The digital humanities, once seen as the glorious savior to humanist scholarship has lately been receiving the old side-eye from the very people once so euphoric about its existence. Carl Straumsheim released a post on insidehighered today, adding to the chorus of remarks that digital humanities might not be a safe harbour for humanists after all. The article highlights and summarizes DH critique.

In the midst of all this critique, however, Terry Heick posts an article to teachthought titled “Why We Need The Humanities in a Google World”. Defining the humanities as“the study of ourselves through our collective human expression”, Heick goes on to explain the impact humanities could (and should) have on the digital and makes a plea for contextualization and less fragmentation.

Twitter and LinkedIn recently introduced language targeting. The feature is aimed at advertisers and thoroughly explained here. However, as suggested by Lucy Hitz on the simplymeasured blog, there are alternative ways language targeting can be useful than the ones suggested. In her article she invites users to share new ideas for language targeting use in the comments.

Though the findings have not been pretty, theres been a very positive step forwards with data being released on what universities pay in journal fees. PLos Open synthesised the findings. Eccentricities were revealed such as UCL having to pay six times as much to Elsevier as Exeter.

Sara Morais


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