Global Digital Humanities: Qs for 3.26 class discussion

  • Propose 1-3 questions, based on the practicalities, goals, rationales, and/or challenges of global digital humanities and/or Dr. Gil’s own pathway and interventions on this score, in response to the course prep materials for this week. Links below.
  • Share those qs by adding them in the comments section to this post.
  • The questions should be ones that would be useful for us to discuss with Dr. Alex Gil, this week’s Intro to Digital Humanities visiting expert at 1:30 p.m. Thursday 3.26
  • We ask that you post them here by 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening 3.25 
Links: Course Prep for 3.24 & 3.26 (links on d2l as well):

6 thoughts on “Global Digital Humanities: Qs for 3.26 class discussion”

  1. I like the idea of minimal computing, but what does it look like practically? I am still having trouble grasping this after looking at your Global Outlook::Digital Humanities website.

    Could you explain how GO::DH is funded? I am curious to know if there are any interesting parties that have a stake in the program.

  2. Are there plans in the future to utilize the Global Outlook:: Digital Humanities website more in the future?
    Most items in the news section of the website are about election results for the group or for things that have already happened.

    The page for the Minimal Computing group looks interesting, but there is a lot of information that seems to be missing on that website. The challenge and tutorial pages are a great idea. What kind of tutorial or how-to videos would be uploaded to the Minimal Computing website?

  3. Hey Dr. Gil, huge honor to have you here!

    1. In your interview with Ernesto Priego, you divided History and Humanities into the three categories of computational methods, scholarly communications, and remediation and curation. Could you explain the deliberation that went into deciding these divisions? Also, how do you see these categories expanding and subdividing in the future (5 years, 20 years, etc)?

    2. As they saying goes, if you build it they will come. You’ve helped build it; have they come? How has the spread of digital humanities to modern humanists been facilitated, and how can it be improved?

    3. This is more personal curiosity: from someone as deeply integrated with the DH community as yourself to us, who have just found it, what are the major hurdles, whether internal or external, that the digital humanities are facing? How are they being approached?

  4. How can archivists, particularly citizen archivists, best remediate our past when most documents from the 20th century are under copyright protection?

    How can we make the idea of archiving, of being a citizen archivist, ‘sexy’ to today’s population? When I think of archives, the first thing I think of is dust. Related to that, what is the real practical use of extensive archives of seemingly trivial things? Is it anything more than just nostalgia?

  5. What do you consider participating versus just observing or consuming?

    How can you account for or prevent those who wish to corrupt data in a archiving project?

    Do you think Wikipedia is a good example of a sort of citizen archive or are there too many flaws to consider it useful?

  6. 1a. How do you truly believe that crowd sourcing historical transcription compromises the integrity of the material? (i.e. transcribing historical documents that could be cited within other historical material?)
    1b. What steps do you believe are necessary to ensure this material does not compromise the quality of the material?

    2. When do you see a majority of academia accepting this crowd-sourced material as “acceptable” to cite without fear of judgement within their community?

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