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Traversing Digital Boundaries: Collaborations and Strategies for Digital Humanities in the 21st Century

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1Digital Humanities-Library Partnerships: Research Collaborations for Innovative ScholarshipJennifer Guiliano

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at the University of South Carolina explores innovative and experimental approaches to research, education, preservation, and public programs for the interdisciplinary field of digital humanities.

Reaching across institutions, colleges, disciplines, and departments, CDH initiates, nurtures, and assists in the development and deployment of computational resources, collaborative tools, and educational programming.3Defining Digital HumanitiesDigital Humanities (DH) scholarship uses critical thinking skills that blend humanistic inquiry and problem solving with an understanding of digital technologies to explore complex research issues in humanities and computer science disciplines. DH encompasses: understanding basic tool-based development and designexecuting text analysis on large-scale data setsestablishing image comparison analyticsadvanced visualization including simulation and modelingthe ability to execute mapping through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) visualizationslaunching and analyzing social networkscompleting new media/ web 2.0 digital materials including research environmentsstructuring projects for high performance computingdata digitization, collection, and managementdigital repositoriessemantic knowledge and collaborative software. Challenges to DH-Library PartnershipsCompeting PlatformsThe Silo Effort: replicationDisciplinary Thinking: Replicating traditional methods of research and learning within the digital environment (Doing what you know rather than what you could know)

Shakespeare Quartos---partnership of the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford, the British Library, the University of Edinburgh Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, and the National Library of Scotland. online collection reproducing at least one copy of every edition of William Shakespeares plays printed in quarto before the theatres closed in 1642.7

Handheld Art for Public Education9

The organization of collections is inherent in the way that research is framed; that such organization of knowledge bounds the way that research is then undertaken, and that challenges to conceptual boundaries begin with the organization of source material.

Caroline Levander, Rice University

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)Levander, pg. 511

Strategies for Digital Humanities-Library PartnershipsStrategy #1: Identify Collection StrengthsWhat are our most visited collections?Surveying Researchers: What questions are they asking? How are they asking them?Digital Cyber-environments for Research or why APIs are our friends

14Strategy #2: Communicating EffectivelyPublic profiles: reports, presentations, and conversationsLeverage local, national, and international resourcesDocument your work and PROMOTE IT!

Strategy #3: Building Community Networking within your discipline and across others (professional and cultural organizations)Moving beyond the local by thinking nationally and internationallyVirtual Organizations as research communitiesPick a Random Conference and Attend it.

Reliquiae Ravenelanae explores the family life, business pursuits, and natural history interests of South Carolina planter, botanist, and agricultural writer Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887). Reuniting over 6,000 botanical specimens collected by Ravenel with 12 field journals and other primary source materials, Reliquiae Ravenelanae provides a cyberenvironment for the research and teaching of 19th century botany and life through the experience of Henry William Ravenel.17How does CDH work with others?Project DevelopmentTechnology Research ExpertiseEducation and TrainingCollaborative Engagement (Dating for DH)Computational ResourcesConceptualize, design, and manage researchTechnology expertise: solutions for image, data analytics, database design, front-end interface, gaming and mobile platformWebsite/web 2.0

18Contact Ushttp://[email protected] on twitterCenter for Digital Humanities at the University of South Carolina on facebook

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