Digital Ethics

Digital humanities projects and Institutional Review Board (IRB) review

Some projects in the digital humanities count as research on human subjects as defined by federal law (45 CFR 46).  There are two issues here.

Does your project count as research, defined by federal law as systematic research designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge?

And If your project does count as research, as defined by federal law, does it count as research on human subjects?  This might seem like an obvious matter, but it isn't.  For guidance in determining whether your project counts as human subject research requiring IRB review, see the following Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) decision charts.

If your digital humanities project does count as human subject research, you will likely need to complete the relevant Citi Training for your discipline, and you will need to submit your project application to Arkansas State University's IRB via Cayuse IRB.

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