Digital Humanities Definition

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Abstract Digital Humanities has emerged as a new discipline at the intersection of humanities and computing and is still in the development phase. Historically, the discipline of Digital Humanities is said to have developed out of the discipline of humanities computing which simply involved using computers as a tool for modelling humanities data for our better understanding of it. However, the scope of Digital Humanities spans a wide variety of work areas ranging from curating the digital repertoire of primary texts, study of linguistic features, textual analysis and hypertext editing to cultural analysis, data mining, visualization and production of distributed knowledge. It is now a well-established fact that Digital Humanities depends to…show more content…
Earlier known by the name of “humanities computing”, Digital Humanities has developed to cover a wide variety of research areas. Wikipedia provides the following definition of Digital Humanities which is informative enough: The digital humanities, also known as humanities computing, is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. It is methodological by nature and interdisciplinary in scope. It involves investigation, analysis, synthesis and presentation of information in electronic form. It studies how these media affect the disciplines in which they are used, and what these disciplines have to contribute to our knowledge of…show more content…
So the question arises, how information technology has changed various discipline of humanities and how these discipline are in turn impacting the development of the discipline of Digital Humanities. At the first glance, it may appear that Digital Humanities in English Departments is only concerned and limited to creating electronic journals, e-books, and the digitization projects being undertaken to preserve and archive information in print. But, besides creating a digital version of various primary resources and printed journals, digitization is presenting new opportunities for research in English Literature through various technologically advanced tools and methods of information gathering, compiling and

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