I was unable to attend the DH 2012 meeting in Hamburg, but I recorded my paper as a screen cast, and my ever faithful colleague Glen Worthey kindly delivered it on my behalf. The full presentation can be viewed here as a QuickTime movie.
I could not make it to the DH conference in Hamburg this year (though I did manage to appear virtually). As chair of the Busa Award committee I had the pleasure of announcing that Willard McCarty had won the award. Willard will accept the award in 2013 when DH meets at the University of Nebraska. Here is the text of my announcement which was read today in Hamburg:
I was very pleased to serve as the Chair of the Busa Award committee this cycle, and though I am disappointed that I was unable to travel to Hamburg this year to make this announcement in person, I’m delighted with the end result. I am also delighted that the award will be given at the 2013 conference hosted by the University of Nebraska. Having recently joined the faculty there, I’m quite certain I will be attending next year’s meeting!
The winner of the 2013 Busa Award is a man of legendary kindness and generosity. His contributions to the growth and prominence of Digital Humanities will be familiar to us all. He is a gentleman, a scholar, a philosopher, and a long time fighter for the cause. He is, by one colleague’s accounting, the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” of Digital Humanities. And I must concur that “the force” is strong with this one. Please join me in congratulating Willard McCarty on his selection for the 2013 Busa Award.
In the last chapter of forthcoming my book, I write about the challenges of copyright law and how many a digital humanist is destined to become a 19th-centuryist if the law isn’t reformed to specifically allow for and recognize the importance of “non-expressive” use of digitized content.*
This week the Amicus Brief that I co-authored with Matthew Sag and Jason Schultz was submitted. The brief (see Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Authors Guild, Inc. Et Al V. Hathitrust Et Al.) includes official endorsement from the Association of Computers in the Humanities as well as the support and signature of many individual scholars working in the field.
* “Non-expressive use” is Matthew Sag’s far more pleasing formulation of what many have come to call “non-consumptive use.”