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The Digital Humanities Coursebook An Introduction to Digital Methods for Research and Scholarship

By Johanna Drucker Copyright 2021
    252 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Digital Humanities Coursebook provides critical frameworks for the application of digital humanities tools and platforms, which have become an integral part of work across a wide range of disciplines.

    Written by an expert with twenty years of experience in this field, the book is focused on the principles and fundamental concepts for application, rather than on specific tools or platforms. Each chapter contains examples of projects, tools, or platforms that demonstrate these principles in action. The book is structured to complement courses on digital humanities and provides a series of modules, each of which is organized around a set of concerns and topics, thought experiments and questions, as well as specific discussions of the ways in which tools and platforms work. The book covers a wide range of topics and clearly details how to integrate the acquisition of expertise in data, metadata, classification, interface, visualization, network analysis, topic modeling, data mining, mapping, and web presentation with issues in intellectual property, sustainability, privacy, and the ethical use of information.

    Written in an accessible and engaging manner, The Digital Humanities Coursebook will be a useful guide for anyone teaching or studying a course in the areas of digital humanities, library and information science, English, or computer science. The book will provide a framework for direct engagement with digital humanities and, as such, should be of interest to others working across the humanities as well.

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    Chapter 1 Digital Humanities Overview

    1a. What is Digital Humanities?

    1b. Principles and scenarios for digital humanities

    Chapter 2 Data Modeling and Use

    2a. Making data

    2b. Cleaning and using data

    Chapter 3 Digitization

    3a. Digital documents: Formats and protocols

    3b. Digitization and file formats

    Chapter 4 Metadata, Markup, and Data Description

    4a. Metadata and classification

    4b. Markup: XML, TEI, KML, JSON and other standards

    Chapter 5 Database Design

    5a. Database basics

    5b. Database issues: legacy data, ethics, and use

    Chapter 6 Information Visualization

    6a. Basics of visualization

    6b. Networks and complex systems

    Chapter 7 Data Mining and Analysis

    7a. Data mining and text analysis

    7b. Cultural analytics, multi-modal communication, media, and audio mining

    Chapter 8 Mapping and GIS

    8a. Getting started

    8b. Critical issues in spatial humanities

    Chapter 9 Three-dimensional and Virtual Models

    9a. Virtual space and modelling 3-D representations

    9b. Photogrammetry

    Chapter 10 Interface Design

    10a. Interface basics

    10b. Understanding interface design

    Chapter 11 Web Presentation Formats and Networked Resources

    11a. Web presentation formats

    11b. Networked resources, standards for data sharing, and platforms

    Chapter 12 Project Design and Intellectual Property

    12a. Project design and management

    12b. Intellectual property issues

    Coda: A note on advanced topics in Digital Humanities



    Johanna Drucker is the Distinguished Breslauer Professor in Bibliography in Information Studies at UCLA, USA. She has published widely on topics related to visual design in digital and print forms. Her publications include: Graphesis (2014), Diagrammatic Writing (2013), The Visible Word (1994), and Visualization and Interpretation (2020).