Founded in 2006, the Scholars’ Lab is the University of Virginia Library’s community lab for the practice of experimental scholarship in all fields, informed by digital humanities, spatial technologies, and cultural heritage thinking. We’ll provide an overview of how the Scholars’ Lab manages DH publication. Universities and libraries are adjusting as humanities faculty conduct research in ways similar to social and natural sciences: apply for grants, form collaborative research groups or labs, offer open peer review in advance of publication (like pre-prints), present work in poster sessions, and work with large datasets on experiments that are intended to be reproducible. Nevertheless, in digital humanities, we want to affirm the irreproducible, unverifiable qualitative work of the humanities, as well the distinctive humanities approaches to accessibility, preservation, and intellectual property. The Scholars’ Lab focuses on student fellowships and consultations on advanced humanities research with faculty and students. Our communication includes our collaborative staff- and student-authored scholarly blog at ScholarsLab.org/blog.
In this webinar, Head of Student Programs Brandon Walsh describes the outcome of a recent move of our main website from WordPress to Jekyll/markdown. And Walsh shares his work on DH publication that documents the labor of teaching. Co-Director Alison Booth speaks to the challenges of scholarly communication for humanities faculty who work with digital resources, based on her own experience as an English professor and director of a longstanding digital project, Collective Biographies of Women, which has been supported by different research groups, Scholars’ Lab and IATH. GIS Specialist Chris Gist discusses DH publication for GIS and spatial data.