Rice Digital Media Center
February 7, 2013
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What does online publishing have to do with the digital humanities?
"... the true power of the digital humanities ... has nothing to do with production of either tools or research. The heart of the digital humanities is not the production of knowledge; it's the reproduction of knowledge."
Is there a distinctive DH approach to publishing?
not whether we will publish online but how and on what terms.
Aaron Swartz (1986--2013)
open or closed, post-print or pre-print, reviewed before publication or reviewed after.
... they're not just for DHers.
"The largest hidden cost is the invisibility of what you publish. When you publish somewhere that is behind gates, or in paper only, you are resigning all of that hard work to invisibility in the age of the open web. You may reach a few peers in your field, but you miss out on the broader dissemination of your work, including to potential other fans."
"The simplest analysis of the 'crisis in scholarly publishing' is that it’s a problem of audience ..."
Policies may already be more open than you think.
Examples of online publishing in non-DH fields:
... the DH Manifesto version.
"We call for open access to data and metadata, which must be documented and interoperable, both technically and conceptually. We support the dissemination, exchange and free modification of methods, code, formats and research findings."
"Open is a willingness to share, not only resources, but processes, ideas, thoughts, ways of thinking and operating. Open means working in spaces and places that are transparent and allow others to see what you are doing and how you are doing it, giving rise to opportunities for people who could help you to connect with you, jump in and offer that help. And where you can reciprocate and do the same."
"The digital humanities community embraces openness because of both self-interest and ethical aspirations. In order to create digital scholarship, researchers typically need access to data, tools, and dissemination platforms. ... Openness [also] supports related values such as transdisciplinarity, collaboration, and the democratization of knowledge."
"... the problem of open access isn’t just about the ethics of freeing and sharing scholarly information. It’s as much — if not more — about the psychology and incentives around scholarly publishing. We need to think these issues through much more deeply to make open access widespread."