CLIR Releases Report on Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

June 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Council on Library and Information Resources released a new report, “One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge“.  This report documents the first eight projects and participants of the Digging into Data Challenge, which was co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada and the NSF.

The report makes several recommendations to promote and support computationally intensive research in the humanities that are important for small liberal arts colleges, including:

  • Take a more inclusive approach to collaboration, including library, information technology and other academic staff, undergraduates, and citizen scholars
  • Adopt models for sharing credit among collaborators: This recommendation has implications for tenure and promotion for those who participate in collaborative projects at small colleges.
  • Make greater, sustained institutional investments in human infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure and Adopt models for sharing resources among institutions: Scholars at small liberal arts colleges may be effectively prevented from participating in computationally intensive projects if they must rely solely on the resources of their own institution.
  • Researchers should create opportunities for students to develop these kinds of expertise: Such opportunities would enable undergraduates to engage in humanities research and develop important technology expertise.
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