Collaborative notes taken by paricipants of the DH Summer School Switzerland:
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[Course] Susan Schreibman (
[Course] Susan Schreibman (
@schreib100), History and future of DH
Questions without answers:
– Is DH a field?
– WHo is a digital humanist?
– What is DH ?
– We speak about “digital humanities”, but in Switzerland “Humanities” is not an academic category…<= this is a real question ! I don’t think it is in France either :-/
[Participants are invited to give their 1 line “elevator-pitch” that best defines DH]
– “Dust meets geeks” by Andreas Perret
– “Humanities using digital tools”
– “Putting Shakespeare on iPads” : Laura Mandell cited by Schreibman. Discussion here : https://twitter.com/pauldoshea/status/349889786133221376
Re-thinking the object life-cycle
Recalls Roberto Busa as founder of DH discipline: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Busa
Busa-Waston cooperation to establish a concordance of St. Thomas Aquinus with punched card IBM machines. Cf. http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2011/aug/12/father-roberto-busa-academic-impact
So, Digital Humanities: a field, a tool, a discipline? All of these? None? “I do not think these words mean what I think they mean.” https://twitter.com/twinkling_sheep/status/349891702976290819
Google Ngram montre émergence/décollage de Digital humanities en 2000, remplaçant Humanities computing qu’on voit à partir de 1967-68
[useful_link] Where you can ask any question DH Questions and Answers: http://digitalhumanities.org/answers/
“Binary code, truly universal language”.
“Moving from reading and critiquing to building and making” : Digital Humanities, it’s about “making” ! https://twitter.com/GrandjeanMartin/status/349893771334393856
Developing new tools and softwares…
To be read : Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts by D. F. McKenzie : http://www.amazon.com/Bibliography-Sociology-Texts-D-McKenzie/dp/052164495X
Débordement des rôles – Digital Humanists <->Editeurs
RefHow should DH work be evaluated: www.mlajournals.org/toc/prof/2011/1
.DH as pedagogical practice :
Area: Text visualization and Distant Reading:
Biggest corpus yet: Google Books Project
Example of visualiation of language uses at the macro level with Google NGrams: http://books.google.com/ngra
Other example of visualisation of Wikileaks Iraki Wars Data. –> Is Wikileaks a DIgital Humanities Project ?
More example of Distant Reading Projects about Agatha Christie and an “obscur Irish Poet”
Area: Virtual Worlds
Exploring virtual worlds and reconstructing historical settings in order to answer historical research questions!
Ref: Being and Seeming: the Technology of Representation by Richard Powers. Online: http://www.wildethics.org/essays/being-and-seeming.html
[useful_tool] http://www.textarc.org/ = A TextArc is a visual represention of a text—the entire text (twice!) on a single page. A funny combination of an index, concordance, and summary; it uses the viewer’s eye to help uncover meaning.
[ref] “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron (Infrastructures) by Lisa Gitelman (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0262518287)