libraries Born Digital Working Group (BDWG) with a post about processing the Bill Bly Collection. Since then we’ve firmed up our goals (“start collecting/working with diverse born digital materials in the libraries” being a bit nebulous and… huge) and divided ourselves into sub-groups to conquer them. Goals and groups decided upon, we’re going to try to give bi-weekly updates on our work, cross-posted to the MITH and Special Collections blogs. . . . Continue Reading
A few weeks ago I began putting together MITH’s new digital curation workstation. The primary reason for the workstation was to build a testbed for the BitCurator environment, an open source suite of digital forensics (DF) tools that have been repurposed for the curation of born-digital materials. While there are commercial DF workstations available on the market (for example, see Digital Intelligence’s FRED system), their cost can be prohibitive, especially compared to the ever-diminishing cost of desktop workstations. . . . Continue Reading
Roughly one year ago members of the BitCurator Professional Experts Panel (PEP) met at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) to help further refine the scope and priorities of the BitCurator project, and ensure that our efforts would have “real world” usefulness for archivists and librarians who are responsible for born-digital materials. . . . Continue Reading
If you haven’t heard of Open Annotation, then you’re missing out on the greatest thing since virtual sliced bread. Something as simple as saying, “this should be associated with that,” is powerful. The simple things often are.
We’re used to blogs with comments. Each comment is a piece of text associated with the blog entry or another comment. . . . Continue Reading
This post was co-authored by members of the Born-Digital Working Group.
In early September of 2012 the University of Maryland Libraries and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) joined forces to launch its Born-Digital Working Group. As a vehicle for leveraging some rapidly emerging institutional strengths in processing and maintaining born-digital collections, as well as conducting research around the challenges associated with those activities, the group was a natural way to give those efforts some internal structure and coherence. . . . Continue Reading
MITH has been involved in the Open Annotation Collaboration for a couple of years now, helping develop a standard way to express annotations on the web using linked data principles. Last week, several in the OAC community met in Chicago to show a series of experiments testing the annotation data model and to discuss the next steps we need to take. . . . Continue Reading
After a brief pause to reevaluate resources, aims, and methods, the Modern British archive of the Foreign Literatures in America project is back on track and slowly making progress. I’ve recently come to appreciate even more Peter Mallios’ previous blog posts comparing the FLA project to a sea voyage, both in terms of the excitement it holds for potential discovery and in terms of the daily routine of rote, occasionally monotonous, activities that it takes to sail a ship…or build an online archive. . . . Continue Reading
The research I am doing presently uses visualizations to show latent patterns that may be detected in a set of poems using computational tools, such as topic modeling. In particular, I’m looking at poetry that takes visual art as its subject, a genre called ekphrasis, in an attempt to distinguish the types of language poets tend to invoke when creating a verbal art that responds to a visual one. . . . Continue Reading
According to Christina Wodtke and Austin Govella in Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, wireframes are the spaces in which thinking becomes tangible. As my semester-long exploration of digital scholarly editions comes to a close, I have been thinking about how to synthesize the insights I’ve gleaned from the different phases of the project—from the literature review to the TEI encoding guidelines—into a set of visual representations, or wireframes, for a digital edition of Katherine Anne Porter’s letters. . . . Continue Reading
I’ve now updated the “Examples of Work” page on digitalmishnah.org to include viewable samples. Thanks to Kirsten Keister for setting up the light box format to view the samples. The examples include two samples of work that processes more than one text (collation, synopsis) and a number of examples of manuscripts.
I’ve been working on two issues. . . . Continue Reading