University of Oregon

LIB 607: Issues in Digital Scholarship


Winter 2013
Instructor: John Russell
Time: Mondays, 9-11:50 am
Location: Knight Library, LIB 122 (Collaboration Center)

This course will help graduate students navigate the many forms of digital scholarship as practiced today, as well as help students imagine new forms of digital scholarship appropriate to their research and/or their chosen academic discipline. The emphasis will be on exploring tools and examples of digital scholarship and thinking critically about the work - both theoretical and practical - being done.

Assignments & Grading:

  • At least one presentation that introduces a digital scholarship tool to the class. (15%)
  • Digital Project Review: choose an example of digital scholarship in your discipline and write a short (no more than 3 pages) critical review that considers usability and scholarly applicability. Good examples of reviews can be found in the Journal of Digital Humanities. Due Week 4. (20%)
  • Literature Review: This survey should interrogate contemporary digital scholarship within an academic discipline or as represented by a particular methodological approach (e.g., social network analysis). Due Week 10. (50%)
  • Class participation, which includes being on Twitter (we'll use #uolib607 as our hashtag and class Twitter list; see also my Digital Humanities Twitter list). (15%)


Week 1 (1/7): Introduction to the course. Approaching digital scholarship critically.


  1. Fred Gibbs, "Critical Discourse in Digital Humanities," Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 2011.
  2. Amanda Visconti, "DH Evaluation: A Four-Part Series on User Testing Your DH Work."

Week 2 (1/14): Media and Theory in Digital Scholarship.


  1. "Introduction," Nick Montfort, et al. 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2012. PDF of book available via the 10Print website.
  2. Nick Montfort, "Combat in Context," Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research, Vol. 6, No. 1 (December 2006).
  3. Lev Manovich, "Software Studies: Image Processing and Software Epistemology"
  4. Alexis Lothian, "Marked Bodies, Transformative Scholarship, and the Question of Theory in Digital Humanities," Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 2011.

Week 3 (1/21): MLK, Jr. Day. No class.

Week 4 (1/28): Network Analysis (John in Seattle; Kira Homo guest instructor).


  1. Scott Weingart, "Demystifying Networks, Parts I & II," Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 2011.
  2. Elijah Meeks, "More Networks in the Humanities, or Did Books Have DNA?"
  3. James Moody and Ryan Light, "A View from Above: The Evolving Sociological Landscape," The American Sociologist, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Summer, 2006), pp. 67-86. (UO Access)
  4. Marian Dörk, Sheelagh Carpendale, Carey Williamson, "Visualizing Explicit and Implicit Relations of Complex Information Spaces," Information Visualization January 2012 11: 5-21. (authors' preprint)
  5. Martin Grandjean, "Facebook Friends Network Mapping: A Gephi Tutorial" (the whole site is useful; if you don't read French, here's the link to the English-language content)

Week 5 (2/4): Digital Ethnography. Textual Analysis.

Guest speaker: Wendy Hsu. Read her posts on digital ethnography at Ethnography Matters.

Readings for Textual Analysis:

  1. Franco Moretti, "Conjectures on World Literature," New Left Review 1 (January-February 2000).
  2. Ramsay, Stephen, "In Praise of Pattern" (2005).

Week 6 (2/11): Textual Analysis continued. Visual Analysis.


  1. Andrew Goldstone and Ted Underwood, "What can topic models of the PMLA teach us about the history of literary scholarship?"
  2. Ben Schmidt, "When you have a MALLET, everything looks like a nail"
  3. Manovich, Lev. “Media Visualization: Visual Techniques for Exploring Large Media Collections.” in Media Studies Futures, ed. Kelly Gates (Blackwell, 2012). (author's pre-print)
  4. Media Visualizations - illustrations
  5. "Cultural Analytics on the 287-Megapixel HIPerSpace Wall at Calit2" (YouTube video)
  6. Michael Kipp. "ANVIL: A Universal Video Research Tool." In: J. Durand, U. Gut, G. Kristofferson (Hrsg.) Handbook of Corpus Phonology, Oxford University Press. (author's pre-print)

Week 7 (2/18): Spatial Analysis.


  1. USGS, "What is a GIS?"
  2. Elijah Meeks and Karl Grossner, "Modeling Networks and Scholarship with ORBIS," Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 3, Summer 2012.
  3. John Thiebault, "Visualizations and Historical Arguments," in Writing History in the Digital Age. Ed. Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki.
  4. Kate Lyndegaard, "Online GIS Using"
  5. Marianna Pavlovskaya, "Theorizing with GIS: a tool for critical geographies?" Environment and Planning A 38(11) 2003 – 2020. (UO access)

Week 8 (2/25): Metadata, Preservation, and Copyright


  1. Understanding Metadata (PDF)
  2. "How to Preserve Your Own Digital Materials" (Library of Congress)
  3. Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Week 9 (3/4): Scholarly communication in a digital age.


  1. Tom Boellstorff, "From the Editor: Why the AAA Needs Gold Open Access," American Anthropologist, Vol. 114, No. 3 (September 2012): 389-393. (author's postprint)
  2. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, "CommentPress: New (Social) Structures for New (Networked) Texts," Journal of Electronic Publishing, Volume 10, Issue 3, Fall 2007.
  3. Stabile, C. & Sawchuk, K. Introduction: Conversations across the fields. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No.1 (2012).
  4. Tara McPherson, "Scaling Vectors: Thoughts on the Future of Scholarly Communication," Journal of Electronic Publishing, Volume 13, Issue 2, Fall 2010.
  5. Scalar

Week 10 (3/11): New Media, New Narratives? Other conclusions.

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