The book contract
Today I'm celebrating the relaunch of the Drupal for Humanists site, now hosted by the Institute for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC) at Texas A&M University, as well as mailing off the signed advance contract for the book.
The decision to pursue an arrangement with a publisher, rather than pursuing the original plan of making the whole project an open-access website, was initially not an easy one, but I'm very happy with how it's turned out. The fact is, I've been talking about this project since early 2012, and writing it in fits and starts since that spring. I've discovered through this process that I really dislike doing this kind of technical writing, and will happily procrastinate on it with basically anything else (freelance gigs! sewing! writing academic papers! housework!), and I have the bad habit of taking on more work than I can realistically do. Without an externally imposed deadline, I am quite confident that this book would never get finished, or even develop much beyond the bare minimum needed for a DHSI course pack. Better a commercially-available book that actually gets written (with an open access companion website), than a fully open access fantasy.
I'm excited to announce that Drupal for Humanists will be published by Texas A&M University Press, as part of a new "... for Humanists" book series, which I'm co-editing with Laura Mandell. (Her XSLT for Humanists is also forthcoming.) While there are many new digital humanities oriented book series available, we feel there is an unmet need for practical, hands-on books that focus on the humanistic applications of specific technologies, but don't assume much or any prior programming knowledge, or even much "tech literacy". We hope that the "... for Humanists" series can address that gap.
Over the course of the next year, I'll be periodically blogging here, as well as soliciting contributions from others who use Drupal for digital humanities projects. I'll also be posting excerpts from the book, resource guides, profiles of sites that use Drupal, and other materials that may be helpful for scholars, librarians, museum and archive professionals, and others with a humanistic background who are interested in exploring Drupal as a robust platform for digital humanities projects.
Questions? Requests? Drop me a note.