Digital Literary Arts Network
Eric Dean Rasmussen
Developing open access technologies, the Digital Literary Arts Network investigates and shapes the digital future of literature, theory, criticism, and the arts.
Scholarly questions the DLAN research group is investigating include: How and why is writing changing as texts circulate within new media ecologies? What sort of literary activities are enabled by digital technologies and networked environments? How can networked new media technologies be used to develop a critical digital humanities—that is, projects and practices that utilize computational technologies as the means of promoting informed discussions and debate of issues of interest across the the literary arts and humanities.
The DLAN is focused on developing Open Access research-and-publishing platforms that make research and teaching in the literary arts available to a community of dedicated scholars, students and general readers. Recognizing that Open Access projects can be costly, and that too many humanities programs lack the funding for adequate IT support, the DLAN collaborates in order to pool their resources to develop best practices that enable humanities scholars based at institutions with a range of tech-research budgets to conduct critical digital humanities work.
Organized as a distributed network, DLAN members are based at institutions in Scandinavia, Europe and the USA, where members collaborate on various critical digital humanities (DH) projects including: Consortium for Electronic Literature (CELL), the Electronic Literature Directory, the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base, and Electronic Book Review (ebr), a peer-reviewed journal of critical writing on topics across the arts, sciences, and humanities published with the Open Humanities Press.
Much of the Digital Literary Arts Network’s current research involves exploring how best to develop Drupal 7, an open-access content management platform, in order to improve the database platforms on which the aforementioned DH projects are built and, more importantly, to facilitate the peer-to-peer discussions required to create sustainable literary communities.
The DLAN research group aim to be first responders who process, critically, both the quantitative data mined in digital humanities research programs and the conversations taking place in conferences, symposia, classrooms and other nodes in the global, contemporary literary network.