Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities

I am currently doing some working on cyberinfrastructure/e-science for the humanities that will hopefully turn into an article relatively soon. I am interested in conceptual cyberinfrastructure as well as actual implementations and critical perspectives on the discourse of cyberinfrastructure and e-science for the Humanities. There are some interesting tensions here: models based in the sciences and engineering (seemingly being part of a ‘new’ wave of infrastructure discourse of funding), the epistemic commitments of some of the models being put forward (e.g. a library and collection centric model), sometimes uncritical matching of computing and visualization resources and grand visions/hope for considerable impact in the humanities, and a downplay of existing /cyber/infrastructure in the Humanities (or pointing to the simple ‘digitalization’ of existing resources).  One of the good things about the cyberinfrastructure and e-science discourse is a broader sense of what is incuded in infrastructure – more context if you want (middleware, people etc).

Here are some resources:

Revolutionizing Science and Engineering through Cyberinfrastructure. NSF. 2003. Atkins et al. Pdf available here.

Our Cultural Commonwealth: The Report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 2006. Pdf available here.

The Future of Scholarly Communication: Building the Infrastructure for Cyberscholarship. Workshop report. NSF, JISC. William Y. Arms and Ronald L. Larsen. 2007. Pdf available here.

Cyberinfrastructure For Us All: An Introduction to Cyberinfrastructure and the Liberal Arts. David Green. Academic Commons. 2007. Part of a special issue on the topic. Available here.

“Changing the Center of Gravity: Transforming Classical Studies Through Cyberinfrastructure”. Digital Humanities Quarterly issue. Available here.

“The Institutional Challenges of Cyberinfrastructure and E-Research”. Clifford Lynch, Educause. 2008. Available here.

Exploring E-science: An introduction. Nicholas W. Jankowski. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 12(2), 2007. Special issue theme. Available here.

Needs of the 3D Visualization Community. Anna Bentkowska-Kafel. 2007. Pdf available here.

Digitial Humanities Centers as Cyberinfrastructure. John Unsworth. 2007. Available here.

Scholarship in the Digital Age. Information, Infrastructure and the Internet. Christine L. Borgman. 2007. MIT Press.

Scientific Collaboration on the Internet (MIT Press 2008). Olsen et al.

Of course, I am very interested in actual implementations as well, and in the article I use HUMlab as a case study. I did quite a bit of work on cyberinfrastructure a couple of years ago. Here is a talk at UCSD from 2006 (Cyberinfrastructure Institute) for instance: “Bringing Cyberinfrastructures together:Studio spaces, multiplex visualization and creative interaction” – stream and slides. Also, the current expansion of HUMlab is very relevant in this context and not least actual use. Being away right now I missed the the Independent game evening event. Reports very welcome as as well as photos! Also, if anyone knows about additional useful cyberinfrastructure/e-science resources for the Humanities (or more generally), feel free to comment/contact me.

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3 Responses to Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities

  1. sakj says:

    Interesting list with references for literature in cyberinfrastructure! Maybe one additional could be New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production: Understanding E-science edited by Christine Hine?

  2. Patrik says:

    Thanks! I actually have Hine’s book (but not here). Will add it to the list.

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