Posted to Australian Historical Association Facebook group, 14 June 2018
Recent government decisions about research infrastructure funding are, of course, disappointing for the humanities — particularly those of us who have working in the digital realm. But we need to remember that at it’s heart infrastructure is people, and there is much we can do now — right now, starting today — to support and develop capacity for digital research in the humanities. For example:
Ensure that people get appropriate recognition for digital projects in hiring and promotion processes. The Modern Language Assoc and the American Historical Assoc have both developed guidelines around this — it would be great to see this addressed in Australia.
Find ways to reward and encourage openness in the sharing of skills, tools, resources, data, and code. I have learnt so much through the generosity of others in the DH community, but we nee