EDUCAUSE recently kicked off a discussion with Clifford A. Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, by asking: "How would you define digital scholarship?"
Digital scholarship is an incredibly awkward term that people have come up with to describe a complex group of developments. The phrase is really, at some basic level, nonsensical. After all, scholarship is scholarship. Doing science is doing science. We don't find the Department of Digital Physics arguing with the Department of Non–Digital Physics about who's doing "real" physics.
Interestingly, one of the first terms that people used for digital scholarship as a large-scale phenomenon was e-science; this was popular in the United Kingdom in the very late 1990s and early 2000s. While helpful for funding agencies, the term puzzled scientists, who might say: "We don't do e-biology. We do biology. And in our biological research, we use technologies that are constantly changing and improving."
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