Monthly Archives: December 2010


There are a number of events upcoming in January that’ll be of interest to any London-based readers. I wish some of these had crossed my transom earlier: evidently this is what I get for only checking my Twitter feed on holidays.

Anyway, in chronological order:

  • The good folks at the British Museum are hosting a study day on Cultural heritage and the semantic web on Thursday, 13 January. It runs from 09.15 – 15.30, so it should be pretty meaty. Tickets are free, and can be booked through the day’s page at
  • The Royal Opera House (!) is sponsoring a pair of Culture Hack Days the 15th and 16th of January. What exactly is going on here is a bit mysterious—the Google Group hasn’t been updated in ages—but if you click on a bunch of links on their home page, maybe you’ll find out.
  • The weekend after that (January 22nd and 23rd) The Guardian is sponsoring a History Hack Day. This one looks serious—details at—and I literally cannot wait.

Modes of Collaboration in the (Digital) Humanities

This post started off as a comment on Elena Pierazzo’s note drawing attention to a very useful blog entry by Lisa Spiro on collaborative projects in the humanities. But it’s grown a little large for that, and my purpose here isn’t really to respond to that entry — which, as I say, is tremendously useful and thorough — but more to comment on collaboration in the humanities in general. Or rather, how it tends to get talked about — on the rhetoric of collaboration in the humanities.

Because I’m struck by how readily it’s assumed that collaboration in the humanities is an unreservedly Good Thing. And by how seldom it is that, despite this, such collaboration actually occurs. Continue reading Modes of Collaboration in the (Digital) Humanities

Collaborative projects in DH

On Monday I had to prepare a class on collaboration in Digital Humanities, and while I was browsing here and there to find some example of collaborative DH project, I ended up in this very useful blog entry by Lisa Spiro. It is a blog entry, yes, but it is as good as an article.

The entry, you will see by yourself, not only lists loads of collaborative projects, but attempt a classification of them. I think this is the only example I have seen so far of a classification of DH collaborative project and I find it very well done. I thought it might have been useful for someone else beside me!