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Promoting Digital Scholarship: Formulating Research Challenges in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computation

Monday, September 15, 2008


This was a one-day symposium co-sponsored by CLIR and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Advanced research takes place in an evolving, technologically-mediated environment of data, computationally intensive capabilities and functions, and new forms of expression. As part of its ongoing programs in digital scholarship and the cyberinfrastructure to support teaching, learning and research, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) organized a one-day, invitation-only symposium. The scholars were asked to;

  • articulate the research challenges that will use the new media to advance the analysis and interpretations of text, images and other sources of interest to the humanities and social sciences and in so doing,
  • pose interesting problems for ongoing computational research.

Each participant was asked to consider the direction of research in the technology (as opposed to capabilities of commercially available applications) as well as the needs and opportunities in several humanities disciplines through a series of background papers.

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