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Introducing Digital Humanities (Full)

co-author: Aaron McCollough

Korey Jackson

on 7 August 2014

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Transcript of Introducing Digital Humanities (Full)

Introducing the Digital Humanities from Lisa Spiro, "Why the Digital Humanities?" 1. Tools 2. "Digital" as an object of study http://books.google.com/ngrams 3. The "DH Lab" Enter "lab" culture. http://vectors.usc.edu/projects/index.php?project=86 And it often requires more than that heroic (but increasingly outpaced) figure: the single author. 5. DH as an ethics So what's next? http://digital-conferences-calendar.info/ http://www.digitalclassicist.org/ http://www.eighteenthcentury.org/ http://www.rc.umd.edu/ http://digitalhumanitiesnow.org/ http://www.dhsi.org/ http://www.rarebookschool.org/schedule/ http://digitalamericanists.unl.edu/wordpress/ http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/ http://digitalhumanities.org/answers/ http://www.nines.org/ http://www.arts-humanities.net/project http://toolingup.stanford.edu/ express yourself. Ruth Brown, "Hot Seat: Finn Brunton," Willamette Week. 15 June 2011. 4. Digital publishing as digital humanities http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/ https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com But most importantly... Thank you! http://www.neh.gov/odh/ Patricia Cohen, “Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land,” New York Times. 26 July 2011. Let's start with a definition. Okay....

but what does it mean? There are a lot of ways to answer this question...

nearly as many ways as there are practitioners of DH. Without going too far down the rabbit hole...

let's isolate and talk about five different modes of DH. The following five categories are borrowed from Patrik Svensson's "The Landscape of Digital Humanities" (2009). From large-scale databases to visualization platforms...

like Google's Ngram viewer as well as GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and other kinds of spatial mapping. Analyzing new media and new modes of behavior and production facilitated by this media. Digital humanities is big.

It's got cachet. It's got cool. But it's also...

just big. Rather than straightforward research projects, many DHers have focused on tool-building to make digital research easier. They've also begun to rely on the collective wisdom and input of the crowd. DH means taking advantage of "digital" not only as an object of study... but also as a mode of production. Crowdsourcing Multimedia Get involved in organizations conferences discipline-specific online groups and other information sources. Take a look at exemplary (and funded) projects and tool up! The scale of DH work from databases and tools to collaborative environments and publications... requires us to share
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