[Humanist] 28.299 events: Software as Scholarship cfp

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Sat Aug 30 09:09:01 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 299.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:03:09 +0000
        From: <tara.andrews at kps.unibe.ch>
        Subject: Call for papers 'Software as Scholarship', Bern, 29-30 January 2015

Abstracts are now invited for a two-day workshop, jointly organised by Digital Humanities @ Uni Bern and Infoclio.ch http://Infoclio.ch , to be held 29-30 January 2015.

The full call for participation is now online:

Deadline for abstract submission: 11 October 2014.

With best wishes,
Tara Andrews

Prof. Dr. Tara L Andrews
Digital Humanities, Universität Bern

Scholarship in Software, Software as Scholarship: From Genesis to Peer Review

‘Expressions’, 29 January 2015: Workshop on Software-based Scholarship
Organizer: Digital Humanities, Universität Bern

Computation and software analysis have entered nearly every imaginable field of scholarship in the last decades, in a variety of forms from digital publication of results to computational modelling embedded in experimental work. In each of these digital outputs – be it an interactive publication with mapping of relevant geo-referenced data, or perhaps a statistical program for the categorization of millions of books according to their literary genre – there is some manifestation directly in the computer code of the scholarly thought that underlies the project, of the intellectual argument around which the outcome is based.

The fact that scholarly software includes scholarly content is reasonably well-accepted. What remains controversial is the attempt at identification, in any particular instance, of what scholarly contribution has been made by a piece of software. Its makers tend to express the scholarship in writing separate from the software itself, if they even make explicit at all the scholarly reasoning that went into the code; its reviewers and users tend either to treat the software as a ‘black box’, opaque to informed scrutiny and therefore to be looked on with grave suspicion, or to deny that this particular software has any scholarship inherent to the source code. Given that our mechanisms for identifying and evaluating the scholarship within computer code are nearly nonexistent, we must ask: how do intellectual arguments — how does scholarship — come to be expressed in the software of digital humanities? How does this scholarship, so evident in theory but so elusive in practice, fit into the scientific process of advancement of knowledge?

‘Evaluation’, 30 January 2015: Round table on Peer Review for Digital Scholarly Work
Organizer: Infoclio.ch

Related to the question of the expression of scholarship in software, and in other forms of digital publication as well, is the question of how to evaluate it. This topic will be the focus of a half-day roundtable, Peer Review for Digital Scholarly Work, to be held on 30 January 2015. Digital scholarly works such as Digital Editions, Digital Libraries, Digital Exhibitions, Data Visualization, Geographical Information Systems and the like are increasingly frequent in the Humanities, as main or secondary output of research projects; the question of how best to evaluate them takes on ever greater importance. At the moment, researchers doing digital scholarly work are usually unable to obtain academic credit for their work—in order to obtain scholarly recognition, they must additionally publish a “normal” article in a print-based journal about their digital work.

As universities and national research funding agencies across the world move toward encouraging more digital scholarship in the humanities, there is an urgent need to discuss the criteria and benchmarks that should be in place for evaluating digital scholarly work. We welcome contributions about existing initiatives in this domain as well as more theoretical contributions that treat the topic of peer review of digital scholarly work.

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