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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

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
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
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
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
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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Source:  OpenStax, Online humanities scholarship: the shape of things to come. OpenStax CNX. May 08, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11199/1.1
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