Digital Scholarship Today

The digital humanities (DH), or humanities computing, arose in the late 1940s as a field of academic study, research, teaching, and invention concerned with the intersection of computing and the discipline of the humanities. It is methodological by nature and interdisciplinary in scope.

In many ways, humanities computing is still a growing discipline. With that growth comes a mix of exciting opportunities for researchers and libraries—and a host of challenges to overcome


Processing Information 

When performing analyses and finding, cleaning, and organizing data, natural language processing (NLP) for historical texts can be a daunting task for researchers, especially when they are attempting to generate meaningful results. Gale Digital Scholar Lab removes these barriers and streamlines the workflow process, giving researchers more time to identify previously undiscovered data, test theories, analyze results, and gain new insights about their area of study.


Being Innovative With Humanities Computing and Text Analysis

For researchers, digital scholarship is inspiring new ways of using technology to interrogate content, analyze insights, and output discoveries. Collaboration is a key driver of change as people with diverse backgrounds and skills come together to address common barriers related to applying new computing tools to a corpus of main content from primary sources that may not always be prepped and accessible.

The Latest In Humanities Computing

On May 2, 2019, we hosted an event that brought together a diverse and popular lineup of speakers representing DH scholarship and academic libraries from around the world. Topics included the international scope of DH research and computing; how it is being applied to large content sets, such as newspapers, books, and other documents; how it is being taught in the classroom; and what libraries are doing to support humanities computing within their institutions.

You can now download the proceeding papers or watch short clips from the speaker presentation, which you will find below.

Videos From DH Day At The British Library

Introducing Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Classroom: Strategies, Solutions and Pedagogical Practices Using Gale Digital Scholar Lab

Watch a short clip from a presentation by Dr. Sarah Ketchley about teaching humanities computing to an undergraduate cohort of students. You can read more on the topic in this formal proceedings paper

Teaching Humanistic Data Analysis

Watch a short clip from a presentation by Ryan Cordell about how regardless of language, data analysis begins with teaching students how to do math.

On Principles and Values: Mining for Conservative Rhetoric in the London Times

Watch a short clip from a presentation by Joris Van Eijnatten about moral language and how it's used in conservative rhetoric.

Unexpected Uses of Heritage and Historical Data

Watch a short clip from a presentation by Melodee Beals about the scale and use of heritage data, specifically how we bring our own personal and cultural experience to the screen and build connections with content.