DHCommons, an initiative of centerNet, is an online hub focused on matching digital humanities projects seeking assistance with scholars interested in project collaboration. This hub responds to a pressing and demonstrable need for a project-collaborator matching service that will allow scholars interested in DH to enter the field by joining an existing project as well as make existing projects more sustainable by drawing in new, well-matched participants. Additionally, DHCommons helps break down the siloization of an emerging field by connecting collaborators across institutions, a particularly acute need for solo practitioners and those without access to a digital humanities center.
As a centerNet initiative, DHCommons will help lower the cost of entry into digital scholarship and bridge gaps between large humanities centers and solo practitioners around the world. Together, DHCommons and centerNet will continue to develop the web-based collaboration hub at dhcommons.org, sponsor face-to-face events at a range of humanities conferences, seek grant funding for a program of micro-grants that would help connect solo digital humanists with resources and expertise in the larger digital humanities community, and jointly plan the future DHCommons platform. Through this partnership, DHCommons and centerNet will dramatically simplify collaboration among a range of scholars, institutions, and centers.
Board of Directors
Ryan Cordell (St. Norbert College)
Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. His scholarship focuses on intersections between nineteenth-century American literature and religion. Prof. Cordell is currently building a digital edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Celestial Railroad” that will allow scholars, teachers, and students to follow the rich publication history of “The Celestial Railroad” in American periodicals during the 1840s and 50s. Cordell also serves on NITLE's Digital Humanities Council, as secretary/treasurer of the Digital Americanists, and as a member of the DHCommons board. Cordell also writes about technology in higher education for the group blog ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Rebecca Davis (NITLE)
Dr. Davis develops programs and conducts research about the digital humanities, digital scholarship, and the integration of inquiry, pedagogy, and technology for teaching and learning across the humanities. She also writes and consults in these areas, drawing on a deep background in helping faculty and staff at liberal arts colleges explore these areas via a variety of workshops and seminars. She has particular expertise in intercampus teaching and virtual collaboration. She holds a Ph. D. and M.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in classical studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University.
Christopher Dickman (Saint Louis University)
Christopher Dickman is a Ph.D. candidate in English Rhetoric and Composition at Saint Louis University. His research focuses on cognitive approaches to writing and the teaching of writing. For his dissertation, he is creating a digital, multimedia "textbook" for First-Year Composition courses, based on principles of cognitive learning.
Quinn Dombrowski (UC Berkeley)
Quinn Dombrowski is a Research Applications Developer at UC Berkeley and the Community Lead for Project Bamboo. In her spare time, she is a Slavic linguist who applies digital humanities analytic methodologies to the birchbark letters of medieval Novgorod. Quinn has developed numerous Drupal-based sites for digital humanities projects, including DHCommons and the Bamboo DiRT directory of digital research tools, services and collections. She also documents graffiti in public areas of university libraries, and has published a selection of that material as Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur: Confessions of the University of Chicago. She currently serves as the secretary of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.
Laura Mandell (IDHMC )
Laura Mandell is the author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Ortanto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. Her recent article in New Literary History, "What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees," describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Editor of the Poetess Archive, on online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900; Associate Director of NINES; and Director of 18thConnect. Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.
Katherine Rowe (Bryn Mawr College)
Katherine Rowe (Ph.D., Harvard) teaches and writes about literature and media change. Trained as a scholar of Renaissance drama, she turned her attention to questions of media history and adaptation. Her courses explore the history of reading, writing and performance, from the Renaissance to the digital age. A recipient of grants from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the PA Department of Education that support her work in media history, Prof. Rowe is Associate Editor (responsible for the online edition) of The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia and currently serves on the Association of Departments of English Executive Committee. She served on the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly and has contributed to several MLA initiatives including the MLA Ad Hoc Committee on the Structure of the Annual Convention. She has longstanding interests in faculty development, undergraduate research, and curricular innovation.
Lisa Spiro (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, DiRT Wiki)
As the director of NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education) Labs, Dr. Spiro works with liberal arts colleges to promote innovative approaches to pedagogy and technology. Currently she serves on the Executive Council for the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH). Dr. Spiro was the founding editor of the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki and is author the Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog, where she explores topics such as DH education, getting started in digital humanities, and the significance of collaboration. Her recent writing projects include a proposal for a networked, open DH certificate program; a call for the DH community to craft a values statement; and a discussion of why and how to pursue an alt-academic career. Before coming to NITLE, Dr. Spiro directed the Digital Media Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, where she oversaw the university’s central multimedia lab, led workshops on topics such as digital storytelling and digital research tools, and contributed to digital library projects. While a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, Spiro encoded texts at the Electronic Text Center and worked briefly as managing editor of Postmodern Culture.