Exploring the Digital in the Humanities and Social Sciences

DH@TheLibrary run a series of seminars and workshops to introduce new practitioners to the practice of Digital Humanities and also to help inform experienced humanities scholars in the implications of and identification of tools, methods and practice in DH.

Our latest look at the Digital in the Humanities ecosystem happened Monday 5 October from 11:00 – 13:00 – in the Graduate School at Queen’s. We will do it again soon. Please be in touch if you would like to be involved.

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DHO:Drapier is a great source of inspiration for ideas about how DH is being practiced in Ireland

Throughout the disparate and emerging discipline, there are at least as many definitions and conceptualisations of what Digital Humanities is all about – hence the collaborative nature of our seminars. A particularly inclusive definition was supplied by Rob Nelson as part of the annual Day of DH in 2012:

“The Digital Humanities is a capacious enterprise that includes, among other things, research using computational and algorithmic methods to study culture and history as well as efforts to use digital media to share humanities content beyond the academy and encourage active engagement with that content by a broad public.”

You will find more contributed defintions from this initiative to whet your own thoughts: What is DH?

A thoughtful piece from Patrick Svenson is thoughtful and articulate. ‘The Landscape of Digital Humanities’

DH@TheLibrary seminars survey trends and initiatives in the digital humanities sphere. Participants hopefully come away with a appreciation of where the field has emerged and how it interacts with traditional disciplines in the arts and humanities. This collection of workshops guid on the general discussion that we undertake in this introductory seminar. In this one we think more about the why (and possibly the how of the intersection) where further workshops explore specific application to scholarly practice.

Starting Points

DiRT provides an extensive collection of useful DH tools
DiRT provides an extensive collection of useful DH tools

To expand on many of these ideas introduced in discussion the following can be recommended for further exploration – shared by the community at DH@Oxford.

Getting Started in the Digital Humanities” is a blog post by Lisa Spiro, which has been included in the first edition of the Journal of Digital Humanities. It includes links to conferences, journals, collections of projects, tutorials, and more.

What are these Digital Humanities? Where should I start?” is a blog post by J. Matthew Huculak introducing several resources for information about the digital humanities.

The CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide is produced by the City University of New York as a quick reference and starting point for those interested in digital humanities.

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) describes itself as “an umbrella organisation whose goals are to promote and support digital research and teaching across arts and humanities disciplines, drawing together humanists engaged in digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, creation, dissemination, and beyond, in all areas reflected by its diverse membership”. They maintain a short list of community resources.

Tooling Up for Digital Humanities, from Stanford University, provides a series of articles introducing various areas of digital humanities research.

The DiRT (Digital Research Tools) Directory provides one of the most comprehensive (and user contributed) collection of tools for humanities scholars. It features detailed descriptions, reviews and utilises the TADiRAH ontology for describing tool applicability.

The Programming Historian is a mature and far reaching project aimed largely at historians that shares tutorials and self-guided lessons contributed from the community applying programmatic techniques to the study of history.

Seminar Presentation

The latest presentation is available for your viewing pleasure:

Specific Resources

We have had an opportunity to visit and explore a number of fascinating stes and colections during the seminars.

Digital Humanities Manifesto 2,0
The links (as well as few additional bonuses) are provided here for you to follow up on:
AHRC ICT Methods
Arts+Humanities.net
CELT – Corpus of Electronic Texts
Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th-century Dutch Republic
CAIN – Conflict and Conflict in Northern Ireland
Digital Atlas of Derry~Londonderry
DHO:DRAPIer
DHO:Discovery
Europeana
History Pin
Humanist
Mapping the Republic of Letters
Melissa Terras’ Survey of DH and Infographic 2012
Mixing Oil and Water in a Wiki World
OMEKA Neatline
Palladio
Rome Reborn
Stanford Spatial History
Transcribing Bentham
Turtle – Diagrams and Visulisations to Explore Social Complexity
Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPOR)
Voyant Tools
What Was There?
Zotero