Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship (or Anything Else New in a Large Organization)

I recently gave a talk at Brown University on “Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship,” and upon reflection it struck me that the lessons I tried to convey were more generally applicable. Everyone prefers to talk about innovation, rather than institutionalization, but the former can only have a long-term impact if the latter occurs. What at first seems … Continue reading Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship (or Anything Else New in a Large Organization)

Critical Elements of Web Culture Scholars Should Understand

The Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia has posted audio recordings of sessions from “The Humanities in a Digital Age,” a symposium that took place in November at UVA’s new Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures. My keynote at the symposium was entitled "Humanities Scholars and the Web: Past, Present, Future," and focused … Continue reading Critical Elements of Web Culture Scholars Should Understand

The Ivory Tower and the Open Web: Introduction: Burritos, Browsers, and Books [Draft]

[A draft of the introduction to my forthcoming book, The Ivory Tower and the Open Web, which looks at academic resistance to the modes and genres of the web, and how those modes and genres might actually reinvigorate the academy. I'll be posting drafts of chapters as well for open comment and criticism.] In the … Continue reading The Ivory Tower and the Open Web: Introduction: Burritos, Browsers, and Books [Draft]

A Lesson from the Past about Genres and Bias

In my sophomore year of college I took a new course with more buzz than a summer blockbuster: "Postmodernism." Students literally ran to sign up for it, partly because it was taught by the coolest, mustard-suited professor on campus, Andrew Ross, and partly because it promised a semester filled with graphic novels, Survival Research Labs, … Continue reading A Lesson from the Past about Genres and Bias

Thoughts on One Week | One Tool

Well that just happened. It's hard to believe that last Sunday twelve scholars and software developers were arriving at the brand-new Mason Inn on our campus and now have created and launched a tool, Anthologize, that created a frenzy on social and mass media. If you haven't already done so, you should first read the … Continue reading Thoughts on One Week | One Tool

Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Values

[A contribution to the Hacking the Academy book project. Tom Scheinfeldt and I are crowdsourcing the content of that book in one week.] In my post The Social Contract of Scholarly Publishing, I noted that there is a supply side and a demand side to scholarly communication: The supply side is the creation of scholarly … Continue reading Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Values