[Humanist] 28.830 pbs: DHCommons; museum storage & meaning; D-Lib

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 830.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>                        (40)
        Subject: Call for Articles: "Tales from the Crypt: Museum Storage and

  [2]   From:    "Padilla, Thomas" <tpadilla at mail.lib.msu.edu>             (43)
        Subject: DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 29, 2015  - DHCommons Journal

  [3]   From:    Bonnie Wilson <bwilson at cnri.reston.va.us>                 (60)
        Subject: The March/April 2015 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now

        Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:36:03 +0000
        From: Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Call for Articles: "Tales from the Crypt: Museum Storage and Meaning"

(circulated on behalf of Mirjam Brusius)

 Call for Publications

 Tales from the Crypt: Museum Storage and Meaning

 Museums are about display. But are they really? In spite of recent curatorial attempts to exhibit ‘visible storage’, prevailing debates in the history of museums and collecting are mainly centred around questions of exhibiting, display and spectatorship. This kind of discourse, however, distorts the museum in many ways: it ignores the fact that museums do not just consist of exhibition halls but of vast hidden spaces; it leaves millions of objects out of our museum histories; and lastly, it presents the museum as an organized and stable space, in which only museological ‘results’ are visible not the intermediate stage of their coming into being. Display seems to be about the structured, purposeful, strategic gathering of things according to a system, the features of which are clearly defined. What remains out of sight is the fact that the majority of museum objects lie in storage. As a result, not only a vast physical but also important epistemological and semantic aspect of museums and their collections are eliminated from our discussions. The binary between ‘display’ and ‘backstage’ of museums has previously evoked the assumption that the exhibition area functions as a kind of theatre with objects ‘perform’ on stage, while in the back they are processed from their existence as a mere ‘thing’ to a proper artefact. But there is much more to say about museum storage. Backstage areas of museums are not simply areas where potential display objects are kept. They perform functions and fulfill intentions that, when studied, reveal deep purposes of the museum that go well beyond a mere history of display. A history of storage is a thus history of things that are not shown, but also not written about. The understanding of museums and the intellectual histories they encode undergoes a radical shift when we consider what a museum shows alongside the (usually much larger) range of things it stores. These issues may and will be discussed very differently in various parts of the world, which is what this volume intends to address.

 Seeking a variety of historical contributions (e.g. with specific case studies), theoretical and philosophical intervention as well as reflections on practical issues, we wish to explore these ‘tales from the crypt’ along the lines of the following themes:

 -       Storage and canonization
 -       The Politics of Collecting
 -       Power and Censorship
 -       The economic and epistemic value of museum objects
 -       Ethics and moral aspects of preservation
 -       Disposal, sale, and de-accessioning
 -       The (scholarly) uses, necessities and functions of storage
 -       Curated and un-curated storage
 -       Visible storage, off-side storage, deep storage, ‘non-museological’ storage
 -       The politics of displayability
 -       Storage, the archive and data mining
 -       Architecture, real estate and the physical spaces of storage
 -       Issues of access to storage
 -       Economic aspects of storage
 -       Storage and digitisation

 The volume will partly present the results of a workshop (Victoria & Albert Museum, October 2014), organized under the aegis of the India-Europe Advanced Research Network on Museum History that invited a small group of scholars to respond to museum storage –  concept and practice – in India and Europe. It is this cross-cultural approach that we wish to take with the volume. We therefore welcome contributions addressing a broad variety of material and theories across all continents.

 A report of the IEARN workshop can be found here:

 Abstracts (max. 300 words) for papers (max. 8000 words) should be sent to mirjam.brusius at history.ox.ac.uk and kavising at gmail.com by May 15, 2015.
 Authors will be notified in June. The deadline for final papers will be October 15, 2015.

 Concept by Mirjam Brusius and Kavita Singh for the
 Research Group on Museums and History, March 2014 and 2015

 * * * * * * * * * * * * 

 Dr Mirjam Brusius

 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
 Faculty of History (Department of History of Art) and Bodleian Library 

 Junior Research Fellow
 Trinity College

 University of Oxford

 Postal address:

 Trinity College, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BH, UK

 mirjam.brusius at history.ox.ac.uk



        Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:20:12 +0000
        From: "Padilla, Thomas" <tpadilla at mail.lib.msu.edu>
        Subject: DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 29, 2015  - DHCommons Journal

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline for DHCommons Journal submissions has been extended to March 29, 2015. Please reach out if any questions!



Thomas G. Padilla
Digital Scholarship Librarian
Michigan State University Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive, 4W
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-8024
thomaspadilla.org http://www.thomaspadilla.org/

DHCommons Journal CFP for "How did they make that?" section
Call for Proposals
Deadline for Submissions EXTENDED – March 29, 2015

The DHCommons Journal seeks submissions for a section dedicated to procedural descriptions of how to launch and/or maintain an exemplary aspect of a stable digital project. We encourage you to emphasize in your submission a component of the project that came out particularly well and/or represented a significant challenge (e.g. data visualization, accessibility compliance, data cleaning and preparation). Readers should be able to come away with a sense of how they could begin to tackle a similar challenge. In spirit, these submissions should be inspired by Miriam Posner’s “How did they make that http://miriamposner.com/blog/how-did-they-make-that/ ?<http://miriamposner.com/blog/how-did-they-make-that/%3E?>”.

The goal is to publish 1-3 procedural descriptions in each issue of DHCommons Journal. Submissions should be between 600-1000 words in length. Illustrative images are strongly encouraged. Submissions must correspond to digital projects that are publicly available. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Attempts will be made to select submissions in line with the theme of the overall issue.

Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to participate in an interview about their project that will be published alongside their piece. The interview will provide an opportunity to describe the project aspect and the project as a whole in more depth.

Submission Guidelines

Your submission should address each of the points below:

  *   Timeframe from conception to implementation
  *   Technical skills needed
  *   Competencies needed (e.g. project management, data management, etc.)
  *   Infrastructure needed
  *   Funding needed, if any
  *   Pointers to resources that build required skills and competencies (e.g. relevant blog posts, Programming Historian lessons, etc.)

Submission process

  1.  First, register as an author<http://manuscrits.revues.org/index.php/dhcommons/user/register> on the DHCommons journal OpenEdition site. (Note: the default language on OpenEdition is French; you can switch to English if you prefer.
  2.  Once you create an account, you're automatically logged in. Click on "New submission" to access the submission form.
  3.  As part of the submission checklist, you'll need to create a profile for your project in the DHCommons project directory (this site). If you don't already have an account on dhcommons.org (separate from the journal account system), you can register here http://dhcommons.org/user/register
  4.  Once you're signed into DHCommons, you can add your project<http://dhcommons.org/node/add/project>, or update an existing listing for your project.
  5.  Continue to follow the steps laid out in the submission form. If you have a question for the editors, please email tpadilla at msu.edu<mailto:tpadilla at msu.edu><mailto:tpadilla at msu.edu>.

Review Process

Reviewers will evaluate the clarity and completeness with which authors describe their projects.

Questions include:

  1.  Will the procedural description be readily accessible to readers with novice as well as advanced digital project experience?
  2.  Does the author effectively communicate competencies and skills required to deliver the digital project?
  3.  Does the author effectively describe the technologies underlying the digital project?


All inquiries should be directed to Section Editor, Thomas Padilla.

Thomas G. Padilla, Section Editor, tpadilla at msu.edu<mailto:tpadilla at msu.edu><mailto:tpadilla at msu.edu>
Miriam Posner, Contributing Editor
Trip Kirkpatrick, Contributing Editor
Dean Rehberger, Contributing Editor

        Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:08:00 +0000
        From: Bonnie Wilson <bwilson at cnri.reston.va.us>
        Subject: The March/April 2015 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available


The March/April 2015 issue of D-Lib Magazine (http://www.dlib.org/) is 
now available. This issue contains 9 full-length articles, and the 'In 
Brief' column presents five short pieces as well as excerpts from recent 
press releases. You also can find news of upcoming conferences and other 
items of interest in D-Lib's 'Clips and Pointers' column.  This month, 
D-Lib features the "Wright American Fiction", a bibliography of American 
fiction from the years 1851-1875 created and maintained by Indiana 
University Libraries.

The articles are:

Storage is a Strategic Issue: Digital Preservation in the Cloud
By Gillian Oliver, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Steve 
Knight, National Library of New Zealand

Managing Digital Collections Survey Results
By Liz Bishoff, The Bishoff Group, and Carissa Smith, DuraSpace

OpenDOAR Repositories and Metadata Practices
By Heather Lea Moulaison, Felicity Dykas and Kristen Gallant, University 
of Missouri

A French-German Survey of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Access 
and Restrictions
By Joachim Schopfel, GERiiCO Laboratory, University of Lille 3, France; 
Helene Prost, National Center for Scientific Research, France; Marjorie 
Piotrowski, University of Lille 3, France; Eberhard R. Hilf, Institute 
for Scientific Networking, Germany; Thomas Severiens, Institute for 
Scientific Networking, Germany; Paul Grabbe, Institute for Scientific 
Networking, Germany

Trustworthiness: Self-assessment of an Institutional Repository against 
ISO 16363-2012
By Bernadette Houghton, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

Development of Linked Data for Archives in Korea
By Ok Nam Park, Sangmyung University, Republic of Korea

Tools for Discovering and Archiving the Mobile Web
By Frank McCown, Monica Yarbrough and Keith Enlow, Harding University

Digital Library Research in Action: Supporting Information Retrieval in 
By Daniel Hienert, Frank Sawitzki and Philipp Mayr, GESIS, Leibniz 
Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany

Reconstructing the Past Through Utah Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: A 
Geospatial Approach to Library Resources
By Justin B. Sorensen, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

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