Evalutaion of our DH project proposals: an idea

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 During the last weeks, we have read and discussed a lot of different aspects concerning the evaluation of Digital Humanities project proposals: relevance and pertinence about specific academic disciplines or fields of study; collaboration; consulting with experts; and so on.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 From my point of view, there is one specific factor we should keep in strong consideration: the real, concrete intersection between two different forms of objects. On one side, indeed, we have something we are used to consider not (or not at all) digital, such as – looking to the project proposals of my classmates posted on the site – a zine catalogue, a series of events, academic papers, records about crimes, poems; on the other, we are all trying to take advantage of digital tools to circulate these non digital objects in a wider environment. And we are doing this, in this specific way, because we are sure that these objects deserve to be known and discussed by a number of people greater than their normal audience.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 So, I think that we should consider, when we evaluate our projects, the degree of this interaction: I would assign a higher score to projects that mix in a more dynamic way the two natures of the objects, digital and non digital. In my opinion, a project that does not limit to apply digital tools to non digital data, but creates a dynamic intersection with, for instance, automatic processes is more valuable than other ones. We should, in other words, consider digital tools not only as passive receivers of our commands. And I think the projects of my classmates could be classified following their different approaches to this interactivity.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Another doubt I have is about the role of experts in the evaluation of our projects. Even if the relevance of their advises in undeniable, I think that the tight schedule we are force to follow would not allow us to wait too long for them. Maybe, we could ask the Digital Fellows of the GC to work as our experts group, also with the support of all the people invited to our classes during last semester.

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  1. Posted July 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    A great post!
    I’m Really impressed by the project proposal idea. you have good points for sharing and for implementation as well.
    Well Done!

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