Zeitschrift für digitale Geisteswissenschaften
It is no secret that computer science and information studies offer new ways to acquire and exchange knowledge in the humanities. No wonder the latter has increasingly turned its focus to issues which apply digital possibilities to its investigations. Consequently, the contours of what Digital Humanities are and can be will become clearer in the coming years.
All the more important to have publication formats which explore issues based on the interaction of humanities research and technical innovations, discuss them in a cross-disciplinary manner and present new findings. The Zeitschrift für digitale Geisteswissenschaften (ZfdG) offers such a moderated forum. It is devoted to promoting humanities in the digital age, addresses the crucial topics resulting from the digital revolution and at the same time offers participants a space to put their objections and criticism up for debate.
The open-access journal is published by the MWW Research Association in conjunction with the Association for Digital Humanities in German-Speaking Countries (DHd). Following a call for papers in May 2015 and a one year long open beta phase in which the special edition "Grenzen und Möglichkeiten der Digital Humanities" ("Limits and Possibilities of Digital Humanities") was published, the first issue of the journal was launched in June 2016. A special area of focus will be articles related to cultural-historic documentation, as represented by the unique collections in the libraries and archives in Marbach, Weimar and Wolfenbüttel.
Establishing an electronic journal, which aims to set benchmarks in the area of digital publishing, naturally gives rise to a number of questions: How can one design new, digital and attractive methods of publishing academic papers? What technical and structural requirements and standards have to be considered? Or must they be developed first?
The ZfdG aims to find answers to these questions and consequently, it features a web infrastructure which itself is part of the Digital Humanities development process. In the end, the goal is to integrate all stages of publication – from evaluation of the papers to the editorial work, production and distribution – into a freely accessible and transparent discourse of knowledge.
In a two part interview titled "Diskussionsraum digitaler Potentiale" ("A Place for Deliberation on Digital Potentials"), which was published in early May 2016 in the DFG supported blog "Digitalität in den Geisteswissenschaften" ("Digitality in the Humanities"), Constanze Baum, editorial head of the Zeitschrift für digitale Geisteswissenschaften, talks about creating that e-journal, the chances of digital publishing and the every day challenges in editing.
At the annual conference of the DHd in Graz, Austria in February 2015, the ZfdG introduced itself with a poster, which received an award, and the launch of the open beta-version website.