[GeoHumanities SIG] A note from your GeoHumanities SIG Co-chairs

Page, Michael michael.page at emory.edu
Fri Mar 24 17:22:03 CET 2017

Hi list,

I would be very interested in becoming more involved in the advancement of GeoHumanities SIG. I believe the strongest aspect of such a group is the interconnectedness internationally and the possibilities to discover potential new collaborators. While Kraków was my first ADHO I would really like to be more directly involved in the SIG. New technologies like UAS and AR/VR are rapidly changing my approach to fieldwork as a geographer and the current state of Internet technologies is reducing the friction of being able to reach the general public versus traditional academic audiences. Self-reflecting I have been more effective in building/creating content than actually disseminating it. On the Emory campus I have a production lab that works on digital scholarship projects which are mostly humanities, but some are also mixed approaches. I am optimistic the new opportunities such centers pose for fostering collaboration and supporting the dissemination of digital work but it has been a long road. Therefore, I look forward to future conversations with the group on these key topics, the impact and methods of new technologies, how to facilitate and strengthen collaborative work, and how to digitally publish that also engages the public. Several of us have research activities in June and July so I am glad to see ADHO is in August this year so will be able to make it again this year on my way back from Greece. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Michael Page
Geographer, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
Lecturer of Geospatial Sciences & Technology, Dept. of Environmental Sciences
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia USA
Skype: cartographic
Tel 404.548.7210

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From: geohumsig-bounces at lists.digitalhumanities.org [mailto:geohumsig-bounces at lists.digitalhumanities.org] On Behalf Of Karl Grossner
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 18:49
To: geohumsig at lists.digitalhumanities.org
Subject: [GeoHumanities SIG] A note from your GeoHumanities SIG Co-chairs

Dear GeoHumanists,

It's coming up on four years since we co-founded the GeoHumanities SIG of ADHO in 2013. In that time, the SIG has begun fostering community amongst those digital humanists whose research is geographically focused or inflected. Our efforts to that end have included: convening workshops and hosting dinners at DH conferences, launching a web site and coordinating associated initiatives (GIS project list, GeoDiRT), publicizing community-related events and projects with our Twitter account (@GeoHum_SIG) and email list, and advocating for an enhanced role for SIGs in ADHO and in DH conference programs (in 2016 Kathy took on the newly developed role, SIG Convener’s liaison to ADHO Executive Committee).

Although we can count several successes, there remains significant untapped potential for the GeoHumanities SIG. We have no governing bylaws, but now seems a good time to rotate some new members into leadership roles, and possibly to make some significant changes to leadership organization. After this year's DH conference in Montreal, Karl will step away from his co-chair role. Kathy will continue participating in some capacity into the next year to transition new leadership.

We would like to begin a discussion amongst all our members (several hundred list subscribers and Twitter followers) about what happens next. A first question might be whether members want to continue with a co-chair leadership structure or possibly extend it to a steering committee?  Is there a need for an Advisory Committee, or could that be disbanded? As part of the transitions, we should consider working up some long term goals  We received lots of great suggestions in response to the survey we conducted in 2016, Is there a way forward on some of the initiatives that were most strongly supported (http://geohumanities.org/survey-results)?

At the Montreal meeting we will organize our usual SIG dinner, and we'd also like to arrange a meeting of the minds about the group's organization. Let's arrive in Montreal with some discussion under our belt via this email list (a good way to provide input whether attending DH2017 or not). Please help us get the ball rolling by responding to this message!

best regards,

Kathy Hart Weimer
Karl Grossner
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