2 responses to “Metadata and the Humanities

  1. mcs

    I agree, more metadata. Also, more common spaces such as CompPile and Blogora. Furthermore, and this is something I’m writing about (and hoping to try out): we need more dialogic forms of communication and research to count for tenure. In the 21st century, it will be about making and sustaining connections as much as it will be about creating new knowledge. Or, perhaps, it should be about those things…

  2. Meg

    Interesting thoughts, especially as I think about all of it from a social sciences perspective. I’m especially interested in citation practices and what these reveal about how claims are legitimatized in scholarly research.

    For example, it drives me crazy that MLA format doesn’t require publication dates to be cited in the text along with the author. But in my field, recency matters a lot. It would be an interesting study to look at how scholars who straddle the humanities and social sciences negotiate those demands, at the textual level as well as personally, both in their scholarly identities and their academic communities. Also, I think the social sciences people are kind of snobs about this stuff.

    I was surprised that so few humanities articles are cited by other researchers. Is being cited by others part of tenure consideration in rhetoric and comp? In my department, faculty submit the number of articles they’ve been cited by as part of their tenure and promotion materials.

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