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Digital Humanities: DH 101

Introductory Readings

"..the rapid and remark- able rise of digital humanities as a term can be traced to a set of surprisingly specific circumstances. Unsworth, who was the founding director of the Institute for ad- vanced technology in the humanities at the University of Virginia for a decade.. has this to relate":

The real origin of that term [digital humanities] was in conversation with andrew McNeillie, the original acquiring editor for the Blackwell Companion to Digital Humanities. We started talking with him about that book project in 2001, in april, andby the end of November we’d lined up contributors and were discussing the title, for the contract. Ray [Siemens] wanted “a Companion to humanities Computing” as that was the term commonly used at that point; the editorial and marketing folks at Blackwell wanted “Companion to Digitized humanities.” I suggested “Companion to Digital humanities” to shift the emphasis away from simple digitization. 

What do we mean by Digital humanities?

[Brian Croxall 's] five things that we mean when we say digital humanities:

  1. Humanistic examination of digital objects

  2. Digital scholarly communication

  3. Digital pedagogy

  4. Creation of digital archives and primary source materials

  5. Digital examination of Humanistic objects

With the rise of di­gi­tal me­dia and in­for­ma­ti­on sys­tems, new tech­ni­cal forms of pro­ces­sing con­tent have emer­ged. From the per­spec­tive of the hu­ma­nities, this has gi­ven way to di­ver­gent in­te­rests and me­tho­do­lo­gies: On the one hand, de­ve­lo­ping di­gi­tal tools for hu­ma­nis­tic re­se­arch al­lows one to look at con­tent dif­fer­ent­ly (e.g. dis­tant rea­ding). On the other hand, loo­king cri­ti­cal­ly at tech­no­lo­gy in use al­lows one to de­li­ver a cul­tu­ral ex­pla­na­ti­on of our by now ubi­qui­tous di­gi­tal tech­ni­ques as de­mons­tra­ted by soft­ware stu­dies.

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Digitizing: Ngrams

A Short Guide to the Digital Humanities