Digital Humanities

Is Digital Humanities a discipline?
  • This question has been asked Since 1999 when a seminar called  ‘Is humanities Computing an Academic Discipline?’
  • DH is currently under negotiation while there is no doubt that the field is expanding.
  • It is not entirely clear what should be included and how the landscape can be understood or structured.
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    What is Digital Humanities ?
    Digital Humanities (DH) is an intellectual activity that integrates computational technology with humanities disciplines. DH is characterized as innovative approaches to scholarship that include collaborative, transdisciplinary, and computationally involved research, teaching, and publication. DH is an innovative method to study that merges conventional humanities with digital technology to produce different avenues in research, teaching, and publication. The Humanities in and for a digital age. One can say DH is the digital alter-ego of inter-cultural studies. It is not just about “Humanities” or the “Digital” rather its a composite approach.
    Digital Humanities = ‘ A Collective Singular  and it is an Umbrella Term ’.
    • DH: First Wave 
      • Digitization/ Preservation
    • DH: Second Wave
      • Interpretive Research/ Digital Toolkits
    • DH: Third Wave
      • Interactive Digital media AR & VR, AI and Data Stewardship
    Some of the Definitions

    DH is an emerging field of intellectual endeavor with its own professional practices, rigorous standard and exciting theoretical exploration.         –Hayles, 2011

    “Digital Humanities is born of the encounter between traditional Humanities and computational method”         –Anne Burdick

    DH is less a unified than an array of convergent practices that explore a universe in which print is no longer the primary medium in which knowledge is produced & disseminate.   –Dig. Humanities Manifesto
    Why Digital Humanities?
    DH allowed us to be involved in academia, cultural heritage, literature, music, arts and enhanced human experience with the help of digital forms and digital tools.  DH can enhance the teaching-learning process and transform scholarly communication.
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    DH Courses World View
    Are DH more Digital than Science?
    • Digital is one way of working across the boundaries to do things that none of us could do before.
    • Most of the humanities research scholars were submitting artworks in a digital form whereas most of the outputs in science subjects were in the traditional form of peer-reviewed journal articles. So humanities researchers are leading the way in producing scholarship in a digital form.

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    DH Practies
    In India humanities students working in the area of archival studies, manuscript studies or book history, a basic familiarity with algorithms and artificial intelligence is an indispensable condition.
    Digital humanities in the Indian context has to be invariably informed by the hacker ethic or the concept of jugaad (a resourceful approach to problem-solving) that is quite popular in South Asia.
    Background Knowledge

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    DH Component and Infrastructure
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    DH on Twitter

    Twitter is a great resource for connecting with others interested in Digital Humantiies, and keeping aware of publications, tools, and conferences.

    Indian Scholar Publication
    Menon, N. (2020). Infrastructure and Social Interaction: Situated Research Practices in Digital Humanities in India. DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly14(3). [Download]

    Risam, R., & Gairola, R. K. (2019). South Asian digital humanities then and now. 
    South Asian Review. [Download]

    Murray, P. R., & Hand, C. (2015). Making culture: Locating the digital humanities in India. 
    Visible Language49(3). [Download]

    Murray, P. R., & Squires, C. (2013). The digital publishing communications circuit. 
    Book 2.03(1), 3-23. [Download]
    Chaudhuri, S. (Ed.). (2016). 
    Bichitra: The Making of an Online Tagore Variorum. Springer. [Link, Request a copy for Library]

    Dodd, M., & Kalra, N. (Eds.). (2020). 
    Exploring Digital Humanities in India: Pedagogies, Practices, and Institutional Possibilities. Taylor & Francis. [Link, Request a copy for Library]

    Mapping Digital Humanities in India, Puthiya Purayil Sneha (2016)
    Training Opportunities

    Cambridge Data School:
    It is an intensive, course with the overarching goal of democratising access to tools and techniques for gathering, analysing, and reporting digital data as well as promoting the growth of ethical digital research practices.

    Data Camp
    It is an open source platform to learn basic to advanced level Python, R, SQL and others programming languages. All online and self-paced classes. 

    #dariahTeach: Open source community-driven multilingual platform which provides high-quality teaching and training resources for the digital arts and humanities.

    Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI)
    With over 60 course offerings DHSI gives the participants a chance to explore the whole swath of topics in DH and maybe more.

    Digital Ocean Tutorials
    Over 1500 tutorials covering areas from development to production.

    Hathi Trust Research Center
    Hathitrust provides access to millions of digitized books. It also Runs workshops on text mining (HATHI Research center).

    Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT)
    provides a broad range of programming, web development, 3D game creation, visualisation, and text analysis courses.

    Oxford Summer School
    Every year July A week-long course was offered on linked data, crowdsourcing, and humanities data computing.

    Programming Historian
    Not only for historians! Online training for beginners and experts.

    THATCamps (The Humanities and Technology Camp)
    take place on a regular basis, cover a variety of themes, and include workshops that are held either before or after the conference.

    Top DH School Current Research project
    1. Havard University Project,
        Link: DARTH
    2. Standford University Projects,
        Link: @standford
    3. Oxford University.
        Link: @Oxford
    4. Kings Colleg Londons
        Link: @KCL
    5. Duke University Projects
        Link: @Duke Based Projects

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    Digital Hampi
    DH project developed in India
    The Dutch Cemetery in Chinsurah
    Digital Hampi
    Project Madurai
    Project Madurai is an initiative to archive Tamil-language works and make them publicly accessible online. The project built a vast electronic library for Tamil Literature both old and new, from all over the world
    What is Digital Scholarship?
    Bichitra Project

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    Electronic Literature Management Software
    Chapter and Verse
    A free software tool to create chapterized audiobooks for iPod, iTunes and Quicktime.
    User Guide

    A powerful and easy-to-use e-book manager
    Introductory Tour
    Video Tutorials
    Create your Own Story
    Let's Have some Fun
    Elements of Electronic Literature
    Elements of E-Lit
    It includes text, image, sound recording, statistics table, word frequency, and information in the form of declarative statements.
    A process-intensive program spends a lot of time crunching numbers
    This is an outside caused modification to the work's condition that was intended when it was designed.
    It is a place through which audience are interact. it should be a digital display. Without a surface, no art can be seen by an audience.
    Context: Context is important for interpreting any work, but digital literature calls us to consider types of context  
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    E-Lit Projects

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    Social and Network Analysis
    you can use it for visualizing and analyzing large network graphs you can explore analyze, cluster, filter all types of graph

    The data visualization package allows users to import a limited Twitter API, visualize network graphs, manually enter network edges, and build summary reports.
    Web Publishing
    Omeka Classic
    A web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.

    Use to build a stunning website, blog, or application. Powerful tools, great designs, and the ability to create anything you want. At the same time, WordPress is both free and priceless..
    It is an CMS software which helps to create many types of website. Drupal offers extensive functionality and endless flexibility.

    An authoring and publishing tool that is designed to make it simple for writers to disseminate long-form, born-digital text online.
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    Data Cleaning Software
    Text Analysis
    Programming Language Tools
    It is a powerful language which helps to build your project from text analysis to data visualization.

    Integrated software facilities for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display.

    It facilitates the dynamic modification of parts of a web page without the need for refreshing the entire page for each change. It is not easy for humanities scholars to learn and apply their project.
    ArcGIS Explorer Online
    Using interactive maps, connect people, places, and data. Use logical analysis techniques and clever, data-driven techniques. Share your knowledge with the world or with particular groups.

    Chronos Timeline
    It is specially made to analyze time-based data in the humanities and social sciences fields.

    Google Data Studio
    It allows users to collect data from spreadsheets, transform raw data into reports and dashboards, generate infographics, and share them with other people.

    Microsoft Power BI
    ​Microsoft's business analytics tool enables users to visualise data and incorporate the graphics into applications or websites.

    Online timeline creation tools for making stunning interactive timelines. You may construct a fully complete timeline on Tiki-Toki and share it with your friends and coworkers.

    It helps users build various infographics. To create graph visualizations and mapping, one can utilise relational databases, processing cubes, spreadsheets, and cloud databases. The public version does not support private data analysis.
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