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

Ernesto Priego efpriego at gmail.com
Wed Mar 19 02:16:55 MDT 2014


Thank you Isabel and Alex. The workshop was last week. I came back from
Nairobi on Wednesday night. The materials I shared are outcomes from the
workshop.

Best

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On Mar 18, 2014 7:37 PM, "igalina" <igalina at unam.mx> wrote:

>  Hola Ernesto,
>
> Hope you manage to read this in time.
>
> You mention:
>
> "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?"
>
>
>  From experience here in Mexico, and Latin America in general, I think
> that it is more likely that formal digital publishing outputs (in
> particular research articles) are more likely to be of interest than DH
> projects/outputs that tend to takes shapes and forms that decision makers
> and evaluators are not sure how to deal with.  In this sense DH
> projects/outputs can be key players in challenging notions of what academic
> research production can look like, but 'authorities' (can't find a better
> word but I mean the people that approve a project and give you funding or
> support) tend to like things that they recognize. So DH project/outputs
> have a double challenge, they are digital and they are not familiar. So
> online discoverability projects tend to focus on journal articles above
> all. Key Latin American projects such as Redalyc, Scielo, Latindex to name
> a few are all based on journal publishing.  In the past few years there has
> been an increasing interest in the publication of ebooks, which are more
> related to the Humanities, but again more in the formal publishing line.
>  DH projects/outputs still tend to be individual initiatives with little or
> no institutional back up and placed on personal web space or on the
> institutional website but in an informal manner.
>
>
>  Hope this is useful and looking forward to hearing your report from
> Kenya.
>
> Best,
>
> Isabel
>
>
>
>
>  ----------
> Dra. Isabel Galina Russell
> Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas,
> Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
> igalina at unam.mx
> @igalina
>   ------------------------------
> *De:* globaloutlookdh-l <globaloutlookdh-l-bounces at uleth.ca> en nombre de
> Alex Gil <colibri.alex at gmail.com>
> *Enviado:* martes, 18 de marzo de 2014 06:33 a.m.
> *Para:* A list for participants in the ADHO DH Global Outlook Community
> *Asunto:* Re: [globaloutlookDH-l] Visibility of Research: What can DH do
> to help?
>
>  Networking any new friends with us sounds like a good solid first step!
>
>  Safe travels, Ernesto.
>
>  a.
>
>
> 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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