Hands Up for Digital Humanities - an awareness survey
This survey aims to highlight gaps and learn from successes. It is for anyone connected to the Humanities, including Humanities staff and students, but also those in other disciplines who might work with Humanities, or external partners in industry including libraries, museums and archives, Further Education colleges, schools, tech companies, freelance contractors, or anyone with an individual interest.
Digital Humanities (DH) is an ambiguous term initially used to describe the merging and collaboration of Computing and Humanities. In my own understanding, DH refers to any Humanistic work that employs or creates a digital product. This could include 3D printing, digitising ancient manuscripts, or developing an online survey such as this.
DH usually comprises its own discrete project, whether this is standalone or a specific part of a wider project. Some Humanists may have been conducting DH research without even realising it. This is because across all educational settings and industry environments, the term Digital Humanities is either not widely known or it is used too broadly. Some scholars have refined the term to fit their work more specifically, referring instead to Digital Histories or Digital Literature, and so these terms may be more familiar to you.
One scholar has created a useful list outlining the attributes and activities of a Digital Humanist. You may be a Digital Humanist if:
* You use emerging technologies to rethink what "the humanities" is all about.
* You collaborate with people across disciplines and backgrounds to explore innovations in academia
* You are willing to experiment with new pedagogies and research approaches made possible by new technologies
* You are not afraid to work closely and collaboratively with your friendly neighbourhood technologist
* You are willing to take a do it yourself approach to creating the tools and technologies you need for your teaching and/research
* You use technology in a way that disregards traditional boundaries between disciplines and hierarchies
[The original source can be accessed here:
This survey is concerned with the knowledge and communication gaps around DH within University and Further Educational settings, and also the external gaps between education, technologists and public access sites, such as libraries and museums. This survey will also showcase success stories and collate best-practice. Whatever your position or background, your response will help to improve Humanities engagement across the board.
In addition to this, a more streamlined and transparent approach to DH will improve skill-sets developed throughout the years of study, and help to provide a more coherent trajectory as students leave education and embark on a career. It is common for students to feel lost upon leaving education, and so by focusing on DH and employability, we can embed DH practices throughout the education experience making the transition between study and work a smoother, more self-determined process.
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Please also note that all answers to this survey are anonymous.
Thank you for your time,
Dr. Lauren Hayhurst - June 2018
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