Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities - Comparing Disciplinary Patterns: Gender and Social Networks in the Humanities through the Lens of Scholarly Communication

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Speaker: Daniel Burckhardt, Humboldt University Berlin/Germany

For the past fifteen year, scholarly communication networks such as H-Soz -Kult – the German Information Service for Historians – and H-ArtHist – a specialized discussion and information network for art history with an editorial board mainly based in Germany but an international reach – have been steadily publishing conference announcements and reports. Since both services were born digitally, starting with the listserv infrastructure of the Michigan based H-Net and later supplemented by database-driven web sites, the archives are easy accessible by electronic means.
The aim of this talk is to demonstrate that the archives of scholarly communication provide a suitable basis for conducting an assessment of broad fields such as “German historians” or “German art history,” in relation to gender, with relatively low technical effort (roughly 2,500 lines of code). In the initial analysis of H-Soz-Kult , editorial practices facilitated the automated extraction of the speakers’ names as a key feature. But even in cases where no such special markup has been done, freely available Web services such as the AlchemyAPI provide methods that can be used to achieve comparable results.

Place: Heyne-Haus, Papendiek 16, 37073 Göttingen, Seminarraum 2