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Digital Humanities

Using digital tools to research humanities questions

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About the Digital Humanities

Digital humanities is an interdisciplinary field that combines the traditional scholarly work of the humanities with the use of digital technologies. It encompasses a wide range of activities, such as the creation of digital archives and databases; the development of tools necessary for scholarship, research, and teaching in the digital age; as well as the production of scholarly work through the application of these new tools to traditional arts and humanities disciplines.

For example, digital humanities scholars might use digital tools to analyze large amounts of text can reveal patterns and connections that would be difficult to find by individually reading each one. They might create digital simulations to help us understand how ancient cities were laid out and how people lived in them. The creation of digital archives and databases of historical or cultural artifacts is also critical as it makes them available online to a wider audience and easier to analyze through other digital tools.