Altmetrics and Archives

„Altmetrics are an alternative to traditional measurement of the impact of published resources. While altmetrics are primarily used by researchers and institutions to measure the impact of scholarly publications online, they can also be used by archives to measure the impact of their diverse online holdings, including digitized and born-digital collections, digital exhibits, repository websites, and online finding aids. Furthermore, altmetrics may fill a need for user engagement assessments for cultural heritage organizations. This article introduces the concept of altmetrics for archives and discusses barriers to adoption, best practices for collection, and potential further areas of study.“

Kelly, Elizabeth Joan (2017) „Altmetrics and Archives,“ Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 4, Article 1.
Available at: – New portal for Finnish scholarly Open Access journals? is a new portal for Finnish scholarly Open Access Journals provided by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies“ ( via OATP). This is Fake news! isn’t available Open Access because viewing the PDF is only possible with a login. And you need to see the PDF because the e-text is lacking the German UMLAUTE (ä, ö, ü). It is not clear if the text on the page is the whole text of the article, but in the case of (2016) it is clear that only the abstract is free. „Virittäjä“ is a subscription journal.

Not free also:

Free e.g.

Some journals are Open Access, some not.

Wikidata: the new hub for cultural heritage

The data are incomplete, but these are the early days of an ongoing and ambitious project to share data about cultural heritage—all of it.

by Dr Martin Poulter, Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford

via Twitter:

[Edit 23.01.2017] s.a.: Zukunftswerkstatt: ZW-Tool – Crotos

Secrecy and Society: OA-Zeitschrift (–> Secrecy Studies)

Secrecy and Society

is an international, interdisciplinary, peer reviewed open access journal that analyzes, critiques, and evaluates dimensions of secrecy in society. The journal explores secrecy as the intentional or nonintentional concealment of information at the intersections of theory,  definition, language, praxis, and culture. Secrecy and Society also reports affiliations with censorship, confidentiality, privacy, surveillance, and forms of secrecy in the human-built and natural  worlds.

Ein Ziel ist: Establishing a distinct field of knowledge characterized as Secrecy Studies.

Secrecy and Society is an interdisciplinary journal that encourages scholarship on the problem of secrecy as either the intentional or nonintentional concealment of information. We acknowledge that ‘‘secrecy is a property of information’’ (Scheppele 1988, 12) as well as recognize the critical importance of the ‘‘professional secret, confessional secret, military secret/political secret, the secret police, the secret in novels, etc., all the semantics of the secret’’ (Derrida & Ferraris 2001, 75).

Secrecy and Society also peers into the ‘‘secrecy process,’’ described by Tefft (1980, 37) as the ‘‘tensions and/or conflicts between the secret holder (holders) and outsiders that necessitate concealment.’’ As secrecy conceals “potentially embarrassing disclosures, forbidden acts, illegality, inefficiency, evasion of responsibility, and corruption” (Simmel 1950), the secrecy process is of “potential value in examining practices and rituals of secret societies (Tefft 1992, 181), and those groups and organizations that rely on the secrecy worker.

Humanities Commons

„Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to invite you to try out Humanities Commons, which launched in open beta last week. Humanities Commons is a nonprofit network where humanities scholars can share their work in a social, open-access repository, create a professional profile, discuss common interests, and develop new publications. The network is open to anyone working in or adjacent to the humanities.

Humanities Commons is a project of the office of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association. Its development was generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Humanities Commons is based on the open-source Commons-in-a-Box project of the City University of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center and is an expansion of the MLA’s MLA Commons, which launched in January 2013. The founding partner societies of Humanities Commons are the Association for Jewish Studies; the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and the College Art Association. Each society has its own Commons hub.

Humanities Commons was designed by scholarly societies in the humanities to serve the needs of humanists as they engage in teaching and research that benefit the larger community. Unlike other social and academic communities, Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit. It is focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users‘ intellectual and personal data.

The network also features an open-access repository, the Commons Open Repository Exchange. CORE allows users to preserve their research and increase its reach by sharing it across disciplinary, institutional, and geographic boundaries. Humanities Commons members can deposit all kinds of scholarly materials in CORE: peer-reviewed journal articles, dissertations and theses; works in progress; conference papers; syllabi; abstracts; data sets; presentations; translations; book reviews; maps; charts; and more. Developed in partnership with Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, CORE provides robust preservation services, mints DOIs, and connects with the social functionality of Humanities Commons. CORE’s development is underwritten in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities‘ Office of Digital Humanities.

Contact the Humanities Commons team at“ (SCHOLCOMM)

UK: Investigatory Powers Bill. Draft

UK: Investigatory Powers Bill. Draft. Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for the Home Department on Command of Her Majesty. 296 S.
The bill „will govern the use and oversight of investigatory powers by law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies“.


Related documents:

Analyse: London segnet härtestes Überwachungsgesetz einer Demokratie ab. Von Hendrik Obelöer

Deep Cuts: The B-Side of Historical & Special Collections

Virtual exhibition (Harvard Law School):

„The Harvard Law School Library’s Historical & Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Deep Cuts: The B-Side of Historical & Special Collections. The exhibit steps away from the collection’s “A-side,” the rare books and early manuscripts that people expect to find here, and instead focuses on lesser-known parts of the collection that include some bizarre finds and hidden gems.“

Status Quaestionis of Copyright of Critical Editions

From dm-L:

„Dear Colleagues,

Without inviting a deluge of personal opinions or advocacy, I am wondering if anyone could inform me of the current state of legal decisions regarding copyright of critical editions of medieval texts. In other words, I am just curious about the current legal status of such copyright (in any legal context, US, UK, EU, etc).

I read recently of this decision in France which may be relevant ( and was wondering if perhaps there were any recent publications in the field of DH, law, or cultural heritage preservation that tried to summarize the current legal landscape. Some what discouragingly, a top English language google search for this topic ( returns a page from 1995, so this is an issue that has been a developing question for a while.

p.s. apologies for cross-posting to Digital Classicist members, but it seems that list may also have some input.


David A. Michelson

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity
Vanderbilt University“

Partnering for Discoverability: Knitting Archival Finding Aids to Digitized Material Using a Low Tech Digital Content Linking Process

„As libraries continue to ramp up digitization efforts for unique archival and special collections material, the segregation of archival finding aids from their digitized counterparts presents an accumulating discoverability problem for both patrons and library staff. For Utah State University (USU) Libraries, it became evident that a system was necessary to connect both new and legacy finding aids with their digitized content to improve use and discoverability. Following a cross-departmental workflow analysis involving the Special Collections, Cataloging and Metadata, and Digital Initiatives departments, a process was created for semi-automating the batch linking of item and folder level entries in EAD finding aids to the corresponding digitized material in CONTENTdm. In addition to the obvious benefit of linking content, this cross-departmental process also allowed for the implementation of persistent identifiers and the enhancement of finding aids using the more robust metadata that accompanies digitized material. This article will provide a detailed overview of the process, as well as describe how the three departments at USU have worked together to identify key stakeholders, develop the procedures, and address future developments.“

Ask Oxford and Cambridge University Presses to drop the lawsuit!

„Oxford University Press & Cambridge University Press have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Rameshwari Photocopy Service and Delhi University. Their crime? Selling photocopied course packs at a fraction of the original cost for students who can’t afford the publications.“

Update 15.12.2016:

Academic publishing houses lose appeal against Delhi University & photocopy shop

13.3.2017 Publishers withdraw case