Digital Preservation Tool Grid

A great overview of digital preservation tools I retrieved through Twitter thanks to Bill LeFurgy. Provides a great list of available tools and arranges them by relevance to different stages of the digital curation lifecycle. Provides a description of each tool, the site where it can be located, and the any applicable costs.


Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute Now Accepting Applications

Hey everybody:

The Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute — a joint effort by University of Maryland’s MITH, the Women’s’ Writers Project, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Science — is now accepting applications for a three-day workshop (one of three) to be held in College Park, MD in October. According to the Institute website, the workshop “will provide a strong introductory grounding in data curation concepts and practices, focusing on the special issues and challenges of data curation in the digital humanities.”

At the workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  • Model humanities data for sustainable computational research
  • Identify, assess, and mitigate risks to their data
  • Evaluate tools and systems for working with data from a curatorial perspective
  • Plan and implement data management during all phases of a project’s lifecycle
  • Leverage data curation skills to improve scholarly publications, grant applications, and promotion dossiers
  • Understand and stay current with the landscape of data curation research

More information on applying for the Institution can be found here.


More Organization of Information Final Presentations

Met for our last class of our Org. of Information course and got to see even more interesting presentations. Topics included:

  • Need to Know (a presentation on the cataloging of classified and top secret information)
  • Developing Trends for Cataloging Sheet Music Collections
  • The Digital Image: Controlled Vocabularies & Visual Resource Management
  • Vox Populi: How User Generated Metadata Compares & Competes with Traditional Subject Headings
  • Supporting User Needs in Specialized Archival Collections
  • Collaborative Tagging & Opportunities for the Library Community
  • Libraries & Marketing
  • Metadata Challenges within the University Library

Way to go, everyone! More fun to begin on Monday with the start of LSC553.

Organization of Information Final Presentations

The first round of final presentations for our Organization of Information course began in class last night. We got to listen to great Pecha Kucha by our fellow students. Here’s some of the topics:

  • Is MARC Still Relevant?
  • Controlled Vocabularies in Archives
  • More Product, Less Organization?: Minimalist Processing & Information Organization in an Archival Setting
  • Information Retrieval in Museums
  • Information Architecture
  • Music Information Settings and FRBR
  • Being a Librarian: The 21st Century
  • Space for Knowledge: Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems

Can’t wait to see the next batch of presentations tomorrow night!

6th Annual George Washington University Ethics & Publishing Conference

Just a quick FYI:

George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies is holding their annual Ethics & Publishing Conference on July 8th. Attendance is free but you do need to register at the following website:

The 6th Annual GW Ethics & Publishing Conference

Here is the conference statement on their theme “Positive Ethics”:

‘The theme of the 6th annual conference on GWU Ethics and Publishing Conference is “Positive Ethics”. Too often discussions of ethics in publishing are solely about some ethical shortfall – plagiarism, using copyright as a weapon, censorship, predatory business practices – and so on. This year we want to focus on the positive side of ethical practices in the industry. What are publishers doing to promote social good? What are they doing over and above meeting responsibilities to their shareholders? And what more should they be doing?’

This should be a great conversation. Hope to see you there!