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Digital humanities is an umbrella term for theories, methodologies, and practices related to humanities scholarship that use the digital computer as an integrated and essential part of its research and teaching activities. The computer can be used for establishing, finding, collecting, and preserving material to study, as an object of study in its own right, as an analytical tool, or for collaborating, and for disseminating results. The term "digital humanities" was coined around 2001, and gained currency within academia in the following years. However, computers had been used within the humanities for decades, starting with research fields such as humanities computing or computational linguistics in the 1950s, and later new media studies and internet studies. The historical development of digital humanities has been characterized by a focus on three successive, but co-existing types of digital material: digitized, born-digital, and reborn-digital material.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy
EditorsKlaus Bruhn Jensen, Robert T. Craig, Jefferson D. Pooley, Eric W. Rothenbuhler
Number of pages9
Place of publicationOxford
Publication year4 Nov 2016
ISBN (print)978-1-118-29073-6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2016
SeriesWiley-Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication Series

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