What is Digital Humanities?
Digital humanities (DH) is defined as the application of computing processes and tools to humanities research. One formal definition is:
The application of algorithmically facilitated search, retrieval, and critical processes that, originating in humanities-based work, have been demonstrated to have application far beyond. Associated with critical theory, this area is typified by interpretative studies that assist in our intellectual and aesthetic understanding of humanistic works” (A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004).
A wide range of humanities disciplines–from literary studies to history to classics to the performing arts–have found ways to incorporate computing tools and digitization processes into the study of humanistic texts and archival materials. Below is an introductory list of digital humanities resources that should help you begin to explore the field of digital humanities.
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- Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH), University of Nebraska at Lincoln
- Center for History and New Media (CHNM), George Mason University
- Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
- Humanities Lab at Stanford University
- Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture and Digital Humanities Certificate Program, Texas A&M University
- Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas
- Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
- MATRIX, Michigan State University
- MIT Hyperstudio
- Scholar’s Lab and Spatial Humanities, University of Virginia Library
- UCLA Center for Digital Humanities
- Women Writers Project