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Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2006 Annual Edition

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

From Charles Bailey’s post to JISC-REPOSITORIES:

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2006 Annual Edition is now available from Digital Scholarship:

Annual editions of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography are PDF files designed for printing. Each annual edition is based on the last HTML version published during the edition’s year. Minor corrections, such as updated URLs, have been made in the SEPB: 2006 Annual Edition.

The SEPB: 2006 Annual Edition is based on Version 66 (12/18/2006). The printed bibliography is over 230 pages long. The PDF file is over 930 KB.

New Blog: Current Epigraphy

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Announcement of a new blog:
Current Epigraphy reports news and events in Greek and Latin epigraphy.

ISSN 1754-0909 (Online)

CE publishes workshop and conference announcements; notices of discoveries, publications and reviews; project reports; and descriptive links to digital epigraphic projects. We owe our inspiration partly to Gregg Schwendner, who single-handedly maintains the What’s New in Papyrology blog. Our goal is to provide a similar service to the epigraphic community, but to do so in a broadly collaborative way that invites contribution from a wide group of scholars and enthusiasts.


  • Gabriel Bodard (King’s College London)
  • Tom Elliott (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais (University of Heidelberg)
  • Julia Lougovaya (Columbia University, New York)
  • Charlotte Tupman (King’s College London)

Monitoring Current Epigraphy:

Readers may learn of updates to CE in two ways:

  1. Via XML web feeds. CE publishes web feeds in RSS 2.0, RSS 0.92 and Atom 0.3 formats, which can alert users of feed reader software to blog updates.
  2. Via the inscriptiones-l email list. The editors of CE regularly digest the most recent posts to CE and forward them, in an email, to the list.

Your News:

If you have news that you would like included in CE, you may do one of three things:

  1. Ask to become an author of the blog (any of the editors can arrange this for you).
  2. Post your news to inscriptiones-l, where it will be seen and probably digested.
  3. As a last resort, send your news directly to one of the authors of the blog.

Please feel free to forward this message to colleagues who may be interested, and to re-post it in other appropriate venues.

Journal of Employability and The Humanities

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

This call for papers was circulated by the HEA History, Classics, and Archaeology Subject Centre, but the journal, I believe, is being launched by the University of Central Lancashire. It strikes me that Humanities Computing departments that teach digital humanities skills are all doing innovative teaching and that our claim to improve “employability” (horrible as that word and even that concept is) is very strong.

The Centre For Employability through the Humanities (the CETL based at UCLAN) is putting together a peer reviewed electronic journal on employability and have asked us to pass on their call for papers (pdf). This Journal of Employability and the Humanities is for everyone in the Humanities. As a bi-annual, refereed journal produced in collaboration with the Centre for Employability Through the Humanities (ceth), at the University of Central Lancashire, its intention is to create space for a dialogue between Humanities and employability. THey want to hear your experiences of teaching, developing and researching employability and stress that prior knowledge of employability literature and models is not necessary. They do, however, also encourage contributions from the experienced practitioner or theorist.

You may have something to contribute if you have been:

  1. participating in the construction of Departmental or Faculty-wide programmes/workshops addressing Student Skills (particularly, but not necessarily, in the first year);
  2. working on improving students’ presentation skills within your module/across the degree programme at either BA or MA level;
  3. engaging students in assessment schemes which go beyond essay-writing (e.g. creative projects, web-design, theatrical performance);
  4. working with the careers service in your institution to improve graduate employability.

You may be engaging with employability issues other ways, but in any case this is a good opportunity to disseminate that engagement. This opportunity is open to members of staff and postgraduate students.

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Black Sea Studies: Open Access Publications

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

All the Centre’s products are published online. This includes any product from conference abstracts, to manuscripts, oral papers, and pdf files of the Centre’s printed publications.

Promotion and Tenure Criteria for New Media

Friday, February 16th, 2007

The University of Maine has produced an argument for redefining promotion and tenure criteria for faculty in new media departments of today’s universities. It seems to provide an excellent point of departure for a discussion of how to include a proper assessment of new media contributions in the tenure and promotion processes in Humanities and Social Sciences. [With thanks to Dan Cohen for the reference].


Interview: Knowledge to the people

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Article seen in the New Scientist:

Interview with Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia.

From issue 2589 of New Scientist magazine, 31 January 2007, page 44-45

Questions include:

Was Wikipedia a fully formed concept right from the start?

When did you realise the old way wouldn’t work?

What happened with Wikipedia and China?

And many more.

online at

Online “Middle English Compendium”

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

See on Humanist posted by Paul Schaffner |

The University of Michigan announces that under new arrangements worked out between the University Press and the University Library, all components of the online “Middle English Compendium,” including the online version of the Middle English Dictionary, are now freely accessible without fee, password, or any other impediment to access:
The MED has hitherto been available only on a subscription or password-protected basis, till the Press recouped its substantial contribution to the original conversion costs. This has now been accomplished, and we are grateful for their agreement that the time has come to liberate it.

It was always our hope and intention to open the MED when we could, both in the general interest of public access (to which as a public university library we are dedicated), and with the expectation that open access will facilitate eventual interlinking amongst sibling dictionaries and between MED and other projects (e.g. online editions, which are now free to link lexical lookups to the appropriate MED entry).

The official press release is here:

Humanities Computing Links from TAPoR

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Geoffrey Rockwell has put up a collection of tagged links to online works about humanities computing. It’s a good complement to Bill Turkel’s Readings in Digital History. And, best of all, it’s TAPoRized, so you can search the collection and run its contents through any of the TAPoR text analysis tools.

8 things about e-books

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Charlie Lowe just blogged about the Educause Learning Initiative‘s helpful introductory 2-pager entitled 7 Things You Should Know About E-books. It’s a decent tool for introducing colleagues to some of the key issues surrounding, and potential benefits involved in, electronic publication methods.

But it also pains me to find that the document, which contains the following valid observation …

E-books have been slow to break the pattern of simply being digital copies of paper books with a few added features

… is only available as an Adobe PDF file, laid out in two columns that I’m sure make it pretty and easy-to-read on paper, but that render the document highly annoying to try to read on-screen.

Another Reason for Opening Access to Research

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Seen in the Creative Commons feed, an article in the British Medical Journal by John Wilbanks, executive director of the Science Commons, on why scientific research needs to be Open Access (and his arguments apply to all academic research, of course):

Summary points

Authors should be prioritising open access to their works—for the good of other scientists and to ensure that the full benefits of the internet and advanced technology may be realised

Open access is rapidly becoming a mainstream idea in scholarly publishing, with more than 2000 open access journals and more than a million author self archived open access papers

Legal and technical barriers to open access are easily overcome using freely available tools

Full article at

What’s all this about furr-burr?

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Greg Crane wants me to think about Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Steven MacCall’s lecture slides on Historical Overview of Information Organization, AKA The ‘From Tablets to FRBR’ Lecture (requires Flash) seem like a good place to get started.

William Denton’s FRBR blog (by way of code4lib) brought this to my attention, along with a couple of other useful looking starting points:

Readings in Digital History

Monday, January 15th, 2007

By way of Dan Cohen’s blog, I discovered Bill Turkel’s list of nearly 100 books relevant to digital history. The meme is a comps reading list for an imaginary digital history sub-field. I was psyched to see geographic history and GIS for history getting plenty of coverage, and python too!

I’m ashamed that I wasn’t subscribed to Bill’s blog feed until this morning.

New Journal: Open Access Research

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

A new journal entitled Open Access Research (OAR) is now accepting submissions and plans its first issue (thereafter, thrice a year) in August 2007. It’s described as “a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that will enable greater interaction and facilitate a deeper conversation about open access.”

By way of Dorothea Salo’s Caveat Lector and

Open Course Ware

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Seen in Slashdot, a comment by Kent Simon:

“Many people may not know that MIT has initiated OpenCourseWare, an initiative to share all of their educational resources with the public. This generous act is intended (in classical MIT style) to make knowledge free, open, and available. It’s a great resource for people looking to improve their knowledge of our world. OpenCourseWare should prove exceptionally beneficial to those who may not be able to afford the quality of education offered at a school like MIT. Here’s a link to all currently available courses. It is expected that by the end of the year every course offered at MIT will be available on the OpenCourseWare site, including lecture notes, homework assignments, and exams. OpenCourseWare is not offered to replace collegiate education, but rather to spread knowledge freely.”

A Companion to Digital Humanities online

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Seen in Humanist:

I’m pleased to announce that the complete text of A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004) is now freely available online, at —please forward this announcement to other lists and communities who may be interested in the news. Thanks very much to Blackwell for agreeing to this arrangement, and to Jonathan Gorman of the UIUC libraries (and the UIUC Gradaute School of Library and Information Science) for modifying XTF (from the California Digital Library) so that it works with the Blackwell DTD. The editors encourage you to consider buying the paperback when it comes out in the fall of 2007. Also, if you spot typos or other errors in the text, please send them to John Unsworth [].

As far as I can see there is no special provision for downloading or printing the articles, but the advantage of course is being able to search and cite (and if you want it on paper, buy it!). The volume includes Harrison Eiteljorg’s ‘Computing for Archaeologists‘ and Greg Crane’s ‘Classics and the Computer: An End of the History‘.

Under the tree

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

My wife just gave me a copy of John Maeda’s The Laws of Simplicity, a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. Maeda, whom I heard once at an ACH-ALLC meeting in Georgia, ranks on my top-three list of really inspiring speakers along with John Seeley Brown, who once addressed a HICSS convention in Maui, and also Ben Shneiderman, who lit up the recent Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science with his talk on information visualization (a topic that usually makes me yawn).

Our Cultural Commonwealth

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

From the ACLS:

The ACLS is pleased to announce that “Our Cultural Commonwealth: The final report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities & Social Sciences” was released December 13, 2006.

In 2004, ACLS appointed the Commission and charged it to recommend how the humanities and social sciences could develop online research environments that would empower scholars and students. The Commission, chaired by John Unsworth, Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has worked over two years to present a guide to achieving that goal.

A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the work of the Commission and the publication of the report.

3D and Museum Exhibitions

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

From Current Cites:

Entlich, Richard. “The Missing Dimension in Web-based Museum Exhibitions: Obstacles to Adding Depth to Digital Data” RLG DigiNews 10(6)(15 December 2006). – This “FAQ” feature in RLG DigiNews “provides a brief discussion about the development of 3D technology on the World Wide Web, its adoption by museums, and the obstacles that continue to keep the creation, dissemination, and management of 3D imagery via the Web from becoming a fully mainstreamed activity.” It provides a useful summary of 3D technologies such as VRML, QuickTime-VR, Shockwave3D, and others, along with examples of them in use. Although there have been various obstacles to the wide adoption of 3D technologies, the piece ends on a hopeful note with standards being solidified, high-capacity networks more widespread, and end-user computers gaining in capability for graphic rendering. RT

Mass digitization of books

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

From Current Cites:

Coyle, Karen. “Mass Digitization of Books” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 32(6)(November 2006): 641-645. – A very well done overview of mass and near-mass digitization of books by Google, the Open Content Alliance, Microsoft, Project Gutenberg, and many library-based projects. Coyle touches on issues such as workflow, output and book structure, user interface, standards, preservation, and scoping the project. If you’re interested in this topic, this is the single best overview currently available. Highly recommended.

Intel developing electronic Qur’an

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

from Engadget:

The device, known as the E-Quran, is a handheld, low-power computer … which contains the full text of the Islamic holy book along with audio versions in 40 languages and interactive, interpretive material.

New technologies for Euclid’s Elements

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Greg Crane points out a new paper by Mark J. Schiefsky:

The specific purpose of this paper is to describe a set of new software tools and some of their applications to the study of Euclid’s Elements. More generally, it is intended as a case study to illustrate some of the ways in which recent developments in information technology can open up new perspectives for the study of source materials in the history of mathematics and science. I argue that the creative and judicious use of such technology can make important contributions to historical scholarship, both by making it possible to pursue old questions in new ways and by raising new questions that cannot easily be addressed using traditional means of investigation.

Call for examples from “TEI by Example”

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

The Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) of King’s College London, and the School for Library, Archive, and Information Studies (SLAIS) of University College London, are involved in the joint project “TEI by Example”.

Featuring freely available online tutorials walking individuals through the different stages in marking up a document in TEI (Text Encoding Initiative, these online tutorials will provide examples for users of all levels. Examples will be provided of different document types, with varying degrees in the granularity of markup, to provide a useful teaching and reference aid for those involved in the marking up of texts.

Eight tutorial modules will address a wide range of issues in text encoding with TEI:

1. Introduction to text encoding with TEI
2. The TEI header
3. Prose
4. Poetry
5. Drama
6. Manuscript Transcription
7. Scholarly Editing
8. Customizing TEI, ODD, Roma

To build as much as possible on available sources of existing practice in the field and to be able to present a broad view on the wide variety of encoding practices, we warmly welcome you to contribute TEI-encoded examples (either fragments or complete texts) that are applicable to any of these subjects. Examples are preferably encoded as TEI P5 XML texts, but also texts encoded in TEI P4 XML, other XML formats, or other (documented) electronic formats are of interest. Even examples of less-ideal encoding practices are welcome, since the idea of learning by error is a valuable didactic principle. Please do provide some indication of the errors or controversies in such examples when appropriate. After selection and editing, the example fragments will be incorporated in the freely available online deliverables, which will be issued under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license (see All contributors will be credited.

The examples can be sent (preferably compressed in .zip format and with an indication of applicability and credits due) to Please do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries regarding copyright issues or any more general issues.

Kind regards,

The project team:

Ron Van den Branden, Melissa Terras, Edward Vanhoutte

Open Access Pantheon

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

From Neel Smith comes word of The Pantheon Project – The Pilot Project of the Karman Center. Definitely worth a look, with very nice OA policies covering the core project data:

… many questions remain concerning the design, construction, statics, building logistics and the original purpose of this unique monument. The Karman Center’s Pantheon Project aims to resolve these questions with up-to-date technical means, new digital measurings of the entire building and new forms of web-based scientific collaboration … One of the new means of the Pantheon Project for scientific work is a 3D digital data model based on 540,000,000 points (= >9 gigabytes of numerical data) from a laser scanning operation executed in Rome during December 2005. The model not only contains the coordinates of all the points but also the colour value of the surface … The Pantheon Project, as all other future Karman Center projects, focuses on Open Access Scholarship, that is, not only the research results from the Pantheon Project and the Karman Center, but also all the basic data and discussion concerning them will be made freely accessible to all interested scholars for their own use. We also hope to convince archives and other institutions owning historical sources, such as drawings, photographs, prints, rare books, maps, etc., to help us make them available online for research. This would not only help to intensify scholarly work but would at the same time help to preserve the often very delicate or easily damaged originals.

ePhilology: when the books talk to their readers

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Curious about where classics might go in a digital world? See the preprint of a new article about ePhilology (by Gregory Crane, David Bamman, and Alison Babeu of the Perseus Project at Tufts University) that will appear in The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies.

From the introduction: “The term ePhilology implicitly states that, while our strategic goal may remain the scientia totius antiquitatis, the practices whereby we pursue this strategic goal must evolve into something qualitatively different from the practices of the past.”


CHE on historical visualizations

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

With Digital Maps, Historians Chart a New Way Into the Past: A push to make historical data more visual could yield a better understanding of events