March 27, 2012 is the annual Day of Digital Humanities (now re-named Day of DH). For those of you who don’t know what this is, Day of DH is a collective blogging experiment in which Digital Humanists around the world blog their day’s activities. If you would like to read what digital humanists are doing around the world, you can browse the blogs at http://dayofdh2012.artsrn.
What are the Digital Humanities?
This is by no means a simple question. Some of the activities which fall under the rubric of the Digital Humanities are:
- The preservation and presentation of cultural artifacts in electronic form (e.g. digital editions of literary texts).
- The use of computers to provide new ways of approaching traditional questions, and to generate new ones, in the study of the humanities.
- The creation and use of large-scale resources in digital forms (such as archives and databases) for the investigation and analysis of humanities subjects.
- The use of computing technologies to explore and interrogate assumptions about the ways in which we study the humanities.
- The analysis of the effect of computing technologies on the objects of humanities study.