Category Archive: Digital Humanities

Nov 28

Text As Networks – Annotated Bibliography

Exploring texts as networks allows connections within and between texts to be visualised in a simplified manner, enabling researchers to gain insight into complex relationships, which may otherwise remain hidden. Network analysis of texts is at the intersection of the humanities and science, and therefore has the potential to be truly interdisciplinary. This annotated bibliography …

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Nov 09

Digital Histories – A Family Tale

Rex in Uniform

As Armistice Day approaches, I thought I would write a post about my own experience of digital history and why I feel that digitisation projects are so important. It is 100 years since the start of World War 1, there are no longer any living combatants. As the years pass, there it is increasingly likely that we …

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Oct 24

Reading Wars?

Stormy times ahead

The battle lines are drawn, in one corner we have Stanley Fish, the “saving remnant” who “insists on the distinction between the true and the false”, and in the other Franco Moretti, who carries out research “without a single direct textual reading” and doesn’t care if his idea is “particularly popular” (48). Two extremes, dividing …

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Oct 16

Data Visualisation – Country Statistics

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Data can be beautiful. The tools we have at our disposal mean that we can visualise and explore data in ways that simply were not possible a decade ago. Hans Rosling, the Swedish statistician who founded Gapminder, demonstrates some of the possibilities in this video: Visualising Data The Gapminder world statistics cover a huge range …

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Oct 11

Crowdsourcing – the ‘Ancient Lives’ Project

Image of a papyrus fragment made available in the initial press release for Ancient Lives

Crowdsourcing The term ‘crowdsourcing’ was first used by Jeff Howe in a Wired Magazine article, the word itself a portmanteau of outsourcing and crowd. Initially, the term focused on the business world and had connotations of profit, outsourcing jobs and cheap labour.   The term has been increasingly repurposed by cultural heritage and citizen science, …

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Oct 04

Defining Digital Humanities

The intention behind this post, besides getting past the ominous blank page, is to synthesise my understanding of digital humanities based on the first week readings and lecture for AFF601 ‘Digital Humanities: Theory and Practice’. Day of DH One of my first forays into the world of Digital Humanities was taking part in Day of …

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