What is (or are) digital humanities (DH)?

There are many definitions of digital humanities (DH) 1. It was also sometimes known as humanities computing, due to its origins in 1949 2. Today, DH is being used in different perspectives and institutions globally have built environments or resources to facilitate digital scholarship across the arts and humanities disciplines, as indicated by centerNet 3. Below are two definitions of DH:

“Digital Humanities refers to new modes of scholarship and institutional units for collaborative, transdisciplinary, and computationally engaged research, teaching, and publication.”

~ A short guide to the digital_humanities, an open pdf excerpt from Digital_Humanities, by Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, Jeffrey Schnapp, MIT Press, 2012, pp. 121–136.

“Digital humanities is a diverse and still emerging field that encompasses the practice of humanities research in and through information technology, and the exploration of how the humanities may evolve through their engagement with technology, media, and computational methods.”

~ Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)

  1. whatisdigitalhumanities.com is a website that compiles and presents quotes on DH contributed by participants from the Day of DH between 2009-2014
  2. Hockey, S. (2008). The history of humanities computing In Schreibman, S., Siemens, R. & Unsworth, J. (Eds.), A companion to digital humanities (pp. 3-19). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
  3. centerNet is an international network of digital humanities centers.