By Whitney Anne Trettien on March 28, 2010
A roundup of the best in Digital Humanities blogging for the past week:
- Katheryn Tomasek documents how following the hashtags on two simultaneous conferences — the NITLE Summit and The Shape of Things to Come at UVA — weave together a rich cross-country conversation between scholars.
- Dan Cohen summarizes his talk, “Eliminating the Power Cord,” at the UVA conference. “When we think through the principle of unanticipated uses, we begin to realize that there is a push and pull between the scholar and the editor. It is perhaps not a zero sum game, but surely there is a tension between the amount of intellectual work each party gets to do. Editors that put a major intellectual stamp on their collection through data massaging and design and user tools restrict the ability of the scholar to do flexible work on it.”
- Julie Meloni posts her Scholars’ Lab Talk on n-Dimensional archives. “Think about an archive that doesn’t stop with the last digitized image and TEI encoded page pair that has been carefully curated and sits happily on a server; think about the connections or pathways that could unfold as you are able to mark the paths that you take through a text and its paratexts. Each path and set of connections brings about new knowledge, and the ability to mark those paths from session to session and compare not only the paths and the texts that unfold but the impetus behind following those paths, is the creation of a new knowledge environment.”
- Tom Scheinfeldt on “soft money” funding in Digital Humanities — and how its not such a bad thing.
- Mark Sample on the “Death of the Digital Humanities Center” in an economically-uncertain time. “My own experience tells me that it’s usually a marginalized field, using new methodologies, producing hard-to-classify work, heavily interdisciplinary, challenging many entrenched institutional forces, and subject to an endless number of brutal personal and professional territorial battles. American Studies, Cultural Studies, Folklore Studies. It’s happened to them all.”