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Report: On the importance of web archiving

From the report: So, how can social science scholars and researchers take advantage of web archives? Our Web Science and Digital Libraries (WS-DL) group at Old Dominion University (ODU) has been studying the challenges related to allowing researchers to create and share their own web archives for the past eight years. Our work is focused…

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Report: Library Values & Privacy in our National Digital Strategies

About the report: The UW-Milwaukee Center for Information Policy Research, in partnership with Data & Society, along with the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and the New York Public Library, was awarded a National Leadership Grants for Libraries award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project “Library Values…

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Report: No Bridge Too Far – Highlights from the Digital Humanities 2018 Conference

From the report: What would it mean for the digital humanities to build more bridges in their work? Last week nearly 700 digital humanists went to Mexico City to participate in the annual international Digital Humanities 2018 conference. The conference title was “Puentes/Bridges” – and a central question was how digital humanities can build bridges…

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Report: A Framework for Aggregating Private and Public Web Archives

About the report: Personal and private Web archives are proliferating due to the increase in the tools to create them and the realization that Internet Archive and other public Web archives are unable to capture personalized (e.g., Facebook) and private (e.g., banking) Web pages. We introduce a framework to mitigate issues of aggregation in private,…

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Report: Frictionless Data – Making Research Data Quality Visible

About the report: There is significant friction in the acquisition, sharing, and reuse of research data. It is estimated that eighty percent of data analysis is invested in the cleaning and mapping of data (Dasu and Johnson,2003). This friction hampers researchers not well versed in data preparation techniques from reusing an ever-increasing amount of data available…

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Report: The Academic Book and Its Digital Dilemmas

From the post: Focusing in particular on the arts and humanities, this article asks how, and under what conditions, the digitally mediated long-form academic publication might hold a viable future. It examines digital disruption and innovation within humanities publishing, contrasts different models and outlines some of the key challenges facing scholarly publishing in the humanities….

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Report: Personal Archives and History

From the report: This week, the University of Houston Libraries hosted the 2018 Personal Digital Archiving Conference (April 23-25). You can check out the Twitter conversations by searching for the #PDA18 hashtag or view the conference website (and presentation abstracts) here: On Monday, I presented on Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage with my colleagues,…

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Report: HathiTrust Research Center User Requirements Study White Paper

About the report: This paper presents findings from an investigation into trends and practices in humanities and social sciences research that incorporates text data mining. As affiliates of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), the purpose of our study was to illuminate researcher needs and expectations for text data, tools, and training for text mining in…

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