The Library of Congress has a blog post on “Big Data and the Dawn of the Super Researcher” which discusses the current age of big data with its challenges and concerns for researchers. Like so many research institutions, the University of Florida has tremendous socio-technical resources to assist researchers with specific activities involving big data as well as with orientation to opportunities and possibilities through the UF High Performance Computing Center (UF HPC Center). In addition to advanced technologies and great online resources, the UF HPC Center has a team of wonderful folks who are great to work with, collaborate, and discuss ideas with. ForRead More →

The text below is from the American Anthropological Association blog and thanks go to Dan Reboussin for sharing this with me! The American Anthropological Association is excited to announce the creation of a Wiki to help researchers locate anthropological source materials! One of the effects of the web has been to create myriad crevices and crannies of information. Did you know that Frederick Starr’s notebooks (12 volumes of field notes) have been put online? Do you have a website of ethnographic or anthropological source materials you’d like people to know about? Add it to the wiki and help others benefit. Have you deposited your personal papers in an archive? Building onRead More →

13 September 2012, 6:00 pm University of Florida, Smathers (Library East) 1A Cary Wolfe (Rice University) Biopolitics of the Posthumanities  In this lecture, Prof. Wolfe will discuss new ways of thinking about the shared fate of human beings and non-human animals, using recent biopolitical thought as a framework, thus moving beyond traditional humanism. He will suggest some of the implications of what amounts to a rejection of the essential assumption in the classical humanities that necessary divisions exist between humans and animals, and indeed between society and nature. In light of his work, he will point to what he believes are some of the newRead More →

DataCite is looking for a Communications and Project Officer You will assist the Managing Agent and the Board in developing an overall strategic communications plan for DataCite and its services by clarifying communications objectives to support strategic directions, defining and articulating messages for key audiences, recommending strategies for and/or performing marketing research, and by contextualizing communications within the larger academic library and scholarly research environment You will plan and implement communication and marketing strategies including overseeing Internal and external communication through newsletters, direct phone contact, blog entries and administration of the DataCite Website and Blog. You will assist the Managing Agent and the Board inRead More →

The information below is about a new company, kandelsmith, which is creating mobile apps using classic children’s stories. These apps are particularly exciting to me because they’ve been made by Rita Smith, former Curator of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, and her daughter using classic children’s books from the Baldwin Library. As a company,  kandelsmith was created to share 19th century children’s books with a new and wider audience by creating interactive apps for the iPad. Their first two apps (alphabet books) were released on September 7 and are available in the iTunes app store for FREE through September 14. These are the links forRead More →

This news on the ARTBOUND 2012 exhibit is from the UF Libraries news blog by Barbara Hood : Exhibition of Artists’ Books from the Juried Student Book Arts Competition at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida September 10 – November 2, 2012 Smathers Library 2nd floor gallery Opening reception: Monday, September 10, 10:00 a.m. – noon This year’s juror, Sarah Bryant (Big Jump Press), offers her generous response to the submissions. “It was a privilege to jury this show, and I enjoyed seeing the wide range of the work. Books present a peculiar problem in these circumstances. Photographs are simply not enough, particularlyRead More →

Laura Mandell, Director of Texas A&M’s IDHMC: the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture,  is offering a limited preview of her manuscript Breaking the Book (forthcoming Blackwell Manifesto) for feedback using CommentPress. There’s more on this and the actual manuscript here: More →

The Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University ( has an opening for an Application Scientist, with an emphasis on social sciences and humanities, working on projects that include high performance computing, visualization, and statistical approaches to big datasets, among other things. Although the humanities are only a partial focus of this position, there is a vibrant DH community at Brown which would welcome a new colleague. The official description follows: The Application Scientist Specialist is responsible for the collaborative support of targeted sciences research projects, preferably with an emphasis on applications in the humanities and social sciences. The incumbent will provide advice and support to researchers on the proper methodology to conduct data analysis, synthesis,Read More →

Digital Humanities 2013 (“Freedom to Explore”) – Call for Papers Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations Hosted by the University of Nebraska 16-19 July 2013 Paper/Poster/Panel deadline: 1 November 2012 Workshop proposal deadline: 15 February 2013 Call for Papers I. General Information The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) invites submissions of abstracts for its annual conference, on any aspect of the digital humanities. This includes but is not limited to: humanities research enabled through digital media, data mining, software studies, or information design and modeling; computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modernRead More →