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Computation and the Humanities

Towards an Oral History of Digital Humanities

Benefits

  • Presents a number of oral interviews and the key themes that emerge on the history of computing in Humanities and Cultural Heritage

  • Provides an analysis of some of the social, intellectual and creative processes that have helped shape the research into computing in the humanities

  • The book is accompanied by a website with additional and supplementary material such as archival photographs and sound recordings of oral history interviews

Open Access
Book

Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 1-19 Open Access
  3. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 21-36 Open Access
  4. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 75-86 Open Access
  5. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 87-97 Open Access
  6. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 99-121 Open Access
  7. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 137-156 Open Access
  8. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 157-166 Open Access
  9. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 167-175 Open Access
  10. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 177-194 Open Access
  11. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 209-226 Open Access
  12. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 227-235 Open Access
  13. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 237-256 Open Access
  14. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 257-275 Open Access
  15. Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn
    Pages 277-279 Open Access
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 281-285

About this book

Introduction

This book addresses the application of computing to cultural heritage and the discipline of Digital Humanities that formed around it. Digital Humanities research is transforming how the Human record can be transmitted, shaped, understood, questioned and imagined and it has been ongoing for more than 70 years. However, we have no comprehensive histories of its research trajectory or its disciplinary development. The authors make a first contribution towards remedying this by uncovering, documenting, and analysing a number of the social, intellectual and creative processes that helped to shape this research from the 1950s until the present day.

By taking an oral history approach, this book explores questions like, among others, researchers’ earliest memories of encountering computers and the factors that subsequently prompted them to use the computer in Humanities research.

Computation and the Humanities will be an essential read for cultural and computing historians, digital humanists and those interested in developments like the digitisation of cultural heritage and artefacts.

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license


Keywords

Computation and the Humanities Digital Cultural Heritage Digital Humanities History of Computing Oral History

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information StudiesUniversity College London (UCL)LondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Information StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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Reviews

“This is a well-worked collection of interviews that leads the reader through the development of the field of DH. … Computation and the humanities is a unique portrayal of the history of DH, and is recommended as an authoritative source--to be dipped into as your interests dictate, or to study more thoroughly to better understand how DH has developed. Those in computing who are interested in cross-disciplinary research around the humanities can use this volume … .” (Computing Reviews, September, 2017)