While the University of Oregon has a fair number of faculty using digital tools to build research projects online, it’s not easy to locate those projects unless you already know about them, or are willing to slog through departmental directories and faculty links. Everyone who talks about digital scholarship and research centers knows the silo cliche: individual researchers and research institutions erecting digital structures that are separate, closed off, more or less identical in appearance/function. They store data like grain you can’t get at, and they proliferate, replicate, are competitively redundant. Yet the paradigm is shifting toward open access, open source (the White House using a Creative Commons license, Library of Congress using Flickr).

We decided to have a UO roundtable conversation about this. A couple dozen faculty and staff showed up at the McKenzie Collaboration Center to discuss, ostensibly, digital humanities. Funny thing: humanists were in the minority. Yes, we had folks from English, Philosophy and Romance Languages, but most were from all over–Journalism/ Communication, Music, Arts & Administration, Computer & Information Sciences, Architecture, the Infographics Lab, Anthropology, Art History, the Yamada Language Center, Clark Honors College. We had several deans and associate deans. We had a bunch of librarians (thank goodness). (more…)