Monday, 23 November 2015

Arts & Humanities mentioned 5 times in the Nurse Review

The recent Nurse Review "Ensuring a Successful UK Research Endeavour" mentions "science" 94 times and the "arts" and/or "humanities" less than half a dozen times.
That's not much for arts and humanities so here are all those mentions in full.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The most influential academic book in history as seen by Google's nGram

When Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species was voted the most influential academic book ever as part of the inaugural Academic Book Week I wondered what the result might look like through the lens of book analytic data provided by Google.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Wine, the Glass and the Drinking

During my keynote at the DCDC2015 Conference I challenged the audience to consider whether the value that exists in a digital resource reflected the analogy of: is the value in the wine, the glass or the drinking?

It is obvious all three are needed (and you could add other features), but maybe to a greater or lesser degree. If Wine = Content, the Glass = Infrastructure and the Drinking = Access then which one has precedence?

So we voted via Twitter and the results are in.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Colour Charts & Metadata on the Moon

as17-148-chart: Apollo 17 Hasselblad image from
film magazine 148/NN - Earth, LM Inspection, Orbital
The recent release to Flickr of all of the roughly 11,000 images taken on the NASA Apollo moon missions is the re-presentation of the public domain NASA-provided Apollo mission imagery as it was originally provided in its raw, high-resolution and unprocessed form.

One of the nice things to see from an imaging point of view are the early colour and photographic calibration charts.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Crowdsourcing is Dead - Long Live Citizen Humanities

When Jeremy Corbyn recently "crowdsourced" his Prime Ministers Questions (Independent 13/9/2015) what he was really doing was engaging in a citizens movement. He wasn't doing that which the origins of crowdsourcing would suggest and I am certain he would be shocked at the Neoliberalist roots for crowdsourcing.

So let's kill off crowdsourcing as a term of use in the humanities scholarship - let's use the term Citizen Humanities or maybe you have a better idea. Let's discuss!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Transforming our World: The 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Member States of the United Nations have agreed the final version of the post-2015 Development Agenda – now known as 2030 Agenda.

The new 2030 Agenda is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a total of 169 Targets spanning economic, environmental and social development. They lay out a plan for all countries to actively engage in making our world better for its people and the planet.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Digitization links with Digital Humanities

This post sketches the relationship between digitization and Digital Humanities. Considering the processes and how these map to John Unsworth's Digital Primitives and the research benefits of digitization for the digital humanities.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Magic Box - wonderful interactions between physical and digital

Saw this new product and thought I'd share - it is a wonderful exhibition technology that keeps the physical object in the exhibition space but allows an amazing experience through a transparent and touch sensitive layer of digital content.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Text Capture and Optical Character Recognition 101

This blog will introduce text capture by describing the different methods with a focus upon historical documents. I will introduce the basics of OCR and rekeying with discussion of handwriting and voice recognition.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Digital Futures Workshop 2015, Ghana

All the delegates for the workshop outside the Balme Library, University of Ghana
Recently I gave a short Digital Futures workshop as part of the International Conference of African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA4). Hosted at the University of Ghana we had a superb 2 day course with 41 participants from 11 countries. This is a visual record plus some materials from the workshop.