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):

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

  1. What is the biggest challenge do you think digital humanities faces today?
    Are we as “tech-y” as we think we are?

  2. How do/did nomadic groups preserve their history considering most cultures merely practiced oral tradition? If only orally, how do we digitize this knowledge?

  3. In dh in 80 days there were multiple aspects of each culture that was more important than others. What do you think is the most important thing to digitize? (Folk lore, architecture, history, etc)

  4. In “Around DH in 80 Days” varying cultures attempt to preserve architecture, text, images, technologies, etc.: how does a culture decide what is most important to preserve, generally? As Americans, what would you consider the most important?

  5. What are the plans for the minimal computing group (A working group of GO::DH)?

    What were the results of the kickstarting workshop that took place on July 8th at the DH2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland? What were the answers to the questions the workshop was anticipated to answer? (“What is the current state of minimal computing in the DH community?” and “What will be done to further support minimal computing users within the DH community?”).

  6. Is group work integral to digital humanities? Does this have to do with the cross functionality inherent to the field? Does always working in groups ever create different answers from different disciplines, or conflict between studies?

  7. 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 (i.e. transcribing historical documents that could be cited within other historical material?)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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