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Digital Methods: Five Challenges

Chapter in book
Authors Bernhard Rieder
Theo Röhle
Published in Understanding Digital Humanities
Pages 67-84
ISBN 978-0-230-29264-2
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication Houndmills
Publication year 2012
Published at
Pages 67-84
Language en
Keywords Digital Humanities, Digital Methods, Big Data, Data Visualisation, Black-Boxing, Objectivity, Universalism
Subject categories Media and Communications


While terms like ‘digital humanities’, ‘cultural analytics’, or ‘Web science’ are certainly buzzwords, there are many indicators for a ‘computational turn’ that runs deeper than a simple rise of quantitative or ‘scientific’ modes of analysis. Rich graphical interfaces, advanced visualisation techniques, and ‘fuzzy’ processing have led some of those who have held numbers, calculations, and computers at a safe distance for a long time to warm up to new computational possibilities. But what are we to make of all of this? If these new digital methods are more than just another set of tools in our arsenal, how do we deal with the more fundamental transformations that challenge established epistemological paradigms?

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