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:

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

Articles
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

Reviews
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).

Christopher Witmore on located media and the question of manifestation in archaeology

Today at 13.15 CET Christopher Witmore from Brown University will be speaking in the lab. His talk is entitled, “Located media and the question of manifestation in archaeology”.

As usual, if you can’t attend in person, you can still participate through the stream and chat.
 (The stream will not be available until the seminar starts.)

More about Christopher and his first day in Sweden can be found in Patrik’s post.

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Chris Witmore in the lab

Today I picked Christopher Witmore up at the airport. It is great to have him visit Umeå and HUMlab. I have met him twice before – once at Stanford and once at Brown – and I really appreciate his energetic presence and high-quality work. The only checked-in piece he had with him was a snowboard.

He will do a talk at the archeology department tomorrow, and a seminar in HUMlab on Tuesday. The title of the HUMlab seminar is “Located media and the question of manifestation in archaeology”. Time: 1.15 pm CET, April 3.

Located media are modes of engagement tailor made for a specific
place. Located media play upon mixed sensory realities in the
evocation of particular presence effects, understandings or
associations. Located media are deployed via mobile interfaces: miniDV
cameras, video iPods, broadband cell phone, etc.

From heritage sites in Greece to excavations in Providence, RI; from a
granite circle by Richard Long to a site-specific sculpture by Patrick
Dougherty; this presentation shares a series of experiments with
located media over the past five years. It argues that located media
challenge how we manifest the past (as place-events) and, in so doing,
it reconfigures the types of pasts we transport with us into the
future.

The seminar will be live streamed (link will be added here later), and there will be a chat room.

Chris’ visit here is also part of ongoing collaboration between HUMlab, Stanford and Brown. I am also looking forward to be discussing the planned HUMlab Wiki with Chris. He has considerable experience of making nice-looking and media-rich wikis, and I have been thinking of having a HUMlab wiki as part of the HUMlab media ecology: an open, lab-based wiki (not necessarily project based).

Chris will be here Monday and Tuesday, and he will be around in the lab at least part of that time. Feel free to approach him in the lab, or add a comment to this blog entry.