Category Archives: Announcements

International discussions on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives re-commence today | IFLA

By Gretchen | December 20, 2013

Today, on the third day of negotiations at the 26th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) at WIPO headquarters in Geneva, discussions regarding copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives are getting underway. A number of countries including Brazil, Tunisia, Iran, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago and India have already […]

Crowdsourcing our cultural heritage

By Gretchen | December 20, 2013

By Mia Ridge Almost in press, my edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our cultural heritage’, will be published with Ashgate in 2014 (Hardback ISBN 978-1-4724-1022-1). Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store… Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage Edited by Mia Ridge, Open University, UK Crowdsourcing, generally described as the act of taking work once performed within an organisation and […]

Open Online Book Experiment Yields Expected Results

By Gretchen | November 1, 2013

by Phil Davis A report detailing an experiment in providing open online access to scholarly monographs was released last Tuesday in celebration of Open Access Week.  The results? Providing free access to online books had no effect on sales (positive or negative), nor did it have any effect on citations. Free access did increase online usage, however. I wrote […]

A new collaboration between OAPEN and OpenEdition

By Gretchen | October 14, 2013

OAPEN and OpenEdition, two European projects dedicated to Open Access publishing in the humanities and social sciences, are pleased to announce their collaboration to strengthen Open Access monograph publishing. Services for Open Access books OpenEdition is a publishing platform developing a sustainable model for Open Access publishing: OpenEdition Freemium. OAPEN offers deposit and discovery services to […]

Pelagios: Pelagios Chapter 3: Early Geospatial Documents

By Gretchen | September 26, 2013

A few weeks ago we trailed that we had some exciting news and now we can finally announce it. Thanks to the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Pelagios is entering a third, even more ambitious phase. We will be extending the Pelagios approach to all early geospatial documents up to 1492 (a game-changing year […]

“Wir müssen das Gespräch mit den Zögerlichen suchen” – Interview mit Simone Lässig

By Gretchen | September 26, 2013

Frau Lässig, am 3.9.2013 fand die Auftaktveranstaltung der AG Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft im Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker Deutschland statt, zu der sich über 100 Personen in Braunschweig eingefunden haben. Erste Rückblicke dazu gibt es in verschiedenen Blogs, sowie ein Storify mit den Tweets. Wie ist Ihr persönliches Fazit der Veranstaltung? Ich bin sehr zufrieden – und das aus […]

Digital & Public History: Current Historiographical Research at the History and Civilisation Department, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

By Gretchen | September 26, 2013

The Open Access e-journal Zeitenblicke 12 (2013), Nr. 1, is an interesting issue -based on interviews organised by EUI Ph.D. researchers and also single essays- dealing with the research community and activities in the History and Civilisation Department at the European University Institute  (EUI). These essays and interviews are showcasing and informing about the many intellectual challenges that are part […]

Volumes 20-29 of the collection “Pariser Historische Studien” now online: Digital Humanities at HIA

By Gretchen | September 26, 2013

by Mareike König Depuis le début de la mis en ligne des “Pariser Historische Studien” en septembre 2012, plus de soixante-dix volumes ont été numérisés. Actuellement les volumes 20–29 peuvent être consultés en libre accès en format pdf sur, le portail de publication de la fondation Max-Weber.  La collection la plus ancienne de l’IHA comporte des […]

Google and edX Create a MOOC Site for the Rest of Us–Wired Campus–The Chronicle of Higher Education

By The GPDH Editors | September 11, 2013

by Steve Kolowich Until now, massive open online courses have mostly reinforced existing hierarchies in higher education. MOOC providers have recruited elite institutions and offered them and their professors the opportunity to broadcast their courses to the world. But now edX, a nonprofit provider founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is joining […]