Post 3: 3DM – Issues and Challenges with 3D Computer Modeling in the Cultural Heritage Sector

In continuing on from the last post for the AFF621: 3D computer modeling assignment,  and still with the theme of computer modelling in the cultural heritage sector, this post will look at some of the issues and challenges that have emerged over the last two decades. There are various debates in the use of photorealistic rendering for digital illustrations in archaeology and cultural heritage. One argument claims that photorealism provides … Continue reading

A Critique of Culturomics: An Annotated Bibliography


  The term culturomics was coined in 2010 and coincided with the launch of Google Labs Ngram Viewer. “Culturomics is the application of high-throughput data collection and analysis to the study of human culture.” (Michel et al. 181). However, in order to understand how culturomics has come into being, it might be useful to initiate with some background information. The Google Books project was officially launched in October, 2004, and … Continue reading

From Humanism to Humanities Computing

This post briefly explores the origins of the humanities and the transition to humanities computing. From the Renaissance, human thought and inquiry began to shift from a “theocratic worldview to a human-centred one” (Burdick et al. 4). The Renaissance was further promulgated in Europe through the founding of schools and universities, and the invention of the printing press.  Indeed, the printing press revolutionised the dissemination of information in Europe, and … Continue reading

Crowdsourcing: Should Practitioners in Digital Humanities be Wary of the Term?


  Crowdsourcing is applied as a model by the private and public sector and also, more recently by the non-profit, voluntary and educational sectors. While, all sectors use the same term – but does it mean the same thing? Brabham proposes crowdsourcing as “an online, distributed problem solving and production model where organizations leverage the collective intelligence of online communities for their benefit” (“Research”). Pierre Levy coined the term collective … Continue reading

What is DH?

  A Work in Progress   Defining digital humanities is problematic as definitions are widely contested, thus, this blog-post is a work in progress to document definitions that are offered by various scholars and digital humanists. It is hoped that by documenting different definitions in one space, this will assist me to synthesise the various schools of thought, and so, provide me with a better understanding of the debates in question. … Continue reading