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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