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  • Digital Technology and the Practices of

    Humanities Research

    Edited by Jennifer Edmond


    © 2020 Jennifer Edmond. Copyright of individual chapters is maintained by the chapters’ authors.

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  • Contents

    Acknowledgements ix Notes on the Contributors xi

    1. Introduction: Power, Practices, and the Gatekeepers of Humanistic Research in the Digital Age


    Jennifer Edmond

    The Impact of Collaboration 13 Evaluators as Gatekeepers 14 Publishers as Gatekeepers 16 This Volume’s Contribution 18 Bibliography 19

    2. Publishing in the Digital Humanities: The Treacle of the Academic Tradition


    Adriaan van der Weel and Fleur Praal

    The Functions of Scholarly Publishing in the Print Paradigm 25 Transferring the Functions of Publishing to the Digital Medium


    Dissemination 31 Registration 34 Certification 38 Archiving 40 Conclusions 41 Bibliography 44

    3. Academic Publishing: New Opportunities for the Culture of Supply and the Nature of Demand


    Jennifer Edmond and Laurent Romary

    Introduction 49 The Place of the Book in Humanities Communication 52 Scholarly Reading and Browsing 55

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    Old and New Ways to Share Knowledge 58 The Evaluator as an Audience for Scholarship 62

    Barriers to Change, and Opportunities 63 Research Data and the Evolving Communications Landscape


    Conclusions 72 Bibliography 75

    4. The Impact of Digital Resources 81 Claire Warwick and Claire Bailey-Ross

    Understanding and Measuring Impact 82 Commercial Impact 91 Media and Performance 92 Cultural Heritage 93 Policy Impact 96 Limitations of the REF Case Studies 96 Conclusions 98 Bibliography 99

    5. Violins in the Subway: Scarcity Correlations, Evaluative Cultures, and Disciplinary Authority in the Digital Humanities


    Martin Paul Eve

    Judging Excellence and Academic Hiring and Tenure 107 The Diverse Media Ecology of Digital Humanities 112 Strategies for Changing Cultures: Disciplinary Segregation, Print Simulation, and Direct Economics


    Bibliography 119

    6. ‘Black Boxes’ and True Colour — A Rhetoric of Scholarly Code


    Joris J. van Zundert, Smiljana Antonijević, and Tara L. Andrews

    Introduction 123 Background 125 Methodology 131 Experiences 134

    Inventio — The Impetus for DH Researchers to Code 134 Dispositio — How Coding Constructs Argument 137 Elocutio — Coding Style, Aesthetics of Code 141 Memoria — The Interaction between Code and Theory 143 Actio — The Presentation and Reception of DH Codework 146

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    Conclusions 150 Recommendations 152 Appendix 6.A: Survey Questions 157 Bibliography 158

    7. The Evaluation and Peer Review of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities: Experiences, Discussions, and Histories


    Julianne Nyhan

    Introduction 163 Experiences and Discussion of Evaluation c. 1963–2001 167 Individual and Group Experiences of Making Digital Scholarship


    What Should Be Evaluated? 170 Which Evaluative Criteria? 172 Organising the Peer Review Process 173 Implicit Peer Review 174 Conclusion 177 Bibliography 179

    8. Critical Mass: The Listserv and the Early Online Community as a Case Study in the Unanticipated Consequences of Innovation in Scholarly Communication


    Daniel Paul O’Donnell

    The Listserv as Case Study 185 You’ve got Mail 186 The LISTSERV Revolution 188 The Invisible Seminar 189 The Invisible Water-Cooler 191 What Is It that an Academic Mailing List Disrupts? 195 Online Communities vs Learned Societies 198 Same as it Ever Was? Looking Backwards and Forwards 200 Conclusion 202 Bibliography 203

    9. Springing the Floor for a Different Kind of Dance: Building DARIAH as a Twenty-First-Century Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities


    Jennifer Edmond, Frank Fischer, Laurent Romary, and Toma Tasovac

    Introduction: What’s in a Word? 207 But What Is Research Infrastructure? 210

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    Infrastructures as Knowledge Spaces 212 Why Do the Arts and Humanities Need Research Infrastructure?


    History of a New Model of RI Development 216 The Activities of the DARIAH ERIC 221 The DARIAH Marketplace 222 DARIAH Working Groups 225 Policy and Foresight 225 Training, Education, Skills, and Careers 226 Conclusions (and a Few Concerns) 227 Appendix 9.A: Definitions of Research Infrastructure 230 Bibliography 232

    10. The Risk of Losing the Thick Description: Data Management Challenges Faced by the Arts and Humanities in the Evolving FAIR Data Ecosystem


    Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra

    Realising the Promises of FAIR within Discipline-Specific Scholarly Practices


    A Cultural Knowledge Iceberg, Submerged in an Analogue World


    Legal Problems that Are Not Solely Legal Problems 239 The Risk of Losing the Thick Description upon the Remediation of Cultural Heritage


    The Scholarly Data Continuum 247 Data in Arts and Humanities — Still a Dirty Word? 250 The Critical Mass Challenge and the Social Life of Data 251 The Risk of Losing the Thick Description — Again 255 Conclusions: On our Way towards a Truly FAIR Ecosystem for the Arts and Humanities


    Bibliography 263

    Index 267

  • Acknowledgements

    First and foremost, the editor of this volume would like to thank the European Science Foundation for making possible both the original working group along with its meetings, and this open access publication. The NeDiMAH network continues to be a point of reference for scholars who are exploring not just how to use digital methods in the humanities and what it means to do this, but also what is at stake in the digital turn for our diverse and yet interconnected disciplines.

    It would be remiss not to also thank the participants in the NeDiMAH events: their contributions to that early discussion are woven into the fabric of this volume and the issues it pursues. In particular, I would like to thank the Zadar meeting group: Linda Bree, Emma Clarke, Marin Dacos, Bianca Gualandi, Angela Holzer, Christina Kamposiori, Eva Kekou, Camilla Leathem, Francesca Morselli, Claudine Moulin, Alex O’Connor, Franjo Pehar, and Susan Reilly. Their collective and enthusiastic commitment to capturing a multidisciplinary and multisectoral snapshot of the shifts occurring in the communications landscape of the arts and humanities remain astonishingly relevant even after so many years. Finally, I am grateful to the many authors of this work who have either been required to show great patience with the slow development of the volume or work to very tight deadlines in order to bring its slow-growing content up to date. I include in this group those authors who were, for a number of reasons, unable to stay with the volume until the end, but whose drafts contributed to my own understanding of the institutional and individual issues in play. In particular, I would like to warmly thank Susan Schreibman for her early contributions in clarifying the focus of this volume and assembling an exciting panel of contributors and Laurence Taylor for his careful copyediting.

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