Category: digital humanities

Is there such a thing as Digital Humanities? 

At this year’s ALPSP annual conference (Windsor, October 2018), there was an entertaining session called “What’s New in Digital Humanities”. Of the three speakers, one was by Peter Berkery, the Director of the Association of University Presses, one by an academic, Paul Spence – a …

Perhaps academic publishing needs two cultures

 

Academic publishing is all about science, and specifically life science. This was clear from a presentation at Academic Publishing in Europe, in Berlin, last week. Caroline Edwards, a literature lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London, argued for a specific humanities publishing approach, and …

The difference between science and humanities research

David Crotty posted a fascinating article on Scholarly Kitchen  last week, highlighting a fundamental difference between scientific and humanities academic publishing.  His argument related to open-access publishing, but this simply highlights the distinction between the two kinds of activity. Is that distinction justified?

The difference …

Europeana creates a business strategy

 

Europeana, the EU-funded digital “library” (although it is more a discovery service than a library), has released its business plan for the next five years. The document is excellently designed and produced, but contains little in the way of a business plan. The section …

Should a library be a publisher?

 

Okerson & Holzman 2015

 

A report by Ann Okerson and Alex Holzman (July 2015) published by CLIR was awarded the 2016 Library Publishing Coalition award for outstanding scholarship. The report looks at libraries as publishers – not just of catalogues, but of original scholarly works. One 2015 …

Digital humanities: the real revolution

Glancing vaguely at a mildly interesting book on the shelf: 50 literature ideas you really need to know, by John Sutherland, I started to think about what has changed in the last 30 years or so of studying literature. Judging by Sutherland’s book, terms like …

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