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The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)
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The Canonically Bad (Digital) Humanities Proposal (and how to avoid it)

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My doubtless-faulty memory of a memorable talk by Chris Mackie, formerly of the Mellon Foundation.

My doubtless-faulty memory of a memorable talk by Chris Mackie, formerly of the Mellon Foundation.

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  • 1. BAD(Digital)Humanities Proposal(and how to avoid it)TheCanonically
  • 2. Background photo: “bamboo maze,” Jun AOYAMA, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jam343/2560663/, CC-BYHey, Mellon.Why don’t youhave a websitelinking to all thedigital projectsyou’ve funded?Chris Mackie
  • 3. Background photo: “bamboo maze,” Jun AOYAMA, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jam343/2560663/, CC-BYWe can’t.Almost all ofthem are gonewithout a trace.Chris Mackie
  • 4. WHYmight that be?
  • 5. Background photo: “bamboo maze,” Jun AOYAMA, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jam343/2560663/, CC-BYNo planning forpost-Mellonexistence.No discussionwith librarians ortechnologists.Chris Mackie
  • 6. BAD(Digital)Humanities ProposalTheCanonically
  • 7. Photo: “book shelf project 2 ~ striatic {notes},” hobvias sudoneighm, http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/730978/, CC-BYHey, Mellon.We’ve got stuff!Stuff somebodycares about. Somewhere.
  • 8. that wewant toPhoto: “of an evening,” Bill Tozier, http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguery/3498219743/, CC-BY
  • 9. We want itto bePhoto: “Open,” John Martinez Pavliga, http://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualsugar/316200555/, CC-BY
  • 10. exceptis some kind ofcommie plotPhoto: “Open,” John Martinez Pavliga, http://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualsugar/316200555/, CC-BY
  • 11. but we hearyou like that kindof thing, so...Photo: “Open,” John Martinez Pavliga, http://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualsugar/316200555/, CC-BY
  • 12. We’ll do this awhole new way!Because everywheel needsreinventing!Photo: “Black Opel / Vauxhall Astra G Tuning by WillVision,” WillVision Photography, http://www.flickr.com/photos/willvision/2108844874/, CC-BY
  • 13. So fork it over,Mellon!Photo: “Money Hand Holding Bankroll Girls February 08, 20117,” Steven Depolo, http://www.flickr.com/photos/10506540@N07/5437288053/, CC-BY
  • 14. WHAT’Swrongwith this picture?
  • 15. Tales of Terror!• I will pass out stories about poor data management.• Videos on DHWI wiki: http://mith.umd.edu/dhwiwiki/• Your job: WHAT WENT WRONG?• Assess and report out (4 minutes max):• What are/were the data at issue?• What went wrong (or could go wrong) with the data-handling?• What are the consequences of the poor data-handling to the research? Theresearcher?• Could this problem have been avoided? How?• What kind(s) of humanist research could this problem happen to?• More horror stories• http://pinboard.in/u:dsalo/t:horrorstories

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