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 Digital Scholarship Services participated in the first annual NYCDH Week, a week-long celebration of all things digital humanities in New York City, February 8-12, 2016.
NYCDH Week, organized by the New York City Digital Humanities Group, offered open workshops across the city, networking sessions, a meeting of the DH community, and of course social events.
The 6 NYU workshops for NYCDH Week were a great success, covering topics such as Omeka, social media scraping for qualitative research, APIs for humanities research, and an introduction to working at the command line. We had 84 total attendees representing every school at NYU as well as the larger NYCDH community.
A few quotes from workshop instructors:
The event succeeded in helping attendees feel more comfortable with the command line, and also demonstrated several ways this tool can be incorporated in research projects.
In the Social Media Scraping workshop, attendees used NCapture and NVivo and learned methods to incorporate the context from web pages, online PDFs, and social media into their research design.
With the fitting title “Library Services go Way Beyond the Website,” the fall/winter 2015-2016 issue of NYU Libraries’ Progressions magazine features the work of Digital Scholarship Services. Check out the 2-page spread with pictures of the DSS team and a description of some of the work we’re doing.
The DSS team recently completed our annual report for 2014-2015 and wanted to share a recap. As a still-new department (in only our second full year) we continue to expand, explore, and test new services. We also like to respond to new opportunities. This past year provided good examples on all those fronts.
Today we learned about project development from Jennifer Guiliano, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Guiliano’s concept of project management hinges on communication. If you have a great project but can’t communicate about it, it won’t be successful. Every good project has a good question, problem, or provocation; an analytical activity; an audience; and concrete products.
We storified our tweets for this one.
At our DH 101 session, we had the great pleasure of learning from Miriam Posner, Coordinator and Core Faculty, Digital Humanities Program, University of California, Los Angeles. This workshop turned out to be a particularly reflective, even philosophical one. Miriam is interested in uncovering the typically unexamined actions, practices, assumptions, and decisions made over the course of a digital humanities project. She urged us to be more open and reflective when we talk and write about our projects, to explain the assumptions in our work and help our readers/users understand how and why decisions were made.