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Concerns[edit]

  • The foregrounding of the digital humanities praxis at CUNY in the very first paragraph seems incorrect. Not only does this give the wrong impression about the composition of the field to readers, it also implies that the CUNY program is an antecedent to DH, which is false. If the purpose of the sentence is to quickly gesture toward the ancestors of the field, it would be best to stick to "humanities computing" only, as this was the field that actually changed names to DH. All information about the origins and sources of that field, and of DH post name change, should be put in another paragraph. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ontoligent (talkcontribs) 11:35, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

General[edit]

I figured I should start this, since no one has.Elijahmeeks 00:18, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

There are many basic tennants of Humanities Computing that were in the old article that were not carried over in the merge. I actually feel Huco should be kept as a separate article. Rendar 00:47, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

The reference material in that article referred to both Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing. It seems the relevant research treats these two terms as referring to the same concept, and so I'd disagree. Perhaps if the tenets you're referring to were added to this article that would fix things? Elijahmeeks 01:56, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

At a THATcamp at the National Library of Australia on 2nd November 2014 a session devoted to exploring collaborative editing spent an hour editing the digital humanities page. (I've added this note to explain the flurry of edits appearing right now by unregistered users.) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.102.239.195 (talk) 00:40, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Technology, criticisms, & future[edit]

I would dearly love if somebody would be so kind as to answer the following questions for me which I'm still left wondering about having read this article:

  • 1. What is the difference between creating a really cool website focusing on your scholarly research, and what is known as the digital humanities?
  • 2. Could somebody be more precise about the technical skills one would need to engage in the digital humanities? What computer programming knowledge and skills would one need to attain to make a career out of this?
  • 3. I want to know, I suppose, are digital humanities' professionals (??) simply web designers with an advanced knowledge of a humanities discipline? If not, in what ways are they different?
  • 4. What are the future prospects for this field of study?
  • 5. It seems like a brilliant idea to take scholarly work away from esoteric journals and open it to the world (including the taxpayers who fund so much scholarly activity), why is every university not embracing this without reservation; what are the criticisms of the digital humanities?

86.42.71.111 (talk) 10:57, 7 December 2008 (UTC)


The criticisms section should include a reference to the often-stated criticism that Digital Humanities is a very temporary field that will only exist for the few years between when digital methods have started to infiltrate the humanities and when (presumably very shortly) everyone in the humanities will be using them. This comes up a lot at digital humanities conferences, but I haven't had a chance to find a good reference of a discussion of it in writing yet.192.102.239.195 (talk) 01:09, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

External Links[edit]

Since this page has been flagged for having too many links (incl. one I just added myself), I suggest the following:

  • 1. Someone with DMOZ editor status re-compile this list on that site under Arts>Humanities>Scholarship and Technology>[new category:]Digital Humanities Centers. Migrate only "Digital Humanities Centers" since they make up the bulk of the current list.
  • 2. Link to that page from the External Links section using a title like "Directory of Digital Humanities Centers [DMOZ]."
  • 3. Add note for Wikipedia editors that, for the sake of usability and organization, such links belong on DMOZ.
  • 4. Review remaining external links.

Ebellempire (talk) 22:02, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Sample websites?[edit]

Could somebody put some visual samples of a good Digital Humanities website? This article badly needs some visuals. 86.41.8.16 (talk) 13:54, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Nice quote but needs a better source[edit]

Blogs are not reliable sources; but this quote is nice. I moved it here from the category where next to nobody would ever see it. If this appears in a more reliable outlet, I'd support inclusion. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 20:40, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

Well, it's not just a blog post: Melissa said it in front of some 240 delegates as part of her closing keynote at the Digital Humanities 2010 conference. There's video footage of her saying it hosted on an academic non-blog site (linked here), although I'm not sure if the footage has been removed or if the server just happens to be down right now. ARK (talk) 21:12, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

"Those definitions of DH must be personal, and must vary – but how many of us, when asked to explain DH, go 'well, its kinda the intersection of....' – and you lost them at kinda." - Melissa Terras, "Present, Not Voting: Digital Humanities in the Panopticon"

Blogs can be reliable sources. When they have professional editorial staff or written by qualified professionals in their field. Melissa Terras is a professional digital humanist, with tenure at a recognised university and no known history of promoting WP:FRINGE theories, this makes her blog a reliable source as far as wikipedia is concerned (but only about the digital humanities, which is where the qualifications are). Stuartyeates (talk) 01:39, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

List of DH journals[edit]

Southern Spaces is no doubt an interesting and innovative journal. However, it does not seem to be in any way specifically related to Digital Humanities. This is their self-definition: "An interdisciplinary journal about regions, places, and cultures of the US South and their global connections." (http://www.southernspaces.org/). In my opinion, this journal should be removed from the list.

At the same time, the "Journal of Digital Humanities" is missing. Here is their self-definition: "The Journal of Digital Humanities is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed, open access journal that features the best scholarship, tools, and conversations produced by the digital humanities community in the previous trimester." (http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/). This one should probably be added. I'm willing to make those changes myself but will wait for reactions first. --Christof-Schoech (talk) 12:37, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

"Methods" section & self-promotion[edit]

Nice idea to add a "methods" section, should we merge it with the "tools" one? However, it will be necessary not to focus only on textual analysis. Please also note that this content has be added by an user (Thinkbig-project) who dropped the same content on other pages: see his contributions (the cited papers are all from the same group of authors). Self-promotion of scientific publications appears to be frequent on Wikipedia (and is of course sometimes necessary to improve articles). What should we do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Calvinius (talkcontribs) 13:15, 1 May 2015 (UTC) (oh yes, sorry for forgetting the signature, SineBot ;) Calvinius (talk) 15:09, 1 May 2015 (UTC))

Goal of making this a Featured Article[edit]

With the increasing visibility of Digital Humanities and the fact that Wikipedia embodies several DH values (iterative, collaborative, distributive, multimodal, open and accessible), I would like to see this article improved so it can become one of the Featured articles and provide a solid coverage of the topic. Join with me! --Catsandthings (talk) 04:37, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Nice initiative. However, IMHO even more important than improving coverage is at the moment to straighten the text: Move definitional controversies to a subsection of controversies, remove them from the introductory texts (these are absolutely not helpful for people looking for a *first* orientation on DH), break paragraphs into smaller segments, possibly introduce sub-headings. However, I know colleagues who would appreciate the current elaborate style of writing (even though it's not very {d/w}ictionary-like), so I'm suggesting this rather than just to apply it. -- Chiarcos (talk) 11:31, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

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