Digital Humanities is the ascendant methodology for humanistic research. Engaging with technology from a humanistic perspective allows scholars to see their discipline differently, as well as their modes of investigating that discipline.
Digital Humanities offers new frameworks and modalities to explore what it means to be human. As a field of study, Digital Humanities is methodological by nature and multidisciplinary in scope, involving the investigation, analysis, synthesis, and presentation of information in electronic form. Researchers from across Trinity collaborate in applying information and communications technologies to explore our past and understand our present.
Benefits to Society
Digital Humanities research not only creates and interrogates digital artefacts, but studies how new media are transforming the disciplines in which they are used, from publication to teaching. The computational tools and methods used thus cut across traditional disciplinary practice to provide powerful shared focal points ranging from the visualisation of massive and complex datasets, to the representation of our analogue heritage in digital form, to the evaluation of digital scholarship.
Research at Trinity
Researchers at Trinity have taken a lead internationally in refining these methodologies and building the infrastructures to enable Digital Humanities research, by representing Ireland on the European infrastructure DARIAH, and leading or otherwise playing key roles in projects with a sum total of funding in excess of €10m. Bringing together expertise from the various disciplines of the arts and humanities as well as from computer science, linguistics, engineering and the library, particular research strengths within TCD include digital textual scholarship and editing, virtual/augmented/ mixed reality performance, data mining and visualisation, time-series analysis and historical modelling, personalisation and localisation, digital curation, 3D worlds, and music and new media.
The research champion for this theme is Professor Susan Schreibman.