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Shaping the Digital Dissertation

Knowledge Production in the Arts and Humanities

by Virginia Kuhn, Anke Finger

Shaping the Digital Dissertation

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Book Description

Digital dissertations have been a part of academic research for years now, yet there are still many questions surrounding their processes. Are interactive dissertations significantly different from their paper-based counterparts? What are the effects of digital projects on doctoral education? How does one choose and defend a digital dissertation? This book explores the wider implications of digital scholarship across institutional, geographic, and disciplinary divides.

The volume is arranged in two sections: the first, written by senior scholars, addresses conceptual concerns regarding the direction and assessment of digital dissertations in the broader context of doctoral education. The second section consists of case studies by PhD students whose research resulted in a natively digital dissertation that they have successfully defended. These early-career researchers have been selected to represent a range of disciplines and institutions.

Despite the profound effect of incorporated digital tools on dissertations, the literature concerning them is limited. This volume aims to provide a fresh, up-to-date view on the digital dissertation, considering the newest technological advances. It is especially relevant in the European context where digital dissertations, mostly in arts-based research, are more popular.

Shaping the Digital Dissertation aims to provide insights, precedents and best practices to graduate students, doctoral advisors, institutional agents, and dissertation committees. As digital dissertations have a potential impact on the state of research as a whole, this edited collection will be a useful resource for the wider academic community and anyone interested in the future of doctoral studies.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Shaping the Digital Dissertation ebook for free in PDF format (88.6 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Dissertating in Public
Chapter 2
Publication Models and Open Access
Chapter 3
The Digital Monograph? Key Issues in Evaluation
Chapter 4
#DigiDiss: A Project Exploring Digital Dissertation Policies, Practices and Archiving
Chapter 5
The Gutenberg Galaxy will be Pixelated or How to Think of Digital Scholarship as The Present: An Advisor's Perspective
Chapter 6
Findable, Impactful, Citable, Usable, Sustainable (FICUS): A Heuristic for Digital Publishing
Chapter 7
Navigating Institutions and Fully Embracing the Interdisciplinary Humanities: American Studies and the Digital Dissertation
Chapter 8
MADSpace: A Janus-Faced Digital Companion to a PhD Dissertation in Chinese History
Chapter 9
Publish Less, Communicate More! Reflecting the Potentials and Challenges of a Hybrid Self-Publishing Project
Chapter 10
#SocialDiss: Transforming the Dissertation into Networked Knowledge Production
Chapter 11
Highly Available Dissertations: Open Sourcing Humanities Scholarship
Chapter 12
The Digital Thesis as a Website:, from Graphic Design to Online Tools
Chapter 13
Writing a Dissertation with Images, Sounds and Movements: Cinematic Bricolage
Chapter 14
Precarity and Promise: Negotiating Research Ethics and Copyright in a History Dissertation
Chapter 15
Lessons from the Sandbox: Linking Readership, Representation and Reflection in Tactile Paths

Book Details

Shaping the Digital Dissertation
Education and Teaching
Open Book Publishers
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
88.6 MB

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