Assessment, Number Lust, and Mission Creep

The mania of our time is assessment.  We wish to know what works, what doesn’t, and what we might do differently to improve.  But assessment must be objective in order to avoid being merely subjective, and nothing is more objective, it appears, than a number.  Unfortunately, most things that matter in real life are not readily … More Assessment, Number Lust, and Mission Creep

Digital History Reading Group V: DH Theory and Criticism

At the last meeting, the idea was suggested to discuss more of the theory and criticism of digital humanities.  Beyond the nuts and bolts of particular projects, are there particular strengths to doing history digitally?  Particular weaknesses?  Are we all just wowed by numbers?  (As Johanna Drucker put it, “Did we all forget how to … More Digital History Reading Group V: DH Theory and Criticism

Digital History Reading Group IV: What does it take?

What does it take to do a digital project?  Or rather, since digital projects come in a variety of shapes and sizes, what different requirements do different types of DH project have? This might include what intellectual resources, what available primary or secondary sources, what infrastructure support, what technical support, what financial resources, and what … More Digital History Reading Group IV: What does it take?