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What Are Digital Humanities?

"I am in a unique position where I am able to see the issues that the LAM community face as well as seeing issues within the academic community. Each group faces many of the same challenges in planning digital projects, from funding to personnel, but the goals are the same - finding ways to enhance and disseminate the knowledge that we collect. Collaboration has become key and the more we collaborate with academic institutions, the more integrated our projects become. To me, digital humanities has begun to morph into an umbrella term that encompasses the tools traditional digital humanists have created with the digital content that the LAM community provides." - Christine Pittsley, Connecticut State Library

"The digital humanities means at least three different things. It’s about using digital tools to answer humanities questions (text mining, data visualization, etc). It’s about coming to terms with interpreting, understanding and preserving born digital cultural heritage materials (hard drives of authors, scientists who blog instead of keeping notebooks). Third, it’s about embracing changes in digital media that allow humanities scholars communicate. The third category of changes is about getting out of the ivory tower and making public interaction and engagement into a new kind of humanities scholarship. Each of these have potential resonance with the LAM community, but of them, the public part is the most critical. Creativity and innovation in society are always connected to and with our past. We are inspired by, we learn from, and we develop in juxtaposition of our cultural heritage. The public part of the digital humanities offers a place where scholars, librarians, archivists, and curators can work together to create a lightweight distributed cultural infrastructure on the web." - Trevor Owens, Library of Congress

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