Digitial Inequalities and Digital Humanities
I am a certificate of advanced study (post-Master’s) candidate at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. I will present at THATCamp Austin 2009 on issues relating to the digital divide and digital humanities. I would like to discuss how (and if) digital humanities work can alleviate digital inequalities through social inclusion in the creation of online community archives. I am very interested in the community archives work coming out of the U.K. in the past circa 10 years, which because of Commanet, has largely been created and circulated via the internet. This grassroots movement has, in turn, shaken up the archives profession in the UK. See the Community Access to Archives Report, and notice also its emphasis on digital community archives. I wonder why the U.S. and the American archival community has not jumped on this program and its underlying philosophy of democratizing the creation of communal archives more aggressively. I argue that instead of digital humanities, which implies an elite project rooted in the university, we should be arguing for digital humanity for all.
Date: August 5, 2009