"Humanities Commons Launches Mastodon Server Open to Scholars"


In response to community requests and our own recognition of the potential in this moment, we are launching hcommons.social, a Mastodon server open to all scholars (which we take to include: researchers, librarians, instructors, students, staff and anyone else with an active interest in research and education.) While we expect this space to lean Humanities-heavy, we leave it up to users whether it feels like the place they want to be. To start, there will be no limit on sign-ups, though we will review that policy over time as we learn more about the costs and overhead of managing the server.

https://cutt.ly/qN704oa

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"Boundaries, Extensions, and Challenges of Visualization for Humanities Data: Reflections on Three Cases"


This paper discusses problems of visualizing humanities data of various forms, such as video data, archival data, and numeric-oriented social science data, with three distinct case studies. By describing the visualization practices and the issues that emerged from the process, this paper uses the three cases to each identify a pertinent question for reflection. More specifically, I reflect on the difficulty, thoughts, and considerations of choosing the most effective and sufficient forms of visualization to enhance the expression of specific cultural and humanities data in the projects. Discussions in this paper concern some questions, such as, how do the multi-modality of humanities and cultural data challenge the understanding, roles, and functions of visualizations, and more broadly, visual representations in humanities research? What do we lose of the original data by visualizing them in those projects? How to balance the benefits and disadvantages of visual technologies to display complex, unique, and often culturally saturated humanities datasets.

https://arxiv.org/abs/2210.03630

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"The Emerging Digital Infrastructure for Research in the Humanities"


This article advances the thesis that three decades of investments by national and international funders, combined with those of scholars, technologists, librarians, archivists, and their institutions, have resulted in a digital infrastructure in the humanities that is now capable of supporting end-to-end research workflows. . . . The capabilities of the infrastructure remain unevenly distributed within and across disciplines, institutions, and regions. Moreover, the components, including the links between steps in the workflow, are generally far from user-friendly and seamless in operation. Because further refinements and additional capacities are still much needed, the article concludes with a discussion of key priorities for future work.

https://doi.org/10.1007/s00799-022-00332-3

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Paywall: "Where Are They Now? The 2020 Status of Early (1996–2003) Online Digital Humanities Projects and an Analysis of Institutional Factors Correlated to Their Survival"

"A study of fifty-nine websites created with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Education Development and Demonstration program 1996–2003 reveals a different situation. The data show that 68% of these websites remained online for free use in September, 2020, suggesting an online lifespan of approximately eleven to sixteen years."

https://doi.org/10.1515/pdtc-2022-0011

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