Publishing open humanities data: The experience of the Journal of Open Humanities Data (Barbara McGillivray)
The first talk in the Humanities Data Inquiry Lecture Series. Barbara McGillivray is lecturer in digital humanities and cultural computation at King’s College London and Turing fellow at The Alan Turing Institute, where she runs the Humanities and Data Science special interest group.
The Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD), was launched in 2015 with the aim of promoting values of data sharing and reuse in the vast field of Humanities. JOHD publishes data-focused articles and aims to play a key role in growing a community of Humanities researchers sharing data. Over the past two years, JOHD has expanded significantly. It has published an increasing number of articles and launched new themed special collections of articles. Its role in the open data community among academics and professionals of the cultural heritage sector has been strengthened thanks to an increased social media presence and activity and to a number of talks, events, and participation in expert panels. Its team has also expanded, leading to a more diverse intellectual contribution. In this talk, I will share my experience from developing the journal into an important player in the open research and data-sharing community and will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced along this process.