Crowdsourcing the Best Digital Humanities Content: Introducing #DHThis, the Digital Humanities Slashdot
If you have been frustrated by the editorial model and the gatekeeping systems within traditional peer review, here is your chance to contribute to a new platform to re-envision scholarly publishing. This post introduces a experiment: DHThis.org, a new platform where a community instead of a small group of editors select the most valuable content within the digital humanities. DHThis is a news aggregator which “publishes” what the community votes to be the best or most relevant work. It is similar to Slashdot and Reddit, where registered users submit content which is then upvoted or downvoted by other members of the community. Only posts that have received enough votes by the community will be “published” on the front page of DHThis. DHThis provides an communal alternative to curating the best of “post-publication” digital humanities material. At the moment, the only other digital humanities publication venues for similar material are Digital Humanities Now and the Journal of Digital Humanities, both which still rely, at least in part, on an editorial model to curate content. DHThis flips this model, shifting the control of highlighting material to an entire community.
Interested to see where how this goes…