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The Digital Classicist: building a Digital Humanities Community

Mahony, S; (2017) The Digital Classicist: building a Digital Humanities Community. Digital Humanities Quarterly , 11 (3) Green open access

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There has been much discussion about digital humanities (DH) both as a discipline and as a community of practice. Whatever the balance of opinion, the emergence of digital scholarship in the humanities has undoubtedly had considerable impact on many disciplines; one such discipline is Classics and the study of the ancient world more generally. This article uses the Digital Classicist (DC) as an example of a DH community in a case study which traces its development and growth to examine what might be learned. As a community the DC joins together practitioners interested in the application of innovative digital methods and technology to the study of the ancient world (in its widest sense). How has this come about and perhaps more importantly, how has it been sustained and indeed provided the inspiration for other affiliated communities? What do we understand by a community and the association of individual practitioners separated by distance? It is important that members feel that they are stakeholders, that they have a sense of ownership and derive value from participation and contribution. It is argued here that a community could be seen as a symbolic and intellectual construct, one of perception rather than physicality to facilitate the exchange of ideas and so effect growth and strengthen the discipline.

Type: Article
Title: The Digital Classicist: building a Digital Humanities Community
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/11/3/0003...
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Community, Digital Classicist, Digital Classics
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10028763
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