Digital Scholarship Seminar: Implications of Data for the 21st-century Humanist

4:00pm EDT April 29, 2011

Seminar organizers encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others interested in digital scholarship, digital humanities, and related projects to attend this online seminar in institutional teams if possible. (Times EDT)
Program Description

As increasing amounts of humanities data comes online, scholars face new challenges in adapting traditional research, dissemination, and teaching practices. Without pretending to have all the answers, this presentation will address a constellation of related questions:

  • What do humanists gain from using new techniques for quick charting or mapping of their data? 
  • How can we lower the technological barrier? 
  • Does this compromise the deep analysis so valued in the humanities? 
  • How is data in the humanities changing the relationship between researchers and archivists, as well as the nature of scholarly collaboration? 
  • How does our evaluation of historical scholarship need to change? How much do algorithms and data literacy need to be a part of humanities courses? 
  • What happens when we can’t understand where our data is coming from or what our digital tools are doing?  

Fred Gibbs is an Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University and Director of Digital Scholarship at the Center for History and New Media

This Digital Scholarship seminar will be facilitated by Kathryn Tomasek, Associate Professor of History at Wheaton College (MA) and will take place online in NITLE’s Virtual Auditorium. For more information, see our instructions on Participating in Online Events.


Please register by sending an e-mail to by April 25, 2011Registration is free; however, space is limited. 


For more information about this event or the Digital Scholarship Seminar Series, please contact Rebecca Davis at