Big Tent Digital Humanities

[From the article: After
generations of relatively quiet progress—going back to the era of punch cards—the
digital humanities has exploded into academic consciousness as the Next Big
Thing at a time when the humanities seem to be in big trouble. Some recent
Ph.D.’s who were engaged with “DH,” as insiders call it, before it
was cool—say, seven years ago—are starting to feel jostled by the arrival of so
many newcomers. As one young postdoc complained to me, “Lots of people are
trying to hitch their wagon to the digital humanities star.” And maybe I
am one of them. One DH leader described me as a writer who traffics in
“edge discourse,” which is not quite the same thing as being a
“bottom feeder.” I gather it means that I am not an insider, nor am I
a complete outsider, since I’ve been following this movement for about three
years now (see my previous columns, “Summer Camp for
Digital Humanists
,” “The MLA and the
Digital Humanities
,” and “Digital
Humanities Triumphant?
“).

 

‘Big Tent Digital Humanities,’ a
View from the Edge, By William
Pannapacker

Chronicle
of Higher Education, July 31 & Sept. 19 2011


Part 1: http://chronicle.com/article/Big-Tent-Digital-Humanities/128434


Part 2: http://chronicle.com/article/Big-Tent-Digital-Humanities-a/129036/

Internet archivist seeks 1 of every book written

[From
the article
: RICHMOND, Calif. — Tucked away in a small warehouse on a
dead-end street, an Internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an
endangered species: the printed word. Brewster Kahle, 50, founded the nonprofit
Internet Archive in 1996 to save a copy of every Web page ever posted. Now the
MIT-trained computer scientist and entrepreneur is expanding his effort to
safeguard and share knowledge by trying to preserve a physical copy of every
book ever published. “There is always going to be a role for books,”
said Kahle as he perched on the edge of a shipping container soon to be tricked
out as a climate-controlled storage unit. Each container can hold about 40,000
volumes, the size of a branch library. “We want to see books live
forever.” …That’s far fewer than the roughly 130 million different books
Google Inc. engineers involved in that company’s book scanning project estimate
to exist worldwide. But Kahle says the ease with which they’ve acquired the
first half-million donated texts makes him optimistic about reaching what he
sees as a realistic goal of 10 million, the equivalent of a major university
library.]

Internet
archivist seeks 1 of every book written

Tucked away in a small warehouse on
a dead-end street, an Internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an
endangered species: the printed word.

By MARCUS
WOHLSEN
, Originally published Monday, August 1, 2011 at
7:07 AM

Associated Press

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2015790335_apuseverybookwritten.html