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The digital humanities are a cluster of scholarly activities that explore the intersections of technologies and the humanities. These works take many forms, from applied computing and humanities data sets to new methods and platforms to theory and criticism. Much of the digital humanities occurs within and through the Internet, whether as a source of content (e.g., digital collections, databases), as a means of creating or disseminating knowledge (e.g., collaborative authorship, digital publications, social networking), or as a vehicle for teaching and learning (e.g., courseware, online tutorials). This entry introduces the concept of the digital humanities, its history and criticism, categories of digital humanities projects, and intersecting fields.

History and Criticism

Cathy N. Davidson discusses the emergence of digital humanities (“Humanities 2.0”) in terms of Web 1.0 ...

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