Improved access to data, digitised collections, and digital tools make it possible to ask humanities questions in new ways.
Digital Humanities (DH) blends traditional humanities research with digital technologies. Digital approaches allow researchers to apply new methods and technologies to humanities questions, ask new questions that might not have been possible without these data and tools, and apply critical inquiry to new technologies, including the way people use and are affected by them.
Digital humanities is often interdisciplinary and collaborative. Examples of digital humanities research include:
- Using text and data mining tools to analyse large bodies of text (includes topic modelling, sentiment analysis)
- Creating data visualisations, including maps, timelines and networks
- Building and sharing data collections, including digitised collections from galleries, libraries and museums, and collections of born-digital material
The University Library supports digital humanities research by providing access to data, learning and networking opportunities, and support for tools essential in digital scholarship. The resources shared here provide a user-friendly, entry level introduction to the tools, data, and communities that support digital scholarship in the humanities.
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The University Library: DH and Digital Innovation
The University’s Digital Future technology strategy and Digital Capabilities Framework outline initiatives to create a digital learning and research environment that enables excellence. These strategies and solutions recognise the impact of digital technologies on research, and that digital capabilities are critical to students’ academic success and graduates’ career success.
The University Library is committed to supporting researchers using digital approaches and conducting data-enabled research across all disciplines. Researchers and students interested exploring Digital Humanities further are encouraged to contact the Manager, Digital Innovation for more information.