The Latest From Digital Humanities Questions and Answers

Launched in September of 2010, Digital Humanities Questions & Answers is a joint venture of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and ProfHacker. (See Julie Meloni’s launch announcement.)

Digital Humanities Questions and Answers (@DHAnswers on Twitter) is designed to be a free resource where anyone with an interest in the digital humanities can pose a question to the community of folks working in the field.

Since we last checked in with the site, many interesting threads have been launched and several “best answers” have been provided. Below, I’ve provided links to a few of the threads with best answers:

  • 3D Printers: “3D printing is evolving at a breakneck speed with decent machines becoming available at affordable prices. I’d be very grateful for any recommendations from people who have shopped for or deployed 3D printers recently in the context of DH.”

  • Publishing academic multimedia e-book (anthropology): “My work is about material culture and their technics of production. Therefore in my book I will have texts, photos, maps, sounds, films and because of the nature of my research I need to create links between all of this.”

  • MALLET – adding to the stopword list: “I’m currently using MALLET to topic model 19th century journal articles. I am running into trouble adding to the stopword list. I have tried adding my additional terms to the standard ‘en’ list that comes with MALLET (using Notepad++) but MALLET is not recognising these.”

  • Training for Digital Humanities Work: “I am a librarian seeking to transition to working with digital humanities. Could I please just ask what training I really need for this?”

  • Examples of web-based galleries or historical architecture?: “A colleague of mine has been admiring the What Jane Saw project and has asked for help with an idea for a related immersive web-based gallery based on a historical model. I’m wondering if anyone can recommend similar sites that model gallery spaces or that use architectural models for site navigation and display.”

  • Planning for link rot in article bibliography: “I’m working on an article where most of my bibliography entries involve links to university wiki pages, or documents hosted by that same wiki service. I don’t have a ton of confidence that the service will necessarily exist in five years, or at least, that it will exist in a way that won’t break all the links. Any suggestions for what I should do about these links in the paper?”

In addition to the above questions with “best answers,” check out the discussions taking place in response to these questions:

  • Recommendations for Timeline Tools?: “Any recommendations for timeline tools? Of the many that are out there, including those that have been recommended here before, any movement to coalesce around a stellar handful?”

  • Are Any Libraries Using Neatline?: “If anyone knows of libraries using Neatline, please let me know!”

  • What are the best practices for data curation in GitHub?

  • New research questions in the humanities : “Can you provide examples of new research questions (inspired by digital humanities) that are not linked to the big data problem, something beyond the usual aspects of access to data and the scale of data? Your answers would be very helpful for promoting digital humanities to those who say they do not need big data for their research.”

  • Deposit or licence agreements for online reuse of copyright material: “Can anyone point me to archive / library / repository deposit agreements which allow for online reuse and / or publishing of in copyright material? I have seen some agreements which transfer copyright to the repository institution. I am interested in these but also in possible agreements which retain copyright in most cases.”

  • Extending TEI for image annotation : “I am beginning to work on a project digitizing a series of notebooks, and each page in the notebook will contain annotations created by the project archivist.”

If you’re a newcomer to the site and in need of a primer, check out “How can I find answers, get my questions answered, & help DHanswers grow?

Whether you’re just “DH-curious” or are someone working in the field with either a question to ask or expertise to lend, you should give DHAnswers a try!

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