Scholarly Networks and the Emerging Platforms for Humanities Research & Publication

In the age of data mining, distant reading, topic modeling and cultural analytics, scholars and researchers increasingly rely upon automated, algorithm-based procedures in order to parse their exponentially growing databases of digitized textual and visual resources. Yet, within this deeply networked and massively interactive environment, it is crucial to preserve the expert logic of primary and secondary sources, textual stability, citations, and other apparatus, which form the heritage and legacy of humanities scholarship. Scholars from the U.S., the U.K., and Italy shared their ideas, diverse experience, and work-in-progress in a Colloquium hosted by the Virtual Humanities Lab and the Library at Brown University. This issue of HS & DA contains a selection of the papers presented at the symposium (for a full list, visit http://library.brown.edu/create/dh/conference-scholarly-networks/).