Liz spoke about her role in the Pelagios project, and the challenges of linking data provided by a number of partners, all using different formats. Besides their valuable work on georeferencing ancient placenames, they are also developing embeddable widgets for their content. Something I really admire is the fact that they are using their blog to report on the project’s progress. Just tonight, they posted the results of a user survey they did, and explained how it is going to help them develop their work further.
Jan Parker spoke about the idea of the “Big Tent” Digital Humanities, and engaged the audience in a lively debate about who could call herself / himself a Digital Humanist. I quoted Stephen Ramsay and Mark Sample on the making versus sharing emphasis, with my vote going towards sharing and collaboration.
After the seminar was officially over, Jan and I continued our discussion outside over a cup of coffee, thanks to the beautiful weather on this day of DH. I left with ideas and inspiration for my own research and for the Digital Humanities Thematic Research Network (number one: devise a shorter name for our group!). Perhaps I am getting better at networking after all?