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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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“This Is Why We Fight”: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities

“This Is Why We Fight”: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities

(p.16) Chapter 3 “This Is Why We Fight”: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Lisa Spiro

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter argues that the digital humanities community must develop a flexible statement of values that it can use to communicate its identity to itself and the general public, guide its priorities, and perhaps heal its divisions. Rather than debating who is in and who is out, the digital humanities community needs to develop a keener sense of what it stands for and what is at stake in its work. Taking an initial step toward this goal, the chapter discusses the rationale for creating a core values statement by drawing on the literature about professional codes; suggests a process for engaging the community in developing a values statement; explores models for and influences on digital humanities values; and analyzes the digital humanities literature to put forward potential values.

Keywords:   digital humanities, core values, professional codes, values statement

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