Senseney, Tracy participate in Digital Humanities 2018

Daniel G Tracy
Daniel G Tracy, Affiliate Assistant Professor

Megan Senseney, research scientist for the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), and Daniel G. Tracy, information sciences and digital humanities librarian at the iSchool and assistant professor at the University Library, will present their research at Digital Humanities 2018, which will be held on June 26-29 in Mexico City. The theme for this year's conference is "Puentes/Bridges," which reflects the crossing of cultural, technological, political, and ideological borders towards the creation of an transnational and inclusive digital humanities community.

Senseney will present "Audiences, Evidence, and Living Documents: Motivating Factors in Digital Humanities Monograph Publishing," which includes iSchool coauthors Postdoctoral Research Associate Katrina Fenlon and Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn. Their paper describes preliminary outcomes of a series of interviews with humanities scholars, focusing on the scholars' motivations for publishing digital, open access, and multimedia monographs. Outcomes of this study are guiding the development of a service model for library-based humanities publishing, as part of the Publishing Without Walls project.

She organized and will present at the panel, "Unanticipated Afterlives: Resurrecting Dead Projects and Research Data for Pedagogical Use." The goal of the panel is to explore the intersection of data sharing and digital pedagogy to interrogate how past projects are adopted as data sets for teaching and training; propose evaluation criteria for selecting these data sets; discuss what these classroom efforts indicate about the sustainability of digital humanities projects; and examine how knowledge of these classroom cases might inform curatorial decisions in active digital humanities projects.

Tracy will present the poster, "Building a Bridge to Next Generation DH Services in Libraries with a Campus Needs Assessment," which includes iSchool affiliated faculty member Harriett Green as a coauthor. The poster reports on key findings from a needs assessment for digital humanities library services undertaken at a large research university and how the library services will evolve to meet needs identified on campus.

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