Readers will be interested in a series of essays on the evaluation of digital scholarship edited by Susan Schreibman, Laura Mandell, and Stephen Olsen and published in the recent issue of MLA’s Profession.
These essays are freely available as PDF files. Their titles are as follows:
“Introduction,” Susan Schreibman, Laura Mandell, and Stephen Olsen
“Engaging Digital Scholarship: Thoughts on Evaluating Multimedia Scholarship,” Steve Anderson and Tara Mcpherson
“On the Evaluation of Digital Media as Scholarship,” Geoffrey Rockwell
“Where Credit Is Due: Preconditions for the Evaluation of Collaborative Digital Scholarship,” Bethany Nowviskie
“On Creating a Usable Future,” Jerome McGann
“Peer Review, Judgment, and Reading,” Kathleen Fitzpatrick
In introducing the essays, the editors point to national calls for clearer guidelines for evaluating digital scholarship:
National scholarly organizations such as the Modern Language Association and the American Council of Learned Societies have called for department and institutions to “recognize the legitimacy of scholarship produced in new media, whether by individuals or in collaboration, and create procedures for evaluating these forms of scholarhsip” (Report of the MLA Task Force).
This publication provides an opportunity for emob’s readers to discuss how digital scholarship might best be evaluated and to raise questions about the process of evaluation.