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

ISBN 9780367565756
Published March 25, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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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


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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).