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I’m still not exactly sure what people mean when they refer to the digital humanities. Blogs, podcasts, Twitter, Facebook, slideshows, and everything else digital? And internet related?

Now the Journal of Digital Humanities (peer reviewed and open-access) is on the scene promising to roundup and present the most recent academic study, tools, and discussions in the DH community.

Here is Mark Sample’s blog post introducing the journal in The Chronicle of Higher Education which is where I learned about JDH.

Here are two quotes from Dan Cohen’s blog post about the journal’s editorial process of positive reinforcement or “catching the good.”

Authors internalize the preferences of the academic community they strive to join, and curb experimentation or the desire to reach interdisciplinary or general audiences.

When mulling new outlets for their work, scholars implicitly model risk and reward, imagining the positive and negative reinforcement they will be subjected to. It would be worth talking about this psychology more explicitly. For instance, what if there were a low-risk, but potentially high-reward, outlet that focused more on positive reinforcement—published articles getting noticed and passed around based on merit after a relatively restricted phase of pre-publication criticism?

This is the closest example I’ve encountered to Appreciative Inquiry in an academic context. AI is an approach to strategic development used in businesses and organizations which I learned about through some training my husband undertook with his employer.  AI is a way of applying the principles of positive psychology in group or corporate settings. It values very different things and asks very different questions than what academics focus on. Questions like: What’s working well? What’s good about what you are currently doing? What do you want more of?

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