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Text Mining Oklahoma’s Newspapers

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Share This: The Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division’s website, Gateway to Oklahoma History, is a fantastic, freely available source that includes digitized Oklahoma newspapers from the 1840s to the 1920s. Like many digitization projects, it’s a work in progress, but already contains a wealth of valuable information. The basic search screen, shown here, allows you to search the full text of the database, metadata, title, subject and creator. The “Explore” function in the upper right corner allows you to browse locations, dates, and titles. When I first encountered this database,… Read More »Text Mining Oklahoma’s Newspapers

On the Value of Sharing Failure and Ignorance

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Share This: I have gone down many blind alleys in my text-mining project, and I don’t think of them as failures; they are experiments that didn’t work out. The project involves mining the text of the U.S. horror genre television show Supernatural (the CW network, 2005-present) to try to demonstrate in an objective fashion the quality of the dialogue. I’ve hit roadblocks and met dead ends in every phase of the project so far, from creating the data, to learning computer-assisted analysis and other tools, to defining the research questions.… Read More »On the Value of Sharing Failure and Ignorance

A Perfect Fit: Citizen Science Soil Collection and SHAREOK

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Share This: The University of Oklahoma Natural Products Discovery Group have teamed up with the OU Libraries to make data from their innovative Citizen Science Soil Collection program open to the public. Citizen scientists support natural products drug discovery The Natural Products Discover Group (NPDG), led by Principle Investigator Dr. Robert Cichewicz, work to discover and develop new drugs that can be used to treat infections and cancers. The starting point for their drug discovery research are chemicals called natural products that are produced by organisms like the fungi found… Read More »A Perfect Fit: Citizen Science Soil Collection and SHAREOK

Historical Sheet Music Online

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Share This: Before the radio burst into millions of homes during the 1920s the piano often was the focus of the evening’s entertainment for many middle class families.   The sheet music of the 19th and early 20th centuries provides revealing glimpses into the attitudes and culture of earlier times. Many digital collections of this repertoire are available, a few starting places include: The Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection is housed at Johns Hopkins University. Its strengths include Civil War and World War I era material. The Irish Sheet Music Archive  holds… Read More »Historical Sheet Music Online

Digital Scholarship in Libraries

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Share This: Stewart Varner and Patricia Hswe wrote an informative piece about the status of digital humanities in academic libraries based on the results of a American Libraries/Gale Cengage Survey. This is not the only survey that’s been conducted to gauge how libraries are supporting and contributing to digital humanities projects. In the past two years, as Digital Scholarship Specialist I have participated in four surveys conducted by other universities or non-profit digital libraries organizations — all trying to gather an environmental scan of how academic libraries are responding to this growing discipline.

About ResBaz 2016

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Share This: You’re invited! OU Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Lab is hosting a ResBaz (ResearchBazaar) February 2 – 4, 2016, in conjunction with the University of Melbourne’s ResBaz. The focus of a ResBaz is to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines and invite them to participate in a range of workshops on digital tools.The format of ResBaz is in the spirit of a market or bazaar – it is meant to be informal and inviting. http://melbourne.resbaz.edu.au/about We  have a lined up a number of technologists (GIS, Text Analysis, Data Vis) and subject librarians… Read More »About ResBaz 2016