With the recent proliferation of the digital humanities (DH) in and outside the academy, we thought it might be useful to draw attention to the kinds of projects historians are developing. The National Endowment of the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities (NEH-ODH) has been an early and substantial supporter of projects and workshops across the DH community, so it made sense to look at the recent round of NEH-ODH grantees as a way of highlighting recent work by historians.
AHA President William Cronon’s Thursday night plenary session at the AHA annual meeting, “The Public Practice of History in and for a Digital Age,” was taped by C-SPAN and will air this weekend on American History TV.
The panel featured Edward L. Ayers (University of Richmond), Niko Pfund, (Oxford University Press), Michael Pollan (University of California, Berkeley) Claire Bond Potter (New School for Social Engagement), and Mary Louise Roberts (University of Wisconsin–Madison).
Watch on C-SPAN 3, Saturday February 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST; or on Sunday, February 10, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST.
Responding to the high level of interest in the article on History Harvests in Perspectives on History, we are opening it to all readers ahead of schedule.
William G. Thomas, Patrick D. Jones (both of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Andrew Witmer (James Madison University) describe the History Harvest as “exciting and rewarding work at the intersection of digital history and experiential learning.” History Harvests are “community events in which students scan or photograph items of historical interest, brought in by local institutions and residents, for online display.”
“Every family and community has a history,” the authors explain, “a connection to the larger story of the American experience, and in the History Harvest we explore those connections, talk about them, and document their meaning in partnership with the participants.
The American Historical Association voices concerns about recent developments in the debates over “open access” to research published in scholarly journals. The conversation has been framed by the particular characteristics and economics of science publishing, a landscape considerably different from the terrain of scholarship in the humanities. The governing Council of the AHA has unanimously approved the following statement. We welcome further discussion in the comment section below.
AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing
(4 September 2012)
Many members of the international scholarly and scientific community are justifiably concerned by a growing inequality of access to the fruits of their labors.
We tend to think of computer use and the Internet as all pervasive, but a new report from The National Center for Education Statistics provides some solid data that places those perceptions in context.
They estimate that 91 percent of K-12 students used a computer, and 59 percent of students used the Internet in 2003. That probably understates the number a bit, since it only asked about use in school or home, not at the library.
Beyond the broad numbers on use, the survey shows more specific lines of difference in who uses computers and how.