The digital humanities movement is often conceived as a community of practice, with defined networks such as the Digital Humanities Now Twitter list, Digital Humanities Questions and Answers forum, and various journals acting as platforms for sub-genres of DH research. Digital Humanities Quarterly, while a fairly recent journal, attracts more broadly relevant and interdisciplinary work than more focused fora such as Digital Medievalist; this breadth makes DHQ an excellent test case for tracking the flow of knowledge in the digital humanities via attention to the citation networks of its articles. This project represents the results of an ACH Microgrant for a visualization of DHQ’s citation networks with an eye toward identifying key digital humanities texts.
Start with the first image above and follow the links to move through a series of five visualizations conducted with article data from DHQ. You may also read two blog posts further exploring how to build and read such visualizations: "View DHQ: Visualizing Data from Digital Humanities Quarterly (Part I of II)" and "View DHQ: Getting Started with Gephi for DH Vis (Part II of II)".
This work was made possible by the generous support of the Association for Computers and the Humanities via a 2012 ACH Microgrant; the project is mentioned on the ACH site blog. I'm also grateful to support from MITH--in particular, Travis Brown provided mentorship and datasets for the visualizations, and Jennifer Guiliano provided helpful advice on grant proposal and report writing.