Update: The Recommendations are posted!
Final NEH White Paper
The final draft of the recommendations, including community comments, was posted on MediaCommons at http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/offthetracks/.
Collaborators’ Bill of Rights
The following “Bill of Rights” was developed at the “Off The Tracks” workshop in College Park, Maryland on January 21, 2011. In the afternoon of the last day of the workshop, the participants divided into four subgroups tasked with discussing models for institutional support, models for career paths, models for collaboration, and models for transformation. This initial draft was written by the “collaboration team” which included Matthew Kirschenbaum, Bethany Nowviskie, Tom Scheinfeldt, and Doug Reside. We are posting this very rough draft just hours later in the hopes that it will provoke further discussion by the larger community.
- All kinds of work on a project are equally deserving of credit (though the amount of work and expression of credit may differ). And all collaborators should be empowered to take credit for their work.
- The DH community should default to the most comprehensive model of attribution of credit: credit should take the form of a legible trail that articulates the nature, extent, and dates of the contribution. (Models in the sciences and the arts may be useful.)
- Descriptive Papers & Project reports: Anyone who collaborated on the project should be listed as author in a fair ordering based on emerging community conventions.
- Websites: There should be a prominent “credits” link on the main page with PIs or project leads listed first. This should include current staff as well as past staff with their dates of employment.
- CVs: Your CV is your place for articulating your contribution to a collaboration. All collaborators should feel empowered to express their contributions honestly and comprehensively.
- Universities are locations of creativity and innovation. Intellectual property policies should be equally applied to all employees regardless of employment status.
- Credit for collaborative work should be portable and legible. Collaborators should retain “soft” ownership to the work of the collaboration and be able to continue building on it even if they change institutions or projects.
- Funders should take an aggressive stance on unfair institutional policies that undermine the principles of this bill of rights. Such policies may include inequities in intellectual property rights or the inability of certain classes of employees to serve as PIs.