NCDD Studiedag: Een web van webarchieven

Nederland mag dan een klein land zijn, maar we staan wereldwijd wel op nummer 3 wat betreft het aantal uitgereikte domeinnamen – meer dan 5 miljoen. Ruim 14.000 daarvan worden nu door de KB verzameld en gearchiveerd in onze Web Collectie. Gisteren hield de NCDD een studiedag bij het Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid onder de titel Een web van web archieven om de Nederlandse samenwerking bij het bouwen van web collecties te bevorderen.

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DH Clinics – librarians unite!

You might have heard someone from @KBNLResearch mention DH Clinics, or a colleague at the libraries of the Vrije Universiteit or Universiteit Leiden, but what are they, why do we need them and who are they for?

The DH Clinics are our attempt of spreading the DH-word amongst our Dutch colleagues. We wanted to set up a community of librarians who were involved in DH, in order to learn from each other and discuss new methods and initiatives. However, we soon learned that a lot of academic libraries in the Netherlands were still thinking about DH and how to implement it in their organisations. We’re speaking early 2015 now and luckily, a lot has happened since, but we believe a small impulse is needed to speed everything along.

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Tackling problems and making progress

Our current Researcher-in-Residence, Frank Harbers, is well under way with his project “Discerning Journalistic Styles. Exploring Automated Analysis of Journalism’s Modes of Expression”. In this blogpost he gives an update on his project and its progress.

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It has been several months since I wrote the first blog about my work as researcher-in-residence and the research project is in full swing by now. The first phase of the project , connecting the metadata from my own database to the historical newspaper data (and metadata) in Delpher is finished and we are fully enveloped in the main part of the project: training a classifier to automatically determine the genre of historical newspaper articles.

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20 Years of Digital Preservation

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During the preparations for iPRES 2016 the Programme Committee discussed the fact that exactly 20 years ago Preserving Digital Information. Report of the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information was published. A landmark report by The Commission on Preservation and Access and The Research Libraries Group, published in May 1996. It describes a broad view on digital preservation and is often looked at as one of the first comprehensive reports on this topic.

It was interesting to read it again and I was wondering what the view on preservation was 20 years ago and how this relates to the topics presented at iPRES 2016?

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Abstracts applications for Researcher-in-residence 2017

Below you will find the abstracts that were submitted and unfortunately not accepted for the 2017 run of the Researcher-in-residence programme. The abstracts are in alphabetical order. If your abstract is published here and you would like to have your name posted with it, please contact us and let us know. The accepted projects and their abstracts can be found here.

We want to thank all researchers for their interesting proposals, wish them all the best for 2017 and hope to see them again in a following year!

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Our Researchers-in-residence 2017 will be….

Earlier this year we sent out our Call for Proposals for our Researcher-in-Residence Program 2017. This program offers a chance to early career researchers to work in the library with the Digital Humanities team and KB data. In return, we learn how researchers use the data of the KB. Together we will address their research question in a 6 month project using the digital collections of the KB and computational techniques. The output of the project will be incorporated in the KB Research Lab and is ideally beneficial for a larger (scholarly) community.

This year, we received nine proposals that focused on a wide range of datasets and techniques. Last week, a group of seven leading Dutch Digital Humanities professors met at the KB to discuss each proposal thoroughly. Today we are excited to announce the names and projects of our two Researchers-in-Residence 2017!

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Experts bediscussiëren OAIS

Veertien Nederlandse en Vlaamse experts bespraken op uitnodiging van de NCDD hun dilemma’s bij de vertaling naar de praktijk van dé standaard in digitale duurzaamheid: OAIS (ISO 14721). Ze deelden een breed scala aan visies op OAIS. Is OAIS een bijbeltekst? Een magische tempel der waarheid? Een kompas om op te varen? Een donkere dreigende wolk of een wolk met af en toe een verkwikkend buitje? Een venster op je organisatie? Op de buitenwereld? Een vliegtuig, de machinekamer van een schip?

Vertaling naar de praktijk

OAIS is al ruim 15 jaar de internationale standaard die we gebruiken als we het hebben over digitale duurzaamheid. De gemeenschappelijke taal helpt ons bij het communiceren over complexe problemen. OAIS is de beschrijving van een conceptueel model voor digitale duurzaamheid, geen reeks van voorschriften. Je moet het model dus naar je eigen omgeving vertalen. Hoe weet je of je de standaard goed interpreteert? Als de groep van experts het ergens over eens was, dan was het wel de behoefte aan praktijkvoorbeelden. In het Engels is daar een begin mee gemaakt via een wiki OAIS community. Deze NCDD-bijeenkomst zou wel eens de opmaat kunnen zijn voor een Nederlandse variant [daar wordt aan gewerkt].

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Lets get to work!

Since 1 July, our new researcher-in-residence dr. Frank Harbers joined our Research Department to work on his project ‘Discerning Journalistic Styles. Exploring Automated Analysis of Journalism’s Modes of Expression’. He will share his experiences through regular blogposts and we’re happy to share his first below. If you would like to be our researcher-in-residence in 2017, please see the Call for Proposals which is currently open.

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Lets get to work!

Two weeks ago I took the train in Groningen at 7.16 AM and arrived around 10 AM in The Hague to start my fellowship as researcher-in-residence. My first day mainly consisted of tasks of practical and organizational nature (login data, an access pass, printer codes, etc.). Martijn Kleppe gave me a tour of the building with all its corners and corridors. I hadn’t seen more than the general and special collections reading room, where I spent quite some time perusing the original historical newspaper material during my PhD research into the development of the press from the 19th century onwards.

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KB Digital Humanities Team at DH2016

This year we will again be at the Digital Humanities Conference. After visiting the conference in Nebraska, Lausanne and Sydney we very much look forward to meeting international Digital Humanities scholars this year in Cracow, Poland. Three members of our Digital Humanities team will be attending the conference: Juliette Lonij, Steven Claeyssens and Martijn Kleppe.

Juliette Lonij will present a paper together with our former researcher-in-residence Pim Huijnen on his KB project ‘From keyword search to discourse mining – the meaning of scientific management in Dutch vocabulary, 1900-1940’ during the session ‘Extracting textual content 6’, Friday 15 July 2.30-4pm in room MSWB. During the poster session on Wednesday afternoon, Martijn Kleppe will present our new KBK-1M dataset at booth 066: ‘1 Million Dutch Newspaper Images available for researchers: the KBK-1M dataset’. We published both short abstracts below. Martijn is also one of the co-organizers of the AVinDH workshop and will chair a session on ‘Images and Art’ Friday 15 July 11.30 am-1pm in room MADB.

We look forward to the conference and are also eager to get in touch with researchers who are interested in the call for our (fully paid!) Researcher-in-Residence program 2017 which is currently open. If you would like to hear more on our program and possibilities please do not hesitate to approach Steven, Martijn or Juliette if you see them at one of the sessions or breaks. If you want to be sure to meet them you can also send them an email at dh@kb.nl or send a tweet to our @KBNLResearch account.

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Call for proposals KB Researcher-in-residence 2017

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), National Library of the Netherlands is seeking proposals for its Researcher-in-residence program to start in 2017. This program offers a chance to early career researchers to work in the library with the Digital Humanities team and KB data. In return, we learn how researchers use the data of the KB. Together we will address your research question in a 6 month project using the digital collections of the KB and computational techniques. The output of the project will be incorporated in the KB Research Lab and is ideally beneficial for a larger (scholarly) community.

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