Monday, January 27, 2-3 p.m.
Williams Building 013, a.k.a., English Department “Common Room” (basement level)
Digital Collaboratories occur in multiple forms – symbolic, intellectual, virtual, and physical. One unique model combines the intellectual and physical center to result in something like a “maker” space – a simultaneously brick-and-mortar and virtual location where students and scholars can collaborate on specific projects, where partnerships get formed, and where field experts can work within and across their disciplines building repositories, tools, or theory. But “maker” spaces require a unique kind of infrastructure and a commitment to inter-disciplinary thinking. What ethic should drive these spaces so as to make them sustainable? How do we ensure that they serve cross-, inter-, and extra-disciplinary functions, when there are varying (often divergent) definitions of “digital” work? Join us at this semester’s first Digital Scholars meeting to consider various models of such spaces where they have occurred, and to discuss the possibilities for such a space at FSU. Participants will be encouraged to consider real examples of institutional collaborations or “maker”-space projects that show potential for innovating across disciplines. They will also be invited to discuss projects or ideas of their own that could benefit from such a collaborative arrangement, or have benefited without it.
Participants are invited to read the following:
- Neil Fraistat, “The Function of Digital Humanities Centers at the Present Time,” Chapter 16 in Debates in the Digital Humanities
- Elijah Meeks, “How Collaboration Works and How It Can Fail“
- Ayla Stein, “Maker Spaces in Academia“
to browse the following projects:
- Arizona State University’s Project Heiroglyph
- Margaret Dolinsky’s Inter:Facing
- Daniel Reed’s Dancing (Together) Around Discourses – synopsis
- Rowland Ricketts’ and Norbert Herber’s Fields of Indigo
and/or to browse the following collaboratories: