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DepositChallenges and Rewards for Digital Humanities

The English Department at U.C. Berkeley has developed two multimedia humanities websites at “Shakespeare’s Staging” and “Milton Revealed,” illustrating classic rewards and problems in digital humanities programs. Users are uniformly positive about the simple, selective, and fully organized structure. Visits are numerous, averaging 200-400 page visits daily to each site, but often rising to a thousand or more at such times as exam preparation. In ten years the Shakespeare site accumulated over one million visits, and in two years the Milton site has reached over 100,000 visits annually. We are fortunate to access a vast amount of expert material, bibliographies, stills, and video, all developed by site participants, materials that had generated considerable applicable funding, but were clear of copyright issues. As the sites developed, other sources of material became more generous in permitting educational use freely. Technical support was available on campus.

DepositThe Emergence of the Digital Humanities in Ireland

Tracing the emergence of academic disciplines in a national context is a useful undertaking, as it goes beyond the definition of a field to an assessment of its evolution within a more specific cultural context. This is particularly the case in the Digital Humanities, where the infrastructural requirements are such that the development of the field is strongly connected to social and economic trends. This paper outlines the emergence of the Digital Humanities in Ireland, detailing the history and key milestones of the field’s development, while delineating those particularities that are culturally significant in contrast with the global picture.

DepositDigital Humanities Data Curation

Digital Humanities Data Curation (DHDC) will engage scholars in sustained collaboration around issues of data curation in order to educate scholars on best practices and technologies for data curation and their relationship to scholarly methods. The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland will lead a collaboration partnering the Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, and the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign that will foster innovation in digital humanities research by integrating recent advances in the research and practice of data curation to address the specific needs of humanities researchers. DHDC will serve as an opportunity for participants to receive guidance in understanding the role of data curation in enriching humanities research projects.

DepositLinking and Populating the Digital Humanities

The goals of the proposed LinkedHumanities project are to create and maintain data integration tools tailored to digital humanities collections in order to build a machine-readable “web of facts” about philosophy. The tools will interconnect structured digital representations of the humanities and leverage the created links to enrich the respective data repositories. Application testbeds include the Indiana Philosophy Ontology (InPhO) project and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP). The specific outcomes of this proposal will be (a) the implementation of a linking service between the InPhO ontology and other knowledge repositories such as DBPedia and Freebase; and (b) the population of the InPhO ontology by leveraging the previously created links to other data repositories. Most importantly, however, the data integration tools will be designed to also serve the needs of other digital humanities projects.