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Report Explores Research Topics at Intersection of Humanities and Computer Science

at Intersection of Humanities and Computer Science

subject: CLIR
new media
learning and scholarship

CLIR Press Releases

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2009

Kathlin Smith

Report Explores Research Topics at Intersection of Humanities and Computer Science

Washington, D.C.-CLIR has issued Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship, a report of a workshop cosponsored by CLIR and the National Endowment for the Humanities in September 2008 to explore research topics arising at the intersection of humanities, social sciences, and computer science.

New media and technologies are providing opportunities to transform research, teaching, and learning in the humanities. As scholarship becomes increasingly digital and interdisciplinary, challenges emerge with respect to organizing, engineering, and deploying the technologies needed to operate at a very large scale. The search for solutions will require collaboration across disciplines-in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and technology.

Working Together or Apart focuses on two questions addressed at the workshop: (1) how do the new media advance and transform the interpretation and analysis of text, image, and other sources of interest to the humanities and social sciences and enable new expression and pedagogy?, and (2) how do those processes of inquiry pose questions and challenges for research in computer science as well as in the humanities and social sciences?

The volume opens with an essay by CLIR Director of Programs Amy Friedlander, which contextualizes and synthesizes the day’s discussion. It is followed by six papers prepared for the meeting and a summary of a report on digital humanities centers commissioned by CLIR and written by Diane Zorich.

Working Together or Apart is available electronically at Print copies are available for ordering through CLIR’s Web site, for $25 per copy plus shipping and handling.

The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the management of information for research, teaching, and learning. CLIR works to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good.

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