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

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Week 2: Digital approaches

Introduction

During Week 1, you learned about the fundamental elements of digital humanities research, such as digitisation, metadata and born-digital data. During Week 2, you will examine some ways in which Humanities researchers can approach ever-increasing amounts of data. You will become aware of the importance of licencing and copyright, and of the need to manage your own data. You will learn about the steps needed to prepare data through data wrangling and, finally, about a number of approaches to data analysis. Throughout the week, you will learn that the skills you have learned as a researcher in the Humanities will help you to reflect critically on your methods, data and results.

After studying this week, you will:

  • appreciate possible research approaches to ‘humanities big data’
  • understand the importance of licensing and the FAIR principles
  • learn about the importance of data wrangling
  • distinguish different methods to analyse data.