What makes a digital humanities expert? I’m at a point in my research wherein I can understand what makes a digital project tick, but am not necessarily able to write code or build a database from the ground up. Expert level skills aren’t always necessary, but an understanding of what the experts are doing is.
But what do I do with this information? I’m afraid my self-assessment has taken on a frantic tone. By mid-semester I was stressed about PHP and my love for GIS has launched a full-on obsession with maps. There’s so much technology to learn and so few semesters until I get launched into the real world to look for a permanent job that I often forget just how far I (and we as humans) have come in a short time.
This clip from 1994 brought it all into perspective.
The fact that there are communities of scholars who are committed to the best research methods possible (both analog and digital), and that we can teach art history from videos and not just dusty slide carousels, and that our resources can be shared and dispersed across times zones without paying postage are all pretty amazing. Let’s all take a minute over the holidays to be grateful that while the ivory tower may have a few cracks, at least it has wireless.