first issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly

When I visited Brown at the end of last year, I talked to Julia Flanders about the upcoming first issue of the new journal Digital Humanities Quarterly, and I happy that it has now been ‘released’. Actually, DHQ has a more fluid release strategy, and articles will be added continuously. The journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License, which is great. It is also relies on XML coding, and the editors encourage the use of multimodal expression. In the editorial, they point out that DHQ should be seen as an experiment, and I am looking forward to seeing how DHQ develops over time. This is the table of contents for the first issue:

Welcome to Digital Humanities Quarterly
Julia Flanders, Brown University; Wendell Piez, Mulberry Technologies, Inc.; Melissa Terras, University College London

Interpretative Quests in Theory and Pedagogy
Jeff Howard, University of Texas, Austin

Webs of Significance: The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project, New Technology, and the Democratization of History
Drew VandeCreek, Northern Illinois University Libraries

Encoding for Endangered Tibetan Texts
Linda E. Patrik, Department of Philosophy, Union College

Reading Potential: The Oulipo and the Meaning of Algorithms
Mark Wolff, Hartwick College

Introducing Issues in Humanities Computing
Joseph Raben, Queens College, City University of New York

Tenure, Promotion and Digital Publication
Joseph Raben, Queens College, City University of New York

Philosophy and Digital Humanities: A review of Willard McCarty, Humanities Computing (London and NY: Palgrave, 2005)
Johanna Drucker, University of Virginia

I have had a quick look at some of the articles, and in particular, I enjoyed Johanna Drucker’s review and Jeff Howard’s article. In general, there is a strong humanities computing slant to the articles presented in the first issue. Howard’s article, however, stands out from that point of view. I would have appreciated a more thorough discussion of tenure, promotion and digital publication (Jospeh Rabben’s piece), but hopefully that will come in future articles. Also, most of the articles are rather textual. Wolff’s and Patrik’s articles employ quite a few images (these two articles seem to come out misaligned on both my laptop and office desktop – IE 7), and throughout, there is a fair bit (but not excessive) linking.

On the whole, I am very hopeful about DHQ, and I think it has the potential to fulfill a very important function bridging traditional computing and other varities of digital humanities. Also, I am attracted by the willingness to experiment with the format, include multimodal representation, and facilitate collaborative affordances (they talk about including commenting and a blog among other things).