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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 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 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.

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 if you have any questions, and submit your application materials (resume and cover letter) on CareerNet, reference number 1028968.

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

DH DevOps: Core Skills and Foundations with Dennis Tenen

We storified our tweets for this one.

This workshop was part of the spring 2015 Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods. Visit the NYU Libraries Digital Scholarship Services website and blog to learn about our services. To contact us, fill out our appointment request form or email us We look forward to helping you with your digital projects.

Bibliographic Metadata Lecture and Workshop Wrap-up

Last week, NYU Libraries hosted Molly O’Hagan Hardy, Digital Humanities Curator at the American Antiquarian Society. After giving a public lecture discussing some of the theoretical aspects of using bibliographic metadata in digital humanities projects, Hardy led a workshop the following day that taught graduate students some of the skills and methods for utilizing bibliographic metadata in their own research. The events marked a successful beginning to the Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods series, which is supported by a grant to the Graduate School of Arts and Science by the Polonsky Foundation.

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, Hardy gave a talk entitled “The Presence of the Past: Histories of the Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Book Trade in the Digital Age.” During the talk she discussed how the digitization of early modern texts offers an encounter with temporal dislocation as new and old media meet. She examined how the presence of the past in objects that have been retained and remediated is at once foregrounded and elided in the digital moment. Using examples from the eighteenth-century transatlantic book trade as represented in library catalogs and content databases, Hardy gave examples of time’s traces in the archives and how such traces can be re-conceived or eclipsed in digital humanities projects, ultimately asking how dueling temporalities define scholarly practices of research on archival materials in the digital age.

The following day, Hardy led a workshop on Bibliographic Metadata for Digital Humanists. After explaining how extraction of metadata from online public access catalogs (OPACs) can be a powerful first step in creating a digital humanities project, she introduced different types of special collections and union catalogs and gave a brief overview of Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC), the chief format for bibliographic information. The students learned how to use MarcEdit to transform catalog records into Dublin Core, CSV, and other formats useful for online exhibitions, visualization, and bibliometric analysis.

The workshops in the Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods series offer graduate students an intensive introduction to tools and methods for digital scholarship through day-long, hands-on sessions with experts in the field. Workshops will explore diverse approaches to research ranging from text markup and analysis to data visualization and mapping. Visit the Digital Scholarship Services blog to see the full list of workshops and public lectures.

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