Modeling contributorship with TaDiRAH

This is the fourth in a series of posts about each of the teams that will be attending SCI 2015, and their projects. This one was submitted by Micah Vandegrift.

The goal of our project, codename TaDiRize, is to examine the expanding model of contributorship in the humanities, especially as digital work becomes more broadly recognized. Digital projects often require a team of scholars, and the mounting diversity of team members involved in the production of digital scholarship has prompted a diverse set of questions surrounding the challenges of assigning credit and authorship. We feel that this aligns perfectly with the goals of the Institute this year by focusing on the valuation of digital scholarship.

We plan to address this topic by developing a model for applying the Taxonomy of Digital Research Activities in the Humanities (TaDiRAH) to contributor activities and outputs as a first step toward better assessment of collaborative scholarship. Building on similar initiatives like Project CRediT, we will discuss, challenge, and begin to apply the concept of “credit where it’s due” for digital humanities scholarship.

The composition of our team is essential to this project. Social scientist Cassidy Sugimoto and philosopher J. Britt Holbrook bring research expertise in the area of “scholarly impact.” Korey Jackson, having worked in alt-academic publishing capacities, introduces a big picture point of view and non-traditional humanities experience. Zach Coble, April Hathcock and Micah Vandegrift each work on the ground in the midst of publishing, research, librarianship and digital scholarship, with unique backgrounds and perspectives. We hope to enrich the greater Scholarly Communication Institute with multi-varied skills, knowledge and interdisciplinarity.

Overall, we are most looking forward to interacting with the other teams in this collaborative, innovative environment. Following the institute we plan to promote our TaDiRized model around the digital humanities and scholarly communication community for comments, ideas, suggestions and ultimately improvements. We hope to continue to work together as a team, and with other TriSCI15 groups to advance the discussion about validating digital scholarship.

Firemen practice the church raise with a ladder.

Firemen practice the church raise with a ladder.
From the Fire Fighter Photographs collection at the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library, used by permission.

2 thoughts on “Modeling contributorship with TaDiRAH

  1. A comment about the photo: I think the “church raise” represents an interesting concept for us to consider. Not only does our work depend on teamwork and skill, but more and more on trust across disparate disciplinary communities. Unlike the community-focused barn raise, and church raise is an exercise in absolute trust of ones colleagues, an apt consideration for the TriSCI15 session. See y’all there.

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