Tag Archives: Research

Big data visualization of an open access digital library

With a huge hat tip to my friend and colleague Keith Manuel (paraphrasing): American Libraries Direct, the American Library Association (ALA) online newsletter, links to a visualization of all the 14 million volumes in HathiTrust created by Prof. Ben Schmidt of Northeastern University: “A guided tour of the digital library.” As you scroll down, you’ll see […]

Elsevier should not provide free open access to retracted papers

In a recent interview published by Retraction Watch, Judit Bar-Ilan of Bar-Ilan University and Gali Halevi at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report that many scholarly articles continue to be cited after retraction: “despite all the awareness efforts around this topic, retracted articles continue to be read and cited positively.” That’s the disturbing result of their research. “We should […]

Grants for research travel to UF special collections

Travel grants of up to $2,500 are available to support research in the Special and Area Studies Collections Department (see Travel Grants button, bottom left of page) of the George A. Smathers Libraries at University of Florida. Proposals are due Friday, June 1, 2018, with award notifications the week of July 1, 2018. Research must […]

White rhino conservation in South Africa

Zoliswa “Zoe” Nhleko gave up a great job at home, enrolling in UF’s IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department http://www.wec.ufl.edu/about/overview.php to study what triggers White Rhinos infrequent but long migrations at Kruger National Park: https://spark.adobe.com/page/3eRsZis2x0YKx/ “They stay in an area for a long time, then seem to just pack up and move great distances before […]

Digitization of the Infa Yattara Family Library’s Timbuktu manuscripts

Dr. Ian Straughn of Brown University provides a glimpse into his work in Bamako, Mali to preserve manuscript cultural heritage materials through a pilot award (EAP913) from the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library. The libraries of Timbuktu, and the abundance of centuries-old manuscripts they contain, have consistently attracted the attention of international media during the past five years. […]

MPhil in African Studies 2017-18

The MPhil in African Studies at the University of Cambridge still has a small number of places available and welcomes applications until 31st May 2017. For further information visit our website, for enquiries please email centre@african.cam.ac.uk. We would be very grateful if you would forward this email to staff and students who may be interested […]

Call for travel to collections proposals

Department of Special and Area Studies Collections George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida AN INVITATION TO TRAVEL TO OUR REPOSITORY: Travel grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to undertake research activities in Special and Area Studies Collections. Proposals are due Friday, April 28, 2017. Submissions should be directed to Florence M. Turcotte turcotte@ufl.edu. […]