Making Sense of Digital Humanities: a Conversation Starter

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Short presentation to Colleagues/students on Digital Humanities, trying to make sense of Digital Humanities.

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  • The project to digitize the entire corpus of St. Thomas Aquinas' work by Roberto Busa is often cited as the beginning of digital humanitie
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nw0oS-AOIPE
  • Can use tools like Voyant, and Zotero to do data mining. Called with Criminal Intent Project.
  • Repositories like Dspace, Fedora, Digitool. Display/publishing ones projects - Greenstone, Omeka, Zotero (which can be integrated with other DH research tools)
  • ADHO international umbrella body of a number of organisations - hosts a number of journals LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities; also Digital Humanities Quarterly; Digital Humanities Summer Institute (a week long bootcamp at U of Victoria in Canada) + sponsors the annual joint conference
  • Making Sense of Digital Humanities: a Conversation Starter

    1. 1. MAKING SENSE OF DIGITAL HUMANITIES A CONVERSATION STARTER
    2. 2. Outline • • • • • • • Introduction Brief history DH Projects DH Tools DH Organisations/Conferences/Workshops DH@UCT More
    3. 3. What is this thing called Digital Humanities or DH? • Umbrella term covering a wide range of activities, from online preservation and digital mapping to data mining and use of GIS technologies , like infrared scans, geolocation mapping, and optical character recognition to enrich these resources with related information or make entirely new discoveries about them. There have been scholars and technologists doing DH work long before DH was a word! Previously known as Human Computing
    4. 4. Variety of meanings • Day in the Life of Digital Humanities (8 April 2013) • Definitions http://dayofdh2013.matrix.msu.edu/members/ The humanities, now with digital. Using new methods to find out more about old things I defined DH for my aging parents as "using computers to improve the ways I study, learn, and write about my research and my experiences, even though I'm not a rocket scientist." Digital humanities is the broader exploration of how technology can be integrated into traditional scholarly activities and the creation of new forms of scholarship and media
    5. 5. Brief History • • • • ImageL http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/typo3temp/pics/7212f0d7fe.jpg Image: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/computinghistory/card2.jpg Images: http://www.osservatoreromano.va/orportal-portlets-portal/detail/binaries/news/cultura/2011/184q11-lettore-fermati----morto-padre-busa/184q05b.jpg ImageL http://www.sas-sas.it/Alice/images/Thomis6.jpg
    6. 6. Corpus Thomisticum
    7. 7. Timeline of DH Developments • Computer Centres • Scholarly societies and journals • Standards (Text Coding Initiative –TEI) • Library digitization and digital humanities centres Image: http://atomictoasters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Word-Proc-1.jpg
    8. 8. Library Digitization and Digital Humanities Centres
    9. 9. DH Projects • What knowledge can digital humanities scholars produce that their predecessors could not? • One of the principle projects was making historical and literacy texts available online • Data mining and text encoding projects are often paired with interesting visual representations, multimedia, and interactive tools
    10. 10. Charles Darwin’s Library
    11. 11. Mapping the Republic of Letters
    12. 12. First World War Poetry Digital Archive
    13. 13. Shoah Visual Archives
    14. 14. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
    15. 15. Kindred Britain
    16. 16. Old Bailey Proceedings
    17. 17. DH Tools + Technical Resources • Comprehensive list at Bamboo DiRT http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/ • Text editing • Textual analysis • Repositories • Display/Publishing
    18. 18. Text analysis
    19. 19. DH Organisations/conferences/journals/ workshops • Thatcamps http://thatcamp.org/ • Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) – Journals – Summer Institutes – Annual conference
    20. 20. DH@UCT
    21. 21. • Adam Crymble describes his Digital Humanities Thesis in two minutes “Big Data, Old History “ http://www.phdcomics.com/tv/#047

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