CFP from the DLF email list ( The 2012 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum is seeking proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, research updates, and hands-on, problem-solving sessions. The Forum is a working meeting where DLF members come together to discover better methods of working through sharing and collaboration. Participation is open to all those interested in contributing to and playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museums and archives services and collections. Managing the digital content lifecycle is a complex challenge, requiring creative and collaborative approaches. In that spirit, and to maximize the Forum’s benefit and better facilitate the community¹s work, the Forum’s schedule will provide many opportunities toRead More →

The petition is here: The petition states: Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research. We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research. The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health provesRead More →

From a news announcement: MITH will host the first annual Digital Humanities Winter Institute (DHWI), from Monday, January 7, 2013, to Friday, January 11, 2013, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. We’re delighted to be expanding the model pioneered by the highly-successful Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria to the United States. DHWI will provide an opportunity for scholars to learn new skills relevant to different kinds of digital scholarship while mingling with like-minded colleagues in coursework, social events, and lectures during an intensive, week-long event located amid the many attractions of the Washington, D.C. region. Courses are openRead More →

Version 1.1 of the SobekCM MARC Library (C#) has just been released. The SobekCM MARC Library is a C# library which contains classes for working in memory with MARC records ( ). This allows records to be read from MarcXML and Marc21 formats. Once in memory any field or subfield can be edited, added, or deleted. Then the record can be queried or saved again in either a MarcXML or Marc21 file format. This version supports two major changes:  Z39.50 support has been added to allow you to pull a MARC record from a Z39.50 endpoint directly into the MARC record class structure. To use thisRead More →

A new version of the stand-alone SobekCM METS Editor was just released. Current users will need to uninstall the previous version before installing this version. New users can download and install the open source SobekCM METS metadata editor directly: The new SobekCM METS Editor version includes the following changes: Added ability from the structure map to add file references ( i.e., URI ) to the METS. (External files) Added ability to recurse through subfolders within the resource folder and include files in subfolders in METS Added ability to import records via Z39.50 ( on 32-bit machines ) Added ability to easily add wrapper divs in the structureRead More →

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 →