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Digital Humanities Research Methods

This method of sharing work projects online continues to become more and more popular in academia.

  • Omeka and Scalar are both great programs that allow researchers and students to showcase their work.

Audio/Visual Projects

Documentaries, podcasts, and media presentations are a few examples of digital humanities projects that are used by instructors.

  • The John T. Richardson Library can provide access to an image collection that includes both 35mm and digital formats.

Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)

This spatial aspect of the digital humanities involves creating and utilizing interactive maps in order to demonstrate the significance of space and geographic data when studying the humanities.

  • You can learn more about DePaul's GIS Certificate here.
  • Some examples of GIS when applied to the humanities include "General Lee's View of Gettysburg", "Auschwitz Under Construction", and "Mapping the Salem Witch Trials", all of which can be found here

3D Modeling

This is another spatial tool that can help us better understand topics in the humanities. 3D Modeling involves using specialized software to create a digital representation of a 3-dimensional object.

Text Mining

Text mining software is able to read documents for you and detect patterns, facts, relationships and assertions. This is done using sophisticated Natural Language Processing algorithms, and helps introduce and expand on topics for researchers to explore.

  • Examples of text mining projects can be found here

Data Visualization

This is a way of re-shaping one's data and creating a visual reference in order to look at it in a new and different way. This often includes groups of concepts (e.g. people, places, ideas) and their relationships to each other, such as social network analyses.

  • More examples of data visualization, as well as tools to put it into practice, can be found here.
  • CDM offers a course on Data Visualization, which can act as another collaborative opportunity for the digital humanities.