[Humanist] 27.747 recognising academic contributions? National Library of Scotland survey

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Jan 28 07:30:39 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 747.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Prescott, Andrew" <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>            (14)
        Subject: National Library of Scotland New Developments

  [2]   From:    Colin Greenstreet <colin.greenstreet at googlemail.com>      (60)
        Subject: Recognising and tracking academic contributions to
                academic/public history digital collaborations

        Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:23:50 +0000
        From: "Prescott, Andrew" <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: National Library of Scotland New Developments

The National Library of Scotland is a partner in the development of an exciting new project at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow which will create new purpose-built research facilities for moving image, sound and digital content.  These new facilities will offer access to the Scottish Screen Archive (previously located at Hillington), Sound Scotland and digital content currently only available through the NLS Reading Rooms in Edinburgh.  This digital content includes e-books, newspapers, digitised manuscripts, maps, magazines and other content. from the Library.  

A survey is being carried out to assist in the design of these new NLS facilities and services. Please help us by completing a questionnaire if you are interested in research or in finding out about Scotland's moving images/films or sound heritage.  All completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw for two £50 Amazon vouchers.

For the questionnaire see http://surveys.scotinform.co.uk/NLS%20Kelvin%20Hall/snnls_kelvin_hall.htm?id=1EyD_


Professor Andrew Prescott FRHistS 
Head of Department 
Department of Digital Humanities 
King's College London 
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        Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:01:17 +0000
        From: Colin Greenstreet <colin.greenstreet at googlemail.com>
        Subject: Recognising and tracking academic contributions to academic/public history digital collaborations

Dear Willard,

I  am getting in touch with a question regarding the MarineLives project,
an academic/public history project, which I founded and co-direct with
fellow volunteer, Jill Wilcox. We run the project with the help of a
voluntary leadership and advisory team. Our project goal is the
collaborative transcription, linkage and enrichment of primary manuscripts
from the High Court of Admiralty, London, 1650-1669. See:  [

My question is triggered by Seth Denbo's blog piece yesterday (17th Jan.
2014) for the American Historical Association on the Professional
Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians [
In his blog, Seth announces the creation of a Committee to be led by
Professor Edward Ayers to evaluate issues related to the evaluation of
digital scholarship, and makes reference to output from the earlier Working
Group on Evaluating Public History Scholarship [

I'm not an academic, and therefore have absolutely no interest in tenure -
in the business world, from which I come from, there has been no such thing
as tenure for thirty years. Nevetheless, I understand the appeal of a
steady job. I also understand the considerable pressure PhD candidates and
early career scholars feel to demonstrate their scholarship in ways which
will be rewarded tangibly as well as spiritually.

So we have recently started a discussion amongst our current, past, and
possible future academic contributors.

The first question we have asked our Twitter followers/activists is simple:

Will anyone thank me for working with

@annotatesources, I should explain, is a second Twitter handle we have
recently introduced, under the @marinelivesorg umbrella, to communicate
with individuals who want to be more actively involved with annotating
MarineLives material.

We went on to reference Seth Denbo's blog piece on Professional Evaluation
of Digital Scholarship by Historians

The second question we have asked is around how our contributors would like
to be recognised for their voluntary efforts?

Specifically, we are exploring whether people would like us to embed their
Twitter handles or Academia.edu IDs into wiki pages where they have made a
contribution. Clearly not all academics use Twitter and not all have
Academia.edu profiles.  Some scholars use Twitter in a very chatty mode,
and others in a more content oriented mode.  And some scholars with
Academia.edu pages might benefit from thinking more robustly about how they
present themselves. Nevertheless, embedding some some of academic ID handle
into our Google searchable wiki pages would provide a very simple method to
record and track specific contributions.

Examples of our content wikis (works in progress like all wikis) can be
seen at Annotate HCA 13/73  http://annotatehca1373.wikispot.org/  and
MarineLives-Tools  http://marinelives-tools.wikispot.org/Front_Page 

What do you think, and what do the readers of the Humanist think about this
simple idea?

Best wishes,

Colin Greenstreet
Co-director, MarineLives

Blog: http://marinelives-theshippingnews.org/blog/
Twitter 1: @marinelivesorg [for general news and content updates]
Twitter 2: @annotatesources [for academic/public collaborative annotation
of HCA 13/73]

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