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General DH

  • Twitter has emerged as the key platform for communication among digital humanists. See DH on Twitter, DH Now in Journals, and Tips.
  • DHAnswers (@dhanswers on Twitter) is a Q&A board collaboratively run by the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and the Chronicle of Higher Education's ProfHacker. Users post their questions (big and small), and the questions are tweeted to the DH community, who come to the board to provide answers. It is already becoming, as the repository of answers builds, a rich source of DH expertise – as well as a space for sustained conversation among those in the field.
  • HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, pron. “haystack”), "a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities." Site hosts competitions, projects, discussion, news and events information, member blogs. Led by Cathy Davidson and team at Duke University. See also HASTAC scholars in Scholarships/Fellowships.
  • Humanist, an email listserv that has been running since 1987, under the stewardship of Willard McCarty at King’s College London: "an international electronic seminar on the application of computers to the humanities. Its primary aim is to provide a forum for discussion of intellectual, scholarly, pedagogical, and social issues and for exchange of information among members." Note that this is a somewhat formal environment, with distinguished participants. Archives are available via the Humanist site.
  • NEW! DHCommons, "a hub for people and organizations to find projects to work with, and for projects to find collaborators" - otherwise known as "a match.com for DHers."
  • NEW! MLA Commons will likely become an important space for DHers. See the Digital Humanities group there.
  • Arts-humanities.net, based at King's College London, is similar to HASTAC, but with an emphasis on UK/European work. It also includes a library (containing, for instance, interviews from DH2010), an extensive bibliography, listing of tools, and a taxonomy of humanities computing methods.
  • There is also a Digital Humanities Zotero group that collaboratively produces a shared Zotero library.
  • Decoding the Digital Humanities, an informal meet-up (in the pub) to discuss readings and share ideas with others in the Digital Humanities. Founded by University College London's Centre for Digital Humanities, they now have chapters around the world.
  • Not specific to DH: The Academic Commons – aims to enable faculty, academic technologists, librarians, administrators, and others to "share knowledge, develop collaborations, and evaluate and disseminate digital tools and innovative practices for teaching and learning with technology" in the context of liberal arts education. Sponsored by the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College.
  • Likewise not specific to DH, but related: H-NET, "an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web." Run by MATRIX at Michigan State University.


Area/Discipline-Specific

Readers, please help build out this section! Some examples:

  • NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) "is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first."
  • Digital Americanists (@DigAmericanists) – "a scholarly society dedicated to the study of American literature and digital media."

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