Mapping work in the arts and humanities: A participatory panel discussion



This panel will present the research agendas of a group of researchers who are studying various aspects of information and information technology use in the arts and humanities. The goal will be to build a conceptual map of the work being done, and work that needs to be done, in these interesting and under-studied areas. The panel will include an opportunity for participation by interested audience members. The panel members invite audience members to come and contribute to the creation of the map, which will be meant to inform other Society members about current work in this area, as well as to incorporate directions for possible future research.

Panel Members

Kristin Eschenfelder, Moderator, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

Marija Dalbello, Rutgers University,

Marija Dalbello studies technology innovation and transformation of documentary cultures in the first wave of digital library development; impact of digital tools on knowledge production in the humanities fields; and, the cultures of collecting in the context of the humanities program of preservation, interpretation, and access to subjectivities preserved in records of human experience. She also studies historical visual epistemologies and information circulated in artifacts of print culture, and in particular fin-de-siècle modernism.

Paul Marty, Florida State University,

Paul Marty conducts research on museum informatics, with a particular focus on the digital museum in the life of the user. He will report results from a recent survey that explored the motivations of online museum visitors who have created or are creating personal digital collections on museum websites. This report will address the role of personal digital collections in encouraging a positive relationship between museum visitors and museum websites.

Stephen Paling, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

Stephen Paling conducts research in the area of Literature and Art Informatics, the interdisciplinary study of the design, uses and consequences of information technologies that takes into account their role in the creative efforts of writers and artists, with a particular focus on the use of information technology by literary authors and editors.

Scott Simon, University of South Florida,

Scott Simon's primary research area is in the study of information and information technology in the context of music search and retrieval, electronic music distribution, and music digital libraries. Recently, Scott's research efforts have focused on theoretical issues related to digital reproduction as well as musicians' rights and human rights. Additional research interests include sub-topics in the philosophy of information, science, and technology. Examples of his research are available online at∼ssimon.

John Walsh, Indiana University,

John Walsh conducts research in the areas of digital editing and textual studies; the application of XML, semantic web, and metadata technologies as tools for the discovery, analysis, and representation of humanities data and complex textual and graphic documents; and the evolution of the document in the digital age. Details and links to specific projects are available online at

Megan Winget, University of Texas,

Professor Winget works at the intersection of art, science and technology focusing on the creation and production of knowledge in these areas. She will discuss research projects related to the preservation and representation of intangible or variable new media artifacts like video games, digital art, and scientific data, discussing her ethnographic approach to the means and methods these creative people use when interacting with information, creating these artifacts, and presenting these artifacts to society. Themes that will be raised include 1) the conception of “authorship” in a field where multiple groups of people are responsible for creation of an object; 2) representation of complex artifacts for the purposes of access, presentation, collection, and preservation; and 3) issues involved with preservation of these artifacts.

Lisl Zach, The iSchool at Drexel,

Lisl Zach conducts research in the area of information use and behavior, focusing on the information-seeking behavior of decision makers and investigating ways of measuring and communicating the value of information to organizations. She has studied ways in which senior arts administrators look for, evaluate, and use information and is currently investigating the role of mentoring as a method of transmitting tacit knowledge in organizations and within communities of practice.