Digital manipulation of text and data creates new possibilities for scholarship. The Wikipedia entry for Digital humanities provides a good background.
In many cases this is simply an extension of previous scholarly efforts and there are no serious disruptions to the application of current tenure and promotion criteria.
In other cases there are entirely new types of efforts and products, and the scholarly community must develop new ways to recognize and reward such productivity.
Typical concerns include:
Some conversations about the issue are found at:
Some projects that are underway:
- HUBzero - an open source software platform for building powerful Web sites that support scientific discovery, learning, and collaboration.
- The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a gold open access, peer-reviewed, internationally-supported, academic-led, not-for-profit, mega-journal, multi-journal and books platform for the humanities.
- OSF Preprints - aggregates search results from a variety of other preprint providers such as arXiv, biorXiv, PeerJ, CogPrints and others.
- The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is to begin switching from Microsoft software to open-source alternatives in anticipation of large license fee increases by the Seattle computing giant.
Some local SXU initiatives include: