In a recent post in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Marc Parry discusses the emerging role of digital humanities in liberal arts / humanities academic programs. This article points out the new set of skills scholars may need, or need access to, including text encoding and knowledge of metadata schemas. Information professionals could potentially play a role in this new area of academia. The article also touches on the subjective nature of metadata creation that has been discussed in class blogs.
Some schools are offering Digital Humanities 101 classes that sound as if they could be in a LIS or CS program. These DH classes debate the definition of data and discuss the subjective nature of data entry and data categorization. The students engage in projects using HTML coding, converting card-catalog-type stores of information into digital databases, and exploring text-analysis software and content-management systems.
The digital humanities’ approach to scholarly study and research has potential to “upset the traditional model” of scholarship, according to Parry. DH encourages collaborative projects, distant reading of text, and online publication in contrast to more traditional models of study with individuals writing papers for a single professor.