A new model for digital scholarly publishing jumped online tonight, Digital Humanities Now, created by Dan Cohen, Director of the Center for History and New Media, GMU.
According to Dan:
Digital Humanities Now is a new web publication that is the experimental result of this thought. It aggregates thousands of tweets and the hundreds of articles and projects those tweets point to, and boils everything down to the most-discussed items, with commentary from Twitter. Read the rest of Dan's introductory post on DH Now.
What's amazing is that Dan created this new publication in a few days. I like his approach: he had an idea and implemented it immediately. I think this is one trait that is shared by many digital humanists/scholars--the willingness to experiment and just do. He is assuming there will be adjustments, but wasn't afraid to go forward with an idea. I'm proud to be one of the 274 founding editors, together with some other HASTAC scholars.
Will this replace the traditional print scholarly journal? At first glance, I would say no; however, I like this type of dynamically-generated news and content source. This offers an end-of-the-day check in with what has happened in the DH world. Nothing like that is comparable for any disciplinary or interdiscliplanary journal or blog. There may be some days when I'm less intereted in the content, but I certainly don't read everything in a print journal either.
Check it out and subscribe to the feed. The best part about a crowdsourced publications is that the crowd will influence its development.