Digital Humanities have emerged, first in the US and now in Europe, as an interdisciplinary field applying computational methods to humanities research problems. The growing success of this domain is now impacting and reshaping research in “traditional” humanities in various ways. This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and skills of this new domain. Through concrete examples, hands-on work, site visits and personal projects, the students will acquire core competences to conduct Digital Humanities research. These skills will be useful if he/she wants to continue research on this field or work in a company dealing with Digital Humanities technologies (Google, Facebook, etc.),
The Digital Humanities field is very large and still unstructured. This course will give a general overview of its diversity: Digital Scholarship, Digital Publishing, Digitalization processes, Digital Libraries, Text Mining, Historical Geographical Information Systems, Procedural architectures, Just-in-time sociology, Digital Theology, Digital Art and New Aesthetic.
At the end of the teaching, the DH101 students should be able to:
a) understand the history, trends and core concepts of the Digital Humanities approach (distant reading/close reading/social reading, ontologies, regulated representations, metadata/paradata);
b) master basic aspects of Digital Humanities technical skills (digitalization processes, historical GIS, image analyses, text mining, stylometrics, 3D modeling, procedural algorithms, digital publishing, social network analyses, project management);
c) understand the most important representations and document formats and standards (XML, TEI / MEI, ePub, DublinCore, Collada, …);
d) have developed a hands-on experience on some of the Digital Humanities tools (WordPress, Zotero, Omeka, Weka, R, Voyant, Scalar, Neatline, …);
e) understand the logic and uses of the most important global databases and resources (Google Books/Maps/Street view, Hathi Trust, Gutenberg Project, Freebase, Wikipedia / DBpedia);
f) have conducted a personal Digital Humanities project.