Publishing and Sharing Research

All of the sites we had to look at for this week were very well presented. I particularly liked the look of The Valley of the Shadow, but found that one to be slightly difficult to navigate simply because there were so many possible links; however, I understand the necessity of all the information. I particularly liked The Differences Slavery Made because it was clean, easy to navigate and very informative. I also liked that it was very clearly an experiment in digital humanities, at a time when it is important to experiment. The “Methods” portion of the site is similar to what has come up as a topic of discussion in other classes; it outlines exactly what the authors did to create the site, as well as the research that went into it. It has been debated whether humanists, and historians in particular, need to outline their methods in such detail. In this case it is helpful for those who may want to set up a similar site. In other cases, such as researchers writing a book, it would be unnecessary, because the methods of writing and publishing a book are fairly standardized, while those of the digital humanist are not. Overall, the sites were thought-provoking and interesting, quite effective in their mission, and set up well.


Kyra is a graduate of Bradley University's undergraduate class of 2015, with a B.S. in History with minors in Women's Studies and Anthropology. She is currently a first year M.A. student at Northeastern University, studying Public History.

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