“Everything Is Cool When You’re Part of a Team”

May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’ll be delivering the keynote today at a mini-symposium on collaboration that proceeds THATCamp DHCollaborate 2014 at Texas A&M University: http://dhcollaborate2014.thatcamp.org/ 

Here’s a description of my talk and a trailer . . .
“Everything Is Cool When You’re Part of a Team”

Most parents know the anthem from this year’s Lego Movie, “Everything is Awesome . . .”, but did you catch the second line? “Everything is cool when you’re part of a team”? This upbeat line defines the credo of the utopian lego world portrayed in the movie. As Lisa Spiro has argued, collaboration is also a core value in the digital humanities community and one of the defining characteristics said to separate digital humanists from analog counterparts. Some collaborations, like the loosely-coupled work of crowdsourcing, require modular tasks that can be as easily snapped together as lego bricks. Others require joint problem solving that depends on shared understanding, coordinated expertise, and intense communication. Based on her experience with such collaborations as the Sunoikisis Virtual Classics Department and DHCommons online hub for matching digital humanities projects seeking assistance with scholars interested in project collaboration, Rebecca Frost Davis will explore collaboration within the digital humanities and beyond. Come consider the meaning of collaboration for humanities scholarship, employers, funders, digital culture and the college students of tomorrow. Bring your own legos.

Watch this space.  I’ll be adding links and slides later today . . . And if you want to follow the conference, the hashtag is #dhcoll14



Links and References

Collaboration in the Digital Humanities

Geoffrey Rockwell, “Growth of ‘collaboration’ and ‘collaborations’ across the Humanist
corpus” [1987-2007]. Visualization from Voyant + Humanist. http://voyant-tools.org/?corpus=humanist

Lisa Spiro. “Collaborative Authorship in the Humanities.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, April 21, 2009. http://digitalscholarship.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/collaborative-authorship-in-the-humanities/
Lisa Spiro. “Examples of Collaborative Digital Humanities Projects.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, April 21, 2009. http://digitalscholarship.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/examples-of-collaborative-digital-humanities-projects/
Spiro, Lisa. “‘This Is Why We Fight’: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K. Gold. University of Minnesota Press, 2012. http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/part/2. 

Collaborative Projects

Sunoikisis. http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/

Texas Language Consortium: Using Smart Technology to Increase Course Offerings in World Languages

DHCommons: http://dhcommons.org/

Belbin Team roles:  http://www.improvingteams.com/using-the-nine-belbin-team-roles-for-team-development/

Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture:

“A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices.  A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created).” (Jenkins, 3)

Jenkins, Henry. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.http://digitallearning.macfound.org/atf/cf/%7B7E45C7E0-A3E0-4B89-AC9C-E807E1B0AE4E%7D/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF.

Networked Learning

Siemens, George. “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age.” Elearnspace, December 12, 2004. http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm.

Undergraduate Research:

Chris Blackwell & Tom Martin, “Technology, Collaboration, and Undergraduate Research.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3, no. 1 (2009).

Wheaton College Digital History Project: http://wheatoncollege.edu/digital-history-project/

Integrating DH Projects Checklist:

Enduring Women: http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2013-01-29/student-work-featured-in-photography-and-oral-history-exhi




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