SobekCM is the software engine which powers both the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) digital repositories. A new administrative tool, the  SobekCM Usage Statistics Reader, was released yesterday for the SobekCM web application instance.   This tool can be pointed at web IIS logs and will add the usage statistics information to the SobekCM database.  The tool has been in use for over three years internally at UF, but is now available for more public use. The GUI and some limited instructions are both available from the SobekCM tools site: More on SobekCM SobekCM allows users to discover online resources via semantic andRead More →

February 27, 2013:  Minor update to add a link to the Unearthing St. Augustine site, which is: From the UF News site, announcing a new grant that will develop collections in the UF Digital Collections (UFDC) and the SobekCM software that powers UFDC: University of Florida libraries receive $265,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Online resource will provide first-time access to hidden St. Augustine treasures GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To prepare for the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 2015, the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries has been awarded $265,000 to build an online collection of hidden andRead More →

From the MLA newsletter, and relating directly to the new MLA Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media to give support for the evaluation and undertaking of scholarly communications: The MLA is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an $83,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support development of the MLA Commons, an online platform for MLA members. As part of the association’s broader project of facilitating more interactive scholarly communication, the MLA Commons will provide a space for members to share research, work collaboratively, and explore new modes of scholarship that exceed the capabilities of traditional forms of publication. The MLA isRead More →

From: The MLA Executive Council has recently approved a revision of the association’s guidelines for evaluating digital scholarship. Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media, composed by the Committee on Information Technology, addresses the changes in scholarly communication and the digital humanities in the nearly twelve years since the original guidelines were introduced.Read More →

See the bottom of this post for links to the online stream and chat sessions. The first annual Digital Humanities Day is a joint event in partnership with Spring Interface 2012. The joint event is themed “Open Resources, Open Possibilities.” For ten years, MIT has made all of its educational content available for anyone wanting to use it. During the same time period, Stanford has championed Creative Commons, which has defined and made available a form of open intellectual property attribution. Many other institutions and organizations are moving in the direction of open content and resources, including scholarly disciplines and societies, federal granting agencies, and library archives.Read More →

Citation: Latour, Bruno and Adam Lowe. “The Migration of the Aura, or How to Explore the Original through Its Facsimiles.” Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts. Eds: Thomas Bartscherer, Roderick Coover. Chicago: Chicago UP, 2011: 275-298. Latour and Lowe’s article is brilliant and needed. It speaks directly to “The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid” wherein the lack of high quality copies online negatively impacts cultural heritage institutions and their work in trying to preserve and provide access while providing many, easy to access high quality files supports the work and mission of cultural heritage institutions.  “The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid” takes its title from theRead More →

UFIT’s second Research Computing Day is focused on data management. The UF Research Computing Day will be in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom (Salons A & E). Research Computing Day will be an opportunity to: Learn about data management concepts and best practices Talk to the UF Research Computing staff Advocate for new services needed at UF to create a better research environment See the full schedule on the Research Computing Day website: More →

The University of Florida Libraries’ Digital Services and Shared Collections department in partnership with the Manuscripts and Archives Section of the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections are proud to announce the online launch of the Kai Lai Chung Papers. The Kai Lai Chung Papers consists of correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, and notebooks for Chung’s lectures, research and publications. The collection reflects Chung’s contribution to the study of mathematics and also his interest in the historical contributions of others, in particular Pao Lu Hsu and French mathematician Wolfgang (Vincent) Doeblin. In later years, Chung made annotations and comments to his files. These areRead More →

As Nathan Crabbe in The Gainesville Sun newspaper has noted, the University of Florida Athletic Association does not detract from UF. Unfortunately, not everyone knows this, as the misinformed article that Crabbe is responding to shows. The UF Athletic Association is an amazing group that directly supports the core teaching, research and scholarship, and service mission of the University of Florida. The UF Athletic Association directly supports UF financially. As noted in an article by Crabbe from June 2011, the UF Athletic Association contributed $6 million to UF. In fact, the UF Athletic Association has donated over $61 million to UF since 1990 (page 27 shows $55,118,563 contributed fromRead More →

As CRL officially announced on Thursday (I’m quite behind on things with the planning for Interface + Digital Humanities Day), congratulations to Dan Reboussin for winning the CRL Primary Source Award for Access! Dan Reboussin is the Head of the African Studies Collections at the University of Florida and won the award for access for “developing access to the Jean-Marie Derscheid Collection, a rich set of manuscripts documenting pre-colonial and colonial events in Burundi, Eastern Congo, and Rwanda.” Dan developed access by Arranging for the digitization of the full Derscheid collection of materials Creating an excellent finding guide and then arranging for the guide to be digitizedRead More →