sábado, 18 de febrero de 2017

What are Digital humanities?

Digital humanities are anything that combines digital work of any sort with humanities work of any sort. Digital Humanities interprets the cultural and social impact of new media and information technologies (the fundamental components of the new information age) as well as creates and applies these technologies to answer cultural, social, historical, and philological questions, both those traditionally conceived and those only enabled by new technologies.
This is the best definition of digital humanities, although it's a difficult concept to explain, but this is quite well-explained and easy to understand.

I have selected three examples of a Digital humanities projects to make you understand easily what is this concept:

  • The first project that I have selected is a it’s a free, mobile, and open source platform called Mukurtu, that allows people to manage and share digital cultural heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways. It's a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, and exchange their digital heritage. They are committed to maintaining an open, community-driven approach to Mukurtu’s continued development. Their first priority is to help build a platform that fosters relationships of respect and trust. http://mukurtu.org/
  • The second project which I have chosen is an interactive scholarly work that allows readers to examine the movement of goods and people in the Roman World through the creation of a historical transportation network model and its publication using interactive maps and information visualization. This is a digital humanities project related to history, and I personally think this one is very interesting. https://digitalhumanities.stanford.edu/projects/orbis
  • Finally, the third project that I have selected is a layout analysis method to perform automatic text height estimation, even in the case of very noisy and damaged handwritten manuscripts.   http://digitalhumanities.yale.edu/projects/athena

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