Conference, Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities, 3 functions, 5 major requirements for basic infrastructure
also presented at Digital Humanities 2010 in London, where Geoffrey  Rockwell was paraphrased as saying

Three points in particular [sic] where made with regards to how the value of Digital Humanities could best be demonstrated. Perhaps the most important one is that DH can be described as an enabling field, in the sense that it allows other fields to do research that would otherwise not have been possible. The second one was that DH can help academics to dramatically increase their outreach, especially beyond academia (in particular in relation to crowdsourcing, social media etc. As Geoffrey Rockwell put it: We help the Humanities reach a broader public. Last, but not least DH helps to prepare students and young researchers for the new challenges they are going to face in their careers, for instance in the media content industry, but also in many other fields. It was also Geoffrey who formulated a list of requirements for the basic infrastructure that has to be made available by any university that is serious about supporting (digital) research:

  • Social lab for projects and meetings
  • Digitisation facilities and specialised hardware
  • Support for utilities (lists, blogs, wikis…)
  • Virtual machines for projects
  • Advising and long term technical support

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