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Break-Out Group 2

This group included representatives from Brown, University of Virginia, California Digital Library, Open University, USC, and others. (scribes, Elli Mylonas and Bethany Nowviskie)


fundamental need to reach out to scholars to demonstrate transformative elements of digital scholarship –

how to demonstrate value, an outreach component

need to remove the word training, add "outreach/communication"

how do we develop digital humanists – how to expand the circle, integrate this into graduate training

design principles for digital scholarship – how to design tools so that they are more intuitive for traditional scholars?

the methodological turn – digital humanities was easy for scholars who came from textual studies – anything methodological (editing, corpus linguistics, prosopography). Not so easy for scholars who are working more consciously from theoretical and interpretive standpoints. How to get at this?

how to get digital scholarship into graduate education? need to mainstream or integrate.

  • (coming from a concern about the language used to frame this direction) How can we shift the focus of this direction from "education and training" to mentoring, outreach, and communication?
  • (addressing grad student education and outreach to faculty colleagues) Can we develop a rich, attractive digital humanities culture by mainstreaming e-scholarship methods, practices, and educational opportunities into the traditional disciplines? (in part, this question comes from a sense that it has been easier for scholars whose work is methodological rather than primarily hermeneutical or interpretive to engage with the digital humanities)


How willingly and well are various groups using/developing standards? What are the common pitfalls?

How do you communicate about standards with colleagues who may be unfamiliar with them?

How can Bamboo remain open to new standards or help identify gaps where new standards are needed and participate in developing them?

How do we help resolve conflicting standards?

  • Can Bamboo offer a clearinghouse for standards and help people make informed choices about them? We have a sense that Bamboo shouldn't be involved in creating standards, but rather in helping creators express their work.
  • (This comes from an initial understanding on the part of some humanities scholars that the kind of "standards" we're talking about are less technical and more about vetting, peer review, and methodology.) Can this direction be shaped to address best practices for applying standards?
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