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The application of new computational techniques and visualisation technologies in the Arts and Humanities are resulting in fresh
approaches and methodologies for the study of new and traditional corpora. This 'computational turn' takes the methods and techniques from computer science to create innovative means of close and distant reading. This book discusses the implications and applications of 'Digital Humanities' and the questions raised when using algorithmic techniques. Key researchers in the field provide a comprehensive introduction to important debates surrounding issues such as the contrast between narrative versus database, pattern-matching versus hermeneutics, and the statistical paradigm versus the data mining paradigm. Also discussed are the new forms of collaboration within the Arts and Humanities that are raised through modular research teams and new organisational structures, as well as techniques for collaborating in an interdisciplinary way.


Description

The application of new computational techniques and visualisation technologies in the Arts and Humanities are resulting in fresh
approaches and methodologies for the study of new and traditional corpora. This 'computational turn' takes the methods and techniques from computer science to create innovative means of close and distant reading. This book discusses the implications and applications of 'Digital Humanities' and the questions raised when using algorithmic techniques. Key researchers in the field provide a comprehensive introduction to important debates surrounding issues such as the contrast between narrative versus database, pattern-matching versus hermeneutics, and the statistical paradigm versus the data mining paradigm. Also discussed are the new forms of collaboration within the Arts and Humanities that are raised through modular research teams and new organisational structures, as well as techniques for collaborating in an interdisciplinary way.


Reviews

'Berry and colleagues present us with several current and future trajectories of the digital humanities, both building and questioning its trends. Through the last 40 years of computational research, the humanities have appropriated and developed many techniques for doing their work computationally, but only in the last ten years has the excess of computational capacity begun to bring central questions about the nature of the humanities to light. David Berry and his colleagues sit on the cutting edges of these questions, and their work will inform those debates for years to come.' - Jeremy Hunsinger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

'This book introduces and debates important questions regarding the use of digital technologies in numerous academic approaches in humanities and social sciences. These new media technologies are impacting across the disciplinary spectrum and pose challenges to traditional scholarship. Dr Berry's book gives us a timely insight into these various challenges and into the kinds of new 'digital humanities' that are emerging. Clearly written and providing a wide range of examples and case studies it is an important contribution to the growing literature on digital humanities.'  - Christian De Cock, University of Essex, UK


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Understanding the Digital Humanities; D.M.Berry
An Interpretation of Digital Humanities; L.Evans & S.Rees
How We Think: Transforming Power and Digital Technologies; N.K.Hayles
Digital Methods: Five Challenges; B.Rieder & T.Röhle
Archives in Media Theory: Material Media Archaeology and Digital Humanities; J.Parikka
Canonicalism and the Computational Turn; C.Bassett
The Esthetics of Hidden Things; S.Dexter
The Meaning and the Mining of Legal Texts; M.Hildebrandt
Have the Humanities Always been Digital? For an Understanding of the 'Digital Humanities' in the Context of Originary Technicity; F.Frabetti
Present, Not Voting: Digital Humanities in the Panopticon; M.Terras
Analysis Tool or Research Methodology: Is There an Epistemology for Patterns?; D.Dixon
Do Computers Dream of Cinema? Film Data for Computer Analysis and Visualization; A.Heftberger
The Feminist Critique: Mapping Controversy in Wikipedia; M.Currie
How to See One Million Images? A Computational Methodology for Visual Culture and Media Research; L.Manovich
Cultures of Formalization: Towards an Encounter Between Humanities and Computing; J.van Zundert, A.Antonijevic, A.Beaulieu, K.van Dalen-Oskam, D.Zeldenrust & T.Andrews
Trans-disciplinarity and Digital Humanity: Lessons Learned from Developing Text Mining Tools for Textual Analysis; Y.Lin
Index


Authors

DAVID BERRY is Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Swansea. He is the author of Understanding Softward in the Digital Age: Code, Mediation and Computation (Palgrave, forthcoming)Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source (Pluto, 2008) and co-editor of Libre Culture (Pygmalion Books, Canada, 2008). He has also published in journals such as Theory, Culture and Society, Critical Discourse Studies and The Journal of Internet Research.