What are the Digital Humanities?
"Digital Humanities" is an umbrella term used to indicate a very wide range of activities. Although DH projects are exceptionally diverse in goals, methods and outcomes, they all involve research and education work done in the humanities that makes central use of digital technology as a mode of inquiry, to preserve or make accessible source materials, or as a way to communicate the outcomes of humanistic research.
What do DH projects look like? Check out the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities website for some great examples.
Additional DH links of interest:
For historians starting to explore the landscape and interested in developing their own projects: Daniel Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig's "Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web"
Two sites that help articulate best practices for evaluating digital humanities:
- Promotion & Tenure Criteria for Assessing Digital Research in the Humanities
- Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media