Digital innovations have been contributing to dramatic revisions in the practices of teaching, research, and publications in disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences for at least the past five years. And whilst the implications of such innovations may have once remained marginal—especially to humanities disciplines—they are becoming ever more pervasive. These changes go far beyond the effects of social media and new devices.
Geographic information has long been central to disciplines ranging from anthropology to zoology, and many scholars are beginning to use digital tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) and other geospatial technologies to ask and answer a range of spatial questions. This talk will highlight issues of data preservation, peer review, data copyright, and community access, among others. I will share examples from numerous institutions of higher education and discuss maps that have been published online, in print, and at conferences.
Peer review is the sine qua non of the academy: we use it in nearly everything we do, and cannot imagine what scholarship would be without it. But for such a crucial component of the ways that we work, none of us are wholly satisfied with it, either. Moreover, conventional forms of peer review are often misaligned with the kinds of open scholarship being produced in the digital humanities.
What are the challenges of creating an archive for a multi-generational African American community, two-thirds of whose residents were displaced by urban renewal in the 1970s and 1980s? What roles can and should a digital archive play in documenting, conserving, and making available historic resources to current and former community members?
A workshop discussion, based on "Toward Modeling the Social Edition: An Approach to Understanding the Electronic Scholarly Edition in the Context of New and Emerging Social Media" (accepted for publication in Literary and Linguistic Computing) and A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS. BL Add 17,492 (forthcoming from Iter and Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies: Toronto and Tempe; current social texts at http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/The_Devonshire_Manuscript)
As liberal arts institutions search for sustainable strategies for enhancing learning in the digital age, individual scholars are also looking for new modes of communication amid rapid changes in the publishing industry, academic libraries, and intellectual practice. Our panel bridges these conversations by featuring three rich examples of multi-authored, open-access publications.
3D modeling offers new possibilities for exploring both movement and change through time at historic places. With increasingly sophisticated modeling technologies, we can now virtually walk through ancient sites in "real time" and trace architectural and artistic changes over hundreds of years.