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Digital Humanities: What is Digital Humanities?

Digital Humanities Defined

From the Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0:

"Digital Humanities is not a unified field but an array of convergent practices that explore a universe in which: a) print is no longer the exclusive or the normative medium in which knowledge is produced and/or disseminated; instead, print finds itself absorbed into new, multimedia configurations; and b) digital tools, techniques, and media have altered the production and dissemination of knowledge in the arts, human and social sciences."

While definitions of digital humanities are varied and wide-ranging, digital humanities work usually has at least one of the following characteristics:

  • scholarship presented in digital form(s)
  • scholarship enabled by digital methods & tools
  • scholarship about digital technology & culture
  • scholarship building and experimenting with digital technology
  •  scholarship critical of its own digital-ness

...often involves one or more of the following:

  • data visualization
  • text editing
  • digital publishing
  • mapping
  • text analysis
  • transcription

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