Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities is a broad spectrum of tools and practices that bridge the humanities and computer science. By applying analytical and visualization tools to areas such as history, literature, art, and music, researchers discover new patterns and questions to ask.

The Libraries supports Digital Humanities related research and production in a variety of ways:

  • support for Omeka users
  • access to content from selected full text primary source databases in a form that can be data mined
  • support for visualization and analytical tools such as Gephi, NVivo, GIS, and the Voyant suite
  • consultations on using and adapting metadata schema
  • access to Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software such as ABBYY FineReader
  • access to scanners and related equipment

Resources for the Digital Humanities:

Text & Data Mining
http://infoguides.gmu.edu/text-mining

Humanities GIS
http://infoguides.gmu.edu/geohumanities

Data Visualization
http://infoguides.gmu.edu/data-visualization

Local Digital Humanities Project Examples:

Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Interwar Paris
(Lead Researcher and Project Supervisor, Michele Greet, Mason Art History Program)
http://chnm.gmu.edu/transatlanticencounters/

Elizabeth Fairfax Cookbook
(Mason Libraries Arts & Humanities Team)
Launching in Spring 2018, this project will include an Omeka site with recipe transcriptions and images, background context, and data visualizations.

Appalachian Trail Histories
(developed and curated by Mills Kelly and his students, Mason History Department)
http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/

Digital Humanities at Mason
Roy Rosenweig Center for History and New Media
https://rrchnm.org/