Digital Humanities

Authored by: Julia Flanders , Elli Mylonas

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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Digital humanities is a recent and rapidly evolving field. It includes the range of activities and projects associated with the use of digital technologies for humanities research. Its roots lie in the 1960s with early work on digital texts and text corpora. With the emergence of desktop computing, use of computers for humanities research expanded in the 1980s, followed by the development of standards and the rapid growth of digital research projects and academic centers. In the 1990s, the rise of the World Wide Web made digital forms of publication increasingly common, and placed new emphasis on the value of networked information and online patterns of usage. The modern field of digital humanities has multiple forms of institutional presence, and embraces a range of characteristic methods, questions, and topics including information modeling, pattern discovery, standardization, and metadata.

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