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If the opportunities are so clear, then why are the responses so unsatisfactory, as with the case of ERIH?  It is easy to point the finger at the faults in the tried and true system of peer review as the source of difficulties.  Yes, it is a system that is difficult to manage and expensive to maintain, but the glory of Garfield’s citation analysis is that it manages to capture peer review happening, as it were, in the wild, at that point when another scholar references a piece of work as influential for his own, thereby making explicit a judgment call about the importance of another scholar’s work.  Surely the digital humanities community can find a similar juncture, more subtle than hit counts but more easily captured than full-blown reviews, because the community of scholars should be able to agree upon what constitutes a quality output, whatever its format.

Unfortunately, it appears that we cannot do this even in the analog realm. A recent workshop held in conjunction with the 2010 Modern Language Association Conference in assessing digital humanities scholarship created in non-traditional formats (thematic research collections, e-lit, e-scholarly editions, etc) suggested the opposite. Over thirty academics, from Department Chairs to graduate students, attended. The workshop was developed around a series of case studies. The first case study was an e-edition of the work of a little-known poet. While the edition was replete with contextual information, scholarly apparatus, and technical background, the first comment by a workshop participant was that this was not scholarship, it was service. The creation of a scholarly edition was a service activity, not a scholarly one regardless of the medium of presentation. The workshop facilitators immediately realized that the battle lines were far from fixed and that having a work in digital form only served to reinforce certain existing prejudices rather than allow for a widened scholarly horizon.

Given such challenges, is it possible we could focus, writ large, on developing new modes of peer review for digital production, as occurs within the NINES community? If so, can we convince institutions and funding agencies to accept the results of these modes?  The answers to both of these questions surely must be yes, but the ever-broadening focus of European digital humanities scholars has not yet come to rest on these most political and procedural issues within the ecosystem of scholarly communications and production.  The problem may be deeper entrenched than we expect, but doesn't that also mean that the opportunities for real innovation are greater?

Many of the reasons for the disagreements among us are cultural, but others may have to do with the nature of the resources themselves, in particular when we shift our focus back purely to the digital realm. For it is here that we find ourselves yet again handling that old chestnut crossed with a hot potato, sustainability.  If we do not yet “trust” digital resources the way we do analog ones, at least part of the reason for this is that we have not had them around for hundreds of years, and do not yet feel secure that we will have them around for many years or decades more. How can we validate a scholarly career on the basis of something that may be perceived as ephemeral? 

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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