Opening Up The Humanities

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Presentation for the Open University Annual Learning and Technology Conference: Learning in an Open World, which is taking place on 22 and 23 June 2010

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  • 1. Opening up the Humanities Linda Wilks and Elton BarkerFaculty of Arts

2. Overview

  • Introduction to the Arts Facultys Digital Humanities project
  • Highlight of some of the current research projects within the Faculty which are using digital technologies to disseminate output beyond academia
  • A look at how the Arts Faculty opens up its content by providing material for OU open access initiatives
  • Focus on two websites which provide innovative content while straddling the boundaries of the OU
  • Discussion of some of the issues relating to digital humanities

3. Background to theDigital Humanities project

  • Where we are: the OUs Faculty of Arts
  • Who we are: Linda Wilks, John Wolffe, Lorna Hardwick, Elton Barker, Tim Chappell
  • What we do: critically evaluate the role of technology in:
    • humanities research agendas
    • humanities research processes
    • humanities research outputs

4. Digital Humanities:within the faculty

  • Evaluation of Arts projects with digital outputs
  • Promotion and evaluation of the potential for the role of social media in humanities research
  • A Digital Humanities blog to encourage reflection and discussion (intranet only)http:// www.open.ac.uk/blogs/dighum /

5. 6. Digital Humanities:beyond the faculty

  • Drawing on external views and experiences through the seminar programmehttp://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/digital-humanities/events.shtml
  • Link ups, such as with Project Bamboohttp:// www.projectbamboo.org /
  • Dissemination of findings/reports such as:
    • a JISC-funded study of early career researchers
    • a study of scholarly networking at the OU
  • http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/digital-humanities/investigations.shtml

7. 8. 9. Unlocking research outputs

  • Several of the OU Arts Faculty projects provide open access to research outputs.
  • For example:
  • The Reading Experience Database (RED) at:http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/RED/index.html
  • The Classical Receptions project at:http://www2.open.ac.uk/ClassicalStudies/GreekPlays/Projectsite/welcom.html
  • The Herodotus Encoded Space-Text-Imaging Archive (HESTIA) at:http:// www.open.ac.uk/Arts/hestia/index.html

10. http:// www.open.ac.uk/Arts/RED/index.html 11. http://www2.open.ac.uk/ClassicalStudies/GreekPlays/Projectsite/welcom.html 12.

  • http:// www.open.ac.uk/Arts/hestia/index.html

13. Spreading the word

  • The Arts Faculty contributes to the OUs various open access to research and learning materials initiatives.
  • For example:
  • Multi-media outputs
    • on iTunesU at:www.open.ac.uk/itunes/
    • on YouTube at:http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOpenUniversity

14. Spreading the word: iTunesU

  • The Arts faculty contributes to the OUs presence on various social media, for example:
    • itunesUhttp:// www.open.ac.uk/itunes /

15. Spreading the word: YouTube

  • One picture is worth a thousand words Professor Gill Perry takes us round the National Portrait Galleryhttp:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =7qArhzUeHfY

16. Spreading the word:Open Research Online

  • Free, publicly accessible repository of the Open University's peer-reviewed research outputs
  • Over 1,000 Arts documents
  • http:// oro.open.ac.uk /

17. 18. Spreading the word:pushing the boundaries

  • Specialised websites have been developed by members of Arts faculty, such as:
    • Philosophy Bites: podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topicshttp:// philosophybites.com/past_programmes.html
    • Classics Confidential: interviews and news relating to research and study of the classics at:http://www.classicsconfidential.co.uk/Classics_Confidential/Home.html

19. 20. Classics Confidential http://www.classicsconfidential.co.uk/Classics_Confidential/Home.html 21. Classics Confidential http://www.classicsconfidential.co.uk/Classics_Confidential/Home.html 22. Classics Confidential http://www.classicsconfidential.co.uk/Classics_Confidential/Home.html 23. Key issues

  • Financial constraints vs. sustainability and reuse
  • Rights (particularly IP) vs. openness
  • The essence of research vs. technological advances
  • Barriers vs. access

24. Linda Wilks / Elton Barker Faculty of Arts The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

  • http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/digital-humanities/index.shtml