Why we should be talking more: office chat and DH

By jsingles

When I look back over many of the most recent blog posts—Rachel’s about how to use notes with a sense of audience, Oishani’s about Blake’s quirky punctuation, my own about the differences between red wax seals and wafers, and other posts from the past several months—I am not surprised to realize that many of these posts began in the William Blake Archive office as informal conversations about digital editing. I remember Oishani asking my input about how to encode a period under a superscript, and I recall spending the better part of an hour with Laura and Lisa discussing why and how we decide that a letter is sealed by wax or wafer. These conversations are illustrative of one of the greatest benefits of digital humanities projects: the opportunity to collaborate and work with a team of scholars from a variety of backgrounds.

In general, the life of a PhD candidate can be pretty isolated, especially after finishing coursework, but working on the William Blake Archive enables myself and other undergraduate and graduate students to stay in touch with one another, to build on each other’s ideas, to remember that academia really is a community and not just …read more

Source:: https://blakearchive.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/why-we-should-be-talking-more-office-chat-and-dh/