DH201 Post #4: DH Readings & Open Access

Happy Open Access Week, everyone! This is a bit belated as Open Access Week this year ran from October 21-28, but in honor of the open, generous sentiments behind the Open Access movement (even if the week in its name is over), I’m going to look at the readings in our digital humanities class that are open access, or more narrowly and simply defined here, freely available to a member of the reading public*. This is particularly apt because DH is a field that prides itself on being open and engaged**.

So here’s the break-down of the open-not-open readings that we’ve had in our class so far.

Open Access (freely available) Not Open Access
Matt Kirschenbaum’s What Is Digital humanities and What’s It Doing in EnglishDepartments?: published on ADE Bulletin but self-archived so freely available. Two textbooks, Jerome McGann’s Radiant Textuality and Johanna Drucker’s SpecLab.
Patrik Svensson’s “The Landscape of Digital Humanities”: published in Digital Humanities Quarterly which is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported license. Women Writers Project: requires logon to access.
A Companion to Digital Humanities: made freely accessibly online with the permission of the publisher, Blackwell. From Science, “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books
Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think“: published in The Atlantic but freely available. Franco Moretti’s “Conjectures on World Literature” from New Left Review
Kenneth Price’s “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection: What’s in a Name?” published in Digital Humanities Quarterly which is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported license.
Case studies of The Rossetti ArchiveNINES (Nineteenth Century Scholarship Online)Walt Whitman Archive, and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: all freely available online.
Alan Liu’s “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?”: a blog post.
Nine articles from the Journal of Digital Humanities 1:1 (Winter 2011). As mentioned above, this flagship journal of DH is Creative Commons licensed.
N. Katherine Hayles’s “How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine” (video)
Lev Manovich on Cultural Analytics
Lev Manovich, “Trending: The Promises and Challenges of Big Social Data”: self-archived and so freely available

As you can see, many more DH readings are freely available online to anybody with Internet access than are not. This is a very rough breakdown, of course. For instance, I did no page counts, nor did I explore the costs to access the few resources that are not Open Access. Nonetheless, this rough break down is still somewhat informative. For example, I’m very happy to see that the DH flagship journal, Digital Humanities Quarterly, is Creative Commons licensed. The table also highlights the importance of retaining the right to self-archive one’s publications and then to do it in a form so that the article is freely available to the public.


*: It may also be useful to keep in mind that the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), specifically the SPARC committee, thinks of Open Access as a gradient. See the How Open Is It? resource.

**: Ted Underwood replied to one of my posts. How cool is that!

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