In a job interview for a position as a Digital Humanities coordinator I’ve been asked whether I believe everyone should do “digital humanities” soon. Here’s my point of view.
Recently I had some time on my hands I could dedicate to reading something new, and encouraged by many enthusiastic tweets, I chose Colleen Morgans “Avatars, Monsters, and Machines: A Cyborg Archaeology”. I loved it! One thing especially stuck with me:
I’m teaching a course on quantitative methods, R and archaeological data and my students have to realize their own project in that course. That means they ask me a lot of very sensible questions. Here I will write about workflows I find useful as documentation for the future. First things first: Data wrangling!
“Digitalisation” is a buzzword in the humanities, closely connected to the Digital Humanities, to open access, reproducibility, sharing heritage and so forth. I believe it is a very important step to a better and more open science. There is one point though, that is important to me: I’ve worked with books 115 years old. How can we make sure people will be able to read our digital output in another 115 years?
It is 2018! Time to document our archaeological digs digitally, wouldn’t you say? We have it all: CAD to draw plans; GIS for maps; photogrammetry / structure from motion for 3D models and rectified photos; databases to connect all this with feature description… why use paper at all?