What is Digital Humanities? 

Digital technologies are transforming the ways in which information is created, understood, and communicated. Digital Humanities both utilizes and examines these transformative new networks, technologies, and media in order to investigate and communicate their impact on art, culture, and society.

Although there is not clear agreement on what exactly the term digital humanities means or whether it even exists as a distinct academic field, there clearly is a growing group of students and scholars who are interested in working together to understand the ways in which information is created and disseminated in the digital age. If conceived broadly and inclusively, Digital Humanities comprises three main areas:

  1. The use of digital tools such as electronic literary analysis, digitization, visualization, and mapping technologies to enrich research in the humanities.
  2. The use of new media forms such as digital publications, digital archives, and interactive media to disseminate and share information.
  3. The investigation into the aesthetics and the cultural impact of new technologies and new media.

The Digital Humanities is an inherently collaborative and interdisciplinary field that positions itself at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts.


Digital Humanities News

Ngram Battle: The Four Seasons
Supercut: The Cinematic Prater


Those video montages that isolate a recurring motif (a phrase, image, an action) from various sources and edit them together rapidly to bring attention to that recurring motif are typically considered the purview of what Andy Baio referred to as "obsessive-compulsive superfan[s]" when he coined the term supercut in a 2008 blog post. Baio's comments had been prompted by a viral video montage of every instance of the term "What" from the TV series LOST. They can be lots of fun to watch, such as this fantastic supercut of every movie reference in The Simpsons -- which ended up as an epic double-feature and still made it only to season 10. Or this supercut of every cameo made by Alfred Hitchcock.


The data-visualization expert Edward Tufte has teamed up with Adam Schwartz, a software engineer and composer, to give the world ImageQuilts, a fascinating and highly-addictive Chrome extension that produces a quilt-like collage comprising images generated by doing a Google search.