Digital humanities: humanities research in the digital age
Digital humanities: humanities research in the digital age

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Week 1: Digital transformations

Introduction

What does ‘digital humanities’ mean? What is the difference between ‘digitised’ and ‘born-digital’ data? And what do we mean by ‘metadata’? During this week, you will become familiar with the fundamental terms of digital research. You will learn about the history of digital humanities, discover how physical objects can be made readable by computers through digitisation, understand the meaning of metadata and its importance for search engines, and reflect on doing research with born-digital data.

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During this week, you will learn:

  • the main milestones in the history of digital research in the humanities
  • how documents and artefacts can be transformed through digitisation
  • the basic functioning of search engines
  • the importance of born-digital data for research.

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