RECOMMENDED: In the Shadows of the Digital Humanities

The latest issue of differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies is organized around the theme, In the Shadows of the Digital Humanities (subscription required). The issue draws on ideas first presented at an MLA 2013 session titled, “The Dark Side of the Digital Humanities,” and later expanded into a 2-day conference sponsored by the Center for 21st ...

RECOMMENDED: How Did They Make That? The Video!

Miriam Posner (UCLA) has shared a video based on a talk she gave at The Graduate Center, CUNY recently following up on her original “How Did They Make That?” post. Posner introduces a three step process for interrogating the work that goes into a digital project in a way that is useful both to students and ...

RECOMMENDED: Commit to DH people, not DH projects

Miriam Posner (UCLA) has written a post calling for digital humanities centers and programs to focus on people rather than projects as a means of “investing in people’s long-term potential as scholars.” Posner outlines the benefits of investing in people and teams rather than projects, citing successful efforts at the Universities of Virginia and Maryland: ...

RECOMMENDED: Asking For It

Last week, OCLC Research released the report “Does every research library need a digital humanities center?” Written by Jennifer Schaffner and Ricky Erway, the report is aimed at helping library administrators communicate with their deans and provosts about the library’s roles in digital humanities. Bethany Nowviskie (University of Virginia) offers a response that acknowledges the report’s value ...

RECOMMENDED: Looks Like the Internet: Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage Projects Succeed When They Look Like the Network

Last week Tom Scheinfeldt (University of Connecticut) gave a talk at the 2013 ACRL/NY Symposium, whose theme was “The Library as Knowledge Laboratory.” His talk, “Looks Like the Internet: Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage Projects Succeed When They Look Like the Network,” addresses what he sees as a worrisome trend that is moving digital heritage ...

RECOMMENDED: Never Neutral: Critical Approaches to Digital Tools & Culture in the Humanities

Josh Honn (Northwestern University) presented a talk last week at Western University titled, “Never Neutral: Critical Approaches to Digital Tools & Culture in the Humanities” (paper is available here). Honn continues recent discussions of cultural criticism in DH, examining “how the critical curation of digital tools can lead to a cultural critique of a hegemonic Silicon ...

RECOMMENDED: Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities

Stephen Ramsay, Alan Liu, Alex Reid and others have recently engaged in a fruitful conversation about the role of cultural criticism in the digital humanities. Ramsay begins the exchange with a post revisiting Liu’s 2011 article in Debates in the Digital Humanities, “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?” Quoting Liu, “How the digital ...

RECOMMENDED: Serendip-o-matic, From the One Week | One Tool Team

Twelve digital humanists gathered from Sunday July 28 – Saturday August 3, 2013, for One Week | One Tool, a summer institute sponsored by the NEH Office of Digital Humanities and held at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, to create a new digital humanities tool. The idea was to ...

RECOMMENDED: “The Literary”: Digital Humanities Quarterly (Issue 2013 7.1)

The latest issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly, edited by Lisa Swanstrom and Jessica Pressman, is devoted entirely to “The Literary,” and contains several articles of interest to the library and archives community. From the introduction to the issue: As the essays in this issue demonstrate, the conjunction of the literary and the digital humanities produce ...

RECOMMENDED: “A Map and Some Pins”: Open Data and Unlimited Horizons

Tim Sherratt (@wragge on Twitter) has published his keynote address to April’s Digisam Conference in blog form, in which he makes an inspired and passionate case for making cultural heritage data openly available. Sherratt reminds us that this data is infused with history and “resists our attempts at reduction,” while calling into question the notion ...

RECOMMENDED: Data curation as publishing for digital humanists

Text and slides from a talk delivered by Trevor Muñoz, Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries, at the CIC Center for Library Initiatives conference. Muñoz presents an intriguing synthesis of a couple of growing trends in libraries – data curation and publishing. Data curation here is defined as “information work ...