About Digital Scholarship
Lisa Spiro’s article in the first number of the Journal of Digital Humanities is one of the best–if not the best–on the topic. It is full of resources, each under a heading that offers practical advice like “Determine what goals or questions motivate you.” The article arises out of a presentation that she gave for the Great Lakes College Association (GLAC), and the slides for that talk can be found here. It’s worth reiterating the value of the CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide overall, and worth making a special gesture toward the collection of DH Syllabi found there. Of course it’s hard to have a comprehensive list of even one kind of resource given the pace of good scholarship in the field, but we might to the ist of journals in her article/presentation DH+Lib and Hybrid Pedagogy. Additionally, this seems like a fine place to mention Digital Humanities Now, which offers a constant stream of the digital scholarship happening now.
This article by Jennifer L. Adams and Kevin B. Gunn for the College and Research Libraries News is another great starting point with a great many categories. It has some overlap with Spiro’s resource above, so you might start with Spiro and then come to this to skim for the material that was not covered in “Getting Started in DH.”
“Hacking,” in digital scholarship, is about making something your own: adapting, revising, rebuilding, and resubmitting, say, a lesson plan, for use by and wit others. Here we see how digital scholarship is reshaping what we’ve recognized traditionally as “the academy.” Hacking is a great collection of articles that were assembled in an unconventional way: they were crowdsourced and put together in a week (edited, of course). The “Introductions” section–Editors’ Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt’s “Preface” and Tad Suiter’s piece “Why Hacking?”–is a fine place to start before you begin sampling the other 32 (!) articles.
This is a space for resources created and collected as a part of a program at the University of Washington, and although some of it is UW-specific, much of it has universal utility for folks interested in digital scholarship. The goal of the project, as stated on the site, “is to develop curriculum materials that provide a non-threatening starting point for DH self-development.” You can browse the updates to the site (subscribe to the RSS feed!), or you can go straight to some really helpful resources, among them a post on “What Digital Humanists Do”, a set of slides> from a presentation entitled “What is DH and Why Does it Matter?”, and a brief-ish glossary of terms used in and in reference to digital scholarship.
“Tooling Up” has some specific tools with which it’s concerned, but it’s much more about digital scholarship. Arranged by topics, this resource from Stanford has short articles on the major topics in digital scholarship: Virtual You (about online identities and plugging into the larger conversations), Digitization, Text Analysis, Spatial Analysis, Databases, Pedagogy, and Data Visualizations. The “Further Reading” sections found under each of these topics are phenomenal resources.
Digital Humanities (open access edition).
Written by Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld,Todd Presner, and Jefferey Schnapp, this is a comprehensive exploration of digital humanities by practitioners whose expertise ranges across all aspects of the field: