Digital Scholarship Retreat 2014


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Slides from, a retreat on digital scholarship for the University of Michigan Community. They include slides written on-the-fly during breakout sessions.

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Digital Scholarship Retreat 2014

  1. 1. #UMDSR
  2. 2. digital scholarship retreat 2014 welcome #UMDSR
  3. 3. Coffee + Re-Arrange → Break into groups based on the color on your name badge. #UMDSR
  4. 4. DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP Morning Session Q1: How do you define digital scholarship? Q2: What does digital scholarship mean for UM? Q3: What does UM mean for digital scholarship? #UMDSR
  5. 5. Posting to Padlet Go to Double-click anywhere on the wall to post something. (Or tweet with the hashtag #UMDSR!) #UMDSR
  6. 6. Lunch Time Exercise What to do with $40M? →Read the spending categories & rules →Discuss with people at the table →Create a pie chart →Give a 2-min lightning talk #UMDSR
  7. 7. DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP Afternoon Session Q1: What are you doing in this area? Q2: What would you like to be doing? Q3: What resources or expertise do you need to make this happen? Q4: What do you see U-M doing in this area in the next five years? #UMDSR
  8. 8. Google Doc. Presentation Links ➔ Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy: ➔ Digital Scholarship and Support/Project Management: ➔ Digital Scholarship and Publishing/Scholarly Communication: ➔ Digital Scholarship and Physical Space: #UMDSR
  9. 9. Publishing/Scholarly Communication ● Updating older monographs with new digital content ○ can’t go to the academic department for it ● Need developer’s/programming expertise for publishing ● Scaling up: if one faculty author does this, what if more come forward? ● Publishing subvention: $$ from author’s institution to defray publishing costs (cost-sharing) (only $5,000) ○ change policy to include digital scholarship ● Preservation: publishers don’t care, but it is huge mission of library ● Culture clash: being able to hire the expertise you need in a library setting; cannot offer the type of salary that developers expect ● One size fits all? Build one platform for all of authors’ needs? ○ How sustainable or scalable? ○ Custom, bespoke “DH projects,”--but moving toward a template (Omeka, WordPress)
  10. 10. Publishing/Scholarly Communication cont. ● Deep Blue for preservation, but not presentation ○ certain formats ● Currently no robust support for data services ● Don’t know yet what people will need when it comes to data ● But for digital scholarship: need place to go for dev. support ○ conceptually working through what to build ● Digital literacy problem: understanding what is possible ● Hiring people is HARD ○ Why? The “unicorn problem” ● UMSI is producing people with these needed skills ● Press currently in mindset of what scholarship will sell the best, not what is the best scholarship. ○ but the fact remains that they must still sell books
  11. 11. Publishing/Scholarly Communication cont. Q1: What are you doing in this area? “Bespoke” publishing projects Q2: What would you like to be doing? Platform publishing Q3: What resources or expertise do you need to make this happen? Developers and brokers Q4: What do you see U-M in this area in the next five years? ● Building responsive, scalable infrastructure for scholars on this campus ● U-M has new leadership across the board: new president, new head of ARC, new library leadership
  12. 12. Support/Project Management ● Help people understand what they need to understand when they start the project ● Preparing them not to fail ● Support structure - don’t have to do everything yourself ● Infrastructure support for the virtual (like plumbing) ● “Give them the yearning for the sea” ● Sustainable high level of support ● Expertise & Stuff ● Need the new “Kodak” (Experts have your back) ● Land of M.S.U (Making sh...stuff up)
  13. 13. Digital (techne) Pedagogy ● Move away from tool-based teaching → Teaching people how to learn ● Think algorithmically, computationally but also visual literacy (balances, foreground/background, etc.) and critical thinking [qualitative side of things] ● Teaching through the digital creates and requires qualitative decision making. ● What is digital literacy? Defining it. ● Learning to shape questions that are findable. [Information literacy] ● Adopting palimpsest nature of physical spaces for digital ones (traces). ● Jumping into 24/7-ness of digitalia is making assumptions about students’ (digital) lives outside of the classroom. ● positions for graduate students (post-graduation) to teach → keep knowledge within the system as opposed to shipping off to Google, etc. ● Education of undergraduates; fostering critical thinking; skill set acquisition ● Digital pedagogy does not directly relate to digital scholarship.
  14. 14. → Please fill out the survey: #UMDSR
  15. 15. thank you! @DH_Collective special thanks to sponsors: North Quad Space 2435 and the Institute for Humanities