Bethany Nowviskie

Bethany Nowviskie is Director of Digital Research & Scholarship and Associate Director of the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia Library, and President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH). She holds a doctorate in English from the University of Virginia and, in addition to her work on a number of notable digital archives and tools, has taught courses in writing, poetry, bibliography, and new media aesthetics and design. Nowviskie has been a practicing digital humanist since the mid-1990s.

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On the Origin of “Hack” and “Yack”

One of the least helpful constructs of our “digital humanities” moment has been a supposed active opposition, drawn out over the course of years in publications, presentations, and social media conversation, between two inane-sounding concepts: “hack” and “yack.” The heralding of digital humanities as the academy’s “next big thing” has been (depending on whom you ask) over-due or overblown, unexpected or contrived, refreshing or retrograde—but one thing is clear: everyone has a rhetorical use for it.

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Evaluating Collaborative Digital Scholarship (or, Where Credit is Due)

This is the lightly edited text of a talk given at the 2011 NINES Summer Institute, a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded workshop on evaluating digital scholarship for purposes of tenure and promotion, hosted by the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship.

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