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Almost three years ago, we wrote about some of the new digital publishing platforms that scholars should know about. Today we’re going to take a closer look at one of them: Manifold....

Scholarly Communication @ Temple
March 18, 2019

This week in North Philly Notes, Patricia Chu, author of Where I Have Never Been, writes about developing her interest in narratives of return.

About sixteen years ago, I decided to go to Taiwan to give a paper on stories about Chinese Americans who visited China for the first time. At the time, I was in the same position as the heroine of an Amy Tan novel, for my mother had died just about a year earlier, and I had never seen mainland China or the relatives who lived there. A friend told me I...

North Philly Notes
March 13, 2019

By Luling Huang I. Intro In this post, I continue to explore unsupervised learning based on my previous post on hierarchical clustering and another post on Wordfish. As explained in my post on...

The post Principal Component Analysis: Unsupervised Learning of Textual Data Part III appeared first on Digital Scholarship Center.

Temple Digital Scholarship Center
March 12, 2019

Did you know that, according to a Wikimedia Foundation 2011 study, less than 10% of the editors on Wikipedia are women? When women aren’t represented in the writing and editing of the stories and records of people, the stories get mistold. We lose out on the real history.

Join us...

Programs & Events
March 11, 2019

By Vivien Wise There are lots of reasons you might want to digitize objects from real life Surveying Archaeology / conservation 3D modeling for games Forensics/accident reconstruction 3D Printing Architecture Medical There...

The post From a Physical Object to a 3D Model: Photogrammetry vs. Handheld Depth Sensing Scanners appeared first on Digital Scholarship Center...

Temple Digital Scholarship Center
March 7, 2019

This week in North Philly Notes, Greg Burris, author of The Palestinian Idea, writes about Black-Palestinian solidarity.

When I look at Israel today, I see Jim Crow. But when I look at Palestine, I think of Black liberation. The potential for such comparisons is evident in the words and actions of three figures in the U.S. who have recently come under fire for their support of Palestine: Ilhan Omar, Angela Davis, and Marc Lamont Hill. Omar was accused of being an anti-Semite after she took...

North Philly Notes
March 6, 2019

In less than six months we will be moving into Charles Library, an environment that will transform how we think about libraries and the resources and services it provides. And how we provide access to those resources and services. In preparation, staff members from 7 departments & teams gathered to start brainstorming questions we’ll be asking about how the Library serves its community. What metrics will we use to best demonstrate the impact and value of the Library for Temple University, its neighborhoods, and the world?


Assessment on the Ground
March 4, 2019

Good news! The Religion Graduate Student (RGS) handed her committee the final rough draft of her dissertation! We met on October 17, 2012 for our sixth interview (and, boy, was I relieved to hear about this). Her defense was set for November 14. I was surprised to learn that she felt “one part relieved and nine parts nervous” because she was not exactly sure as to what constitutes a dissertation. Hers contained some personal narrative and first-person usage and she wondered whether this was consistent with the stereotyped notion of scholarly objectivity. This highlighted the ambiguous and...

Human Sciences
March 1, 2019

This week in North Philly Notes, we showcase six regional Temple University Press titles about gardens and parks in honor of the Philadelphia Flower Show, coming to town March 2-10.

A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region, Text by Adam Levine, Photographs by Rob Cardillo


North Philly Notes
February 27, 2019

By Alissa Elegant On the screen a hand grasps.  It is large (cinematic scale to be exact), stretching 5-10 ft in each direction.  It is faint without the saturated color we have...

The post The Disembodied Dancer appeared first on Digital Scholarship Center.

Temple Digital Scholarship Center
February 26, 2019


Cynthia Schwarz, with Dave Lacy and all the staff in LTS/LTD have put into operation a robust set of tools for communicating, documenting, and tracking workflows for all the complex work going on at the Libraries – technology-based and beyond. I think there is a relationship between these tools and principles associated with...

Assessment on the Ground
February 22, 2019

This week in North Philly Notes, Clayton Mosher and Scott Akins, provide talking points about the legalization of marijuana, the subject of their new book, In the Weeds

In the Weeds is a historically grounded examination of marijuana policy reform and ultimately the move toward legalization over a period extending back more than 100 years, that also deconstructs the arguments of marijuana prohibitionists/demonizers. Examined...

North Philly Notes
February 21, 2019

By Bethany Farrell On the walk between Temple’s Art History department and Paley Library (where the Digital Scholarship Center is located) there has been a poster pasted to a wall. On it...

The post How Our Tools Shape Us: Technology’s Impact on Art History appeared first on Digital Scholarship Center.

Temple Digital Scholarship Center
February 19, 2019

This week in North Philly Notes, we focus on some of our favorite African American titles to commemorate Black History Month.

The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood, by Tommy J. Curry


North Philly Notes
February 13, 2019

By Gary Scales The relationship between digital methods and our physical world is complex. Despite this, we engage with it frequently. On trains some choose music over conversation, parents often worry about...

The post We Have Never Been Digital: Smartphones, Material Culture, and the Reversal of Time appeared first on Digital Scholarship Center.

Temple Digital Scholarship Center
February 12, 2019

Guitar Studio of Allen Krantz

Wednesday, February 27th, Noon

Temple University Paley Library Lecture Hall

Free and open to the public

Light refreshments served. Boyer recital credit given.

Performing Arts News
February 8, 2019

This week in North Philly Notes, we post the Temple University Libraries and University Press diversity statement that recently posted on the library’s website.


In 2017, the Temple University Libraries & University Press (TULUP) Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee was charged with mapping the trajectory of diversity and inclusion initiatives at TULUP. The TULUP D&I Committee...

North Philly Notes
February 6, 2019

Join us next Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00 pm for an evening of poetry with some of Philadelphia’s most talented young voices. Members from Temple’s own Babel Poetry Collective will read original work and moderate a conversation with the current and former Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureates, Wes Matthews and Husnaa Hashim. Wes and Husnaa will also take the stage to share their poetry with us.


Programs & Events
February 4, 2019

The Religion Graduate Student (RGS) and I got together on February 24, 2012 for our fifth interview. She was now entering the third year of her project and she appeared a bit more upbeat than the last time we met. During the fall break she had written productively every day and she subsequently sent advisor John Raines some work that he liked. RGS spent a lot of time reworking her introduction so she could properly frame her second chapter on globalization and her third on the sources at the Nationwide Women’s Program (NWP). She worried that this might not be the best way to go about...

Human Sciences
February 1, 2019

This week in North Philly Notes, Ming-sho Ho, author of Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heavenwrites about tracing of the long afterlife of the Sunflower Movement and the Umbrella Movement, the subjects of his new book.

Like many book authors, I felt like a weary wayfarer approaching the journey’s destination when my Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement...

North Philly Notes
January 30, 2019

As the new year begins, I’ve been reflecting on the exciting changes 2019 will bring to both our physical and online spaces. Projects that previously felt distant or nebulous for some of us, like the creation of a new library website or move to Charles Library, are now fast-approaching. As we consider how to design and assess the user experience of our changing web presence and physical spaces, much of what I learned at last month’s Library Assessment Conference feels well-timed.


Assessment on the Ground
January 29, 2019

This week in North Philly Notes, Edward Tang, author of From Confinement to Containment, describes the art and life of Japanese American artist Henry Sugimoto, one of the subjects featured in his new book.

In light of the current debates about immigrants, border walls, detention centers, and travel bans, I often think about the Japanese American artist Henry Sugimoto (1900-1990), one of four cultural figures I examine in From...

North Philly Notes
January 23, 2019

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Cabaret Songs and Piano Rags

by William Bolcom

Featuring faculty artists...

Performing Arts News
January 23, 2019