Bethany Nowviskie wrote this chapter for the recent Modern Language Association book, Profession 2011.
“Where Credit Is Due: Preconditions for the Evaluation of
Collaborative Digital Scholarship” (PDF) by BETHANY NOWVISKIE
From the Introduction:
We come at these conversations backward. Our instinct—driven by inherited methods and benchmarks for assessing scholars’ readiness for promotion in rank and for tenure—is to evaluate the products of digital scholarship as if they can be mapped neatly to unary objects and established categories, such as journal articles or monographs. As an exploration of the “changing realities of intellectual work” in the 2010 issue of Profession acknowledges, although the value of digital scholarship has begun to be recognized in humanities departments, “discussions have tended to focus primarily on establishing digital work as equivalent to print publications [in order] to make it count instead of considering how digital scholarship might transform knowledge-making practices” ” (Purdy and Walker 178).
Thanks to Dan Cohen for alerting me to this work.