Mailing List Message #115095
From: Cliff Lynch <>
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Subject: A wonderful new article by Don Waters
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2022 14:30:00 -0400
Our colleague Don Waters has just published a fantastic new article titled "The Emerging Digital Infrastructure for Research in the Humanities" in the International Journal of Digital Libraries. The article is available online (open access) at

Here's the abstract

This article advances the thesis that three decades of investments by national and international funders, combined with those of scholars, technologists, librarians, archivists, and their institutions, have resulted in a digital infrastructure in the humanities that is now capable of supporting end-to-end research workflows. The article refers to key developments in the epigraphy and paleography of the premodern period. It draws primarily on work in classical studies but also highlights related work in the adjacent disciplines of Egyptology, ancient Near East studies, and medieval studies. The argument makes a case that much has been achieved but it does not declare ´mission accomplished.¡ The capabilities of the infrastructure remain unevenly distributed within and across disciplines, institutions, and regions. Moreover, the components, including the links between steps in the workflow, are generally far from user-friendly and seamless in operation. Because further refinements and additional capacities are still much needed, the article concludes with a discussion of key priorities for future work.

A must-read.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
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