Topic Modeling and the Future of Ebooks

This semester I’ve had the pleasure of taking a course on Issues in Scholarly Communication with Dr. Maria Bonn at the University of Illinois iSchool. While we’ve touched on a number of fascinating issues in this course, I’ve been particularly interested in JSTOR Labs’ Reimagining the Monograph Project. This project was inspired by the observation […]

Spotlight: Shanti Interactive

If you’re looking for tools that will help you create web-based visualizations, images or maps, Shanti Interactive may have exactly what you need. Shanti Interactive, a suite of tools made available from the University of Virginia’s Sciences, Humanities & Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI), is free to use and a helpful resource for individuals […]

Annotating Images with Thinglink

Thinglink is a web-based interface that allows users to annotate photos with words, links, and other media in order to create interactive experiences. It can be used in a variety of ways, but here we’ll showcase how you can use Thinglink to make static images come alive. These techniques can be used for classes or […]

Learning to Make Documents Accessible with OCR Software

Accessibility in the digital age can be difficult for people to understand, especially given the sheer amount of ways to present information on the computer. However, creating content that is accessible to all individuals should be a priority for researchers. Creating accessible documents is an easy process, and the Scholarly Commons has the software you […]

Collaborative Annotation Tools

Collaboration in the digital world can be awkward and confusing, especially when it comes to talking about sources. Emails with questions get lost or forgotten and Google Docs comments can be accidentally resolved before their time. Further, finding the right tool for you and your colleagues to communicate can be time-consuming, especially when deadlines loom. […]

Digital Preservation and the Power of Markdown

Many of us tend to think of digital documents as everlasting, and don’t put a whole lot of thought into how we’ll access our Word documents ten years from now. However, digital documentation tends to become obsolete within five years — as compared to a book, which lasts thousands, or microfilm, which lasts five hundred […]

Scanning Woes: Best Practice Scanning Tips

As a researcher and student, I can attest to the frustration that scanning and digitizing documents often present.  Some of the most frustrating documents I have ever scanned were music scores from my undergraduate career. Before a recital, concert, or my finals, I would often have to copy or scan my music to be digitally […]

Dan Cohen Talk: “What can you do with the Digital Public Library of America?”

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is close to two years old, and contains millions of books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, works of art, and audiovisual material, all of it freely available from over a thousand partner libraries, archives, and museums. DPLA executive director Dan Cohen will be giving a talk that explores how you […]

Great Lakes THATCamp 2013

Have an interest in digital humanities and curious about the unconference format? Are you looking for potential digital humanities research collaborators? You might consider attending Great Lakes THATCamp 2013. For those unfamiliar – a THATCamp is a conference driven by participants. Participants take part in schedule creation, and there is an expectation that all participants […]