Lynne Siemens: "Building and Maintaining a Team Approach in a Rapidly-Advancing Area of Research and Development"
Teamwork is becoming an important part of academic life, especially within Digital Humanities. These projects often bring together team members from a variety of content and skill areas. While these collaborations have many advantages, several challenges exist, including coordination and tensions between various professional subcultures. Academic teams must understand the nature of collaboration and develop governance models that will allow them to achieve their research objectives within a rapidly changing area of research. This paper will examine several examples of policies, procedures, and skills that can facilitate and enhance collaboration within DH teams.
Ray Siemens: "The Uneasy Pursuit of the Future of the Book" The advent of the e-book has made the book, itself, visible to us as an object of study in new ways that have, in turn, metaphorically and analogically fertilized and fomented our understanding of new forms of e-reader book-ishness and e-reading. As a powerful metaphor for textual forms of communication, the notion of the book as knowledge environment spurs development of e-readers in the direction of emerging universal electronic libraries; from perspectives of its physical artifactual nature, and its formal components, book elements and features are mimicked, augmented, and enhanced as they are prototyped and deployed in electronic reading environments. This paper discusses the work of the Implementing New Knowledge Environment (INKE) research team in this context: noting just how much we have yet to understand about 'reading' in the new context of its electronic correlative acts and, perhaps, in pre-electronic times; urging that the dizzyingly rapid cycle of development, deployment, and adoption of e-reading devices has the positive effect of providing a technological disruption with the potential to benefit our understanding of the core, essential activities that our reading devices have always facilitated, electronic and otherwise; and arguing that it is an understanding of these activities that will allow us best to anticipate the long-term developmental trajectories of our reading devices in future.