Launch of DH Answers Q&A Board

The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), together with ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education, is happy to announce the launch of “DH Answers,” a community-based question-and-answer board:

http://digitalhumanities.org/answers/

DH Answers is designed to be a friendly and inviting space where we can help each other with questions about languages, tools, standards, best practices, pedagogy, and all things related to scholarly activity in the digital humanities. No question is too small, or too simple, or, for that matter, too broad or difficult.

We identified a need for DH Answers in observing the helpful digital humanities community growing on Twitter — and the frequency with which answers to questions exceeded the 140-character limit for tweets, or required sharing of a code snippet or reference to an extended and hard-to-capture conversational thread.  We also noted that many questions were a bit more specific (or basic!) than one might feel comfortable posing on Humanist or specialist mailing lists for software or standards.

We hope that DH Answers, with its Twitter integration (follow @DHanswers or tweet questions from your own account!) will hit a sweet spot and prove to be a useful tool at a time in which many of us are thinking about big tents and the panopticon of the digital humanities.

Further information about DH Answers appeared today in the Chronicle’s ProfHacker column:

http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Announcing-Digital-Humanities/26544/

Please visit the site at http://digitalhumanities.org/answers/ to ask your questions and share hard-won experience with colleagues around the world!

On behalf of the ACH and the whole DH Answers team,

Bethany Nowviskie

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