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My contribution this week is a review essay on a few different works by Tanya E. Clement titled “Half-Baked: The State of Evaluation in the Digital Humanities.” I found her arguments to be really relevant to the works up for discussion this week.
The intellectual, technical, and theoretical motivations behind the projects discused in The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age and Switching Codes mirror the most productive (and unique) motivations behind current scholarship and practice in DH in general – that is, to critique and change scholarly information infrastructure. Thus, these books’ real contributions are the responses they offer to critiques of DH;
The article is comprised of her review of those books listed above, and she comes to the conclusion that they are “important books because they help us mark and reflect on how evaluating scholarship…is evolving.”
What these two books do is stress the importance of measuring contributions in the field of digital humanities.
This article does a good job at summing up a major role of DHers – the role of critique. It is important, for the field to grow and evolve, to critique each other’s work.