Kim Martin deposited REED London And The Promise Of Critical Infrastructure on Humanities Commons 4 years, 10 months ago
Alan Liu has called upon digital humanists to think more critically about infrastructure - the “social cum technological milieu that at once enables the fulfillment of human experience and enforces constraints on that experience” (Liu, 2017). Liu’s invitation comes at the moment when researchers involved in large-scale, long-term projects are shifting focus from remediation and the creation of digital incunabula to transmediation and the development of systems that support sustained discourse across ever-morphing digital networks, when we are recognizing the potential for “dynamism of the base or serialized form of the text—the state in which it is stored—as opposed to dynamic modes of presentation” (Brown, 2016: 288). REED London is one such project with a polyvalent dataset that spans over 500 years’ worth of archival records, embracing from the start the need to establish a stable, responsive production and presentation environment primed for use by a wide range of scholarly audiences. Thus we find that we are immediately testing those infrastructural constraints. In this paper, members of the REED London project team will address the challenges we face as we develop and implement a framework that trains us to think about our collected data in relation to much larger networks of disparate resources and user needs.
Detailed abstract here: https://dh2018.adho.org/reed-london-and-the-promise-of-critical-infrastructure/