Digital humanities means many things to many people – we talk of DH as being a range of methods, technologies, theoretical approaches to ask and answer research questions. But unlike traditional forms of humanities research, the research projects is not often one that can be tackled alone. DH nearly always requires collaboration with people from different subject domains, with technical experts and often with non-academic staff such as librarians, museum staff or administrative support. This paper explores the impact of this growth in collaboration – and some of the questions it raises about the nature of DH research – who ‘owns’ the research, who is credited for it, how are collaborative research outputs sustained? But perhaps more fundamental is the question of the ‘soft’ and most definitely human skills that are needed to engage in a fundamentally digital mode of research.
Dr. Megan Gooch, Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship, University of OxfordDr Megan Gooch is the Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School. She works in the Bodleian Libraries and University administration service to support digital scholarship across the University. Megan previously worked in the museums sector and held jobs at Historic Royal Palaces and the British Museum in curatorial, public engagement and research roles.