The Svoboda Diaries Project: A Collaborative Effort

The Svoboda Diaries Project is an ongoing collaborative research and publication effort headed by the project Principal Investigators, Professor Walter G. Andrews, Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and Annie T. Chen, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, and Nowf Abdul-Majid Allawi, our collaborating partner in Iraq.  It combines the work of experienced professionals, skilled graduate students, and a large cohort of talented and committed undergraduate research interns.

Our interns are engaged in all aspects of our work. They work in self-managing teams and take on leadership positions. With the guidance and assistance of Newbook staff and an exceptional group of volunteer graduate students, they have done much of the painstaking work of transcribing, marking up the text, researching for notes, creating our web presence and programming our project software. The accomplishments of our project would have been impossible without our undergraduates some of whom have worked with us for three or more years. 

Moving Forward to Shape the Future of Digital Humanities

Digital technologies and projects represent a shift from the solitary humanities scholar working on individual research to be presented in a published article or monograph, towards a project-based, collaborative environment utilizing cross-disciplinary expertise and resources. The nature of these networks of diverse scholars fosters the atmosphere of creativity and community that we find among the SDP interns.

We believe that team and group-based project work such as ours will ultimately redefine the ‘traditional’ humanities learning environment, offering students and faculty alike the opportunity work productively in team environments.  The experiences reported by our undergraduate interns after graduation strongly indicate that the skills acquired in this kind of environment are valued by employers in many workplaces.

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