Tag Archive: collaboration
–[Proposals and areas of interest from participants as indicated on the THATCamp registration form.]–
As a Rare Books and Manuscripts librarian, I am interested in exploring how the materials held by special collections libraries are being mobilized for and integrated into digital humanities projects. In particular, I am interested in investigating:
a) collaboration between different special collections institutions and subject specialists on digital humanities projects [and, particularly, how we might best fulfill researchers' desire for pooled subject-oriented resources that span institutions]
b) the types of functionality that researchers in the humanities want from digitized books, manuscripts, and artifacts
c) the latest trends and tools in the digital humanities.
It his my hope that discussing these matters will help me generate better digital projects at my own library as well as forge productive partnerships with other THATCamp attendees.
In a recent whitepaper, “Divided and Conquered: How Multivarious Isolation Is Suppressing Digital Humanities Scholarship,” Quinn Dombrowski and I argued that isolation is a major challenge for the digital humanists, especially at the small liberal arts colleges that are members of the NITLE network, at primarily undergraduate institutions, or at other institutions without a digital humanities center. Isolation is especially problematic since much digital humanities work is collaborative. How can you effectively engage in digital humanities if you are the only digital humanist on your campus? I would be interested in a session that discusses how to combat isolation in the digital humanities.
This session might include successful strategies and remaining challenges. Regional THATCamps like this one help, as does social media. Currently, we are also working on a project to combat that isolation by developing a project registry to link potential project collaborators. DHCommons, short for Digital Humanities Commons, seeks to ameliorate the isolation that impacts digital humanists by developing an infrastructure that facilitates both collaboration and awareness of existing digital humanities projects. Although isolation from digital humanist colleagues and information about activities in the field is felt most acutely at smaller or non-research institutions that lack a digital humanities center, even scholars at institutions with well-supported centers may need reliable channels for connecting with potential collaborators beyond their institution, or discovering extramural projects without the resources for extensive outreach efforts. These disconnects between potential collaborators and existing projects result in duplicated effort. Rather than building on one another’s work or combining complimentary resource pools (e.g., skilled student labor on one side, and institutional funding on the other), scholars end up repeating or nearly repeating existing projects or redeveloping existing tools. To address these challenges, DHCommons will build an online project repository that provides faceted searching and browsing, where project leaders can post needs (e.g. technical assistance, beta testing, or content development), and potential collaborators can post their interests and availability. This tool will form the centerpiece of a larger effort to break down silos in the digital humanities community by changing practice. What silos do you see and how can we break them down?