Interdisciplinary collaboration and brokerage in the digital humanities
Multi-Science collaboration as a research project brings benefits from multiple perspectives, but it also provides an opportunity to reflect on the knowledge base of each subject. This paper presents a case study of inter-disciplinary cooperation between web development and anthropology in two different fields. We explore the challenges of translating between areas of different values, goals, and methods, and the problems that arise during the development of web applications designed to provide digital output from ethnographic projects. We use an agile approach to software development to consider our experience, which emphasizes rapid prototyping, iteration, and even failure. In the long run, we find that negative experiences in web development may be more valuable than positive experiences. The concept of \"knowledge broker\" is a useful term, used to describe the collaboration between scholars and developers-they are forced to conceptualize their data in new ways-they are between abstract information and binary data in academia and the public Web-oriented applications.