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Collaboration in Digital Humanities

This is a great article by Bethany Nowviskie in the Journal of Digital Humanities. It is “Evaluating Collaborative Digital Scholarship (or, Where Credit is Due).”

She noted:

…I’ll spend my time today addressing human factors: framing collaboration within our overall picture for the evaluation of digital scholarship. I’ll pull several of the examples I’ll share with you from my contribution to the Profession cluster that our workshop organizers made available, and my argument will be familiar to you from that piece as well. But I thought it might be useful to lay these problems out in a plain way, in person, near the beginning of our week together. Collaborative work is a major hallmark of digital humanities practice, and yet it seems to be glossed over, often enough, in conversations about tenure and promotion.

Nowviskie “Where Credit is Due” Chapter

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.

Collaborative CS infrastructure in the humanities

This First Monday article looks pretty good.

Digging into data using new collaborative infrastructures supporting humanities-based computer science research” by Michael Simeone, Jennifer Guiliano, Rob Kooper, and Peter Bajcsy

This paper explores infrastructure supporting humanities–computer science research in large–scale image data by asking: Why is collaboration a requirement for work within digital humanities projects? What is required for fruitful interdisciplinary collaboration? What are the technical and intellectual approaches to constructing such an infrastructure? What are the challenges associated with digital humanities collaborative work? We reveal that digital humanities collaboration requires the creation and deployment of tools for sharing that function to improve collaboration involving large–scale data repository analysis among multiple sites, academic disciplines, and participants through data sharing, software sharing, and knowledge sharing practices.

Phase I of the Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC)

Here is an article from the Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, Volume 1 Number 3 (2011). It is “The Open Annotation Collaboration Phase I: Towards a Shared, Interoperable Data Model for Scholarly Annotation” by Timothy W. Cole, and Myung-Ja Han

This paper reports on preliminary outcomes from Phase I of the Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC), discussing them in the context of illustrative scholarly annotation use cases drawn largely from the domain of renaissance emblem studies. The OAC Phase I project sought to address problems of dysfunction caused by too many different, insufficiently interoperable annotation clients and tools through the development and promulgation of a more resource-centric and web-centric standard for making and disseminating scholarly annotations of Web resources. By focusing on representative use cases and an underlying data model of scholarly annotation more consistent with Semantic Web and Linked Data principles rather than on application-specific or interface-specific issues to do with annotation, the OAC seeks to foster annotation sharing and interoperability.

Note: this is post number 500!

Routledge Books is looking for authors

Seeking Submissions for Proposed Anthologies from Practicing Librarians

1. Library Collaborations with Writers, Artists, Musicians and Other Creative Community Members

How local writers, artists, musicians and other creative people and libraries help each other and their community. These creative members (who are also voters) appreciate the resources and stimulus libraries provide the creative process and like making their work known. Librarians are asked to share successful activities and collaborations with these patrons.

2. Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use

How to make the multi-cultured community members regular library users. A how-to for librarians restricted by time, money, and staffing: creative librarians using various outreach methods to overcome language and cultural barriers to serve all those in their communities and turn them into regular patrons.

3. Publicity Methods to Keep Libraries in the News

An anthology by and for librarians striving to spread the word what their libraries offer, what they do, their service role. Changing economics and life styles presents challenges to librarians often restricted by cutbacks in staff, hours, and money: how creative librarians using many publicity methods to promote their libraries and make them recognized as an essential resource for all ages.

Publisher: Routledge Books

Articles: 3,000-5,000 words; 1 author or 2, 3 co-authors

Compensation: complimentary copy, discount on more

Librarians outside the U.S. encouraged to contribute

Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS
Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook, American Library Association 2010 http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2646

Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, American Library Association, 2010 http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2774

Thinking Outside the Book: Essays for Innovative Librarians, McFarland, 2008
http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-3575-3

others by ALA, Peter Lang, Linworth, Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited

Please e-mail in a Word .doc (older version) attachment 1-3 topics/titles each described in 2-3 sentences by July 25, 2010 and a 75-85 word 3rd person bio: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights. Please include publisher/date for books. If co-authored, a separate 75-85 word bio on each contributor. Please: no long resumes or abstracts-your selected title/abstract/bio composes a tentative table of contents for Routledge. You will be contacted which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission if Routledge decides to publish; your bio’s will appear in the anthology. Please place COLLABORATION; MULTICULTURAL; or PUBLICITY/your name on the subject line: smallwood@tm.net

Good Article from 2008 in the Educause Review

This article discussed how liberal arts scholars are changing their approach to collaboration, particularly in the humanities and the social sciences.

Things to Do While Waiting for the Future to Happen: Building Cyberinfrastructure for the Liberal Arts

…Although the liberal arts culture is created through scholarly communication—journals, conferences, teaching, the activity of scholarly societies, and the continuing evolution of disciplines—much of the daily activity of the humanities and social sciences is rooted in the assumption that research and publication form essentially an individual rather than a collaborative activity. The tools, the capabilities, and the benefits of larger and deeper engagement with others beckon, but there are few takers. Our Cultural Commonwealth noted, “Lone scholars… are working in relative isolation, building their own content and tools, struggling with their own intellectual property issues, and creating their own archiving solutions.” How will the shift to a collaborative approach to research and publication actually happen? Will it be led by the existence of a new generation of easily available, collaborative, increasingly semantic tools that will make the mechanics of finding and working with partners significantly easier? Or will it occur as a result of the pressure of effectively organizing ways of responding to the sheer amount of digital data that is becoming available?