RFP: Undercover Reporting Website Development and Migration

NYU Libraries, in collaboration with NYU Journalism, invites experienced web design individuals and teams to submit a confidential written proposal to redesign an academic site that will present a collection of materials on undercover journalism, and to migrate content from the previous version of the site. The design, content, and functionality for the new website must be completed, tested, and ready to go live by the planned launch date of November 7, 2018.

Read the full request for proposals for more details.

Welcome, Ashley Maynor!

Digital Scholarship Services is thrilled to welcome a new member to our department, Ashley Maynor! Ashley joins us in the role of Digital Scholarship Librarian, where she will work with faculty and students across the NYU campus and global sites to incorporate digital humanities and publishing methods in their research and teaching.

Ashley holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and an MS in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research and creative work use digital and analog technology to tell compelling non-fiction stories at the intersection of public history, libraries, and archives. Recent work includes the digital humanities project, The Story of the Stuff, which tracks what happens to more than half a million condolence items sent to Newtown, Connecticut, in the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting and “Response to the Unthinkable: Collecting and Archiving Condolence and Temporary Memorial Materials following Public Tragedies” a book chapter of case studies and recommendations in the collected volume, Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries. Heavily invested in the evolution of academic libraries, she is also co-founder and co-director of The Library Collective, a non-profit whose goal is to redefine the professional development landscape for next-generation librarians.

Ashley is a past recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Sheila C. Johnson Creative Producing Fellowship, the American Library Association’s Justin Winsor Prize, and the Library Journal “Mover & Shaker” Award. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the Independent Filmmaker Project, the Austin Film Society, the Southern Humanities Media Fund, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining NYU Libraries, she was the Digital Humanities Librarian for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.

Day of DH 2017

You already know that Digital Scholarship Services helps NYU faculty and students incorporate digital scholarship tools and methods into their research and teaching. We help you to plan, analyze, visualize, store, share, and publish your digital projects.

But you may not know that we are also scholars and creators. We publish, present, and share our work in many different venues, and our research is a very important part of who we are and what we do both in and outside of NYU.

For Day of DH 2017, we want to give you a glimpse into some of the work that our DSS team has been involved in over the past year.

And new for this year’s Day of DH, we have collaborated with our partners at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai global. Be sure to check out their posts!
Day of DH at the Center for Digital Scholarship at the NYU Abu Dhabi Library
Day of DH at the NYU Shanghai Research and Instructional Technology Services


Scholarly Communications Librarian April Hathcock has been involved in two exciting projects aimed at opening scholarship within the library profession and in the global sphere, respectively. Idealis, launched in March of this year, is an open scholarship portal for aggregating and highlighting quality scholarship dealing with scholarly communication issues. Powered by the PressForward WordPress plugin, Idealis relies on the volunteer work of scholarly communications experts to find, bookmark, and post about new open scholarship in the field. Anyone interested in working as an editor can apply on the Idealis site. In terms of global open scholarship, April has also been part of the Force11 Scholarly Commons Self-Critique Working Group. The aim of the group is to examine ways to make discussions about scholarly communication and science communication standards more equitable and inclusive on a global scale. An offshoot of the Force11 Scholarly Commons committee, which has been crafting a set of principles for the publication of open scholarship, the Self-Critique working group looks to provide guidance and best practices for ensuring that any proposed principles for global open scholarship incorporate the perspectives of scholars from all over the world and not just the more privileged areas, like North America and Europe. To this end, the Self-Critique Working Group has made great effort to encourage linguistic equity in their work, hosting a Spanish-speaking open call to discuss scholarly communication from the perspectives of Latin American scholars; another call, this one in French and focused on the perspectives of Francophone-African scholars, is forthcoming. All calls, and indeed all the work of the Self-Critique WG is open to anyone to participate; documentation and information on future events (in multiple languages) can be found on the site.

Nicholas Wolf, Research Data Management Librarian, has been a co-lead on the NewYorkScapes project, an effort to build community research activity around the cultural and literary history of the city of New York with a special emphasis on digital projects. The project will unveil a new and updated website this spring (the old–and eventually the new–site can be found at newyorkscapes.org) and has been partnering with NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Brooklyn developer team Whirl-i-Gig to produce new software for teaching/research data management and and collective data authoring. As part of the building of data for teaching and research for NewYorkScapes, he has also been working with members of the NYPL Space/Time project to complete new datasets extracted from the city’s historic directories. On a related data front, he has been working with Dr. Marion Casey of Ireland House on an NYU University Research Challenge Grant funded project to clean and publish data emerging out of mid nineteenth-century Emigrant Savings Bank account books, unique archival sources that document the demographic features of the city’s transatlantic immigrants.

Stephen Balogh, Data Services Specialist, has working been recently with colleagues in Data Services and Digital Library Technology Services to expand support for new types of geospatial data in NYU’s Spatial Data Repository (to include 3D data, for instance), and in building data models and UI features to represent more diverse types of connections between datasets on the platform. This coincides with work being done on Federal government data “rescue” efforts; Stephen has recently been helping to create a framework for bringing government datasets into the Spatial Data Repository environment while preserving the context from which that data was collected. Besides that, he has begun working with colleagues on improving NYU’s offerings in the realm of historical and contemporary geocoding services, and has also been participating as a developer and architect in the ongoing effort to reimagine NYU’s digital repository environment. Stephen is currently pursuing a MS in Computer Science at the Courant Institute.

Monica McCormick, Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing, is continuing to work with colleagues in Digital Library Technology Services and NYU Press on the Enhanced Networked Monographs project, a three-year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project is creating a corpus of 110 open access monographs, linking them together with a topic map created from the indexes of the print books. Readers will be able to explore the corpus via the topics, which will be presented as linked open data. Work is also underway to enable annotation, using two open-source tools for digital scholarship, Readium and Hypothes.is. In terms of DH, this project is an experiment in presenting books not only for human reading (via Readium) but also for machine discovery and consumption (via the Linked Data topics.) We are grateful to our colleagues at the University of Michigan Press and the University of Minnesota Press for contributing books to the corpus.

Zach Coble, Head of Digital Scholarship Services, is continuing research on citation analysis of retractions in biomedical journals. This research updates a 2011 study, and preliminary findings indicate that most articles are retracted because of scientific misconduct, often plagiarism or duplication (publishing their article in multiple journals). He is also excited for the upcoming Summoning the Archive conference, where he will give a talk on the opportunities and challenges of using library collections as data. In addition to editing dh+lib and leading various DH workshops at NYU and beyond, he is finishing his second year in NYU’s ITP master’s program.

Open in Action: A panel discussion for Open Access Week

Join Digital Scholarship Services at NYU Libraries for an Open Access Week panel discussion on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Open in Action: New Options for Sharing Scholarship

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of services for scholars to freely share their publications and data. Some of these are commercial: Mendelay and SSRN (both now owned by Elsevier), Academia.edu (misleadingly named, since it is not affiliated with an educational institution), and ReseachGate. In the past two decades, many colleges and universities have offered institutional repositories, such as NYU’s own Faculty Digital Archive. And there are non-profit discipline-based repositories, such as arXiv.org (physics, math, computer science) , RePEc (economics), and Cogprints (cognitive sciences). It’s a complex mix of options for scholars.

To celebrate Open Access Week, we’ve invited the founders of two prominent new multi-disciplinary repositories to discuss their goals and priorities, and the technology underlying their systems. Humanities Commons is a social repository for humanists launched by the Modern Language Association in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries. SocArXiv is a preprint service directed by group of sociologists and research librarians in partnership with the Center for Open Science. We’ll have a round-table discussion with plenty of time for questions from the audience. This event is open to the public.

Open Access Week is an international event supporting open access to scholarly research.

Wednesday, October 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Avery Room, 2nd floor of Bobst Library


Philip Cohen, University of Maryland

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association

Mark Newton, Columbia University Libraries

Nicholas Wolf, NYU Libraries

Sponsored by NYU Libraries Digital Scholarship Services. For more information, email digital.scholarship@nyu.edu

IIIF will fundamentally change the way we deliver and use images on the web

IIIFWouldn’t it be great to be able to virtually reconstruct a manuscript whose physical pages are dispersed among multiple archives?

How about easily using a virtual lightbox to compare art images from museums around the world?

Don’t you want to be able to crop, zoom, annotate, embed, and reuse these images within your own websites to make scholarly arguments?

And what if you could do this without even having to download any images from any websites?

IIIF, the International Image Interoperability Framework, is designed to make this dream a reality. IIIF is a set of specifications designed to facilitate image (and eventually 3D image and multimedia) sharing among cultural heritage institutions (libraries, archives, museums, etc.) and provide users the ability to do the things described above.

I just attended the 2016 IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) conference in NYC.  We saw examples of how IIIF is currently working, including a few different viewers for using IIIF-compliant images. Watch this short demo of a tool called Mirador, which showcases the key functionality of IIIF.

Basically, what institutions with image collections need to do is set up their image repositories to be IIIF compliant and the user needs to use a IIIF-compliant viewer, and away they go! The IIIF website has information on technical details and the IIIF community page has information at the bottom about how to stay informed, get involved, and find IIIF documentation, code, and specifications on github.

Over the coming year NYU Libraries will be exploring this technology and considering how to expand access to our many digital collections.

We’re hiring a Graduate Student Specialist!

Do you like digital humanities, research, and money? We have just the position for you! Digital Scholarship Services is hiring a part-time Graduate Student Specialist to work with us this summer (and beyond, ideally).

We have a few big projects we need your help on:
– Preliminary research for a humanities data sharing project,
– Supporting our Web Hosting pilot, and
– Documentation! The bedrock of every successful project.

We’re looking for someone with strong communication skills, an understanding of the research process, and an interest in exploring technologies used DH project — you don’t need to be an expert by any means, just a little experience and, more importantly, curiosity about how technology works.

Did we mention the pay is good? Like twice the minimum union rate for grad students! Also, while the position is advertised as part-time, we may be able to offer more hours/week during the summer.

Find out more info about the job on CareerNet, reference number 1028968.

Contact digital.scholarship@nyu.edu if you have any questions, and submit your application materials (resume and cover letter) on CareerNet, reference number 1028968.

What is NYU Digital Scholarship Services Working On? – #DayofDH2016

Image by flickr user patchtok (CC BY 2.0)

Image by flickr user patchtok (CC BY 2.0)

You know us as colleagues. You know us as consultants, service providers, and teachers. You know us as experts in copyright and fair use, knowledge management, media creation, web publishing, digital archiving & preservation, and repositories. You know us as organizers and leaders of digital humanities communities and initiatives at NYU and beyond.

But what you might not know is that we’re also scholars: we publish and present our work and we’re always exploring and learning new things.  Our research is a very important part of who we are and what we do both in and outside of NYU.

So for Day of DH 2016 we thought we’d help you get to know us as creators in our own right, by telling you about our scholarship. Here’s what we’ve been working on over the past year:

April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian, has been focusing much of her research in the last year on issues of diversity and inclusion in librarianship. She published an article on library diversity initiatives in the online journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe and is currently looking forward to several speaking engagements in the spring and summer relating to her work. She’ll be delivering the opening talk at the 2016 LACUNY Institute in May and will be joining Chris Bourg, the head of MIT Libraries, to deliver the closing keynote for the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference at UCLA in August.

Monica McCormick, Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing, has been learning about linked open data and the semantic web as part of a three-year grant-funded project to create infrastructure for the Enhanced Networked Monograph. She published a chapter on uniting the skills of librarians and university publishers in Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers.  And in May 2016 she will serve as the facilitator at the P2L (Publishers Reporting to Libraries) Summit in Philadelphia, organized by the ARL, the AAUP, and the CNI.

Zach Coble, Digital Scholarship Specialist, is working on a paper on citation analysis of retractions in biomedical journals and wrote a chapter on getting started in DH in libraries for a forthcoming book, Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library. In addition to editing dh+lib and  leading various DH workshops at NYU and beyond, he is finishing his first year in NYU’s ITP master’s program, where he has made Drake The Autogenerating Ebook and other art+technology projects.

Amanda Watson (Librarian for English and Comparative Literature) has been working with her colleagues in Humanities and Social Sciences on a group digital project, Downtown Digital, as a way to improve their collective digital humanities skill sets. The project, inspired by the Developing Librarian Project at Columbia University, is focused on the history Washington Square and Greenwich Village. Each librarian involved in the project has been investigating a topic relevant to their own interests within the larger scope of the project. The participating librarians have been receiving training in the use of digital tools such as WordPress, Omeka, GitHub, and CartoDB. Their work is still in progress, but will eventually be showcased on the Downtown Digital site.

Nicholas Wolf recently completed his first publication to include appropriately linked datasets and R scripts to reproduce the paper’s findings. The essay, set to appear in the edited collection of lectures from the 2015 Heaney Series at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, to be published by Four Courts Press later this year, examines the distribution of national schools in relation to Irish-speaking regions in Ireland in the nineteenth century. He has had a busy travel schedule this spring, participating in a colloquium on contemporary Irish literature and culture at University College Dublin in February, the Historical Sociolinguistics Network conference in Helsinki in March, and the American Conference for Irish Studies annual meeting in April where he led a workshop on Irish Studies and digital humanities and participated in a roundtable discussion on library and archival collections in the Irish Studies field.

Jennifer Vinopal, Head of  Digital Scholarship Services, wrote an article entitled The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action and is currently working with April Hathcock on a chapter on feminist praxis in library leadership for a forthcoming book entitled The Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership.  Jennifer delivered the closing keynote at the fall 2015 Taiga Forum and will be keynoting the June 2016 Oberlin Group Digital Scholarship Conference. In her free time, Jennifer is currently taking a Coursera course on Research Data Management and is learning Spanish.


Invitation to participate: Web Hosting Pilot

NYU Web HostingNYU Libraries is offering a Web Hosting Pilot, powered by Reclaim Hosting, to provide pilot users with access to flexible web space and customizable hosting platforms, including Omeka, WordPress, Scalar, as well as command line and FTP access to make changes to core web development technologies such as MySQL, PHP and Python.  This Web Hosting Pilot, offered from January 2016 to December 2016 supports teaching, learning, and research and is designed to explore the potential uses and benefits of this web hosting solution.

To request to participate in this Web Hosting Pilot, fill out the Digital Scholarship Services webform and select “I want to make an appointment for:Web Hosting Pilot.”

Fair Use Week 2016

Slide from "Figuring Out Fair Use" by April Hathcock

Slide from “Figuring Out Fair Use” by April Hathcock

February 23-26 was Fair Use Week, an annual celebration sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries to highlight the power of fair use for facilitating scholarship and research using copyrighted materials. At NYU, we held two workshops on “Figuring Out Fair Use,” led by Scholarly Communications Librarian, April Hathcock.

The purpose of the sessions was to provide an overview of fair use and the many ways it can be employed for research at NYU, particularly in the realm of digital scholarship. Focus was centered on the reuse of internet images and video, an increasingly common area of fair use in digital research.

For those who missed the workshops last month, there will be another on March 23 at 3pm, so be sure to register.

And as always, for any copyright or fair use questions or concerns, consult the Copyright Research Guide, email the Fair Use Listserv, or contact us to schedule a consultation.


Nice work: Collaborating with the UX Team

For an Open Access Books project that I manage with NYU Press and Digital Library Technology Services, I recently had a successful collaboration with our Libraries’ User Experience (UX) team. We are building a platform using a new software called Readium, and wanted some assessment of our site’s interface and functions. Members of the UX team–led by Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit, with Iris Bierlein and Maithilee Nargundkar–created an efficient process to give us some very specific and helpful recommendations. See below for details.

NYU Press’s Open Access Book Site Made Strides With UX Team

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