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Event: Brussels DH Online Seminar Series!

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles have teamed up to create the Brussels DH seminars series! The next seminar will take place from 12:00 to 13:30 on 21 April 2021. The registration deadline is 15 April 2021. For more information keep reading!

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Fellowship Opportunity: Two Communications Fellowships for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for two Communications Fellowships, each of which will last from May – December 2021 and comes with a stipend of €500 Euros. The deadline for applications is 23:59 UTC on 15 April 2021.

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Job Alert: Information Specialist – Digital Scholarship in the Humanities at Artes

Big news! We have an opening at KU Leuven Libraries Artes on the Artes Research Team for an Information Specialist – Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. This position would report to our Artes Research Team Leader, Laura Mesotten, and work alongside Nele Noppe, our Data Librarian! The job would be a temporary to start with, and moving to permanent. It would be a full time, 1.0 FTE position (it can also be 80% if necessary). The ideal applicant would already know Dutch or be willing to learn it quickly. The position would hopefully start in June, but this is by negotiation with the hiring committee. The deadline for applications is 12 April 2021.

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Job Opening: Data Manager for the BRAIN-BE project BELTRANS at the KBR (Belgian Royal Library)

Are you fluent in Dutch and/or French with a good command of English? Do you love exploring, organizing, and managing data related to contemporary literature? Do you feel comfortable with project management and want to work with a collaborative group of colleagues? Do you want to work at the Belgian Royal Library in Brussels? Then, boy, do I have a job opening for you! (Deadline 14 March 2021).

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Call to Register: Cambridge Digital Humanities Cultural Heritage Data School (online!)

Are you a researcher interested in working with or analysing large-scale cultural heritage collections from Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums? Do you work in these environments and want to learn more about how to create and analyse digital collections? Then the Cambridge Digital Humanities Cultural Heritage Data School (17-30 March 2021) is for you! The deadline for applications is 8 February 2021.

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Call for Nominations: DH Awards 2020!

It goes without saying that 2020 was a difficult year both personally and academically for many people, but we have also seen some extraordinary work from our colleagues over the last twelve months. What are some of the DH-related resources that really made you sit back and say “wow”? Was there something that transformed your approach to your work? How about a blog post that captured the moment or that provided a good explanation of how to get started with a tool or a new digital environment? Was there a dataset or a platform that rapidly changed our understanding of Covid-19? Or, perhaps, was there a project you viewed that rose to the occasion of documenting the need for social justice?

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Call for Reviewers: RIDE Review Journal for Digital Editions and Resources

Have you ever used a digital tool or environment and thought, “this is a great feature, why don’t more people know about this?” Or maybe you have used something and thought “I would have done this slightly differently. I think this could use some improvements in terms of documentation or design.” If this sounds like you, perhaps you would be interested in contributing as a reviewer to a special issue of the RIDE Journal for Digital Editions and Resources. The special issue, edited by Dr Anna-Maria Sichani (University of Sussex) and Dr Elena Spadini (Université de Lausanne), will specifically focus on reviews of digital tools and digital environments.

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Call to Register: Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities Seminar Series (online!)

Starting on 3 February 2021, the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities will resume their (online!) seminar series for the Spring semester. Below you will find more information about each of the sessions and a registration link!

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What’s in a number? A closer look at Open Access readership data, Part Two

This is Part Two of a two-part series on Open Access Readership Data. To see Part One, click here.


In Part One of this blog series I have already explained how the readership data of the OA books published with the support of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access are gathered and displayed on our website. However, in order to really show the potential reach and impact of Open Access publishing, I will now break down and analyze the metrics more carefully.

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What’s in a number? A closer look at Open Access readership data, Part One

This is Part One of a two-part series on Open Access Readership Data. For Part Two, click here.


Open Access (OA) literature is freely available online to be read by anyone, anytime, and anywhere. It is a publishing model that offers an alternative for the traditional method of publishing scholarly output behind a paywall, where articles and books are inaccessible to everyone except a select few with a library subscription or the money to pay for exorbitant individual fees. Broadly speaking, there are two routes to achieving an Open Access publication: the first is Green OA (the author publishes behind a paywall and self-archives a digital copy in a free online repository); and the second is Gold OA (the author publishes an article or book immediately in OA, making it directly available to the public without any costs charged for reading).1 Whereas academic journals that offer Gold OA options have become widespread in the last decade, the transition to Open Access for academic books is lagging behind, despite the fact that monographs are still the leading publishing format in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In order to boost the publication of OA books, KU Leuven Libraries reserved a substantial part of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access, established in 2018, to help finance OA books published by Leuven University Press (LUP).

  1. This is Open Access in a nutshell. For more detailed information see: https://www.kuleuven.be/open-science/what-is-open-science/scholarly-publishing-and-open-access/open-access-why-and-how []
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