Citizen Science Meets Humanities

Before science became Science, before systematic principles of how one conducts research and the scientific method became part of the ideology of being a scientist, there were common people with curiosities about the natural world and how it works. Often, those curiosities were a direct result of what these average folk were observing in the world. These are the people who, without any formal scientific training, helped build the discipline as we know it today: Francis Bacon, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, Ada Lovelace… Continue reading

The Great Equalizer?

581-student_ipad_school-213I’ve spent the better part of the last ten years thinking about literacy – digital literacy, scientific literacy, reading literacy…— and the factors that influence where someone falls on the various spectrums. If there is one theme that each form of literacy has in common, it is the myth of accessibility and I believe it behoves anyone interested in Digital Humanities – Digital anything – to give great thought to the divide between what is real and what is ideal. Continue reading