The American Memory archive at the Library of Congress; proprietary databases such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online and ARTStor; Google Books: digital collections are becoming increasingly instrumental in how humanities scholars find and use research resources. For the past couple decades, the focus was on quantity: How much material can a library or museum digitize and post online? (Zick 689) But now we in libraries ask: How can digital collections meet scholars’ research needs? In answer to this question, I’d like to briefly talk about The Bamboo Technology Project and within it, my study of humanities scholars and digital collections.
The Bamboo Technology Project, also known as Project Bamboo, is a multi-year Mellon Foundation-funded research initiative to build an e-research platform for humanities scholarship, which for our purposes includes the arts and humanistic social sciences. The Project Bamboo participants are an international consortium of ten research institutions in the U.S., UK, and Australia and research team members include teaching faculty, librarians, and academic technologists. The project began with a series of workshops/focus groups at universities around the U.S. on how scholars conducted humanities research with digital materials (reports are on the Project Bamboo’s website).
Humanities data curation slides
Humanities Data Curation: Building the Foundation of the Humanities CollaboratoryHarriett GreenEnglish and Digital Humanities LibrarianUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignACRL Research Program, “Data Curation as a Form ofCollaborative Research,” June 24, 2012
Is there Data in the humanities? Humanities research traditionally centers around analog materials: books, images, manuscripts Digital humanities = data
What is the digital humanities?“The application of algorithmically facilitated search,retrieval, and critical processes that, originating inhumanities-based work, have been demonstrated tohave application far beyond. Associated with criticaltheory, this area is typified by interpretative studies thatassist in our intellectual and aesthetic understanding ofhumanistic works.”A Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by SusanSchreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth (2004) 3
Digital Humanities Projects Data XML and XSLT files for TEI and marked up text GIS mapping Iterative Visualizations Image files Software versions and tool prototypes Mueller, “Exploration and Curation,” Project Bamboo Newsletter, spring 2012
Humanities Data Curation: Where Does it Fit? Studies in humanities data curation My experiences in humanities data curation Looking ahead
DH: curator scholar“Digital Humanities revolution promotes a fundamentalreshaping of the research and teaching landscape. Itrecasts the scholar as curator and the curator asscholar, and, in so doing, sets out both to reinvigoratescholarly practice by means of an expanded set ofpossibilities and demands, and to renew the scholarlymission of museums, libraries, and archives.”—Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0 (2009) 7
Humanities Data Curation: Studies ACLS, Our Cultural Commonwealth: The report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2006) Summer Humanities Data Curation Summit, 2011 Muñoz and Renear, “Issues in Humanities Data Curation” discussion paper http://cirssweb.lis.illinois.edu/paloalto/whitepa per/premeeting/
Collaboratories“A center without walls, in which researchers canperform their research without regard to physicallocation-interacting with colleagues, accessinginstrumentation, sharing data and computationalresources, and accessing information in digitallibraries.”—W.A. Wulf, “The Collaboratory Opportunity,”Science (1993)Tyler and Skinner, New Roles for New Times: DigitalCuration for Preservation (2011) 9
https://monk.library.illinois.edu A web-based text mining application hosted at the University of Illinois Library Contains a closed corpus of curated texts marked up in TEI and POS tagging Texts selected from public collections (Documenting the American South) and proprietary (EEBO) Users can analyze a subset of texts with tools based on SEASR and Meandre
Challenges of Data Curation with MONK Human resources Cyberinfrastructure Documentation and maintenance history Set goals for long-term viability?
http://www.projectbamboo.org Partner Institutions:Mission: Australian National University“How can we Indiana Universityadvance arts and Northwestern University Tufts Universityhumanities research University of California, Berkeleythrough the University of Chicago University of Illinois, Urbana-development of Champaignshared technology University of Maryland University of Oxfordservices?” University of Wisconsin, Madison
Hathi Trust Research Center http://www.hathitrust.org/htrcGoogle Digital Humanities Awards Recipient InterviewsReport (linked from HTRC website):https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/29936Technical Objectives: HTRC will provide a persistent and sustainable structure to enable original and cutting edge research Provision secure computational and data environment for scholars to perform research using HathiTrust Digital Library
Looking AheadDH Curation Guide: http://guide.dhcuration.orgWhite paper on findings from Humanities DataCuration Summit:http://cirssweb.lis.illinois.edu/paloalto/whitepaper/
Thank you! Harriett Green English and Digital Humanities LibrarianUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @greenharr