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The Case for Applied Digital Humanities in Scholarly Communications

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JSTOR Labs, a team at JSTOR that build experimental tools for research and teaching, sees itself somewhat as conducting "applied digital humanities." In this talk, I describe what I mean by that term and showcase examples of how the tools and methods from the digital humanities (or DH) have informed our work. I explain why publishers and other members of the scholarly communication community should consider applying DH tools and methods in their work, and I elucidate four themes to consider as they do so.

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The Case for Applied Digital Humanities in Scholarly Communications

  1. 1. @abhumphreys Alex Humphreys, JSTOR Labs The (or a) Case for Applied Digital Humanities in Scholarly Communications May 31, 2018 SSP 2018 Annual Meeting: Panel Discussion on the Digital Humanities
  2. 2. ITHAKA is a not-for-profit organization that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. JSTOR is a not-for-profit digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Ithaka S+R is a not-for-profit research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural, and publishing communities thrive in the digital environment. Portico is a not-for-profit preservation service for digital publications, including electronic journals, books, and historical collections. Artstor provides 2+ million high-quality images and digital asset management software to enhance scholarship and teaching.
  3. 3. JSTOR Labs works with partner publishers, libraries and labs to create tools for researchers, teachers and students that are immediately useful – and a little bit magical.
  4. 4. But, in a sense, what we do is: Applied Digital Humanities.
  5. 5. Portrait of a Scholar Rembrandt Source: WikiCommons
  6. 6. Hey, I’ve got a question!
  7. 7. I’ve *still* got a question!
  8. 8. I’ve *still* got a question!
  9. 9. My question just got a bit bigger…
  10. 10. My question just got a bit bigger…
  11. 11. Franklin the Printer, Charles Mills. Source: WikiCommons
  12. 12. Franklin the Printer, Charles Mills. Source: WikiCommons An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
  13. 13. Franklin the Printer, Charles Mills. Source: WikiCommons If I had a bigger printing press, I could make an even bigger investment in knowledge….
  14. 14. So what does it mean to apply digital humanities tools and methods to scholarly communications?
  15. 15. FOUR THEMES 1. Leverage technologies in productized interactions 2. Embrace partnerships and multi-disciplinarity 3. Embrace experimentation and iteration 4. Embrace openness and transparency
  16. 16. labs.jstor.org/shakespeare UNDERSTANDING SHAKESPEARE Pick a play. Click a line. Instantly see articles on JSTOR that quote that line.
  17. 17. labs.jstor.org/topicgraph TOPICGRAPH Understand at a glance the topics covered in a book. Jump straight to pages about topics you’re researching.
  18. 18. www.jstor.org/analyze TEXT ANALYZER Use your own document to search for articles and books.
  19. 19. FOUR THEMES 1. Leverage technologies in productized interactions
  20. 20. FOUR THEMES 1. Leverage technologies in productized interactions 2. Embrace partnerships and multi-disciplinarity
  21. 21. FOUR THEMES 1. Leverage technologies in productized interactions 2. Embrace partnerships and multi-disciplinarity 3. Embrace experimentation and iteration
  22. 22. ITERATING, ITERATING, ITERATING, ITERATING, ITERA
  23. 23. FOUR THEMES 1. Leverage technologies in productized interactions 2. Embrace partnerships and multi-disciplinarity 3. Embrace experimentation and iteration 4. Embrace openness and transparency
  24. 24. Thank you Alex Humphreys Director, JSTOR Labs ITHAKA labs.jstor.org @abhumphreys alex.humphreys@ithaka.org

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