Jordyn Koveleski

The first time I read the words “digital humanities” I wasn’t completely sure of it’s meaning. But, now after reading “What is humanities computing and what is not?” I can see the importance of these two words together. Well, what is the importance? Why is digital humanities special? Digital humanities can be seen as a community effort. Digital humanities means that everything that is done about a specific topic- the research, the different ideas expressed- can be seen by more than just the person who started it all. Everyone can come together. In Unsworth’s article he states that humanities computing is “a way of reasoning, for efficient computation and human communication.” This justifies that digital humanities is for everyone to see and for people to share their opinions.

Another way digital humanities can be viewed is in the way of mimicry or representation. Topics discussed by the way of digital humanities “make explicit attributes of the original object” that is being discussed. One great example of what is DH and what is not is by looking at two websites with similar topics, but in reality aren’t all that alike at all. The “Austen Archive” is just a pretty website that has some of Austen’s works copied down. The “Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts” website has so many useful resources. It has a reason of publication, guildines set to tell what to look for on the website, and notes and facts about the manuscripts as well. That is truly DH, it has more to it than just words, it has feeling. They both have the same writings on their websites, but they use the work very differently.

Unsworth’s article also states that “The point is to have well thought out resources that leave space for independent imagination and curiousity.” Digital humanities leaves an abundance of space for personal thought, and instead of someone telling people how things are and what they are, the people have opportunites to tell the world what they think.

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