Amongst Digital Humanists: An Ethnographic Study of Digital by Smiljana Antonijević

By Smiljana Antonijević

Among electronic Humanists brings an ethnographic account of the altering panorama of humanities scholarship because it impacts person students, educational fields and associations, and argues for a pluralistic imaginative and prescient of electronic wisdom construction within the humanities.

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She thus finds electronic search and access “the single most helpful thing,” which has been of critical importance for her work. Scholars in the sciences and social sciences also identified the transformative role of electronic search on their research practices. For instance, a professor of astrophysics related that he rarely goes to the library now that he can search the catalogs online, as well as read and conduct research from his office. He pointed out, however, that digital technologies offer more than mere conveniences, as he now has access to preprints as well as the ability to Workflows of Digital Scholars ● 41 distribute his work before publication.

Among the respondents in the social sciences, digital research tools and methods have steadily developed into a “new methodological normal” ever since the 1990s. Digital tools and methods, including online surveys, Skype interviewing, digital audio and video recording, smartphones, and netbooks have all assumed a regular role in data collection and analysis practices: My major project is in South Africa, and we collect data through netbooks; we had about 10,000 students in that sample. We also observe teachers teaching the lessons, and we use digitally-recorded video and audio-recordings of the teachers.

Not really. It’s not very intuitive. Why I use it? I guess when I was in graduate school somebody recommended it to me and I just bought it. (Assistant professor of English as a second language) A tendency among scholars in the humanities and social sciences to keep using certain digital research tools despite dissatisfaction existed in other segments of their workf low, too. , 2004), but it also indicates the lack of humanists’ inf luence on the development of digital research tools, as I discuss in chapter 4 .

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