@mlemweb hi! Sorry for messaging you out of nowhere. I was listening to LibreLounge and looked the hosts up on the fediverse and on birdsite, which suggested me your profile. I'm an academic in the field of music history and musicology and a free software enthusiast, so I got interested in the "digital humanities" and even more the "free software in academia" mentioned in your profile, as I've been trying to bridge these interests of mine. Do you have any resources to point me to, please?


A lot of the digital humanities work that really engages with free software is done by librarians or IT people rather than the principal investigators.

I was on a panel at last year's Libre Planet on Free Software in Academia that you might find interesting: I led a panel at LP2018 you may be interested in: media.libreplanet.org/u/librep

@mlemweb with regards to the panel, I got greatly interested in taking part in whichever discussion group, mailing list or any other form of being in contact with people who are working in this field. By the way, I think DebConf this year will be here in Brazil. Is there anything planned related to these fields we’re talking about?


I think one of the main things that Digital Humanities can learn from Free Software is community collaboration.



I think that the best way would be to incorporate discussions of free software as a social movement into papers/panels/meetups at DH conferences. But as a lowly grad student I'm not sure how much clout I've got to do so. I've also seen panelists ripped to shreds in the Q&A by senior scholars who think things like cc licenses are antithetical to academic research.

@mlemweb wow, I hope some of these senior scholars give me the opportunity to discuss this. Let’s let them talk about antithetical and we throw an antiethical at them... The colleagues I’ve spoken to about the Yawp-inspired history of Brazilian music just looked at me like “I’m not going to work in a book which won’t be sold”... like, as if they’d earn any money from selling a book of Brazilian music history!

@fredmbarros Yeah, it's hard to get people on board sometimes, but I think it's a good new direction to head in academia. In a world where survey textbooks are too expensive for students to buy, collaborative resources are necessary -- unless the goal is to reinforce the classist nature of academia.

@mlemweb sometimes I think this is precisely the goal to some of my colleagues, even if they can’t acknowledge it even to themselves...

@fredmbarros Sadly accurate. Perhaps it is because Art History books have lots of glossy color photos and cost ridiculously more than other survey books, but I feel we owe it to our students to try and make their education affordable in any way we as instructors can

@mlemweb indeed, books in your field are incredibly expensive! Some music materials are expensive too, but very rarely come even close to what you have in art history and architecture. In my case, I teach at a federal university. I’m paid by the state, so I think it’s sort of ridiculous and actually unethical to not give anything back to society.

@fredmbarros Yeah, officially I'm a state employee at University of Wisconsin, but academics have a very prescribed way of 'giving back to society' that I don't always agree with.

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