Humanities (Digital Humanities)
Big Data in the Humanities
Massive use of “Big Data” has not traditionally been a method of choice in the humanities, a field in which close reading of texts, serendipitous finds in archives, and individual hermeneutic interpretations have dominated the research culture for a long time. This “economy of scarcity” as it has been called has now been amended by an “economy of abundance,” the possibility to distance-read, interrogate, visualize, and interpret a huge number of sources that would be impossible to be read by any individual scholar in their lifetime, simultaneously by using digital tools and computational methods.
Since the mid-2000s, the latter approach is known as “Digital Humanities” (hereafter DH), in analogy to “e-Science” sometimes also as “e-Humanities,” especially in Europe, although under the name of “Computing in the Humanities,” “Humanities Computing” or similar it has been in existence for half a century, albeit somewhat on the fringes of the Humanities canon....
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