Scholars and educators in all disciplines have embraced the potential for digital tools to transform the kinds of questions they (and their students) ask, the methodologies they bring to research and teaching, and the ways they present the results of their work. Known in humanities fields of inquiry by the broad term “digital humanities,” work in this area takes many different forms.
The grouped samples below represent a very small slice of the exciting world of the digital humanities. (External links below will open in a new browser tab or window.)
Online Communities/Resources for Digitally-inflected Work
The DH community is deeply collaborative and open, making it possible for individuals to locate people doing similar work and willing to offer insights and share ideas.
- The Academic Commons for the Liberal Education Community
- HASTAC – Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (Haystack)
- CUNY Academic Commons
- DS106: Digital Storytelling
Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools are applied to traditional historical, literary, and sociological areas of inquiry.
- Mapping the Republic of Letters
- Bomb Sight: Mapping the WWII London Blitz Bomb Census
- Atlas of Early Printing
- Linguistic Atlas Project
Text encoding of the classics promises to help scholars (and others) surface new readings of those works and new understandings of the language.
Many projects in the digital humanities invite readers into archives to encourage discovery, interpretation, and analysis.
New Media and Multi-modal Composition
Teachers are embracing the ease of personal digital publishing to encourage students to develop their own “born digital” writing and multimedia projects through blogs and multi-media essays, web-based exhibits, podcasts, and even movies. Scholars are increasingly finding peer-reviewed publication venues for their own born digital projects. This work becomes more visible when it finds reviewed publication venues, but much of it happens in the context of coursework.
- Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy
- JuMP: The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects
Contact Dr. Michael J. Cripps, project director, if you’d like to see a web-based DH tool or resource included on this page.