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Editors' Note: June 2024

Editors' note on the June 2024 issue of Reviews in Digital Humanities

Published onJun 18, 2024
Editors' Note: June 2024

Welcome to the June 2024 issue of Reviews in Digital Humanities. The projects featured in this month’s issue are drawn from our open submissions process, which is run by managing editor Tieanna Graphenreed. Open submissions are typically self-nominated by project directors for review, though occasionally projects are nominated by others.

This month, we feature:

  • Data Primer: Making Digital Humanities Research Data Public / Manuel d'introduction aux données : rendre publiques les données de recherche en sciences humaines numériques, a collectively authored book helping researchers working with data, directed by Felicity Tayler and Marjorie Mitchell, and reviewed by Julia Polyck-O'Neill;

  • The Virtual John Donne Project, a project exploring worship and preaching in 17th century England, directed by John N. Wall, and reviewed by Erin McCarthy;

  • Kensington Remembers, a digital project on vernacular memory in a Philadelphia neighborhood, directed by Gordon Coonfield, and reviewed by Melissa R. Meade; and

  • Streetscape Palimpsest, a project focusing on the history of an Atlanta street that is being buried under redevelopment, directed by Marni Davis, and reviewed by Mark Souther.

Both Data Primer and The Virtual John Donne Project are notable for the extensive collaborations that made them possible. In the case of Data Primer, more than 30 digital humanists participated in the writing of the book. Likewise, the Virtual John Donne Project included collaborations from faculty, staff, and students across NC State and even across the pond in Cambridge, UK. These are exemplar projects, both in the collaborations they made possible as well as the credit and recognition of just how much knowledge and expertise is required to develop robust digital humanities scholarship.

Kensington Remembers and Streetscape Palimpsest share an interest in using digital methods to explore urban history and the present. Kensington Remembers aims to create history, capturing the streetside memorials built to honor people lost in a struggling Philadelphia neighborhood. Streetscape Palimpsest takes a long view of urban development initiatives in South Atlanta, showcasing a history of resistance against efforts that have failed to support the communities living there. In addition to exploring the uses of spatial digital humanities for storytelling, these projects are excellent examples of community-engaged digital humanities scholarship that facilitates community collaboration.

We hope you enjoy learning about these projects!

From June 1-August 31, 2024, we will be on summer break. All new requests for review submitted during this period will be processed in September.

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