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In this course, Digital humanities: humanities research in the digital age, you will learn how the digital transformation of our cultural heritage and our daily lives is changing the way humanities scholars conduct their research and share it with the world.

This course will introduce you to the growing area of scholarship known as ‘digital humanities’ and explain its relevance to the study of the past and of the present.

You will learn about the opportunities offered by the growing availability of digital data and about the challenges of using it ethically and responsibly. You will become familiar with core concepts of digital research such as digitisation, metadata, ‘big data’, the FAIR principles, data wrangling, qualitative and quantitative analysis and knowledge infrastructures.

While this course will not teach you how to use specific tools or programming languages, it will provide you with a good theoretical foundation upon which you can build more specialised skills in areas that complement your humanities interests. Above all, through this course you will develop your critical thinking skills and apply humanities perspectives to interrogate the digital data, tools and methods you encounter in your life as a researcher, user and creator of digital technology.

This course Digital humanities: humanities Research in the Digital Age was developed by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership  thanks to funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand different approaches to digital research
  • Find digital resources for research
  • Analyse digital sources critically
  • Evaluate digital research methods
  • Understand how to communicate research digitally.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Session 1 Why digital humanities? History, challenges, opportunities 00:20:00
    • What is digital humanities? 00:20:00
    • A short history of digital humanities 00:30:00
    • Session summary 00:05:00
    • Session 2 An introduction to digitisation 00:15:00
    • Who digitises cultural heritage materials, who uses them, and why? 00:15:00
    • From dust to digits: capturing cultural heritage materials in digital forms 00:03:00
    • What gets digitised and how? 00:25:00
    • Digit[al]isation: the challenges of a new kind of archival system 00:15:00
    • Session summary 00:05:00
    • Session 3 Metadata and search 00:20:00
    • Seeing through machines 00:20:00
    • Search engines 00:10:00
    • Web crawlers and metadata 00:10:00
    • Critical search 00:10:00
    • Searching the past 00:05:00
    • Session summary 00:05:00
    • Session 4 An introduction to born-digital data 00:15:00
    • The ascent of the born-digital 00:25:00
    • Encountering the born digital data in research 00:15:00
    • Challenges and questions 00:20:00
    • Session summary 00:05:00
    • Summary of Week 1 00:05:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Session 1 Large scale v small scale 00:10:00
    • The scale of scholarship over the centuries 00:25:00
    • Tools for analysing digital library content today 00:15:00
    • DIY tools 00:07:00
    • Session summary 00:05:00
    • Session 2 Intellectual Property, access and digital humanities research 00:15:00
    • Making digital copies 00:15:00
    • Licensing and copyright 00:07:00
    • Understanding the CC license components 00:07:00
    • Open Access publishing 00:03:00
    • Accessing or creating data for your research 00:15:00
    • Stewardship of your own data: writing your data management plan 00:05:00
    • Ethics and data protection 00:15:00
    • Session summary 00:05:00
    • Session 3 Data wrangling 00:15:00
    • You’ve got data! Now what? 00:45:00
    • Primum non nocere: a primer on data ethics and personal data regulations 00:07:00
    • Session summary 00:05:00
    • Session 4 Data analysis: making your data speak and shine 00:15:00
    • Bridging the digital divides 00:15:00
    • Data analysis: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods 00:10:00
    • Quantitative analysis 00:15:00
    • Qualitative analysis 00:15:00
    • Mixed analysis 00:10:00
    • Session summary 00:07:00
    • Summary of Week 2 00:10:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Session 1 Publishing and communication 00:15:00
    • Scholarly communication over the centuries 00:45:00
    • Reproducible research 00:25:00
    • Session summary 00:03:00
    • Session 2 Conclusions and next steps 00:30:00
    • Discover more digital resources 00:15:00
    • Read digital humanities research papers and journals 00:10:00
    • Reflection 00:20:00
    • Session summary 00:05:00
    • Summary of Week 3 00:05:00

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