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    White Paper for Broadcasting Audiovisual Data: Using linked data and local authority aggregators to enhance discoverability for broadcasting collections
    (2023-11-27) Sapienza, Stephanie; Hoyt, Eric
    Broadcasting Audiovisual Data (BA/VD) is an initiative to enhance discoverability of archival radio collections using a linked open data framework to encourage the use of audiovisual collections inside and outside the academy. A partnership between MITH and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the project is an expansion of the previous NEH-funded project Unlocking the Airwaves. While Airwaves was centered on virtually reuniting one set of geographically separated collections, the National Association of Educational Broadcasters' (NAEB) paper and media collections, Broadcasting A/V Data connects the linked NAEB collections to three additional complementary collections of educational radio, community radio, and public radio history. These include The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) collections at UMD Libraries; the Wisconsin Public Radio (WHA) collections at University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries; and the WLB/KUOM collections at University of Minnesota Libraries. Educational and public broadcasting collections are a window into the history of the American experience. These collections are not just about unique content, they’re also about unique people and organizations. BA/VD uses people and organizations as connective tissue between siloed collections of historic educational radio to promote new discoveries not just about the history of broadcasting, but about the history of how Americans shared their stories with each other during some of our nation’s most culturally tumultuous decades. This project represents a substantial shift from thinking about collections through a content-centric lens to a network-centric lens. Now, instead of viewing the collections themselves as snapshots of a particular historical moment or trend, we can view them as products of networked knowledge flows governed by institutional structures and individual whimsy. The project created new access points to these four collections across Wikidata, the Social Networks and Archival Context Cooperative (SNAC) website, and Wikipedia, which help draw attention to and contextualize these collections for scholars, educators, journalists, and the general public. The project website includes a series of new exhibits curated by leading scholars in the field of broadcasting history, as well as a network visualization and a suite of simple tutorial videos and clear documentation for other stewards of cultural history who wish to implement our methods and workflows.
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    White Paper for Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public and Educational Radio Collection
    (2021-08-31) Sapienza, Stephanie; Hoyt, Eric; Fraimow, Rebecca; McShea, Megan; Perlman, Allison; Schnitker, Laura; Shepperd, Josh
    The forerunner of CPB and its arms, NPR and PBS, the NAEB developed and distributed educational radio programs and accompanying print materials to schools and communities across the United States. What’s more, the NAEB lobbied extensively to unlock the airwaves—to access precious frequency space—in order to bring the voices of poet Robert Frost, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and conservationist “Ranger Mac,” among many other individuals, into American homes and classrooms. The NAEB’s history is the dramatic story of idealists who believed in the utopian possibilities of technology for education and social uplift and who faced considerable challenges in pursuit of those goals, including economic depression, world war, and the scarcity of the electromagnetic spectrum. It’s a story that has much to tell us about 20th century American culture, as well as the 21st century’s environment of online educational technology and podcasting that we live in today. Despite its historic importance and contemporary relevance, most of the NAEB members’ programs were never heard again after their initial brief moments on the air. The archives for the radio programs and their related paper documentation have been split for over 25 years between two institutions: the University of Maryland and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Unlocking the Airwaves reunites the split collections, finally realizing the potential of the collections of the NAEB for exploration and and the broader public.
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    RBG Tweet Identifier Dataset
    (2020-09-25) Summers, Ed
    This is a dataset of tweet identifiers remembering the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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    Final Report: Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis Prototyping Project - Distributed Metadata Correction and Annotation
    (2015-06-16) Munoz, Trevor
    As part of the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) project led by the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) developed prototypes for a set of services and interfaces that would allow scholarly research teams to pull metadata records from the HathiTrust APIs, correct and annotate these records using standardized vocabularies, gather corrections and annotations from other application instances, and export them in formats suitable for publication as linked data. MITH also proposed to produce a demonstration of an index service that would allow research groups to register their data publications in order to make them available to other groups through a discovery interface.
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    Art History in Digital Dimensions: A Report on the Proceedings of the Symposium Held in October 2016 at The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. and the University of Maryland, College Park
    (2017-02) Bury, Stephen; Baylor, Ralph; Deutch, Samantha; Duncan, Sumitra; Ludwig, Julie; Prokop, Ellen; Wood Ruby, Louisa
    The symposium “Art History in Digital Dimensions” held at The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. and the University of Maryland, College Park in October 2016 brought together an international, multigenerational group of forty‐five academics, museum and cultural heritage professionals, information scientists, publishers, conservators, and program and grant officers to discuss the current state of digital art history and develop a roadmap for the future practice of the field. The three‐day event, organized by the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland and sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Getty Foundation, comprised an interactive agenda featuring roundtables and breakout working groups that addressed core and concerns posed by the incorporation of computational tools and analytical techniques into the study of art history. This format encouraged participants to articulate the challenges and benefits that digitally‐inflected, data‐driven practices offered their own research, teaching, conservation work, and publications and determine strategies to address these opportunities effectively.
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    Exploring assemblages of appraisal in web archives
    (2017-07-12) Summers, Ed; Punzalan, Ricardo
    Even after over 20 years of active web archiving we know surprising little about how archivists appraise and select web content for preservation. Since we can’t keep it all, how we decide what to keep from the web is certain to shape the historical record (Cook 2011). In this context, we ask the following research questions: 1. How are archivists deciding what to collect from the web? ; 2. How do technologies for web archiving figure in their appraisal decisions? ; 3. Are there opportunities to design more useful systems for the appraisal of content for web archives?
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    Topic Modeling for Humanities Research
    (2013-05-01) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Guiliano, Jennifer
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    Report on Summit Meeting for Planning a Coalition of Digital Humanities Centers
    (2007) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Fraistat, Neil
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    The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) [Final Performance Report]
    (2011-10-31) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Lester, David
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    From Bitstreams to Heritage: Putting Digital Forensics into Practice in Collecting Institutions
    (2013-09-30) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Kirschenbaum, Matthew; Lee, Christopher A.; Woods, Kam; Chassanoff, Alexandra
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    Tools for Data-Driven Scholarship: Past, Present, Future
    (2009-03-25) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Center for History and New Media, George Mason University; Cohen, Dan; Fraistat, Neil; Kirschenbaum, Matthew; Scheinfeldt, Tom
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    Preserving Virtual Worlds Final Report
    (2010-08-31) University of Illinois; McDonough, Jerome; Olendorf, Robert; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Kirschenbaum, Matthew; Kraus, Kari M.; Reside, Doug; Donahue, Rachel; Rochester Institute of Technology; Phelps, Andrew; Egert, Christopher; Stanford University; Lowood, Henry; Rojo, Susan
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    Making the Digital Humanities More Open [Final Performance Report]
    (2013-08-15) University of South Carolina Research Foundation; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Williams, George H.; Guiliano, Jennifer
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    Off the Tracks: Laying New Lines for Digital Humanities Scholars [White Paper]
    (2011) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Reside, Doug; Clement, Tanya
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    MITH API Workshop [White Paper]
    (2011-11-30) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Lester, David
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    NEH Progress Report for Ajax XML Encoder (AXE)
    (2010-09-15) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Reside, Doug
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    Music Theatre Online [Final Report]
    (2010-08-24) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Reside, Douglas
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    Approaches to Managing and Collecting Born-Digital Literary Materials for Scholarly Use
    (2009-05) Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; Kirschenbaum, Matthew; Farr, Erika; Kraus, Kari M.; Nelson, Naomi L; Stollar Peters, Catherine; Redwine, Gabriela; Reside, Doug
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    Open Annotation Collaboration Phase II Demonstration Experiments: Case Study Report
    (2013-06-07) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
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    The Open Annotation Collaboration Phase II: Demonstration & Refinement (Interim March 2010 Workshop Report
    (2010-03) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities