[globaloutlookDH-l] Visibility of Research: What can DH do to help?

Alex Gil colibri.alex at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 06:33:52 MDT 2014

Networking any new friends with us sounds like a good solid first step!

Safe travels, Ernesto.


On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 5:21 AM, Ernesto Priego <efpriego at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> This Saturday I am flying to Kenya to participate in the Workshop on the
> Discoverability of African Scholarship Online organised by the OpenUCT
> Initiative and Carnegie Corporation (some info at
> http://openuct.uct.ac.za/events/workshop-discoverability-african-scholarship-online).
> As the workshop's documentation states it,
> The requirement by funders and research agencies that open access outputs
>> not only be online, but also that content be curated and archived in
>> repositories and databases with associated metadata in line with
>> international best practice, additionally means that the content generated
>> by the North will generally be shared in a fashion that facilitates optimal
>> findability and interoperability.
>> Visibility and interoperability with other online platforms and databases
>> is crucial not only in terms of boosting access to knowledge, but also in
>> facilitating new forms of digital and inter-disciplinary research that are
>> made possible through text mining and federated search functionality. The
>> growing divide in content visibility and curation is therefore also highly
>> undesirable in that it threatens to decrease the scope of the global
>> knowledge corpus by virtue of the fact that knowledge from certain parts of
>> the world will be less likely to have been curated and shared in line with
>> the international protocols that facilitate content exchange and digital
>> scholarship.
> [...]
> There is evidence that individual African scholars have taken the
>> initiative of establishing their own websites and promoting academic output
>> online through personal or disciplinary-oriented channels. Undertaking
>> research, digitising the outputs (or even having them 'born digital' in
>> original electronic form) and putting these online is however not
>> sufficient. Some strategy is required in order to approach the exercise in
>> an efficient and cost effective manner so that research can be visible,
>> discoverable and communicated in order to create and maximise value. These
>> activities require specific competencies and activities which have only
>> come into being in recent years; while rapidly emerging globally, they are
>> generally in short supply or still largely unknown amongst many African
>> academics, and to some extent within institutions as a whole.
> I am particularly keen in having a conversation about the importance of
> networks when it comes to creating a critical mass if not a culture of
> research sharing. The evolution of free/affordable technologies that
> enhance access, dissemination, archiving/harvesting, citation and
> measurement of research has been fast in many developed economies, but
> their adoption in other countries and cultures is not without challenges
> (and opportunities) of all kinds. The burden of the individual researcher
> to enhance the visibility of his/her individual research can be a full time
> occupation for which a particularly privileged setting/working/social
> conditions and technical expertise is often needed.
> I am sharing with you these thoughts because I am interested in what role
> the digital humanities can play in this context. Are DH research
> projects/outputs merely a subgroup of all research subject to online
> discoverability, or are the digital humanities a potentially key player in
> the development of strategies to make research visible and accessible
> online? Is the development of technologies and strategies to enhance the
> discoverability, accessibility, sustainability, preservation etc. of
> [particularly social sciences, arts and humanities] research?
> I believe that the "global" digital humanities face some of the same
> challenges as African reseachers in terms of getting the work to be seen,
> cited, recognised, and in terms of being able to create international
> networks, access funding and other research development opportunities, etc.
> Any thoughts from you will be incredibly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
> All the best,
> Ernesto
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