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FORCE2018 at McGill University on October 11-12, 2018 – with pre-conference workshops on Oct 10 hosted at Concordia University
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Friday, October 12 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Defining collaboration in the (Global) Digital Humanities

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Digital Humanities (DH) is often considered as an innovative and collaborative community. Collaboration is considered to be essential to DH, as one researcher can rarely have all of the humanistic and technical knowledge to work alone on a project (see, for instance, DH Commons: https://dhcommons.org/projects). DH collaboration can take many forms, for example, between technical and non-technical humanistic groups, the public who participate in crowdsourcing projects, and also with researchers across different countries. However, collaboration remains under-discussed inside the DH community and there is no consensus about what a collaborative DH project should be. This is a problem when engaging researchers from different locations in DH transnational “global” projects, as those external reserchers are rarely given funding or the credit they deserve for their participation, and their work remains, most of the times, invisible. Also, the lack of open policies in DH projects do not help to establish a continuous engagement with the different DH communities around the world. On the opposite, this kind of collaboration is intermittent and that DH knowledge is rarely disseminated locally, as many DH projects still use propietary software. I am interested in deepening in these issues in my talk, in order to work on a more global and critical DH.

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Gimena Del Rio Riande

Researcher, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)