Online publications that aggregate content from a wide variety of sources have become increasingly valuable to readers and publishers. The academy, however, is still unsure how to efficiently identify, collect, survey, evaluate, and redistribute the valuable scholarly writing published both formally and informally on the open web. Fortunately, some scholarly communities are developing methods to draw attention to upcoming work in their fields. This report by project director Joan Fragaszy Troyano outlines the current state of the aggregation, curation, evaluation, and distribution of scholarship on the open web. HTML | PDF
An archived version of PressForward’s webinar for Educause is now available. More than 65 leaders in information technology and higher education logged in for the live webinar. The audio, slides, and chat transcript are still available for this overview of current efforts to distribute and evaluate scholarly work available on the open web. The webinar... Read more »
Digital Humanities Now, a PressForward publication experimenting with the aggregation and curation of scholarly communication on the open web, has won an inaugural DH Award. The award was determined by a public vote, and DHNow won in the "Best Blog, Article, or Short Publication" Category. Thanks to all our supporters!
Sixteen months after the relaunch of Digital Humanities Now, it is time again to offer a glimpse behind the scenes. While many of the trends we identified in our six month report remain stable, there have been two significant changes in our editorial process. First, we have reduced our publication cycle from daily to twice weekly. Second, we have expanded our editorial team to include 121 Editors-at-Large from the digital humanities community.
PressForward's experimental publication Digital Humanities Now is in the running for an inaugural Digital Humanities Award: Recognizing Excellence in Digital Humanities. Both nominations and final award decisions are open for a public vote, and overseen by an international nominations committee. Voting is open to all through February 17 and we'd appreciate your vote!
This presentation provides an overview of current efforts to distribute and evaluate scholarly work available on the open web, and an explanation of the experimental methods behind PressForward’s Digital Humanities Now and Journal of Digital Humanities. It also includes a preview of the open source adaptations to WordPress software that PressForward is developing to enable scholarly communities to easily aggregate, select, and credit work published on the open web.
With this fourth issue we wrap up the first year of the Journal of Digital Humanities, and with it, our first twelve months of attempting to find and promote digital scholarship from the open web using a system of layered review. The importance of assessment and the scholarly vetting process around digital scholarship has been foremost in our minds, as it has in the minds of many others this year. As digital humanities continues to grow and as more scholars and disciplines become invested in its methods and results, institutions and scholars increasingly have been debating how to maintain academic rigor while accepting new genres and the openness that the web promotes.
PressForward is experimenting with aggregating real-time conference proceedings for the 2012 Museum Computer Network meeting in Seattle this week. We are trying to build a replicable model for generating inexpensive digital conference proceedings to demonstrate how a museum, library, archive, or scholarly society can aggregate digital materials from symposia, meetings, conferences, and other public programs... Read more »
American History Now is a new PressForward publication and part of a broad effort to reconceive scholarly communication to suit the digital age. It combines some elements of a traditional scholarly journal, particularly the idea of vetting by an editorial board, with new forms of community made possible by digital media. American History Now aims to address some... Read more »
The third issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is now available online, with options to download as epub, PDF, or iBook. So much of the content of digital humanities begins in the analog world: documents that are scanned and indexed; maps that are recast in GIS; quantities that are converted to machine-readable tables. Although... Read more »