The Digital Humanities is a huge and sprawling field. It encompasses within its “big tent” a diverse range of disciplines, subdisciplines, theories, and practices, ranging from text encoding to text mining and employing technology for pedagogy.
It has also spawned an enormous variety of tools, manuals, guides, theoretical discussions, discussion groups, organizations, and open access journals.
A little more than a month ago, I published, on the web site for the Research Group for Electronic Textuality and Theory in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University, a resource list of online materials to assist those finding their way through the maze of approaches and tools in the Digital Humanities. “Digital Humanities: A Resource List” was also compiled for my own sake, in an attempt to get some kind of handle on what was available. Here is part of my “Introduction” to the resource:
This web site has been designed to provide a quick and simple reference source for information about, and resources for, the theory and practice of Digital Humanities. While it has been assembled for the particular use of scholars and students working in the Digital Humanities at Western University, it is open to anyone, and (it is hoped) will prove a particularly useful resource for those new to the field.
This resource list is avowedly neither comprehensive nor complete. The focus is upon free and open access tools and sources of information that can be of immediate assistance to those who wish to begin to engage with technology directly. Doubtless I have overlooked a great deal that is of value, and I will be updating these pages periodically with new materials as I become aware of them; a list of recent additions is to be found immediately below. All of the resources listed here are, for the moment, available online (although some exist in print as well); future iterations of this list may additionally include conventional print sources, as well as exemplary projects in the Digital Humanities. Additional areas that I will be adding in the future include digital archives, linguistics, and virtual worlds.
It has occurred to me that I have, rather oddly, neglected to make note of this resource here. I am now making good that omission.
The site continues to expand on a nearly daily basis: I have added 52 entries since it was first published, and it now includes 171 entries in total (although a handful of these are repeated in multiple sections of the site). They are distributed according to the following categories:
- Digital Humanities – General -19 entries
- DH & Literary Studies – 31 entries
- DH & History – 10 entries
- Pedagogy & Technology – 31 entries
- Digital Tools – 41 entries
- Text Encoding Initiative – 19 entries
- Content Management Systems – 4 entries
- Learning Management Systems – 4 entries
- Discussion Groups – 3 entries
- Organizations – 9 entries
All entries include links to the resource in question, as well as a pop-up panel providing a more-or-less detailed description of the resource, most often lifted from the web pages of the resource itself.
I hope this proves useful to others. It has already proven a useful exercise for myself.