mercoledì 17 novembre 2010

Digital Humanities

Dal New York Times

Members of a new generation of digitally savvy humanists argue it is time to stop looking for inspiration in the next political or philosophical “ism” and start exploring how technology is changing our understanding of the liberal arts. This latest frontier is about method, they say, using powerful technologies and vast stores of digitized materials that previous humanities scholars did not have.

These researchers are digitally mapping Civil War battlefields to understand what role topography played in victory, using databases of thousands of jam sessions to track how musical collaborations influenced jazz, and searching through large numbers of scientific texts and textbooks to track where concepts first appeared and how they spread.

Avanza il nuovo paradigma scientifico secondo cui la ricerca è incentrata sull'analisi dell'enorme quantità di informazioni di cui disponiamo grazie alle tecnologie informatiche. Che ne penseranno gli umanisti "vecchia scuola" delle nuove scoperte che si prospettano nel loro campo grazie alla data science?

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