Roundtable : Digital Resources
humanities data, digital libraries and
eScholarship
– partnerships and purposes
Ross Coleman
Digital and eScholarship Services, University Library
tensions and sustainability
› Digital resources
› Commercial / licenced
› Created / public
› Library is organisational and institutional
› Research is not necessarily either
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Digital resources are data
› Data
› The quantities, characters, or symbols on which operations are performed
by computers and other automatic equipment, and which may be stored or
transmitted in the form of electrical signals, records on magnetic tape or
punched cards, etc.
› “eScholarship … facilitates innovation and supports experimentation in the
production and dissemination of scholarship. Through the use of
innovative technology, the program seeks to develop a financially
sustainable model and improve all areas of scholarly communication….”
(California Digital Library 2005)
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› "Digital libraries…provide
the resources [to] offer
intellectual access to…
and ensure the
persistence over time of
collections of digital
works… for use by a
defined community or set
of communities.“
Digital Library Federation
› “The digital humanities
comprise the study of
what happens at the
intersection of computing
tools with cultural
artefacts of all kinds [and]
how these common tools
may be used to make
new knowledge from our
cultural inheritance and
from the contemporary
world.”
Kings College
› "Digital libraries…provide
the resources [to] offer
intellectual access to…
and ensure the
persistence over time of
collections of digital
works… for use by a
defined community or set
of communities.“
Digital Library Federation
› “The digital humanities
comprise the study of
what happens at the
intersection of computing
tools with cultural
artefacts of all kinds [and]
how these common tools
may be used to make
new knowledge from our
cultural inheritance and
from the contemporary
world.”
Kings College
› "Digital libraries…provide
the resources [to] offer
intellectual access to…
and ensure the
persistence over time of
collections of digital
works… for use by a
defined community or set
of communities.“
Digital Library Federation
› “The digital humanities
comprise the study of
what happens at the
intersection of computing
tools with cultural
artefacts of all kinds [and]
how these common tools
may be used to make
new knowledge from our
cultural inheritance and
from the contemporary
world.”
Kings College
Digital library
› organisational
› digitisation/conversion
› curation and management
› access and delivery
› standards and rights
› primary/source data
› re-use
› continuity
Digital humanities
› individualistic
› data gathering / research
› analysis
› tools
› work spaces
› generating new forms / data
› project focussed
› scholarly communication
› publication
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Why Library
› Strategic role - changes in practices of research and teaching,
› Partnerships on campus – FLLs, eResearch, eLearning, projects
› Challenges in scholarly communication, open access etc
“Publish Your Research”
› Concerns about digital preservation and access
› Expertise in information description (metadata) and management
› Roles in research assessment – services and expertise - ERA
› Technical collaborations – open source (DSpace, TEI, XTF etc)
› National contexts - eHumanities etc
› Digital Editing, Digital Humanities symposium - Friday 10 December, 9:30am-5:00pmWoolley
Common Room
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› Funding
› External for content development – ARC Discovery, Linkage, Infrastructure
› Partnerships (external/internal)
› Faculty / industry
› Internal business and strategic relationships
› SUP, faculties, ARC , UPS, OJS, RO, OGC, ICT, repositories etc
› How and who etc
› opportunism
› Staffing
› Operational / project etc
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› AustLit – SF and classic novels
› APRIL (Australian Poetry Library) -http://stage-poetry.heroku.com
› NSW Archaeology on line -http://greylit-dev.library.usyd.edu.au/
› Harpur / White projects
› Dictionary of Sydney
› eResearch projects (ie ANDS funded) - Seeding the Commons, FieldHelper
› Image projects – Salamanca, Frontiers of Science, Archaeology
› ERA /OA projects (‘Publish my Research’ etc)
› Completed/managed projects – SETIS collections and upgrades
› OJS projects (Sydney Studies in English etc) http://escholarship.usyd.edu.au/journals/
› SUP Arts publishing projects – including students creative writing
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