At the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI 2014) in Victoria, BC, this week, one lunch-time breakout session informally explored ways that the scholar-teachers in this field are merging their literary and cultural studies with digital humanities work. At one point in the discussion, several participants suggested that this era is particularly conducive to digital work–both in scholarship and in teaching. If so, why? And what are key strategies for capitalizing on this potential “sweet spot”?
Agreed – periodical and publishers’ records databases are marvelously adapted to transatlantic studies. The one limit at this point is that not all interested parties – teachers, students, researchers – have uniform access to a lot of commercial databases that only well-funded libraries can afford. One clear-cut feature of 19th-century materials adapted to digital humanities is that the materials are now out of copyright but can also be easily scanned and uploaded.