Open Studio

Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
West Campus

Drop-in consultations and team work time for digital projects. To reserve a specific appointment time with a Digital Scholarship Services staff member, contact askdigital@duke.edu. 

event image

Whitman and the Civil War

Humanities - Tue, 2017-10-17 16:04

In honor of the “I Sing the Body Electric: Walt Whitman and the Body” exhibit (drawn from our extensive Whitman collection) on display until October 28th in the Biddle Rare Book Room, I will be writing several blog posts about Walt Whitman and his life.

One of the cases in the exhibit is about Whitman’s experiences during the Civil War because it greatly influenced how he thought about and wrote about the body.  You can see this in his writing, particularly in Drum TapsSpecimen Days, and Memoranda during the War (selections from his journal entries)

Here are several resources related to Whitman and the Civil War, if you want to learn more:

“Daybreak Gray and Dim”: How the Civil War Changed Walt Whitman’s Poetry

Traveling with the Wounded: Walt Whitman and Washington’s Civil War Hospitals

Walt Whitman In Washington, D.C. : The Civil War And America’s Great Poet by Garrett Peck

Walt Whitman and the Civil War: America’s Poet during the Lost Years of 1860-1862 by Ted Genoways

Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and his Brothers in the Civil War by Robert Roper

The Better Angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War by Roy Morris, Jr.

Walt Whitman’s Civil War,  Compiled & edited from published & unpublished sources by Walter Lowenfels, with the assistance of Nan Braymer

Walt Whitman and the Civil War; a Collection of Original Articles and Manuscripts edited by Charles I. Glicksberg

To find out more about Whitman, check out the previous blog posts in this series: Reading Walt Whitman and Whitman and the Body.

Multispectral Imaging and Thermofaxes

Bitstreams - Mon, 2017-10-16 16:01

Duke University Libraries has successfully used multispectral imaging to make ancient manuscripts more readable, but the same technology can also be employed on modern collection materials.  Over the summer, our multispectral imaging working group teamed up with Rubenstein Library staff to investigate whether advanced imaging techniques could be used to make certain faded photocopies more … Continue reading Multispectral Imaging and Thermofaxes

The post Multispectral Imaging and Thermofaxes appeared first on Bitstreams: The Digital Collections Blog.

[Munch & Mull Digital Scholarship discussion group]

All Libcal Events (Huginn Feed) - Mon, 2017-10-16 16:00
Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
West Campus
event image

[Munch & Mull Digital Scholarship discussion group]

Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
West Campus
event image

Cubic scaling algorithms for RPA correlation using interpolative separable density fitting

Scopus Query (for science portal) - Mon, 2017-10-16 15:39
Author(s):Lu, J. | Thicke, K.<br>Publication year: 2017<br>Journal / Book title: Journal of Computational Physics<br><br>Access <a href="https://www.scopus.com/results/results.url?sort=plf-f&src=s&nlo=1&nlr=20&nls=&affilName=duke&sid=50C4CC75DD91BE54EF957326B03AC936.WeLimyRvBMk2ky9SFKc8Q%3a330&sot=afnl&sdt=cl&cluster=scopubyr%2c%222016%22%2ct%2c%222015%22%2ct%2bscosubtype%2c%22ar%22%2ct%2c%22ip%22%2ct%2c%22re%22%2ct%2c%22ch%22%2ct%2bscosubjabbr%2c%22ARTS%22%2cf%2c%22ECON%22%2cf%2c%22BUSI%22%2cf&sl=207&s=%28AF-ID%28%22Duke+University%22+60008724%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22P.M.+Gross+Chemical+Laboratory%22+60019814%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22Duke+University+Marine+Laboratory%22+60020096%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22Duke+Institute+for+Genome+Sciences+%26+Policy%22+60076653%29%29&origin=rssreader">all results</a> for your search in Scopus<br>

Ontogenetic changes in foot strike pattern and calcaneal loading during walking in young children

Scopus Query (for science portal) - Mon, 2017-10-16 15:39
Author(s):Zeininger, A. | Schmitt, D. | Jensen, J.L. | Shapiro, L.J.<br>Publication year: 2018<br>Journal / Book title: Gait and Posture<br><br>Access <a href="https://www.scopus.com/results/results.url?sort=plf-f&src=s&nlo=1&nlr=20&nls=&affilName=duke&sid=50C4CC75DD91BE54EF957326B03AC936.WeLimyRvBMk2ky9SFKc8Q%3a330&sot=afnl&sdt=cl&cluster=scopubyr%2c%222016%22%2ct%2c%222015%22%2ct%2bscosubtype%2c%22ar%22%2ct%2c%22ip%22%2ct%2c%22re%22%2ct%2c%22ch%22%2ct%2bscosubjabbr%2c%22ARTS%22%2cf%2c%22ECON%22%2cf%2c%22BUSI%22%2cf&sl=207&s=%28AF-ID%28%22Duke+University%22+60008724%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22P.M.+Gross+Chemical+Laboratory%22+60019814%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22Duke+University+Marine+Laboratory%22+60020096%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22Duke+Institute+for+Genome+Sciences+%26+Policy%22+60076653%29%29&origin=rssreader">all results</a> for your search in Scopus<br>

Eventual periodicity of the forced oscillations for a Korteweg–de Vries type equation on a bounded domain using a sinc collocation method

Scopus Query (for science portal) - Mon, 2017-10-16 15:39
Author(s):Al-Khaled, K. | Haynes, N. | Schiesser, W. | Usman, M.<br>Publication year: 2018<br>Journal / Book title: Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics<br><br>Access <a href="https://www.scopus.com/results/results.url?sort=plf-f&src=s&nlo=1&nlr=20&nls=&affilName=duke&sid=50C4CC75DD91BE54EF957326B03AC936.WeLimyRvBMk2ky9SFKc8Q%3a330&sot=afnl&sdt=cl&cluster=scopubyr%2c%222016%22%2ct%2c%222015%22%2ct%2bscosubtype%2c%22ar%22%2ct%2c%22ip%22%2ct%2c%22re%22%2ct%2c%22ch%22%2ct%2bscosubjabbr%2c%22ARTS%22%2cf%2c%22ECON%22%2cf%2c%22BUSI%22%2cf&sl=207&s=%28AF-ID%28%22Duke+University%22+60008724%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22P.M.+Gross+Chemical+Laboratory%22+60019814%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22Duke+University+Marine+Laboratory%22+60020096%29+OR+AF-ID%28%22Duke+Institute+for+Genome+Sciences+%26+Policy%22+60076653%29%29&origin=rssreader">all results</a> for your search in Scopus<br>

October 17 and 18: Celebrating the Robert A. Hill Collection

Blogs Featured Posts (non-pipes) - Mon, 2017-10-16 14:23

Robert A. Hill has spent almost 40 years researching the legacy of Marcus Garvey.

October 17 and 18: Celebrating the Robert A. Hill Collection

Bogs Featured (for Marine) - Mon, 2017-10-16 14:23

Robert A. Hill has spent almost 40 years researching the legacy of Marcus Garvey.

Scandals in College Sports

test-endeca-feed - Mon, 2017-10-16 00:00

Author: Harper, Shaun R., 1975- editor.
Published: New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.

Currently held at: DUKE

When women rule the court : gender, race, and Japanese American basketball

test-endeca-feed - Mon, 2017-10-16 00:00

Author: Willms, Nicole, author.
Published: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2017]

Currently held at: DUKE

William Gedney: Connect to the photographs

Bitstreams - Fri, 2017-10-13 20:26

descriptive imageA while back, I wrote a blog post about my enjoyment in digitizing the William Gedney Photograph collection and how it was inspiring me to build a darkroom in my garage.  I wish I could say that the darkroom is up and running but so far all I’ve installed is the sink.  However, as Molly … Continue reading William Gedney: Connect to the photographs

The post William Gedney: Connect to the photographs appeared first on Bitstreams: The Digital Collections Blog.

Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions

All Libcal Events (Huginn Feed) - Fri, 2017-10-13 16:00
Perkins 217
West Campus

We’ll work together to explore and identify common issues with multiple choice questions and how to avoid them. We’ll discuss examples of multiple choice questions that address higher order learning objectives and you’ll write a few for your course and get feedback. Finally, we’ll look at how we can use analytics to determine if questions are successful. 

Lunch provided for those who register by Tuesday 10/10/2017.

event image

Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions

CIT Events Test - Fri, 2017-10-13 16:00
Perkins 217
West Campus

We’ll work together to explore and identify common issues with multiple choice questions and how to avoid them. We’ll discuss examples of multiple choice questions that address higher order learning objectives and you’ll write a few for your course and get feedback. Finally, we’ll look at how we can use analytics to determine if questions are successful.

event image

CIT Open Office Hours

CIT Events Test - Thu, 2017-10-12 17:00
Bostock 024
West Campus

Want to change your syllabus? Need help creating an online discussion board? CIT consultants are available to discuss course design and instructional technology.  Come by to ask questions about active learning in class or how to think about teaching a new course. We can also answer questions about using Sakai, WordPress, and other Duke supported instructional technologies for teaching and learning. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.

event image

Internet of Things (IoT) Class for Faculty

All Libcal Events (Huginn Feed) - Thu, 2017-10-12 15:00
Technology Engagement Center (TEC)
West Campus

This course will introduce Duke faculty to the Internet of Things (IoT) using a kit that includes a microcontroller, various sensors, and other components. Faculty will set up their microcontroller and complete at least one basic IoT project. Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) staff will guide discussion during the course about how IoT in general and the kits in particular might be used in courses at Duke.

Join us in the TEC (Telecomm Drive, West Campus) to receive a kit you can keep, to create one or more projects using the kit, and to think about how IoT can be incorporated into teaching and learning at Duke. This course is suitable for beginners. More advanced participants can expand on the course projects, and contribute to the pedagogical discussion.

Box lunches and water/soft drinks will be provided for those who register before 10/12/2017.

This event is for Duke faculty only and registration is required - To register, faculty should email ddi-requests@duke.edu

event image

Internet of Things (IoT) Class for Faculty

CIT Events Test - Thu, 2017-10-12 15:00
Technology Engagement Center (TEC)
West Campus

This course will introduce Duke faculty to the Internet of Things (IoT) using a kit that includes a microcontroller, various sensors, and other components. Faculty will set up their microcontroller and complete at least one basic IoT project. Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) staff will guide discussion during the course about how IoT in general and the kits in particular might be used in courses at Duke.

Join us in the TEC to receive a kit you can keep, to create one or more projects using the kit, and to think about how IoT can be incorporated into teaching and learning at Duke. This course is suitable for beginners. More advanced participants can expand on the course projects, and contribute to the pedagogical discussion.

Box lunches and water/soft drinks will be provided for those who register before Thursday 9/8/2017.

This event is for Duke faculty only and registration is required - To register, faculty should email ddi-requests@duke.edu

event image

Digital Fills to the Rescue!

Preservation Underground - Thu, 2017-10-12 14:34
descriptive image

By Rachel Pennimen, Senior Conservation Technician

This copy of Hilda Vaughan’s ‘A Thing of Nought’ was sent to the conservation lab to have a box made to protect the fragile dust jacket and cover. The illustration and lettering printed directly on the front board is visible through a transparent, blue tinted plastic dust jacket that is itself printed with the title and author’s name.

Unfortunately the poor quality plastic of the dust jacket has not aged well. Small pieces of the plastic dust jacket were in danger of flaking off with every movement and could hardly be handled safely. In order to keep the dust jacket on the book but still allow for handling of the item, Curator Andy Armacost had the idea of using a dust jacket protector similar to the type sometimes used on our general collections items. This traditional style of dust jacket cover has a Mylar front and a paper backing that wrap around the dust jacket to protect it from wear.

Slim-Fold Book Jacket Covers, University Products

 

This would have the benefit of completely surrounding the plastic dust jacket and preserving all of its parts while allowing it to stay in place on the book and be handled. The trouble is that the paper backing on this kind of product would obscure what was printed directly on the book’s cover. So I attempted to create my own dust jacket cover where the paper backing was printed with a copy of the original boards.

I tried black and white photocopies of the cover on white paper and colored papers. They gave a similar idea of the original cover design, but I was really hoping for something more detailed and accurate.

Photocopy on white paper, photocopy on cream paper, and original cover

I tried again using our photodocumentation setup to take a color photograph of the cover but when I printed out the image the color didn’t match the original at all.

Printed color photograph and original cover

Senior Conservator Erin Hammeke had previously used a tool developed by Victoria Binder to make a color accurate printed reproduction for use in an exhibit so I decided to look into that. Victoria’s article in Topics in Photographic Preservation entitled ‘Digital Fills for Photographs with Glossy Surfaces’ discusses using the Action feature in Photoshop to automatically make variations on settings like midtone color, exposure, and saturation in an easily printable contact sheet. I wasn’t looking to create a fill for a photograph, but color matching a printed image to an original was exactly what I needed. By using Victoria’s Actions Set I could easily print contact sheets with up to 15 variations on a single page, and pick the one that looked closest to the original without wasting reams of paper.

I adjusted my image in Photoshop according to the best results from the contact sheets. The printed photograph gave all the detail of the appearance of the original board decoration and the adjustments made the color an almost perfect match when printed.

Printed photograph before color correction, after color correction, and original cover

The original plastic dust jacket was placed over the printed reproduction of the book cover and a piece of Mylar was folded around both. When the jacket assembly is put on the book the visual effect is very similar to the original.

Interior of the jacket assembly around original cover

Because the cover isn’t attached in any way to the book, a researcher can simply unfold the jacket assembly and view the original book cover decoration beneath.

Final dust jacket assembly next to original cover

I’m so happy with how this project turned out. The original plastic dust jacket is much easier to handle safely, the original appearance of the item is retained, and all of the parts can still be kept together.

The post Digital Fills to the Rescue! appeared first on Preservation Underground.

Assessing Digital Scholarship [Digital Publishing Workshop]

All Libcal Events (Huginn Feed) - Thu, 2017-10-12 14:30
Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
West Campus

Google Analytics is well-known as a tool for tracking use of web resources and measuring audience engagement in mainly business-oriented ways ("conversions," views by demographic or market, etc.).  It's also a useful tool for understanding how people are using your digital scholarship project.  We'll look at real-life examples of Google Analytics data and examine how to use it when talking about your project (in grant applications, for example).  

 

In this workshop, we will learn about the history and present state of impact metrics (from journal impact factors to near real-time, digital measurements of scholarly engagement).  We'll examine the ways that tools like Almetric and Impact Story track the sharing and citation of scholarship, what data they can and can't capture, and how to interpret the results they supply.

event image