No longer the Day of DH

I had ambitious plans for this ephemero-blog, but now it’s half past midnight in Austin and the Day of DH is already over. I wanted to talk about using digital tools in humanities research, and particularly in using them to allow other scholars access to the products of that research (something I’ve worked on in the course of my archaeological field project). I wanted to talk about long-term preservation, and about how we plan to create content with value that will outlast its current delivery system (I’ve thought about this a lot in terms of the content in GeoDia — the interface will certainly change or disappear within a few years, so how can the data be salvaged to be reincarnated in some other visualization?). And I wanted to talk — hopefully without ranting — about what I, as a relative newcomer to this field, see as a set of problematic incentives (and disincentives) for digital humanities work, including an increasingly winner-take-all funding environment that seems to reflect the less savory aspects of the commercial software-development ecosystem (not so much notion of the survival of the fittest platform, but the self-promotion and cultish devotion to one’s own solution as the perfect solution, without room for critical examination of what we really want to accomplish and how our tools either meet or transform those goals). But there’s only so much one can fit into a single day.