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Humanist Archives: March 31, 2022, 7:40 a.m. Humanist 35.625 - events: preservation of collaborative projects

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 625.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
                      Hosted by DH-Cologne
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        Date: 2022-03-31 05:44:17+00:00
        From: Luis Meneses <>
        Subject: CFP: Open Digital Collaborative Project Preservation in the Humanities - DHSI 2022

In cooperation with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, a virtual
conference on Open Digital Collaborative Project Preservation in the
Humanities will be held on June 7, 2022.

Open digital collaborative scholarship in the Arts and Humanities is
significant for facilitating public access to and engagement with
research, and as a mechanism of growing the digital scholarly
infrastructure. But the path to adopting open, collaborative, digital
scholarship has been challenging, not least of all due to questions of
economic stability, infrastructure, access, understanding,
implementation, and engagement.

The advent of online technologies has provided Arts and Humanities
researchers with greater opportunities to collaborate and create
different projects. These projects are computationally robust and
require a significant amount of collaboration, which brings together
different types of expertise to collaborate on equal terms rather than a
model where some sets of expertise are in service to others.

The convenience and familiarity of computational methods can make us
forget (or overlook) that there is a certain fragility associated with
our online tools. Kathleen Fitzpatrick has argued that many online
projects in the digital humanities have an implied planned
obsolesce—which means that they will degrade over time once they cease
to receive updates in their content and software libraries (Planned
Obsolescence, NYU Press, 2011). In turn, this planned obsolescence
threatens the completeness and the sustainability of our research
outputs in the Arts and Humanities over time, presenting a complex
problem made more complex when environments are not static objects but
rather dynamic collaborative spaces.

This virtual conference aims to address the following research questions:

• How can we create viable, sustainable pathways for open, digital

• How can we design, implement, and document the best practices for the
development of open, social, digital projects in the Arts and Humanities?

• How can we amplify the positive aspects of collaboration to magnify
the contribution and streamline the development of digital projects?

• How can we preserve these environments in ways that speak to the needs
of our communities, and are open, collaborative, effective, and sustainable?

Submissions should be sent via email
<>and are due by April 4. They should include
the title of the submission, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of
contributor(s), and a 300-word abstract. Video presentations will be due
on May 16.

Videos will be posted asynchronously prior to DHSI, and a real-time
discussion will take place on 7 June 2022.

This conference is part ofDHSI 2022—Online Edition
<>. Other aligned conferences
and events are:

• Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship

• Right to Left (RTL)

• Project Management in the Humanities

• Launching a Digital Commons for the Humanities and Social Sciences

• GraphPoem

The CFP for all conferences is open till April 4. To submit an abstract
or learn more about these events, visit ourpage


Luis Meneses, PhD, (he, him)
Instructor, Computer Science
Vancouver Island University
Ph: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2363

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