The Evolution of Digital Research Workflows

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Fostering a digital workflow for the research, analysis and writing process in the humanities has been an important part of teaching in the Digital Humanities programme at UCC. This paper reviews several iterations of the process. A fundamental problem is that many academics have no 'process' as such, and therefore it is necessary to make the stages of the process explicit. It is important to distinguish methods from tools, and recognise that there has been a shortage of intuitive tools and it is important to integrate tools into a process.

The paper looks at key stages of the research, analysis and writing process, with examples of how digital tools have been used in various undergraduate modules to teach and assess the process from location and evaluation of sources, reading using digital annotation tools, knowledge visualisation and mapping, planning outputs and collaborative writing. Examples of evolving practice from pen and paper through PC to mobile learning are reviewed to demonstrate continuity in methods alongside development of tools. Directions for future development are suggested, along with specific concepts for future mobile applications which could improve learning and effective use of these research skills.

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