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Center for Digital Humanities Lecture

Thomas Cooper Library
Mar 27, 2013 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Center for Digital Humanities will host a Digital Brown Bag lecture at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in the Thomas Cooper Library Mezzanine Conference Room. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch; coffee will be provided.

The featured speaker is Duncan Buell, Computer Science and Engineering professor at USC. His lecture is entitled, “Work vs. Research: Translating Paradigms of Scholarship from Computer Science to the Humanities.”

Scholars in the humanities who are moving into the digital world are confronting a complex issue: how to balance work on and use of digital tools with “research” in their respective disciplines. Are some scholarly activities real research, while others are “just work”? This is an issue that has been faced in the sciences, where it has been resolved at least in part and relates to the serious issue of “credit” for the creation of digital artifacts. Buell will give his view on how to distinguish work and research, as well as the role of making tools in support of and as part of scholarly disciplinary work.

To view an archive of past Digital Brown Bag sessions, go to