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RESOURCE: Making It Easier to Find Datasets

Natasha Noy, Research Scientist at Google, announced the launch of Google’s Dataset Search. The tool is intended to enable researchers to find millions of datasets through online repositories, including those published by local and national governments from around the world. In order to ensure consistent and wide accessibility to datasets, Google has developed “guidelines for dataset …read more

RESOURCE: Will open access increase journal CiteScores? An empirical investigation over multiple disciplines

Yang Li, Chaojiang Wu, Erjia Yan, and Kai Li (all Drexel University) have published an article in PLOS One entitled “Will open access increase journal CiteScores? An empirical investigation over multiple disciplines.” From the abstract: This paper empirically studies the effect of Open Access on journal CiteScores. We have found that the general effect is positive but not …read more

RESOURCE: Towards Open Access Self Archiving Policies: A Case Study of COAR

Bijan Kumar Roy (University of Burdwan), Subal Chandra Biswas (University of Burdwan), and Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay (University of Kalyani) have published “Towards Open Access Self Archiving Policies: A Case Study of COAR” in LIBER Quarterly. From the abstract: This paper examines Open Access (OA) self archiving policies of different Open Access Repositories (OARs) affiliated to COAR (Confederation of Open …read more

RESOURCE: Using Palladio to Analyze Historical Migration Patterns

Sarah Zhang (Simon Fraser University) has published a tutorial for using spatial network visualization tool Palladio to analyze migration patterns.  Zhang wrote the tutorial to elucidate details of the visualizations it creates, using a dataset that diverges from those in use in other tutorials. …when I drilled in the visualization produced by Palladio based off …read more

RESOURCE: FAIR Principles for Library, Archive and Museum Collections

Lukas Koster and Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer (both University of Amsterdam) have published an article in the Code4Lib Journal entitled, “FAIR Principles for Library, Archive, and Museum Collections: A Proposal for Standards for Reusable Collections“: In this article[2] we propose a body of requirements for making LAM collections findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR), as well as …read more

RESOURCE: New NER Toolchain and Demo

The Semantic Lab at Pratt Institute has unveiled a new Named Entity Recognition (NER) toolchain and demo, in which six NER tools are combined into a single “dockerized” server to “lower the difficulty in leveraging them.” The tools used are: DBpedia Spotlight Stanford NLP (using the english.muc.7class.distsim.crf.ser.gz classifier) NLTK trained on the Groningen Meaning Bank …read more

RESOURCE: Mashups and Matters of Concern: Generative Approaches to Digital Collections

Mitchell Whitelaw (Australian National University) has just published an article in the Open Library of the Humanities on remaking digital collections. Whitelaw examines how projects like Drifter (2016) and Succession (2014) remix  sources to create new kinds of digital collections. He argues: Such approaches generate an expansive range of unforeseeable outcomes, while retaining a highly …read more

RESOURCE: Digital Humanities and Academic Libraries: An Australasian Survey

Clare McKenzie and Kerry Ross (University of Wollongong) have shared a summary report and anonymized data for their 2017 study investigating the service and collaboration models within Australian and New Zealand academic libraries in support of digital humanities activities and projects at their institution. The authors’ analysis does not show a strong formal commitment or engagement …read more

RESOURCE: Creating Web APIs with Python and Flask

The Programming Historian has published Patrick Smyth’s (CUNY) new tutorial on creating web APIs. The guide aims to teach users how to make their data more accessible. The goals of the lesson are to: Learn what an API is and when you should use one. Learn how to build a web API that returns data …read more

RESOURCE: Hacking heritage: understanding the limits of online access

Tim Sherratt (University of Canberra) has submitted a pre-print of a chapter he authored, “Hacking heritage: understanding the limits of online access,” to Humanities Commons. The chapter will be published in The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites. From the abstract: As cultural heritage collections become available …read more

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