Digital Humanities

Personal Digital Archiving 2015 Videos And Presentations

Personal Digital Archiving 2015 was held in New York City April 24-25, 2015.
The presentations from this meeting are now available at the conference web site, where they are linked to the individual day agendas, at:

Video from the sessions can be found at the Internet Archive, at

Using the wayback machine to mine websites in the social sciences: A methodological resource

Websites offer an unobtrusive data source for developing and analyzing information about various types of social science phenomena. In this paper, we provide a methodological resource for social scientists looking to expand their toolkit using unstructured web-based text, and in particular, with the Wayback Machine, to access historical website data. After providing a literature review of existing research that uses the Wayback Machine, we put forward a step-by-step description of how the analyst can design a research project using archived websites.

DH2015 - Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

Digital Humanities is the annual international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) and will next be held in Sydney, Australia, 29 June–3 July 2015.
This will be the first time that the annual Digital Humanities conference is being held outside of Europe and North America in its 26-year history. The theme of Global Digital Humanities acknowledges the field’s expansion worldwide across disciplines, cultures and languages.

Vatican’s Manuscripts Digital Archive Now Available Online | LJ INFOdocket

NTT Data Corporation today announced its deployment of a new application for accessing and browsing the Vatican Apostolic Library’s digital archive online, enabling people to view digital reproductions of more than 4,000 ancient manuscripts at the Library’s website.
This new Vatican Apostolic Library’s digital archiving system can also be accessed at the portal site maintained by Digita Vaticana, an affiliated foundation that raises funds to support the Library’s preservation projects.

Astronomical Data & Astronomical Digital Stewardship: Interview with Elizabeth Griffin | The Signal

Elizabeth Griffin. Elizabeth is an astrophysicist at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria Canada. She is Chair of the International Astronomical Union Task Force for the Preservation and Digitization of Photographic Plates, and Chair of the Data at Risk Task Group of the International Council for Science Committee on Data for Science and Technology. Griffin presented on Preserving and Rescuing Heritage Information on Analogue Media (PDF) at Digital Preservation 2014.

Close Reading, Distant Reading: Should Archival Appraisal Adjust? | The Signal:

Digital humanists and digital historians are employing research methods that most of us did not anticipate when we were learning to be archivists. Do new types of research mean archivists should re-examine the way we learned to do appraisal?

Spotlight on the Digital at the 2014 Digital Humanities Congress | JISC Digitisation and Content

As part of the Digital Humanities Congress 2014, Paola Marchionni presented the session “If I can’t find it, I can’t use it.” Some practical solutions to ensure your digital resources are easy to discover. The session described the initial outcomes of the Spotlight on the Digital project and the key recommendations for consideration in phase two of the project. The slides from the presentation are now available to view.

Beyond the Scanned Image: A Needs Assessment of Scholarly Users of Digital Collections

This paper presents an analysis of how humanities scholars utilize digital collections in their research and the ways in which digital collections could be enhanced for scholarly use. The authors surveyed and interviewed humanities faculty from twelve research universities about their research practices with digital collections and present analysis of the resulting responses.

Now is the Future Now? The Urgency of Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities

In their seminal report, Our Cultural Commonwealth (2006), the American Council of Learned Societies underscored the need for scholars engaged in digital humanities work to leverage their access to data both to expand their audience to the general public and to generate new research questions. “Now is the Future Now?” argues that the progress made in digital humanities toward these goals has depended and will depend not only on digital data, but also on their appropriate curation. The article defines digital humanities, data, so-called “Big Data,” and digital curation.