Amusements & Useful Devices from K. A. Wisniewski
2012-Present. READ@UMBC is a portal that serves as the hub for digital scholarship and communication at UMBC, housing links to all digital projects sponsored by the university and created by its faculty and students. The forthcoming website will also serve as a bridge between the UMBC community and the international community, as another avenue for participants to share news, for digital novices to pose questions to digital natives, and for students and scholars to connect and pursue collaborations. Currently underway, READ also serves the local and regional community through a series of workshops introducing university faculty and students and other groups and members from the local community to a variety of digital projects and a variety of approaches, platforms, and criteria for creating, preserving, and assessing electronic works. Ultimately, the READ consultancy aims to build a new consortium with UMBC at the center: a network of small college and university presses that work with the UPEP@UMBC to publish digital projects.
2012-Present. A forum and on-line working group within the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Fellowship Program, this group’s focus is to examine the changing nature of publishing in the digital age. It asks what are the new roles and responsibilities of a publishing house (including commercial presses, small presses, and university presses) in this age, and what challenges and opportunities do they face throughout the publishing process from submission to review to distribution.
Contributor, 2013-Present. In an increasingly digital world in which pedagogical trends are de-emphasizing rote learning and professors are increasingly turning toward active-learning exercises, scholars are fleeing traditional textbooks. Yet for those that still yearn for the safe tether of a synthetic text, as either narrative backbone or occasional reference material, The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. Unchecked by profit motives or business models, and free from for-profit educational organizations, The American Yawp is by scholars, for scholars. All contributors—experienced college-level instructors—volunteer their expertise to help democratize the American past for twenty-first century classrooms. The project is edited by Joseph Locke (University of Houston-Victoria) and Ben Wright (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College) and boasts an impressive Editorial Boards that includes Edward Ayers, Kathleen Brown, Joyce Chaplin, Woody Holton, James Merrell, Richard White, and Michael Zuckerman and noted scholars Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Matthew K. Gold, Tara McPherson, and Lisa Spiro, among others, serving as Digital Content Advisors. The project is currently undergoing its peer-review process and beta test. www.americanyawp.com/
2013-Present. This project builds bridges between projects underway by UMBC faculty and graduate students that incorporate digital means to engage with themes and issues related to Baltimore and its surrounding spaces and communities: its histories and urban development; public policy, political activism, and civic engagement; and public art, memory, and memorials. This digital collaboration encourages a new investigation of the city and its surroundings by highlighting personal stories, sidelined spaces, and marginalized topics not usually included in Baltimore’s rich history.
2013-Present. This group looks at how multimodal forms can enhance or extend scholarship to allow for new research tools and to find new public audiences for scholarship. What new and meaningful kinds of interaction with data and text might digital forms make possible? This group is for faculty working in areas that make use of digital tools (word processing, computation, text analytics, databases, websites, visualizations, videos, sound, photographs, images of other kinds, the use of html, xml, php, TEI, etc.) — basically the building blocks of all scholarship today. This group also seeks to find partnerships with faculty in CoEIT to work on large scale digital humanities projects and grant.