Opening Up The Humanities


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Presentation for the Open University Annual Learning and Technology Conference: Learning in an Open World, which is taking place on 22 and 23 June 2010

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Opening Up The Humanities

  1. 1. Opening up the Humanities Linda Wilks and Elton Barker Faculty of Arts
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introduction to the Arts Faculty’s Digital Humanities project </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight of some of the current research projects within the Faculty which are using digital technologies to disseminate output beyond academia </li></ul><ul><li>A look at how the Arts Faculty opens up its content by providing material for OU open access initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on two websites which provide innovative content while straddling the boundaries of the OU </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion of some of the issues relating to digital humanities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background to the Digital Humanities project <ul><li>Where we are: the OU’s Faculty of Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are: Linda Wilks, John Wolffe, Lorna Hardwick, Elton Barker, Tim Chappell </li></ul><ul><li>What we do: critically evaluate the role of technology in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>humanities research agendas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>humanities research processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>humanities research outputs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Digital Humanities: within the faculty <ul><li>Evaluation of Arts projects with digital outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion and evaluation of the potential for the role of social media in humanities research </li></ul><ul><li>A Digital Humanities blog to encourage reflection and discussion (intranet only) http:// / </li></ul>
  5. 6. Digital Humanities: beyond the faculty <ul><li>Drawing on external views and experiences through the seminar programme </li></ul><ul><li>Link ups, such as with Project Bamboo http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination of findings/reports such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a JISC-funded study of early career researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a study of scholarly networking at the OU </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 9. Unlocking research outputs <ul><li>Several of the OU Arts Faculty projects provide open access to research outputs. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>The Reading Experience Database (RED) at: </li></ul><ul><li>The Classical Receptions project at: </li></ul><ul><li>The Herodotus Encoded Space-Text-Imaging Archive (HESTIA) at: http:// </li></ul>
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  10. 13. Spreading the word <ul><li>The Arts Faculty contributes to the OU’s various open access to research and learning materials initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-media outputs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>on iTunesU at: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on YouTube at: </li></ul></ul>
  11. 14. Spreading the word: iTunesU <ul><li>The Arts faculty contributes to the OU’s presence on various social media, for example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>itunesU http:// / </li></ul></ul>
  12. 15. Spreading the word: YouTube <ul><li>‘ One picture is worth a thousand words’ – Professor Gill Perry takes us round the National Portrait Gallery http:// =7qArhzUeHfY </li></ul>
  13. 16. Spreading the word: Open Research Online <ul><li>Free, publicly accessible repository of the Open University's peer-reviewed research outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1,000 Arts documents </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>
  14. 18. Spreading the word: pushing the boundaries <ul><li>Specialised websites have been developed by members of Arts faculty, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Philosophy Bites: podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classics Confidential: interviews and news relating to research and study of the classics at: </li></ul></ul>
  15. 20. Classics Confidential
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  18. 23. Key issues <ul><li>Financial constraints vs. sustainability and reuse </li></ul><ul><li>Rights (particularly IP) vs. openness </li></ul><ul><li>The essence of research vs. technological advances </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers vs. access </li></ul>
  19. 24. Linda Wilks / Elton Barker Faculty of Arts The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA <ul><li> </li></ul>