Determining Value for Digital Humanities Tools: Report on a Survey of Tool Developers
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:Susan Schreibman, Ann M. Hanlon, Determining Value for Digital Humanities Tools: Report on a Survey of Tool Developers, Digital Humanities Quarterly, 4, 2, 2010
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While the purpose and direction of tools and tool development for the Digital Humanities have been debated in various forums, the value of tool development as a scholarly activity has seen little discussion. As a way of filling this gap, the authors conducted an online survey of developers of digital humanities tools in March 2008. The survey focused on their perceptions of their work, how they felt their tool development fit into a structure of academic rewards, and the value of tool development as a scholarly pursuit. Survey results indicate that tool development is indeed considered a scholarly activity by developers, but recognition of this work and rewards for it lag behind rewards for traditional scholarly pursuits (such as journal articles and book publication). This paper presents a summary of the results of the survey, ending with some suggestions for further research.
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