October 29, 2013—Link rot occurs when hyperlinks to a source in an article break, leaving scholars without access to important information.
To address the problem, Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and computer science and vice dean for library and information service at the Law School, worked with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the Digital Public Library of America, Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School and the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School to devise and develop Perma.cc, a service that allows users to create citation links that will never break.
According to a study Zittrain conducted with Kendra Albert, a Harvard Law School student, approximately 70 percent of all...read more
October 29, 2013—Schlesinger Library and the Center for the History of Medicine (CHoM) at Countway Library both held “Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons” in conjunction with Open Access Week, October 13-20, 2013.
At CHoM, participants from Harvard, Simmons College, Boston University and Dyer Memorial Library, among others, helped to edit the Warren Anatomical Museum’s Wikipedia entry, and learned tips and tricks along the way.
Software developer and Wiki-enthusiast Adam Hyland—who has made around 20,000 edits to Wikipedia pages—led the workshop. Hyland stressed the importance of providing ample and reputable sources in entries because “nobody knows you’...read more
October 25, 2013—Open Access Week, October 21-27, kicked off at Harvard with a discussion featuring Peter Suber, director of the Office for Scholarly Communication and author of Open Access, and Scott Lapinski, digital resources and services librarian and open access liaison at the Harvard Medical School (HMS).read more
October 23, 2013—Harvard’s Ernst Mayr Library is partnering on Purposeful Gaming, a project that makes a game out of transcribing historical documents, led by the Missouri Botanical Garden and supported by an IMLS National Leadership Grant.
For its part, Ernst Mayr staff members are working on 2,000 pages of diaries and field notes by William Brewster, a late-19th- and early-20th-century ornithologist/naturalist. Historic literature, especially handwritten notes, typically cannot be transcribed using optical character recognition (OCR) software thanks to varying fonts, typesetting and layouts. The goal of the Purposeful Gaming project is to both test the efficacy of gaming as a transcription tool and improve access to digital texts.
“We will hire two interns to transcribe the pages, and then those transcriptions will be...read more