[Dhcenterstartup] Why a DH Center (Demmy Verbeke)

Lynne Siemens siemensl at uvic.ca
Wed May 8 21:50:49 CEST 2013


Hi all, great comments all.

You have put forth some great reasons why a center is needed.  As you move
forward with your planning, do you need to shape these reasons in
particular ways to convince the decision makers within the institution?

Cheers

Lynne
-- 
Lynne Siemens

Assistant Professor
Graduate Advisor, Master of Arts in Community Development
School of Public Administration
University of Victoria
Telephone: (250) 721-8069
Email: siemensl at uvic.ca
webpage: lynnesiemens.wordpress.com




On 2013-05-07 5:59 AM, "Demmy Verbeke" <Demmy.Verbeke at arts.kuleuven.be>
wrote:

>L.S.,
>
>At KU Leuven, we are also debating how we can best support and nourish DH
>projects and other digital scholarship. An extra element is the pending
>application to organize an (English-taught) Advanced Master in Digital
>Humanities. 
>I, for one, think that a Center would be a crucial step to ensure
>success, especially on the basis of the arguments put forward by John
>Unsworth ("Digital Humanities Centers as Cyberinfrastructure,"@
>http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~unsworth/dhcs.html):
>
>1.	Centers can collect and sustain staff expertise that no individual
>project could afford.
>2.	Centers can create an awareness of external funding opportunities, an
>understanding of how to pursue those opportunities best, and provide
>support when pursuing them => in other words: centers can help to
>increase the success rate of grant applications and can be an important
>factor in setting up collaborations with private companies.
>3.	Centers can provide long-term stability for individual research
>projects, thus helping to assure that the work funded in a particular
>project won't be orphaned institutionally - which is good for the
>individual projects as such, and is also a reassurance for funding
>agencies and external partners.
>4.	Centers can function as an institution that mentors humanities faculty
>and graduate students in the art of collaboration and can provide
>graduate students with opportunities to work as part of a collective
>intellectual enterprise, thus offering them an experience which is highly
>valued on the job market.
>5.	Centers can be a point of connection between humanities faculty and
>faculty in other disciplines at the same university, and provide a
>context for collaboration with other institutions.
>
>The case is still open whether such a center needs a physical location
>(and, if so, where: in the library? in the IT department?) and whether it
>needs to be organized as a service unit, as a research unit, or as a
>combination of both.
>Hopefully, I'll be able to report the outcome of our current discussions
>by the fall. In the mean time, our plans (and my arguments for the
>foundation of an actual center) are explained in more detail at
>http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/digitalhumanities/presentations_DigHum13 (see
>Gradmann & Verbeke for the library side and De Schreye for the MA in DH).
>
>All best,
>
>Dr Demmy Verbeke
>Faculteitsbibliothecaris Letteren, KU Leuven
>Head Librarian, Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven
>http://kuleuven.academia.edu/DemmyVerbeke
>
>
>
>
>
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>Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 10:41:20 -0400
>From: Eric Lease Morgan <emorgan at nd.edu>
>To: "dhcenterstartup at lists.digitalhumanities.org"
>	<dhcenterstartup at lists.digitalhumanities.org>
>Subject: Re: [Dhcenterstartup] Why a DH Center?
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>On May 3, 2013, at 1:21 PM, Lynne Siemens <siemensl at uvic.ca> wrote:
>
>> Hi all, interesting tweet today suggesting that DH might becoming too
>>center-centric and potentially overlooking the work done by individual
>>scholars operating outside a center. This got me thinking about the
>>reasons why a center might be productive and add to the work that
>>individual scholars might already be doing at an institution. So for you
>>folks, why are you and your institutions thinking about a center?  What
>>are the perceived benefits of bringing people together in this way?
>
>
>Why a center? What are the benefits? Good questions!
>
>We here at Notre Dame are in the same boat. We are in the process of
>creating a center called the Center for Digital Scholarship. Hammers have
>not begun to swing, yet, but the whole thing -- a space approximately
>5,000 square feet in size -- is expected to be finished by the Fall
>Semester. (The University of very good at building things.)
>
>We are building a center because we realize libraries are not about books
>but rather the things books contain. Libraries are about data,
>information, knowledge, and to some extent wisdom. Libraries are about
>collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating data, information,
>and knowledge for the benefit and improvement of their constituents
>including but not limited to: students, instructors, researchers, the
>general public, etc. Moreover, with the abundance of data, information,
>and knowledge the processes of traditional librarianship (collecting,
>organizing, preserving, and disseminating) are not quite enough. Those
>processes are being facilitated by many other groups, entities, and
>institutions. There is a much larger set of "information competitors".
>Consequently libraries -- in order to remain relevant -- need to go
>beyond these processes. In our case "going beyond" means providing
>additional services not provided by others.
>
>Again, why? Because the information landscape has evolved. What are the
>benefits? Our center will provide specific assistance and services
>against our specific clientele. Google is generic. Bookstores are
>profit-driven. A lot of online content is full of distracting ads. We
>will provide tailored services. Costs will be an issue, but the "bottom
>line" is not all powerful. We will provide services rich in real content
>conducive to learning, teaching, and scholarship.
>
>While things are still up in the air, our center will initially provide
>services against a number things, listed in no priority order:
>
>  * digital humanities - "Help me make a website
>    about my digitized data, and help me do some text mining."
>
>  * data management - "Help me articulate a data
>    management plan, and help me make sense of my content."
>
>  * geographic information systems - "I've got this census
>    data. Help me plot it on a map."
>
>  * scholarly communication - "Tell me about copyright, open
>    access publishing, and maintain my electronic journal."
>
>The space will have a classroom, a formal meeting space, an informal
>meeting space, staff offices, and a bunch of computers equipped with
>software to assist in the things outlined above.
>
>Again, why? Because content is increasingly digital. Benefits? We will be
>providing tailored services to specific audiences. But at the same time
>we realize few individuals possess all the talent necessary to thorough
>digital scholarship. Humanists need some of what the scientists have.
>Scientists need some of what the information technologists have.
>Information technologists need some of what the humanists have. Few of us
>can go it alone. Centers will facilitate this sort of collaboration. We
>will be bringing together multiple disciplines and different types of
>people from across the campus to a central -- common, neutral -- space
>where collaboration will be encouraged and communication fostered. All of
>this will assist the University in achieving its goals of excellent
>learning, teaching, and scholarship.
>
>How's that for a Monday morning?
>
>--
>Eric Lease Morgan, Digital Initiatives Librarian Hesburgh Libraries
>University of Notre Dame
>
>574/631-8604
>
>
>
>
>
>
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>
>Message: 2
>Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 17:07:15 +0000
>From: igalina <igalina at unam.mx>
>To: Eric Lease Morgan <emorgan at nd.edu>,
>	"dhcenterstartup at lists.digitalhumanities.org"
>	<dhcenterstartup at lists.digitalhumanities.org>
>Subject: Re: [Dhcenterstartup] Why a DH Center?
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>Here at the Universidad Nacional Aut?noma de M?xico (UNAM) the Centro de
>Colecciones Digitales Universitarias CCUD) - Centre for University
>Digital Collections (www.ccud.unam.mx) was recently created. The aim is
>to create a interdisciplinary data platform to manage, provide access and
>disseminate the university's digital data collections.  They will also
>help in designing digital tools for the digital collections. The UNAM for
>administration purposes is divided into the departments that belong to
>the Sciences and the ones that belong to the Humanities. So far almost
>all the digital collections belong to the Sciences but there is interest
>in what Digital Humanities can contribute to this centre.  So it is not a
>DH centre as such, but it can provide Humanities researchers with the
>tools and resources necessary.
>Best wishes,
>Isabel 
>
>-------
>Dra. Isabel Galina
>Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliogr?ficas, UNAM igalina at unam.mx
>
>
>________________________________________
>De: dhcenterstartup-bounces at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>[dhcenterstartup-bounces at lists.digitalhumanities.org] en nombre de Eric
>Lease Morgan [emorgan at nd.edu]
>Enviado: lunes, 06 de mayo de 2013 09:41 a.m.
>Para: dhcenterstartup at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>Asunto: Re: [Dhcenterstartup] Why a DH Center?
>
>On May 3, 2013, at 1:21 PM, Lynne Siemens <siemensl at uvic.ca> wrote:
>
>> Hi all, interesting tweet today suggesting that DH might becoming too
>>center-centric and potentially overlooking the work done by individual
>>scholars operating outside a center. This got me thinking about the
>>reasons why a center might be productive and add to the work that
>>individual scholars might already be doing at an institution. So for you
>>folks, why are you and your institutions thinking about a center?  What
>>are the perceived benefits of bringing people together in this way?
>
>
>Why a center? What are the benefits? Good questions!
>
>We here at Notre Dame are in the same boat. We are in the process of
>creating a center called the Center for Digital Scholarship. Hammers have
>not begun to swing, yet, but the whole thing -- a space approximately
>5,000 square feet in size -- is expected to be finished by the Fall
>Semester. (The University of very good at building things.)
>
>We are building a center because we realize libraries are not about books
>but rather the things books contain. Libraries are about data,
>information, knowledge, and to some extent wisdom. Libraries are about
>collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating data, information,
>and knowledge for the benefit and improvement of their constituents
>including but not limited to: students, instructors, researchers, the
>general public, etc. Moreover, with the abundance of data, information,
>and knowledge the processes of traditional librarianship (collecting,
>organizing, preserving, and disseminating) are not quite enough. Those
>processes are being facilitated by many other groups, entities, and
>institutions. There is a much larger set of "information competitors".
>Consequently libraries -- in order to remain relevant -- need to go
>beyond these processes. In our case "going beyond" means providing
>additional services not provided by others.
>
>Again, why? Because the information landscape has evolved. What are the
>benefits? Our center will provide specific assistance and services
>against our specific clientele. Google is generic. Bookstores are
>profit-driven. A lot of online content is full of distracting ads. We
>will provide tailored services. Costs will be an issue, but the "bottom
>line" is not all powerful. We will provide services rich in real content
>conducive to learning, teaching, and scholarship.
>
>While things are still up in the air, our center will initially provide
>services against a number things, listed in no priority order:
>
>  * digital humanities - "Help me make a website
>    about my digitized data, and help me do some text mining."
>
>  * data management - "Help me articulate a data
>    management plan, and help me make sense of my content."
>
>  * geographic information systems - "I've got this census
>    data. Help me plot it on a map."
>
>  * scholarly communication - "Tell me about copyright, open
>    access publishing, and maintain my electronic journal."
>
>The space will have a classroom, a formal meeting space, an informal
>meeting space, staff offices, and a bunch of computers equipped with
>software to assist in the things outlined above.
>
>Again, why? Because content is increasingly digital. Benefits? We will be
>providing tailored services to specific audiences. But at the same time
>we realize few individuals possess all the talent necessary to thorough
>digital scholarship. Humanists need some of what the scientists have.
>Scientists need some of what the information technologists have.
>Information technologists need some of what the humanists have. Few of us
>can go it alone. Centers will facilitate this sort of collaboration. We
>will be bringing together multiple disciplines and different types of
>people from across the campus to a central -- common, neutral -- space
>where collaboration will be encouraged and communication fostered. All of
>this will assist the University in achieving its goals of excellent
>learning, teaching, and scholarship.
>
>How's that for a Monday morning?
>
>--
>Eric Lease Morgan, Digital Initiatives Librarian
>Hesburgh Libraries
>University of Notre Dame
>
>574/631-8604
>
>
>
>
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>Message: 3
>Date: Tue, 7 May 2013 10:41:56 +0530
>From: Gurpreet Singh <gursainipreet at gmail.com>
>To: "dhcenterstartup at lists.digitalhumanities.org"
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>Dear all
>
>I would say that having a center is a better means to connect with others
>interested and bring together the people who may otherwise be working on
>DH
>related projects but don't actually know that they are and there are other
>who are working on similar topics.
>More over center sort of provide a central contact position through which
>collaborative efforts can be pushed forward.
>As the old saying goes UNITY IS STRENGTH, and centers provide that unity
>by
>bringing the researcher committed to DH.
>
>Regards
>G. Singh
>https://sites.google.com/site/gursainipreet/
>
>
>On 3 May 2013 22:51, Lynne Siemens <siemensl at uvic.ca> wrote:
>
>>   Hi all, interesting tweet today suggesting that DH might becoming too
>> center-centric and potentially overlooking the work done by individual
>> scholars operating outside a center.
>>
>>  This got me thinking about the reasons why a center might be productive
>> and add to the work that individual scholars might already be doing at
>>an
>> institution.
>>
>>  So for you folks, why are you and your institutions thinking about a
>> center?  What are the perceived benefits of bringing people together in
>> this way?
>>
>>  Any thoughts?
>>
>>  Lynne
>>  --
>> Lynne Siemens
>>  Assistant Professor
>> Graduate Advisor, Master of Arts in Community Development
>> School of Public Administration
>> University of Victoria
>> Telephone: (250) 721-8069
>> Email: siemensl at uvic.ca
>> webpage: lynnesiemens.wordpress.com
>>
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