Digital Humanities is a rapidly developing multidisciplinary field, most notable for how scholars are making use of computational power and digitization to explore source materials and to share knowledge in ways that aren’t otherwise possible. The field encompasses academic researchers, those working in museums, libraries, archives, and cultural and arts centers, K-12 educators, media-makers and consumers, journalists, and information professionals among others.

Examples of how digital tools are being used include analyzing large-scale collections of texts and scrutinizing minute details of images, studying movements and interactions of individuals and networks across time and space through geo-spatial mapping and data visualization, generating data-sets through crowdsourcing, and archiving diverse forms of media that make far more of the human record accessible for study.

Working with these new methods is also giving rise to new ways of organizing scholarly inquiry through interdisciplinary collaborations, both amongst the humanities and together with fields within the social sciences, sciences, and engineering. In addition, collaborative approaches are changing how universities can interact as partners with public humanities projects throughout society.

Embedded within most work in digital humanities are commitments to developing open source software tools and the open sharing of data, adopting open access principles in the design and implementation of projects, and supporting the enlargement and the enrichment of the public domain. These efforts place digital humanists at the forefront of experimenting with new formats for communicating ideas — through hybrid and stand-alone digital publishing, by constructing novel platforms, by engaging with social media, and by participating in interactive digital environments and online communities.

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