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    Harriett Green

    I'm the English and Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests include how humanities scholars incorporate digital tools and collections into their research work routines, and user-centered development of DH tools.

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    Scholars’ engagement with digital collections and DH tools

    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 | harriettg

    Hello all,

    I have a couple topics that I’d like to discuss: First, I’m interested in examining how humanities scholars use digital collections and digitized objects in their research projects and research workflows. To this end, I’m launching a study this summer to explore this research topic that will involve surveys and interviews with humanities scholars who work with digitized materials and digital collections in their scholarly research. I have a couple initial research questions that I think would be good points of discussion for THATcamp session:  What are the features and services that would optimize a digital collection for scholarly research?  How do scholars use digital collections in their research workflows?  And by the way, if there are THATcampers who’d like to participate in this study as a humanities scholar, let me know. . . .

    Also of note: this study is initially being conducted as a sub-project of the Bamboo Technology Project (http://www.projectbamboo.org/), a multi-institutional research partnership that is developing an e-research environment for humanities scholars.  This study will assist us we prepare to develop digital collections for research within the Bamboo e-research environment (and I’d be happy to talk about what we’re doing with that too).  But I will then will expand the data collection and analysis for a more general study on scholars’ use of digital collections.

    My second topic I’d like to discuss is similar to this: I’m conducting a user study of MONK, the web-based text mining software (https://monk.library.illinois.edu) that was launched as a public instance last year at the University of Illinois Library.  I’m using transaction log analysis from web statistics software and now am getting feedback from actual users of MONK through interviews. The driving question behind this is:  How well are digital humanities tools developed for actual scholarly research use? If anyone has used MONK and has something to say about it, or if people would like to discuss how other digital humanities tools out there (TAPoR, Philologic, TILE, etc.) do and don’t work so well, I’d be interested in starting a discussion.