Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship at the CUA Libraries

As the CUA Libraries continues expanding the digital scholarship opportunities for the CUA community, it may serve us to see what others have done. No better example can be found of the trials and t…

This post appeared originally on the Catholic University Libraries News blog.

Source: Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship at CUA – University Libraries


Imposter Syndrome: Everyone has it!

Just finished reading a great article by Dr. Valerie Sheares Ashby in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “How a Dean Got over Imposter Syndrome–and Thinks You can Too!.” This is a theme that I pointed out to my digital humanities students in a post in May, 2014, as much of the DH work involves becoming comfortable in one’s ‘uncomfortableness’ while exploring new terrains and risking failure in projects. Dr. Ashby narrates her own awareness of IS and mentioned other individuals, some high achievers, who also ‘suffer’ from it. She also provides a link to a guide to help folks overcome IS: “10 Steps to Overcome the Imposter Syndrome” by Dr. Valerie Young. doll

Expect IS to become an even larger issue as exponential technologies such as AI, machine learning, deep learning, etc. become engrained in our culture and ways of life.  Managing responsibly one’s approach to new things is going to be increasingly important.


The Doll, Hans Bellmer (German (born Poland), Katowice 1902–1975 Paris), 1934–35.  Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Genealogy of Open Access: negotiations between openness and access to research | hc:15701 | Humanities CORE

An interesting article by Samuel Moore on the history of the meaning of open access:

Open access (OA) is a contested term with a complicated history and a variety of understandings. This rich history is routinely ignored by institutional, funder and governmental policies that instead enclose the concept and promote narrow approaches to OA. This article presents a genealogy of the term open access, focusing on the separate histories that emphasise openness and reusability on the one hand, as borrowed from the open-source software and free culture movements, and accessibility on the other hand, as represented by proponents of institutional and subject repositories. This genealogy is further complicated by the publishing cultures that have evolved within individual communities of practice: publishing means different things to different communities and individual approaches to OA are representative of this fact. From analysing its historical underpinnings and subsequent development, I argue that OA is best conceived as a boundary object, a term coined by Star and Griesemer (1989) to describe concepts with a shared, flexible definition between communities of practice but a more community-specific definition within them. Boundary objects permit working relationships between communities while allowing local use and development of the concept. This means that OA is less suitable as a policy object, because boundary objects lose their use-value when ‘enclosed’ at a general level, but should instead be treated as a community-led, grassroots endeavour.

Source: A genealogy of open access: negotiations between openness and access to research | hc:15701 | Humanities CORE

Why Beall’s List Died — and What It Left Unresolved About Open Access – The Chronicle of Higher Education

“Universities still have a long way to go to create systems for researchers to share and collaborate with one another, evaluate one another’s work, and get credit for what really matters in research.”


Source: Why Beall’s List Died — and What It Left Unresolved About Open Access – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Best Practices for File Naming | National Archives

August 22nd blog post from the National Archives advocating for best practices in file naming:

“The following are best practices for file naming. File names should:

  • Be unique and consistently structured;
  • Be persistent and not tied to anything that changes over time or location;
  • Limit the character length to no more than 25-35 characters;
  • Use leading 0s to facilitate sorting in numerical order if following a numeric scheme “001, 002, …010, 011 … 100, 101, etc.” instead of “1, 2, …10, 11 … 100, 101, etc.”;
  • Contain a file format extension;
  • Use a period followed by a file extension (for example, .tif, .jpg, .gif, .pdf, .wav, .mpg);
  • Use lowercase letters.  However, when a name has more than one word, start each word with an uppercase letter for example, “File_Name_Convention_001.doc”;
  • Use numbers and/or letters but not characters such as symbols or spaces that could cause complications across operating platforms;
  • Use hyphens or underscores instead of spaces;
  • Use international standard date notation (YYYY_MM_DD or YYYYMMDD);
  • Avoid blank spaces anywhere within the character string; and
  • Not use an overly complex or lengthy naming scheme that is susceptible to human error during manual input, such as “filenameconventionjoesfinalversioneditedfinal.doc”.”

Source: Best Practices for File Naming | Records Express