Tag Archives: digital humanities

Two Iowa institutions will collaborate on humanities research

This is a nice article in Inside Higher Ed concerning a collaboration between a college and a University in Iowa.

Grinnell College and the University of Iowa are using the digital humanities to bridge the physical distance and institutional differences between their campuses.

Over the next four years, the two institutions will encourage students, faculty and staffers to form “new kinds of teams” to collaborate on humanities research and use digital resources in the classroom. Supported by a $1.6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative, titled Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, is being billed by university officials as the first time the foundation has supported a direct partnership between a public research university and a private liberal arts college.

Archivisits collaborate on new CLIR report dealing with born-digital materials

Filed by Gary Price on InfoDocket

Ten archivists and curators from the US and the UK collaborated to create “Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers and Archive Repositories.” The report offers separate recommendations for repository staff and donors/dealers in differnt topics: initial collection review, privacy and intellectual property, key stages in acquiring digital materials and post-acquisition review by a repository.

From the abstract:

This report offers recommendations to help ensure the physical and intellectual well-being of born-digital materials transferred from donors to archival repositories. The report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and repository staff.

National Archives and UVA release Founders Online website

“This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.

Founders Online was created through a cooperative agreement between the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press.”


Higher education collaboration and digital humanities

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a new article.

Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities: What teaching colleges and research universities have to gain from collaboration.”

…I want to argue that teaching-focused institutions have much to gain from partnerships with research universities on the digital humanities, and vice versa.

Beyond liberal-arts training, the 21st-century workplace increasingly demands that graduates demonstrate technological competence and entrepreneurial ability. Instead of engaging in escalating, unsustainable, and destructive competition, colleges and universities could develop mutually supportive relationships, combining our complementary strengths to benefit the overlapping and distinct communities that we serve.

An interview with Bethany Nowviskie of the University of Virginia

The Chronicle of Higher Education published this article today.

Devising New Roles for Scholars Who Can Code

THE INNOVATOR: Bethany Nowviskie, U. of Virginia
THE BIG IDEA: Collaborative, technology-enabled projects can enliven the digital humanities.

“It was pretty easy to see we were on the brink of a massive transformation of our collective archive, and I wanted to be a part of that,” Ms. Nowviskie recalls. For her, the most exciting thing about graduate school was the chance to create “concrete manifestations of the learning we were doing,” and to do that in a collaborative environment where people wanted to build tools as well as study texts. She calls this “translational” work—bridging the gaps between scholars, technology experts, and so-called alternative-academic workers whose jobs don’t follow traditional university trajectories—and it drives much of what Ms. Nowviskie does.

Now director of digital research and scholarship at the University of Virginia Library, Ms. Nowviskie has become a driving force in digital humanities. At the library-based Scholars Lab, she brings together teams of researchers and programmers to work on collaborative, tech-enabled scholarly projects.

Digital Humanities demands collaboration

This piece is from the ACRL Keeping Up With series. “Keeping Up With…Digital Humanities”

DH invites—and demands—collaboration with parties outside of the library

“Supporting long-term digital research usually requires working with third parties. The necessary privileges—such as administrator accounts (for software installation), high-level server access, or extra network storage or bandwidth—are rarely handled by librarians, and library staff may be ill-equipped to provide advanced technical support.”

This was written by Jennifer L. Adams and Kevin B. Gunn.

Speed dating may lead more academics to collaborate

Here is another great post from Iris.

Digital Humanities Speed Dating

At the December gathering one of the profs there said what I think a lot of people were thinking when she admitted that she wasn’t speaking up because she didn’t know enough about the digital side of things to envision what she might do for a digital humanities project. She’s well aware of great digitization projects in her area, and web archives, but beyond digitizing things, what kinds of questions would she want to ask that computers could help her with? On the other side, the CS types said that they knew that computers could be great thesauri, but they didn’t really know enough about what keeps humanists awake at night to really suggest projects.

This seemed like such a fundamental question that we hatched a plan. We set up a “digital humanities speed dating” session. Humanists would come with some description of their own research, and CS-types would listen with their CS-perspective and would also talk about what they were working on. And maybe the more we knew about each other the more we would be able to see collaboration potential.