Schrattenkalk in Kairo

This post is part of a series. Please also check out the other posts:
Part 1: What is the Web 2.0
Part 2: The challenge
Part 3: Inverse footnotes
Part 4: The exculpation of Wikis
Part 5: Information Overload

Moving humanities into the future is obviously not an idea I invented. To my disappointment, the notion of “humanities 2.0″ is not of my sole brain child either. Obviously there is a number of people out there who discuss and think about similar topics. Before linking to them however I wanted to create a base first of what will be the topic on my own blog. I think with five posts I have created this base and will now give a first and superficial look at what I found thanks to Google.

The topic of humanities 2.0 is mainly divided into two areas. One area is covering teaching and didactics. I will completely omit this, as I am personally focusing on research. The debate on research seems to be mainly led in the United States and most of the proponents of the idea seem to come out of libraries and archives. This is natural as it is mostly archivists and librarians, who will actually apply these ideas. However I think it would be positive if the larger research community would participate in these discussions, as it is us who finally will have to work with the tools.

For now I will only link to a small number of articles. I would encourage you though to look at the blogs in total on which they are published. Tom Scheinfeldt wrote an interesting essay on the consequences of new technology for history (as a subject) and historians in general. Also on history, but more technical, an article by Dan Cohen on the research on tools for researchers. There is not only blogs, but also podcasts. Here you can hear what THATPodcast thinks of Omeka, a collection publishing system. I also recommend the long overview with many links on digital humanities in 2007 by Lisa Spira; Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. It is not on a blog, but let that not deter you, this article covers the problems of digitisation from a copy right perspective.

There is or better was a couple of events on humanities 2.0. All of them seem to be in the States. The only one I found which is still upcoming is the THATCamp. It is kind of ironic that a Humanities 2.0 Conference has not more information on the conference online. Posting the texts of the presentations would be a good start. The ESGA Mardi Gras Conference had a keynote on “Humanities 2.0: Promises, Perils, Predictions” by Cathy N. Davidson. I might send her an email and ask if I can get the manuscript. Prof. Davidson also spoke at the UIC on a similar topic: “Humanities 2.0: Or, A Manifesto for Technology in an Age of Humanism.” Also the Rosenzweig Forum covered a related topic this year.

As I warned you ahead. This is only a very shallow first look at what is around online. However it is reassuring to see that other and maybe more competent and most importantly better placed individuals are also thinking about these issues. If you see any other posts or blogs, make sure to leave me a comment or send me an email.


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