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Digital humanities: humanities research in the digital age
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Session 2 An introduction to digitisation

This session is written by Andrew Cusworth from The University of Oxford.

Digitisation is the making of computer readable and transmissible representations of physical objects. Most of us engage with digitisation in one way or another, for example by making digital copies of family photographs. What distinguishes the scholarly activity of digitisation is the critical awareness and purpose of the process and its results.

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After studying this session, you should have:

  • learned how material documents are transformed into digital versions
  • understood the main challenges and opportunities presented by the digitisation process
  • reflected on how digitised documents can be used for research.