Exciting things happen in rural Pennsylvania. If you are interested in digital scholarship with a diverse group of faculty, researchers, librarians, artists, educational technologists, students, administrators, the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference is the place to be.
I was very fortunate to have been invited to participate in a pre-conference digital scholarship institute that worked to define the questions and concerns that face digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. The people have been energetic, impassioned, and knowledgeable advocates for this trend that includes digital humanists, librarians, instructional designers, and graduate students.
— Emily Sherwood (@emilygwynne) October 5, 2017
The name tags were really nice too.
We began our pre-conference institute with some pretty fundamental questions from the perspective of someone just beginning to think about applying these methods in their research and teaching. We asked things like, what do you wish you knew when you started? What can digital scholarship do to increase student engagement? How do you do it on a budget and/or with minimal resources? How do you pitch it to administrators and faculty? These might seem like pretty general questions, but we quickly scratched beneath the surface and found a lot of interesting tools, resources, and even settled on some best practices. We found other questions too.
— Emily Sherwood (@emilygwynne) October 6, 2017
As a group, we worked to identify all the concerns and issues that we found building digital scholarship practices at institutions as diverse as Oberlin College, Messiah College, University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington, Colgate University, and Penn State. The range of institutions represented here is evidence of the consensus within US based higher education about the direction of scholarship. We arranged our thoughts into four linked domains that included (1) Intellectual Property, Open Access, and Fair Use, (2) Stakeholder Engagement, (3) Digital Pedagogy, and (4) Data Security, Privacy, and Preservation. In what follows, I’ll offer an overview of some of the best resources and ideas we shared as well as some of the questions that help animate our work.
More to come…