The digital humanities is an area of research, teaching, and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. Developing from an earlier field called humanities computing, today digital humanities embrace a variety of topics ranging from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets. Digital Humanities currently incorporates both digitized and born-digital materials and combines the methodologies from the traditional humanities disciplines (such as history, philosophy,linguistics, literature, art, archaeology, music, and cultural studies) with tools provided by computing (such as data visualisation, information retrieval, data mining, statistics,computational analysis) and digital publishing.
To find the representation of the state of Digital Humanities and map the dynamics of it, we should first gather enough data, which includes articles in academics journals and books, patents, technological agreements and cooperation, geographical and scientific mobility of people, etc.
First, we would like to introduce two great online resources, where we could get latest news and development of Digital Humanities field. They are called Digital Humanities Now and Journal of Digital Humanities.
Knowing the latest development and data is not enough to map and evaluate this field, we should also get a good understanding the history of this field. As the introduction of it in the Wikipedia is a little weak, a better and interesting description was written by Eric Johson, which could be found here (http://chnm2011.thatcamp.org/05/26/a-digital-history-of-the-digital-humanities/).
Now we could concentrate on the main part, which concerns the mapping and representation of the state of DH development in various aspects. Here we introduce a very close exploration in this subject. In this article, a very detailed and comprehensive research was conducted, intending mapping the DH work particularly in Claremont, consisting of seven institutions, five undergraduate colleges and two graduate schools, the Claremont Consortium is located 35 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
To begin answering these questions, several Library-based stakeholders from the core interest group set out to visually map Claremont’s digital humanities landscape with all of its disciplinary and infrastructural interconnections. Based on prior successes using concept mapping for Library curriculum-related and planning projects, our expectation was that this method would translate easily to building a better understanding of the layered complexity of our (or any) DH community.
With the ability to branch into various subtopics, they built the map to forward several outcomes:
- Knowledge building among the grant planning group by including DH definitions and resources for further investigation,
- Community building by mapping digital humanists and programs across the campuses, and identifying potential regional collaborators,
- Capacity building by identifying support units and individuals within the colleges, such as the Library and campuses IT, and
- Benchmarking by highlighting model projects at other institutions as well as flagship DH organizations.
The tool here they introduced the used is a free web-based product that allows for collaboration and online publishing of interactive concept and knowledge maps. They identified five subtopics to elaborate: internally we have Colleges Academics and Colleges Collaborators/Support, and externally we included DH Definitions and Resources, Projects, Institutions, and Centers, and Potential Academic Collaborators.
Mapping Digital Humanities in Claremont
Mapping required us to organize and codify the web of overlapping connections that comprises DH scholarship and capacity among the seven Colleges, a difficult task by any standards. The process entailed significant research and interpersonal investigation on the part of the map developers, which ranged from spelunking in websites, developing a survey (described in the next section), and confirming leads produced by interested parties. After developing a draft version of the map, we shared it with the grant planning group for review and comment, asking for suggestions of scholars, support units, and projects that might fill gaps in our understanding. This step continues to yield numerous additions and corrections; the map is developing alongside the plan for the DH center.
Beyond providing a useful tool for planning and visualization, this process facilitated valuable conversations within the grant planning group and produced a more nuanced understanding of the digital humanities at the Colleges and beyond. By using the map as an iterative knowledge base, correcting and expanding areas as others join the project, we are better able to represent the landscape of stakeholders and contributors necessary to begin forming a self-aware community of digital humanists.
The Digital Humanities Landscapes: Claremont Colleges 2011-12 map can be accessed attinyurl.com/claremont-dhmap.
Many universities or colleges do not offer independent digital humanities courses but they have centers in which technology and arts work closely together.
Below is some centers in universities all over the world.
1. Mapping Digital Humanities in Claremont: http://blogs.nitle.org/2012/07/26/mapping-digital-humanities-in-claremont/