Session 3: Supporting other people’s DH projects with Meg (1:30-2:20)

  • Supporting other people’s DH projects with Meg
    • At times its hard to stay connected with other projects because of the size of a university
    • What do you do when there are a diversity of documents when they are in a wide array of languages?
    • How, as a librarian, can she help support other projects?
      • Reaching out to other projects
      • There is an interest in how information is dispersed without going to things outside your work
    • WE NEED A DIGITAL HUMANITIES “RIDE BOARD”
      • Postings asking other to contribute to their projects
        • Libraries are not the best way of doing this
          • What is the genesis of something like this?
          • What should be recorded
            • Skill level
            • Type of project
          • What do we want?
            • Inclusiveness and accessibility
              • Needs to be open to people who aren’t just digital humanists too
              • Need to look OUTSIDE of academia
                • Not everyone feels welcome in academia
              • Needs to project based and goal based
            • Who will maintain the repository of information?
              • People are enthusiastic but its up to the professional groups who will maintain it
                • Responsibility of the organization to foster the idea
              • Who will be the person who funds this?
            • Could it be “service” to the profession?
              • Problem: work can be seen as service only and not research
              • People don’t want to invest the time unless it will benefit their career
            • Puzzle between getting funding, sustaining it all, getting the people to contribute
            • A lot of responsibility to be in charge of digital projects because of the migration element
            • Maintenance of the site is the most important thing to think about
            • DH commons
              • Developed out of a THATCamp (list of projects and collaborators)
                • About collaboration availability
                  • How do you ensure meaningful participation
                    • Marketing and evaluation
                      • Google analytics is a way to do this
                    • Funding
                      • Kickstarter
                        • Not like grant money from an institution that is exempt from taxes
                      • Local historical associations
                        • Successful at getting grants (considering they still exist)
                      • Libraries may be helpful for this (great resource!)
                      • Universities and academia are having problems because there is a need for marketing but academia is against it
                    • How are projects found?
                      • Marketing and outreach is needed on the creators part to get the word out
                      • Most useful is stepping out of your fields/institutions/cultures/etc
                    • The best way to support other projects is to find out about them!!
                      • But the ability to do serendipitous finding of programs is very difficult
                    • Database for projects
                      • Database that remains static is needed
                        • ORCID (project)
                          • Similar to DOI
                          • There would be too many dead links
                          • Someone would need to be responsible for maintaining it
                            • Academics are overworked and don’t have time
                              • Need to create meaningful and ongoing engagement
                            • Engagement is based on interest and passion
                            • Who would partake in this project?
                              • Grad students?
                                • Have it be required for class?
                                  • Who will review their postings?

 

Categories: Uncategorized |
Profile photo of Angela Spidalette

About Angela Spidalette

I am a junior at the George Washington University studying archaeology and classical studies. I have participated in projects such as the Lodz Ghetto Project through the USHMM and the Smithsonian Transcription Center. Furthermore, I find the digitization of museum collections very interesting.