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

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Mon Mar 24 12:25:29 MDT 2014


Me too. I'm extremely keen on developing contacts there.

On 14-03-24 09:26 AM, Alex Gil wrote:
> Thank you Ernesto for the materials. I finally had an opportunity to 
> read them.
>
> I like Øyvind's suggestion. I volunteer to help with such an 
> initiative. We have decent places to start. We have several 
> suggestions of projects on the AroundDH list 
> <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmgLcm5jfVhSdGlPNm1WQ0hRYjFTU1E5QnBDdlZMQWc&usp=drive_web#gid=12> 
> (added mostly by Amanda Visconti); we have the work of Titilola 
> Babalola who won our essay contest last year; South Africa has seen a 
> burst of activity, with E. Vanhoutte visiting lately and Leon de 
> Kock's advocacy work.
>
> I myself am in a partnership with Kwara State University in Nigeria 
> for a project on African Mother Tongues, which is just in its earliest 
> stages, and will keep the community abreast.
>
> In any case, count on me for the work ahead.
>
> A.
>
>
> On Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 7:10 AM, Øyvind Eide <oyvind.eide at iln.uio.no 
> <mailto:oyvind.eide at iln.uio.no>> wrote:
>
>     Dear Ernesto, and all,
>
>     Thank you for sharing the material which was very interesting to
>     look through. I am sorry I did not reply before the workshop; it
>     was due to heavy workload and not lack of interest, as you also
>     suggested.
>
>     I wonder how we as an international group could help establishing
>     better cooperation between DH researchers, students, and others in
>     various African countries without creating another external system
>     talking about Africa? I think a good starting point would be an
>     overview over DH on the continent. Does anyone know if any such
>     overviews exist? If not: any ideas for how to make one?
>
>     A next step would then be to invite people to take part in online
>     fora such as this one. But it would also be good if we were able
>     to set up or take part in one or more physical meetings -- talking
>     to people face to face is still important.
>
>     EADH (the European Association for Digital Humanities) supported
>     such activities in Japan in several years before the establishment
>     of JADH (the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities). We may
>     be able to provide some support for similar work in Africa as
>     well. It would have to happen in close cooperation with not only
>     GO:DH as a group, but also with groups and individuals in Africa
>     with a strong interest in the development in either national,
>     regional, or a continental organisation of some sort.
>
>     Any ideas for how to proceed? Any members of this list -- African
>     or from elsewhere -- who would be interested in discussing this
>     further?
>
>     Similar discussion should and already do take part in other parts
>     of the world of course -- the need for better cooperation is not
>     restricted to Africa. Also: if what I suggest here is already on
>     the way, please apologise for my lack of knowledge!
>
>
>     All the best,
>
>     Øyvind
>
>     On 19. mars 2014, at 09:16, Ernesto Priego wrote:
>
>     > 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
>     >
>     > Sent from my mobile
>     >
>     > On Mar 18, 2014 7:37 PM, "igalina" <igalina at unam.mx
>     <mailto: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 <mailto:igalina at unam.mx>
>     > @igalina
>     > De: globaloutlookdh-l <globaloutlookdh-l-bounces at uleth.ca
>     <mailto:globaloutlookdh-l-bounces at uleth.ca>> en nombre de Alex Gil
>     <colibri.alex at gmail.com <mailto: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 <mailto: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
>     >
>     >
>     > Dr Ernesto Priego
>     > Lecturer in Library Science
>     > #citylis City University London
>     >
>     > MediaCommons' THE NEW EVERYDAY is happy to announce the
>     publication of a cluster on
>     > THE MULTIMODALITY OF COMICS IN EVERYDAY LIFE,
>     > curated by Ernesto Priego of City University London and David N.
>     Wright of Douglas College.
>     >
>     http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/tne/cluster/multimodality-comics-everyday-life
>     >
>     > http://epriego.wordpress.com/  @ernestopriego
>     > Editor-in-Chief, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
>     http://www.comicsgrid.com/
>     > Subscribe to the Comics Grid Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/iOYAj
>     >
>     >
>     >
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